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Audi TT, Coupe, Convertible
#21 of 109 Re: New Buyer? [zue]
Jun 24, 2005 (10:17 am)
Don't Do It! I have a 2001 TT with about 22,000 miles (I don't know for sure because the instrument cluster no longer works -- fewer hours of service than a standard light bulb!!!). Transaxle replaced at 2500 miles, incessant water leaks and rattles, performance problems (mass air flow censor crumped at about 17,000 miles). Costs of repairs out of warranty are astronomical, and most independent repair shops won't touch an Audi.
If you're brave enough to buy ANY Audi, dump it before the warranty expires! (Many of my friends are physicians, and one of the most common conversations in hospital physician lounges is to grouse about how unreliable their Audi's are!!)
#25 of 109 Re: Audi TT 2001 225hp quattro Coupe - Electrical problems...-->LEMON [mp_fl]
Sep 06, 2005 (10:56 am)
Did you ever get resolution to your issue? I bought a used 2001 TT (out of warrenty of course) that the instrument panel started flashing once a week on a cold morning. The date and trip meter would reset and the tack and speedo would flail randomly. I took it to the dealer and they wouldn't address the problem. I took it to another german car service place and it was not a repeatable incident so they could not address the problem either. Now it's progressed to flashing every morning and sometimes twice daily. It no longer is useful to reset the time because I'd have to do it every day. Did the BBB ever support you? What item should I have replaced?
#26 of 109 Re: Audi TT 2001 225hp quattro Coupe - Electrical problems...-->LEMON [mori4]
Sep 29, 2005 (6:46 pm)
Almost every TTs needs to get the instrument cluster replaced on the warranty or not, The instrument cluster have a defective chip inside, this part flick depending on the outside tempeture, minor electrical stress(noise), and sometimes without touching anything. The cluster has been develloped by a independant part manufacturer, Magnetti Marelli, Italy. This is all new for Audi, the first car to be on benchtest is the Audi TT! For some reason, A electronic Chip witch i have personnaly investigate is the main bug for the entire Cluster syntoms, 1- no dash light 2- no gauges at all and/or fluctuating. 3- millage display flash rapidly specially in the morning cold. This part remember me a ferrari, terrific look and performance , but there allways something not quite right and need costly repair.
The older audi's , like audi 90, coupe, A4 relies on VDO clusters witch the quality as absolutely no comparasion to make.( This is a true audi with a VDO cluster meaning overall quality). Audi should make a recall and an upgrade cluster like the way the ignitor coil have been recall( because so many of theses coils was defective almost all!) . Personally, I have a 2001 audi coupe, I have changed the cluster 2 times...Ive got only 54000 miles on it, i don't whant to keep the car anymore because the cluster is not very reliable, even brand new, a way too much expensive to replace for this kind of quality and U never know when Its gonna break again for any reasons.
#27 of 109 Re: Audi TT 2001 225hp quattro Coupe - Electrical problems...-->LEMON [mori4]
Jan 04, 2006 (12:43 pm)
your instrument cluster is defective, this is a common problem in a 2001. everything will reset and eventually the instrument panel won't light up at all and the car won't start.
#28 of 109 For those with problems on their instrument cluster
Jan 25, 2006 (1:11 pm)
I just thought I would share this info with you all. Audi UK have finally acknowledged that some of their instrument clusters/dashpods are faulty. They are now replacing those clusters for vehicle within the last 5 years. They are also offering refunds to clusters that have been repaired in the past.
Here is a copy of thier statement:
The Audi UK statement.
AUDI TT INSTRUMENT PANEL ISSUE
STATEMENT FOR BBCTV WATCHDOG TO AIR 24 JANUARY
"We recognise that a number of fuel and temperature gauges have not been working correctly on Audi TTs, mainly cars which have been built up to mid 2004. We have been replacing the majority of these free of charge under our three year warranty in the UK.
To ensure customer satisfaction Audi UK is now also moving to replace units, on a case by case basis, free of charge for cars of up to 4 and 5 years old.
Since mid of 2004 an improved instrument panel had also been introduced.
Affected customers should either contact their local Audi Centre or call our customer hotline on 0800 699888 and ask for our 'TT Helpdesk'.
Owners who have already paid for a replacement panel will be treated sympathetically on a case by case basis.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused to customers and assure them that we are working hard to resolve this issue."
I guess now that it has been acknowledged by Audi that it is a problem it strengthens owners claims to have the problem recitified for free.
If you are after more info goto the following forum site.
Good luck to anyone that needs to get their cluster repaired.
#29 of 109 Re: For those with problems on their instrument cluster [nfury]
Feb 01, 2006 (8:25 pm)
To add, Audi service in San Jose says that the instrument cluster on my new TT 'WILL' fail. They replace the components with a different brand. Hope it fails before the warranty expires.
#30 of 109 Audi TT Instrument Cluster / Dash Pod
Sep 26, 2006 (10:38 pm)
I was reading through most Audi TT forums throughout the web (including the world) Man, this meter is full of crap. I just bought a second hand Audi TT, Very very low mileage. 12400km (7450miles) but was a year 2000 model. Owner bought it, hardly drove it, worked overseas.
Meter was flashing when I bought it. 2 months later. Meter Kaput-ed on me.
First time this happened, was when I just got home. Car shut down and could not restart. Engine wont even click.
Towed to Audi Service Center, they checked and replaced the battery. Said battery had failed.
Second time, 2 weeks later. Driving half way back from work, the car stalled and could not get it started again. It starts then after 10-15 seconds, dies out again. Got it towed back to the workshop. Guys checked first said was fuel pump. Later they changed it and said it was Meter cluster.
Went to send the local dealers the recall program but Audi regional office said they have not heard of such a recall or refit program.
Sent the Cluster over to BBA-Reman, they said they could not fix it. Wasnt the standard Power chip that failed, the Processor had failed.
Forced to buy a new unit. In Malaysia, these units are not cheap. Cost me RM$5965 + RM300 to fit and reprogram the unit. (~US$1600). Found out also that the Part number has changed. New unit superseeds the old unit. If the crap meter has no problem as what the dealers claim, why is there a super seeded unit !!??
Man, this car is nothing but trouble. Oh, and by the way, the previous owner changed the fuel pump and battery in February this year too.