2001 Audi TT Quattro


Despite the fact that it is bankrupting me, I honestly love it more than any car I've ever owned


Timing belt slipped at 83,000 miles; engine destroyed according to dealer service department resulting in a $9,200 new engine repair bill.

Cracked brake fluid reservoir and cooling fan assembly relpaced at 83,000 miles.

Rear Brake light relay failed at 79,000 miles and was replaced.

Pollen filter, ball joints (?) headlight assembly on driver's side all replaced at 78,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car drives like a dream.

Quick acceleration.

Smooth transmission changes.

Feels very stable in the corners.

Instrumentation looks great and is well placed.

The trunk has much greater capacity than you might expect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2006

6th Mar 2011, 22:03

A new engine at 83,000 miles?! My Ford has 183,000 miles and is still going strong with the original motor... Just saying.

21st Sep 2011, 04:23

The timing belt slipped. It's not an engine failure. Its improper servicing. The timing belts on all 1.8T engines need to be changed every 50 000 km to avoid slipping and snapping.

2001 Audi TT Quattro 1.8 turbo


Awesome roadster!


The instrument cluster had to be replaced from a bad temperature gauge, but I bought the extended warranty which covered it.

Windows do leak a little in the rain.

General Comments:

People either love it or hate it, and I love it. I have a friend who had constant problems with her 1.8 180 HP coupe, but I have not had anything I didn't know about going into it.

I read these other reviews, and I guess people think this is a luxury sedan. It's a roadster people! It's built for windy roads and sporty driving. The suspension is way more comfortable than my old Mustang GT, and the handling is second to none.

I chipped it and added a diverter valve, and I highly recommend both. Neither will eliminate my warranty according to Carmax, and it helps decrease turbo lag and add responsiveness.

Don't think I will ever be able to part with it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2006

2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster 1.8T


Buying this car is a costly and frustrating mistake


Timing belt failed at 77,000 miles causing engine damage.

Mass Airflow Sensor Failed.

Combination Valve Failed.

Turbo cooling oil return lines leaked.

Instrument Cluster seriously malfunctioned and required replacement.

Headlight Assembly failed and replaced.

Turn signal relay replaced.

Heated mirror switch replaced.

Fuel Sender pumps failed and required replacement.

Ball joints worn prematurely and required replacement.

Engine mount disintegrated and required replacement.

Axel seal leaked and replaced.

Window seals leak when it rains.

Leather seats were permanently damaged by exposure to one brief rain shower.

General Comments:

This vehicle handles well - when it runs. Two failures have left me stranded on the side of the road in less than 8 months. Many other failures have required lengthy and expensive repairs. I would never buy another Audi or Volkswagen. I purchased this vehicle with about 55,000 miles on it and it now has around 77,000. All of these problems have occurred since my purchase.

Car is very sluggish off the line and remains so until approximately 3,000 RPM. Car is far heavier than I expected and absolutely must be equipped with very good all season tires or dedicated snow tires if it will be driven in the winter. Fuel economy is good (27-30 MPG) between 55 and 65 MPH, but drops into the low 20s or lower when driven around town or at higher highway speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th July, 2006

14th Jul 2006, 10:03

Its sluggish off the line because its only a 1.8 liter engine and the turbo doesn't spool up until 3000 rpms like most other turbos. Also when you do use that turbo a lot, the gas mileage drops significantly.

3rd Aug 2006, 03:40

I agree, sluggish off the line and does leak in the rain.

A chip and diverter valve really solve that though. Sounds like the person you bought it from screwed it up before you got it. I have driven mine from 40-55K so far with no service issues, and love driving it!