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#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.
#31 of 109 is my instrument panel failing?
Oct 18, 2006 (8:53 am)
My trip meter reset on me a few weeks ago but I never use it so I thought it just hit a limit and restarted. But then I was driving and the hours driven started blinking at me- I never touch that either, seems a useless little tool. Either one alone I wouldn't pay attention to, but after reading this... should I be expecting more soon to come? It's a 2002 w/ only 22k on it- it looks like they fail that fast (see above post on the 2000), but I want it fixed before it just dies in the middle of the road on me.
#32 of 109 Just Had Mine Replaced...
Apr 20, 2007 (5:07 am)
Yep, I got bitten by the cluster bug. My gas guage was reading full constantly. I thought it was the fuel sending unit but when Audi tested it they diagnosed the cluster. My warranty took care of it. I really have not had many problems at all with my TT. It is a 2001 225 QR. Love the way it drives and have decided against selling it. I will be keeping it for the long haul, problems and all. Huh, if you think this is expensive to fix go talk to some Porsche owners.
Oh, I am at 57,*** miles. Bought used with 16,*** in May 2004. Lovin' it so far!!
#33 of 109 Re: For those with problems on their instrument cluster [nfury]
May 08, 2007 (5:05 am)
I have purchased a 2001 Audi TT very recently. Two out of the four dash clocks are broken. After checking up with my Audi dealer - it looks like the clocks have been replaced before. Does anyone know if I have grounds to get them replaced again - as I see that Audi UK have finally acknowledged there IS a fault with dashes on that model.
Can anyone help me out with any advice?
#34 of 109 Re: Just Had Mine Replaced... [thunderchild1]
May 16, 2007 (11:51 am)
I too just replaced my instrument cluster in my 2000 TT. I did the remove and replace myself with a factory exchange unit from the local dealer at a cost of $516.19. I had an independent audi tech program in the old current mileage for a cost of $60. If you do this make sure you have it reprogramed before you get 60 miles on the new unit as it can't have the mileage reset after that point It works perfectly now. My old unit was faulty along with a bad center display. If your center display is clear and bright I would have BBA Remanufacturing rebuild your original unit. I feel these people really know their stuff but they can not fix a bad center display. Their charge is $250. You do not have to have their rebuilts reprogramed because it is your original unit. www.bba-reman.com
If you wish to jump on the class action suit game contact this firm. http://www.classcounsel.com/news/audi.html
Also boys and girls...change that timing belt at 60,000 miles. There are a number of them breaking before the recommended change point of 105,000.
These are great cars and not at all bad to work on. The factory manual is great and any special tooling is easy to fabricate. The fuel mileage is superb for the 180hp model and they are just a fine car to drive.
And only buy Japanese if its a minivan, small SUV, or small truck. There has never been a Japanese classic sports car. Life is too short to be bored with what you drive for fun.