2004 Audi TT Review from North America

2004 Audi TT Roadster 1.8 turbo

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Don't get a TT Roadster under any circumstances!

Faults:

The convertible-top water drain tubes leaked almost constantly when it rained, causing the interior foot wells to be soaked and severe condensation to build up in the trunk. It took half a dozen trips to the dealer and insistence that I see the regional service manager before the dealer was able to identify the problem. Turned out that the drain tubing had collapsed, allowing rain water to collect inside the vehicle.

After the problem was finally fixed, the car had a musty smell that wouldn't go away. I couldn't wait to turn the car in at the end of the lease.

This is such a common problem with these cars that it's clearly a design issue, and that these cars should be avoided. I have owned three Audis, and the last two have been so problematic, I won't buy another one - indicative of the difficulties Volkswagen is having.

General Comments:

This car could have been fun, but the drain problems spoiled any joy of ownership. The dealer was not helpful or sympathetic either, and tried to blame the leak problem on me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th March, 2008

20th Sep 2008, 20:53

I am currently experiencing the EXACT same problem, but the Audi people are trying to tell me my drain problems are from the "outside elements". They seem to be telling me that because I do not garage park my car, that this is causing my cars problem, with water draining into the car. I'm furious! They said they will pay for the "repair" one more time, and then I'm on my own, to pay for it. I think it will end up as a lawsuit, because Im with you. It seems like it is a design flaw... and we shouldn't have to pay for this problem...!! I have LOVED my car, in the way it looks and its so fun to drive, BUT I'm very disappointed with the way Audi of America is handling it too.

Average review marks: 2.8 / 10, based on 1 review