I am not sure how many of you have had these annoying, unsafe, non-value defects that the Audi reps give a run around.
My car is: 2001 TT 225 quatro 18k miles, GPS, Bose Premium sound, Premium Pkg....Lake silver/Denim blue
I have ECO light coming with power going down to 50%, turbo stopping (as a ECO effect), fuel display erratic, speedometer erratic, GPS requiring fuse reseating etc. They replaced parts in it (GPS computer, instrument cluster, cable harness, connectors etc), and after 5 times, it still reappears sporadically. I am in arbitration with BBB and Audi but I am afraid BBB will side with Audi. These problems cannot be reproduced on demand, and does not seem to leave a trail (fault code), But BBB insited that a inspector "test drive" to reproduce them ... Hah!!
I have found that a lot of the TTs have this problem, as well as some other Audis and VWs.. I just want them to buy my car back.. I did not expect this much troble for $42k!! When I had the BMW, I never had any problems!!
Please let me know who else have these defects...
The car is cheaply made in Hungary, and it only "looks" nice... fit and finish are not worthy of a $42k car!! and Audi's customer services needs to learn a thing or two about customer satisfaction...
For 2003 Audi will introduce an upgraded TT, it will have 3.2 liter engine and 250hp especially a good increase in torque.
Also a special racing transmission never before in the streets, it consist of a double clutch, that allows to engage two gears at the same time, when is time to engage the next gear can be engaged in fractions of a second.
LOL...I owned a Porsche 914 when I was 17, and even though the car only cost me $3,500, I was chased, flipped off and almost run off the road. It was crazy. In hindsight, I had no business owning that car, but then again my Dad had insisted. I had just wanted a brand-new Rabbit. This kid is probably suffering from having an irresponsible Dad who happens to live vicariously through his kids. Not that an 18-year-old would mind, but hopefully when he grows up he'll realize how unwise it is to hand a car like that to someone on a silver platter.
The new Golf GTI with the turbocharged 4 is great car and also is very practical. The TT gives little real-world performance edge, although Golf GTI suspensions are a bit too soft imo. From a design point of view, the TT is a modern, industrial work of art. That's worth a lot, but the question is how much it's worth to you. Since your question was centered on whether it's worth the difference, I'm pointing this out because the design is the only real difference (unless you want to pay up for all-wheel-drive or built-in navigation), other than prestige. Oh, and you can get a sunroof in a Golf, but not in a TT. As for reliability, figure about the same...but not so hot, from everything I read and hear. If it bothers you to spend $40k on a car that will have annoying problems, there's another reason to buy the Golf.