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Audi TT, Coupe, Convertible
Mar 12, 2002 (8:56 pm)
Although I don't street race, I'm not averse to having a little fun with other sports car drivers. My 2001 TT Roadster 225 has made laughingstocks out of the few Z3 owners foolish enough to attempt to run with me... The same goes for Boxsters (non "S" models) and BMW 3-series (except the superb M3). Although it suffers from some turbo lag and only has 225hp, the Quattro AWD absolutely rules through the twisties. The Quattro advantage is truly evident when the road surface gets wet (then I get to watch the others get really small in my rear view mirror). By the way, the TT has much more passenger room than the Z3, not less as cited earlier.
#172 of 512 225Q vs. 180Q
Mar 20, 2002 (10:49 pm)
I am looking for your input...I am very close to buying my new 2002 TT Coupe, but am a little undecided between the 180 quattro and the 225. I have test driven the 180FWD, 180Q and 225 coupes, and the 225 roadster. I really like the power with the 225, but I wonder how much of the car I will really realize - how often does one get to 6th gear, and would the 225 be more difficult to handle in idle traffic? I live in LA, and do freeway and city driving (and sit in traffic enough). Other question is, with the added weight of the quattro, is the 180Q a little sluggish, or was it my imagination cos I test drove the 225 first? The 180FWD was really punchy and quick, without the extra 300lbs, I actually enjoyed that drive but I thought the quattro would be the better option. Then, I also wonder how many of you out there have experienced the bag of problems posted on that other website with your TTs? Thanks for your thoughts.
#173 of 512 6th Gear,Traffic & Problems
Mar 21, 2002 (9:42 am)
I get mine in 6th whenever I get up to 65mph. But, I think the thing your forgetting is the fun factor of the 225, in getting up to speed, no matter what gear you end up cruising in. When you speak of driving in traffic I'm assuming you're referring to how well the clutch and engine work together at take off. While one can get off the line from idle I find, as most have posted, that launching at around 3k works great. As to problems, the few that I have experienced have been minor. The biggest one being the bypass valve problem, but they solved that with an upgrade on the 2001's. Half of my problems have been created by the dealer. For instance, my left window had a failure of a plastic piece in the drive mechanism. They replaced it for me but now I just figured out that the speakers in the left door aren't working. Hope this helps a little & good luck.
#174 of 512 225C and all the good stuff
Mar 21, 2002 (9:37 pm)
Thanks, ugly1 for your feedback. I think my heart is really set on the 225, for the reason that you pointed out... I was trying to second guess myself as to whether it's a "guy thing", and whether I was that munchkin gal trying to muscle up the guys out there in the 225 when all I might've needed was the 180Q (I don't mean to offend anyone)! But I guess you gotta go where the heart is sometimes and splurge on yourself. Does anyone have an idea as to how close or how far from Edmunds TMV the dealers will go on the 2002 models out in CA? I'm looking to buy. Thanks.
#175 of 512 vinnyny: TT vs. Z3
Mar 22, 2002 (6:24 am)
I must challenge your assessment of the TT 225 performance.
After having seriously considered getting a roadster and extensively test driving numerous competitors, I concluded that the TT was a beautiful car, well made, but significantly lagging many others in the performance department. I tested against the Boxter, Boxter S, M-Roadster (former 240 hp), Z3 3.0 and S2000 among others. My subjective evaluation was that the TT was the slowest of the bunch and tied the Z3 for last in handling. In fairness, I did not test drive under adverse weather conditions, since it was going to be a second "fair weather" car for me anyway.
My "subjective" evaluations seem to be "objectively" confirmed by a quick check of Road and Track test results. I tend to use 0-100 figures as the best test of an engines strength, since 0-60 times can bundled pretty close together and only go through 1-2 gear shifts. According to R&T, the 0-100 numbers are: Boxter S - 13.5 seconds, S2000 - 14.2 seconds, M-Roadster - 14.2 seconds, Z3 3.0 - est. 16 seconds, Boxter - 16.9 seconds, TT Roadster(225) - 17.6 seconds, TT Coupe(180) - 21.8 seconds. Note: There were no figures for the Z3 3.0, but it feels marginally quicker than a 330ci, which is 16.3 seconds. For comparison, the Audi S4 is 14.5 seconds.
Clearly, the Audi TT is a fine car and an attractive cruising Roadster. A "performance" roadster it is NOT. The Quatro version is also several hundred pounds heavier than the Boxter S and Honda, making it feel much less nimble.
P.S. I got a great deal to upgrade my 540i 6-speed for an M5 that is arriving in less than 2 weeks, so, alas, I've passed on a roadster for now. Had I bought one, chances are 60% it would have been the S2000; 40% the Boxter S. Both of which handle extraordinarily well, with my slight subjective nod to the S2000. I strongly recommend to anyone considering a TT or any of its competitors to take the time to extensively test drive everything yourself before making a decision. I never would have expected the $33k S2000 to impress me nearly as much as a $53k Boxter S. There are a lot of different factors and personaly preferences that go into a roadster purchase and you can't always believe what you read.
#176 of 512 life with TT after 1 year
Apr 01, 2002 (10:34 am)
I've had this TT turbo quatro for exactly a year now and, overally, I'm deeply impressed with his car. I think my dad summed it up by saying 'you must really like it, you've never kept a car this long before'. True. My only complaint has to do with service, not product. Trying to buy one of these from the local Boulder, CO dealer was a nightmare (although the Ft. Collins dealer was great). And getting it serviced has been difficult. Every time I've called to get it in for a simple maint. checkup it's a 30 days before they have an opening. I suppose this says something about Audi's ability to get trained mechanics in the pipeline. Hopefully they'll get it fixed soon. And, luckily, the cars very dependable so the need for a quickly available mechanic isn't all that high. Would I buy this car again? Yes. (But not in Boulder).
Apr 06, 2002 (8:49 pm)
Hey, doesn't Arlene still work at the Boulder store? She was pretty good I thought.
#178 of 512 Just Took The Plunge
Apr 15, 2002 (8:58 pm)
I am 20 years old and a sophmore Mechanical Engineering student. Recently my mom has been looking to replace her 99 BMW Z3 2.5 roadster. She had her heart at first set on a New Thunderbird, but was put off by the fact that there is no manual tranny. So she and I went out at test drove the tt, boxter, and slk. After driving them she said her favorite was the tt, but that it was probly alot more than the boxster. Then I told her it was less and we decided that this was the car for her. She thought the boxter interior was like being in an escort. We later brought dad out to drive one, and the dealer only had one roadster on the lot. We had decided on a black exterior with the baseball int. We were shocked when we saw the white roadster with black top. We decided to get this instead. Its a 225 quattro roadster with everything except nav. and phone. We also decided not to get the baseball b/c the black looked so good with the white. I have to say this car is alot more fun to drive than the BMW was. But thats probly cause I got sick of the BMW. I love listening to the turbo, it sounds like the ones on semi-trucks.
Just thought I would share. The Z3 is a very good car, and the I-6 engine is sweet, but in all around styling and usefulness the tt wins hands down.
Look forward to future posts,
#179 of 512 Just Ordered 225 TTC
Apr 21, 2002 (11:43 am)
Can anyone help me. I just ordered a denim blue 225 TTC with everything but nav. The problem is, this is April, and I can't pick it up until late JUNE!!! And I live in Germany! Do you know of any two month sleeping pills or some sort of mind altering drug so I forget for a few months? This is driving me crazy. Any help with this illness will be greatly appreciated.