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#50 of 145 Audi TT 225 problems
Jun 04, 2005 (12:05 pm)
This is just a warning to anyone who is thinking of buying a TT. I have a 2001 225. The first 30,000 miles were great, but then the front suspension started to creak. The dealer was seemingly baffled and simply kept pouring grease on the problem. Jump ahead a couple years and the car has 48,000 miles and is 50 months old. The dealer is issued a service bulletin that recommends replacing the tie rods ($400). Audi won't cover it because it's off warranty even though the problem has been documented for TWO years. I feel this is total bullshit. But while I'm arguing with them the gas gauge fails, the air conditioner bearings begin to rattle ($700), the rear view mirror starts to shake and the glove compartment lock fell off ($900). Okay, so I'll live with some of this crap because I simply can't afford to fix it and I've gone around and around with Audi. Now the car has 50,000 miles on it and the power steering rack just failed. I'm curious if anyone else has had this problem. If this happens to you aim the car off the nearest cliff and jump out before it goes over because it's an $1800 repair ($2500 at the dealer who really doesn't want to see me anymore). This car has been babied so it's not a case of a car that's trounced to death. In my opinion, these are beautiful cars that belong in the Museum of Modern Art. Just take it there and park it. Whatever you do, don't drive it because it will break and it will cost a fortune to fix. As soon as I can drive it I'm selling it.
#52 of 145 wheel cracking
Jun 08, 2005 (4:20 pm)
I had done a great deal of research on TT's before actually purchasing a
2002 TT roadster fwd with 37,000 mi last month .. there have been a few minor problems that I resolved with dealer with relative ease. Judging from some of these posts, I feel really lucky so far. That being said, a curious thing I wanted to bring to you more experienced owners that I noticed the other day was a half inch mashed section just along edge of one of my wheels with a small crack down
the inside of the spoke. I haven't hit any curbs or potholes and cannot figure out where this came from... or even, if it is safe to be driving on ?? Anyone have any ideas or info on such an occurance? Could it be from driving on rough roads?? I am still getting acquainted with this car and have been driving very carefully! any info is greatly appreciated, thx! gina
#53 of 145 Re: everything is wrong with my TT [jakdracula]
Jun 16, 2005 (7:48 am)
Wow, you've had quite a few problems on your TT. My 02 225 TT convt. is going back in two days from a 3 yr lease. For comparison, I've had similar problems with mine. Mine has burned oil and coolant as well. Both went dry on me in between 10k service trips with no explanantion other than Audi saying the heads on the turbo engines are "porous". I thought maybe Audi is just feigning ignorance, but maybe they're not, don't know what's worse. My TT burns a quart of oil every 3k miles. My gas gauge has never worked either, thankfully my trip meter has so I go by that. The silver lining in all this is that I didn't have to pay for any of this maintenance since I bought new and it was under warranty. I always got an A4 courtesy car so I didn't mind. The only thing I paid for were new tires (Pilots lasted only 24k miles, put on Toyo Proxes for cheap, $500 drive out). The problems never got to me since I knew from day one I wasn't going to keep the car past the lease/warranty. I would suggest you sell yours before you pick up the tab for the next engine. Good luck.
#54 of 145 Drilled rotors ?
Jun 19, 2005 (8:39 am)
I just had the front brakes done on our 2000 TT at 77000 miles.
The new rotors are drilled. Are drilled rotors factory standard?
The brakes are making a "ticking" noise at all speeds and a "whirling" noise
(like a turbo winding down) once the speed is down to about 30 up to a complete stop.
#56 of 145 Re: everything is wrong with my tt update.... [jakdracula]
Jul 02, 2005 (6:58 pm)
hey, i saw that your glove box broke too. did you fix it how do i get a new one. its not covered under warrenty
#57 of 145 Zero gripes about my TT
Jul 02, 2005 (8:31 pm)
I'm really sorry to hear about everyone's TT probs. I have an 02 ALMS Coupe and I LOVE IT. Of course, this is not my daily driver. I have an 05 Tacoma for that. The TT goes on trips up the coast and is only driven on 3 days out of the week. My only suggestion to everyone is if you're going to drive any German car daily, it's bound to have problems and you should consider a Japanese car. That's the trade off for great handling and great looks. TTs are true sports cars..especially the Quattros. I've driven Porsches and BMWs....I prefer my TT over both. I still have a 92 BMW that is in excellent condition....but that's b/c it wasn't a daily driver as well.
I guess my point is...don't purchase a TT if you're not prepared to treat it the way you should treat any sports car...with care and with a thick wallet.
#58 of 145 Re: Audi TT 225 problems [winchester]
Jul 18, 2005 (10:45 pm)
The creaking noise you hear may be the stabilizer bar. They have plastic attachments that shear off and the creak is them rubbing. I had that issue and after the mechanic got tired of seeing me they finally diagnosed and replaced the problem. I have also had the lock fall off in my hand. At first I thought I had gripped it too tight but now I've seen 3-4 posts on that. They gave me a temp fix and I'm treating that box with kit gloves. I had a new one the other day. Pulled the emergency brake up and got out of my car to get something out of the hatch, and pow, the metal tip to the emergency break had popped off and became a missile within the car.
I have also had to have the power steering arm replaced and the CD player. Still have a slight hesitation and noise when trying to accelerate sharply from the light. Other than that no other real issues. Thank God... Still wish I would have bought the Vette, though this car is an eye catcher, if that is what you want. I drive autobahns in Germany so I'm looking to get from one place to another quickly, in style and in comfort. Think the defects are purely from the cheap Hungarian labor and lack of quality control by Audi. I have almost 70,000 miles and it is 30 months old.
#59 of 145 Retro Fit Cruise Control on TT coupe 3.2 V6 DSG & Probs
Jul 21, 2005 (2:24 pm)
I used to enjoy driving my TT 1200miles in a day from UK to Italy a few times over the summer however the French police are no longer making it fun and targeting British divers!! Fines have just gone up to £500-£1,000 so serious stuff now. I decided it was time to become boring and have cruise control fitted to my 3.2 V6 DSG 2003 model. The garage said this was fine took the car in however have just had a call telling me it isn't possible to retro fit this - v cross. Has anyone else had cruise control retro fitted - pl let me know?
I have recently had a few problems with the car being unresponsive - the diagnostics has produced a 9 pg error report!! - big problems with the injectors and engine manifold. It appears there is a problem with the settings and the garage are waiting for a new CD to set the car after replacing part. There is obviously a problem here so those luckily enough to have a 3.2 V6 DSG watch out at 30,000 miles.
I was surprised to read all the problems that some people have had with there 225's. Before my 3.2 V6 DSG I had a 225 1999 model that went back to Germany following the inital bad press and was made up to a 2000 spec - sold the car at 60,0000miles + and had no problems.
I agree the TT's are hungrey on tyres well I suppose it depends whether you drive the TT how it's meant to be - well thats my excuse and sticking to it. Anyway if you want something that sticks like glue in all weathers gives and wonderful quiet then Pirelli P Zero's it has to be and believe me I have had more tyres on my TT's then my credit cards would like. The P Zeros are soft so you do get through them fairly quickly under 20,000 miles however are well worth it yeah!