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#318 of 512 TT Brake Problems
Jul 23, 2002 (8:56 am)
Sorry for changing the subject, but has anyone out there had problems with the brakes on their TTs (or other Audis for that matter) constantly squealing? I own a 2001 TT Roadster that squeeks every time I step on the brakes. The dealership is telling me that "all German cars have the same problem," which (I believe) is insane and "the car must be kept clean at all times," which, while making sense, doesn't explain why, even after they (or I) have cleaned the car and brakes, they still squeal. Unfortunatlely, at this point, they're telling me there's nothing they can do. Has anyone experienced a similar problem?
#319 of 512 TT Brake Problems
Jul 23, 2002 (10:54 am)
Squealing is not a problem, meaning there is nothing wrong with your brakes mechanicaly, the squeal that you hear is a high frequency vibration between the pads and rotors most of the time, it is caused by the wear patern of the pads, the leading edge of the pads wears first causing a wedge shaped pad undetectable to the eye, when you ligthly step on the brakes, the rear of the pad is in more pressure than the front allowing the front to vibrate, if you step hard on it you wont hear it, there are some compounds applied to the back of the pad to spread the pressure evenly and alleviate the problem. The reason that is more prominent on German cars is because they are built for higher speeds due to the autobahn, their pads are softer because they use more carbon as a filler and less metallic elements, that is why you see more of that black dust on german car rims, but the softer pads prolong the life of the rotors and give a surer stop at high speeds.
Jul 24, 2002 (12:29 pm)
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#321 of 512 One year ownership update
Jul 25, 2002 (7:39 am)
Hi. Sorry for not posting in so long. I have put 10,000 miles on my 2001 amulet red TT180 quattro coupe, and the whoosh sound of the turbo still makes me grin. As an aside, I perused the last 100 posts and the troll who disparaged the TT, and her good looks, in comparison to GM products really irritated me. Anyway, on a more positive note, I drive the car everyday into the city. While the commute doesn't give the TT a chance to hum, I appreciate the small size when manuevering in the tight garage. We have taken her on several long distance trips, and she handles better than the vast majority of cars I have driven. Granted, a Porche or Vette she is not, but she pulls .9 gs on the skid with aplomb.
What I like best about the TT, however, is not the performance characteristics or the well-designed interior. The number 1 reason I like the TT is that it is one of my top 5 favorite designs of all time, a purely subjective view of course, but only one or two people have ever called the TT ugly. Whatever. The TT is beautiful.
I plan to hang on to the TT for a long time, which will be interesting with kids (hopefully) on the way soon. Our other car is a 2001 BMX XI sedan, which we will most likely trade in for an X5 4.4. I reckon the TT won't work with an infant, not b/c it couldn't accomodate a child's seat, but because my maternal instincts won't allow it. That said, I still plan to hang onto the TT, even if we relegate her to weekend fun trips. Yeah, a great excuse to grab an S4 for daily commuting!
I am looking into chipping and found the remarks you all contributed on it helpful. The manufacturer I will probably use is GIAC. A local dealer can install same. I am concerned that the chip may increase the risk of engine failure, but the other option is to upgrade to a 225, and I can't sell that to Mr. Bug. As to the warranty issues, as an attorney, the law is pretty clear--the chipping voids only that part of the warranty directly related to the chip.
So far, the only trouble on the TT has been electric (replaced the instrument cluster, with thanks to the audisucks cite for sending me on the right route) rather than engine-related. So I hope that with reasonably gentle treatment, I can enjoy the extra horsepower (23) and torque (85) and exhaust (15) without destroying the engine.
If anyone has anymore pros or cons on chipping or other modifications, please advise.
Best regards to all.
#322 of 512 Any News On Tiptronic TT Quatro
Jul 27, 2002 (7:01 am)
Hi, does anybody know if there are plans to introduce a 5 speed automatic version of the Audi TT Quatro? If so when will it go on sale.
I'm anxious to know. Thanks in advance for your insights.
Jul 29, 2002 (5:52 am)
Rumor mill says an automatic will be available on 180hp FWD TTs only.
Jul 29, 2002 (6:00 pm)
We have had our 225 hp tt for about 3 months and the other day I noticed someone had dinged the door. There is just a small dent on the passenger door. Can dealers get these out relatively cheap. Also I notice that this board is really slow and I would have thought the tt to be talked about, so is there another site I don't know about ?
Aug 01, 2002 (5:40 pm)
I would really appreciate any help or suggestions anyone cares to give me. Currently my husband is ill, and I am having to deal with some problems on his 2001 TT. In the past two years we have had 14 tires put on the car. It has been alinement twice. The car has 225 engine. I am being told the tires only last for 12,000 to 15,000 miles and that the car comes out of alinement very easily. We are very careful about how we drive the car, and this seems excesive in terms of maintenance. Thanks.
Aug 02, 2002 (4:17 am)
It's most likely true about the tires. Performance tires, tend to sacriface longevity for traction. It's hard to find a longer wearing tire in the 225/45r17 size.
I may be wrong on this, but I believe the smallest diameter rims for TT is 16". Downgrading to 16" (and using 205/55 r16 tires) will sacriface traction, but also will allow you greater flexible in tire choices, allowing you to pick a "Touring All-season" tire. You'll need to purchase a new set of rims though. You can get say Michelin Energy MXV4, which has a tire wear warranty of 80,000 miles.
Hope this helps you.
Aug 02, 2002 (11:13 am)
While we are on the subject of tires...I have a 2002 TT 180FWD Roadster. I have the 17 inch high performance tire. I also live in the NE. All the Audi marketing material say not to use these tires in cold weather, ice or snow.
Although the snows of the last few years have been few I am concerned about driving with these tires in the NE winter. Do any of you change tires for winter? Do you have separate wheels or do you mount winter tires on the same wheel?