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Audi TT, Coupe, Convertible
#2 of 49 Audi TT 200 Clutch-Timeing belt
Jun 03, 2005 (5:04 am)
I have a 2000 Audi TT FWD. It is a california Car. I am the 2nd owner the fist was a movie actor whos mother in law lives on the east cost. The fist thing we did was up grade the clutch using a VW Jetta the original clutch is made poorly. The Main thing is the Timing Belt. If you don't change it at 60 thousand mile get ready for a new motor, like I,m installing today out of a wreck with lower miles.
Good luck. Also the 2000 and 99 A6s has a throttle plate problem. It freezes up in the winter check with your dealer if if you live in the northern states.
#3 of 49 00 TT FWD 80k. What to expect?
Oct 12, 2005 (4:59 pm)
Bought my TT 2.5 years ago when it had 60k on it. Bought a great warranty that has paid for itself more than twice. So far I have had the following done:
Instrument Cluster, Starter, Blinker Switch, Glove Box Latch.
Also had that recall done where they give you a new suspension, and a spoiler, which goes down in history as the best recall ever.
My warranty expires in 1500 miles. I've heard I should have the timing belt done at 85. What should I expect in terms of troubles in the upcoming 10-20k miles?
Thanks in advance for the help.
#4 of 49 Re:Charlie I have a question
Oct 21, 2005 (3:09 pm)
Read your post. Can you tell me what warranty company you went with and what the cost coverage and time you got. Thanks Steve
#5 of 49 Re: 00 TT FWD 80k. What to expect? [saabofdanbury]
Oct 28, 2005 (1:14 am)
I would like to know which warranty company you went with, what the coverage was, and how much it costed.
I'm thinking about getting an '01 180hp with 60k miles. Do you recommend going through with it?
#6 of 49 Re: 00 TT FWD 80k. What to expect? [saabofdanbury]
Oct 30, 2005 (2:44 pm)
If you're driving on the original timing belt count your blessings and get it done asap, I mean now! If you read the audi forums such as audiworld.com you will see what a huge chance you are taking. If your belt fails you are looking at many many thousands of dollars in repairs.
#7 of 49 Re: 00 TT FWD 80k. What to expect? [saabofdanbury]
Jan 25, 2006 (2:28 pm)
Hey Guy, I found two very good warranty companies. Warranty By Net and also Warranty Direct. been very fortunate also with them. What was the recall on the suspensiona nd spoiler you mentioned.
#8 of 49 Timing Belt Issue - A huge problem!
May 04, 2006 (11:56 am)
I dont know why this isnt covered by a recall, but there is a very big issue with the timing belt on Audi TT's.
Once that timing belt snaps, you will need to replace major engine parts costing thousands of dollars. Thats if your whole engine doesnt seize/melt. (Engine Blown)
After what I've read about this issue, im going to get this fixed before the belt snaps off, cause once it snaps off, you will need to replace very expensive parts. (cylinder head/engine)
Being that this is not covered via recall, you will have to pay for this out of your pocket. This repair costs $1400.00 to $2000.00 depending on what Audi dealer you go to.
I think there is a class action lawsuit, but do not quote me. Anyhow a class action will not help this problem at all.
Consider this a heads up to "ALL" Audi TT Owners.
Belts been snapping on Audi TT's with 47k to 80k miles on there engines.
#9 of 49 Re: Timing Belt Issue - A huge problem! [fluidtt]
Jun 29, 2006 (11:35 am)
I write this response as my TT, which has been the bane of my existence since I bought it 2 years ago, sits in a dealership service bay in more pieces than I care to know. Audi says to replace timing belt at 90,000 miles. My 2001 roadster is well under 75,000. While idling at a stop light one week ago today, the engine sputtered out and would not restart. At first, I believed it to be a repeat of the fuel sender pump problems that stranded me on a dark, snowy, rural road last November. I have no such luck. Some teeth on the timing belt broke which had the same effect as if the timing belt had snapped. Thankfully I was at idle so it only needs 8 new exhaust valves, 4 intake valves, a new timing belt, about $1,500 in labor and a few cam gears. The fact that I was idling at a top light probably saved me from needing a new engine.
Thankfully, I had the foresight to purchase a third-party warranty for 4 years of 48,000 miles which will cover the belt and the valve damage.
The list of problems I have had with this car are too numerous to list here but suffice itto say that in the first 2 months I owned the car, it was only in my possession for 11 days. It had an endless stream of unrelated problems. The timing belts were the subject of a class action lawsuit that Audi settled a few years ago, but the settlement only applied to specific model years of A4 despite the fact that the same engine in used in many models of VW and Audi and similar timing belt problems seem to be noted for most of them. My dealer's Service Department acknowledges that the timing belts in the turbocharged models are subject to more strain then in cars that are not turbocharged. They also tell me that they encourage customers to have the belts replaced well in advance of the 90,000 deadline. In my case, it appears that I may end up doing well since I will be getting the expensive 90,000 mile service done under a warranty/breakdown insurance contract for far less than the cost of doing it preventatively. While that takes the sting out of it, I remain frustrated with the fact that, on average, the car seems to have some sort of serious failure every 6 months.
I believe that these cars are overly engineered and rely too heavily on expensive, fragile, computer-controlled systems with too many sensors and other points of failure. I don't think they can withstand more than a few years of regular driving and exposure to typical weather extremes. I have friends with Volkswagens who suffer similarly. I doubt that I would even buy another Audi or a Volkswagen. I had a Honda Accord that ran beautifully despite neglect and abuse for more than 132,000 miles with minimal issues. I had a Nissan Pathfinder that was practical, fun to drive, well-appointed and trouble free. Both vehicles were less expensive to buy, insure, maintain, and repair than the TT that is supposed to be a shining example of German engineering and reliability. Buy a Honda, Toyota, Nissan or anything that is more reliable and less expensive. They may not be as much fun to drive as a working TT but they are more fun to drive than the rental cars that will become a major source of transportation for you if you buy a TT.
#10 of 49 Re: Timing Belt Issue - A huge problem! [DontBuyAudi]
Nov 20, 2006 (1:51 pm)
I have a 2000 Audi TT and in general it wasn't too problem some until the Timing Belt snapped at just 49000 miles. This caused all of the engine problems that you guys have described above. I was driving at 70 mph on the freeway when it occurred. I lost the hydraulics and managed to pull the car over to the side lane. The towing charges alone were $250.00 by the time I got it to the dealer (Mirimar Audi). Audi USA and the dealership do not want to own up to the problem. After calling both parties and telling them that this is a known problem and that they should own it, they finally agreed on "20% good will". I am not happy with this and am still discussing this with them. They wanted 5000$ for the repair. The blue book value for the car is $14,000, somehow this doesn't make any sense to me. I will keep you posted on the outcome. I highly recommend folks to steer clear of the Audi TT.