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Audi TT, Coupe, Convertible
#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 $14,000, somehow this doesn't make any sense to me. I will keep you posted on the outcome. I highly recommend folks to steer clear of the Audi TT.
#11 of 49 Re: Timing Belt Issue - A huge problem! [dontbuyaudi]
Dec 06, 2006 (9:09 pm)
I managed to get 30% out of Audi. Costing 3000$ for the repairs in the end. Totally unimpressed by Audi management and the way they handled this case. The top guys at Audi dealership are saying not to buy German cars including Audi. Wish they would have told me that when I pulled out my checkbook.
I wrote a letter to the corporate head quarters and they didnt have the courtesy to respond to my mail. I guess they didnt want to formally acknowledge that they sell a POS product that they cannot stick by. The women called me up from Audi's office and told me explicitly that she would not send a response but that she did receive my letter. I asked her if she knew that the AUDI TT has an "interference" engine and she had NO clue. I am not done with AUDI, but settled for repairs of the car just to close the dilemna in the short term.
#12 of 49 Does this affect all 1.8L TTs?
Aug 29, 2007 (1:12 pm)
I am thinking about buying a 2004 TT 225 Convertible with 63,000 miles. Is the timing belt still issue with later year build cars. All the problems I have seen relate to 2000-01 MY??? Thanks very much
#13 of 49 Replace timing belt at 23,000 miles?
Sep 08, 2007 (9:36 am)
My 2001 TT has 23,000 miles and dealer says I should replace the timing belt now because of age. Also says there is no way to tell whether it is likely to go or not so best to replace. Car otherwise has been well maintained and only problems have been typically electrical. But I do live in SoCal desert area so car is driven and garaged in very hot area. Am I taking a stupid gamble to stretch another year or three of low mileage driving or should I bite the $1700 (including water pump etc) bullet?
#14 of 49 Audi TT timing...Poor college student needs advice on timing!!!
Oct 01, 2007 (3:58 pm)
I just bought a 2001 Audi TT 1.8T 225HP for $6500.00 I practically stole the damn thing from my friend! My biggest concern is with the timing belt. As a previous Volkswagon owner, I've heard nothing but horror stories reguarding both VW & Audi's timing belt issues. Right now it has 93,000 miles and runs like a champion! Still fast as hell, especially when you grab the gears just right.
This raises a few questions:
-Should I replace the timing belt as soon as I have the money??
-Is it okay to have someone other than an Audi dealer change it?
-Also, on average what can I expect to pay?
Poor ass 23 year old college student!
#15 of 49 Re: Audi TT timing...Poor college student needs advice on timing!!! [provosc]
Nov 01, 2007 (1:27 pm)
Absolutely change the belt now. It is way past the time it should be replaced, inspite of what the manufacturer recommends. When I walk into my dealers shop now, they verbally recommend that you have it taken care of at 60k miles.
I dont know what it costs when you are proactive and nip the issue in the butt. After the fact, minus the towing charges and inconvenience that it causes you expect to pay anywhere from 2k to 5k.
#16 of 49 2002 TT Timing Belt
Nov 16, 2007 (6:38 pm)
OMG! I am soooo sick to my stomach. I live in NY and was at a training session in Enfield CT. I got in my car to go home, it started, I backed it out, it stalled and never started again. I had no idea it was the timing belt, we thought it was the battery so we must have cranked the engine dozens of times. Needless to say, my car had to be towed to an Audi dealer in MA and that is where it is now. The tech told me it most likely is the belt and that the head will probably need to be replaced but he had to spend more time with it to know the extent of the damage. If the head is blown it will most likely cost $5K to fix. So, I'll wait to hear what the outcome will be for my car 2 states away. I turned 90K on that drive and the maint schedule says to change at 105K. I wish I had read this post miles ago..............I love my car, but I decided long ago I will never buy another Audi because of other strange issues that needed to be repaired while the car was still young - I owned it for 3 weeks and the turbo hose fell off at 75 mph, at 51K - 1K miles after the warranty expired and 2 weeks after I brought it in for service a pump and a bunch of vacuum hoses needed to be fixed to the tune of $998. The cruise control no longer works, every now and then the car hesitates while shifting, my side reflector is always falling off, the gas gauge is whacky...it's crazy... Good luck all... say a prayer for me...
#17 of 49 Re: Timing Belt Issue - A huge problem! [tterrible]
Nov 21, 2007 (11:57 am)
if you went 132k on any Honda without changing the timing belt, you were living on borrowed time for 82,000 miles, it's well known that those belts go too, and that 50k is a prudent time to change, just like 60k is good on the 1.8t Audi/VW and 80k is a good time for the 2.8 Audi/VW V6. Even on Mercedes-Benz, with robust timing chains and no specified maint. interval, going over 100k without changing is Russian roulette.
#18 of 49 2002 TT Timing Belt
Dec 15, 2007 (9:12 pm)
So, it cost $6139.58 to rebuild my engine, and the car still intermittently hesitates! All I can say is that I am disgusted. This thing better run forever now.
My maintenance book clearly states that the belt should be replaced at 105K miles. I don't care what anyone says or what anyone knows, if that is not accurate Audi needs to inform its customers or take responsibility. Why the hell does the book say 105K if the thing breaks at 40, 60 or 90????
It's funny how the Audi rep said that some people decide not to fix the car, and he keeps them and fixes them himself and has a new car! I bet he was hoping I would leave my $42K car up there too.
It's a joke. Never again. I drove my 1989 Jeep Wrangler into the ground for almost 14 years. I never changed a timing chain or belt or hardly anything else for that matter. I abused that truck. I still have the thing sitting on my property. I could have rebuilt the entire truck for less than 6K and driven it another 14 years! To think I put it to pasture in 2002 to get this TT.