2001 Audi TT Reviews

2001 Audi TT Quattro 1.8L turbo AWD from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.8L turbo AWD Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carLexus IS

Summary:

A future classic; reliable and the best bang for buck there is in a used European car

Faults:

Nothing!

Has been a reliable and inexpensive car since I purchased it. This is only due to the previous owner having a full Audi history.

Previous owner had something replaced in the seat, that Audi replaced out of the warranty period due to it being faulty. Audi service seems to have a good reputation from all of the European car companies in Australia.

Like any car, this car requires TLC or at least someone who is willing to get it serviced at the dealer.

General Comments:

By far the best bang for buck you can get in a European car of this age and price. A car where you can sincerely feel the quality. A car that will no doubt be considered a classic in 10 years.

I am a man who easily gets over his cars and changes frequently. I have owned a number of expensive exotic cars, as well as practical Japanese ones over the years. I share a BMW 125i coupe with my wife that she uses daily for her longer drive to work than I have. Having said this, and spending 3 times the price for the BMW new, I love this car more, prefer to drive it, and will definitely be holding this for a lot longer than any of my other previous cars.

Its lines, its feel when opening and closing the doors, the fun whipping it around bends, and the feedback from the steering wheel.

The beautiful interior that feels like a cabin on a jet; the red interior lights, the soft leather, the dash, the brushed chrome tastefully placed on the round aircon fans, gear knob and little switches for the electric windows. This beautiful brushed chrome extends onto the glove box etched with "Quattro". Audi definitely put a lot of passion into building this car, that can still be felt, admired and seen in how she holds herself and is reliable after all these years.

A beautiful car to drive. Sure it may not have the power of our BMW, but it is fuel efficient, has beautiful feedback when driving, and brings a smile to my face when I park her and look at her upon leaving and returning.

My mechanic, who is a German car specialist, says that this model TT (8N) was built far better than the new ones (8J) that are in far higher volume today.

If you are a person who loves his/her cars, then you will come to a point where you are in a conflict where your mind is saying 'No' but your heart is screaming 'YES' to take the plunge and purchase something that was built with passion like an Alfa Romeo. Before you do, definitely consider the first Audi TT - that way your heart and mind are equally satisfied.

If this has helped you please comment; I would love to see that I convinced (and made happy) someone that is now an Audi TT owner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2013

2001 Audi TT Quattro 225 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 225 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance278000 miles

Summary:

Great all wheel drive, good handling, 32 MPG and runs forever

Faults:

Very little has failed, just have done good basic maintenance.

Change timing belt every 90k miles.

Replaced front wheel bearings at 120k miles.

Replaced sway bar bushings and end links.

5 sets of tires.

General Comments:

Best car ever in snow. I suggest going to 16 inch winter rims and a set of Blizzaks for the winter. The only thing that will slow you in the snow is traffic.

I have a 60 mile commute across central NH, and typically see snow 3-4 days a week in winter.

It's a fun car for all conditions, that has a low cost of operation. Will break 300,000 miles this spring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2013

2001 Audi TT 225 1.8 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

Do yourself a favour, buy something else

Faults:

Riddled with faults, which included:

Clutch pedal fell off while driving.

Oil sensor failed.

ABS sensor failed.

Bose head unit failed twice (number 3 faulty when sold).

Washer motor failed.

Indicators failed.

Instrument panel failed (1000 quid to fix).

Anti-roll bars had to be replaced.

Back springs both snapped; had to be replaced.

M.A.F failed.

All 4 coil packs replaced.

Windows rolled down on their own (never fixed).

Thermostat failed.

In the end it really was a case of 'OH S**T WHAT NEXT'.

I owned this car for 6 years and I did enjoy driving it. But I have to admit the day I traded it in, I celebrated.

General Comments:

Second to none interior build quality, iconic looks, excellent BOSE sound system (when it worked properly), and excellent road holding.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd November, 2011

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 21 reviews