2001 Audi TT Reviews - Page 5 of 5

2001 Audi TT 180 Roadster 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carMaserati TC

Summary:

A distinctive car that is fun to drive and a great value as well

Faults:

Nothing!!!

General Comments:

A great looking car that is fun to drive. Its styling is distinctive inside and out. Some detractors say it's a "squashed bug" or "Porsche wanna-be", but the fact remains that it instantly generates love/hate comments from all lookers. Other manufacturers are copying the style, the Lexus convertible being a recent example. The interior styling is excellent too, particularly if the optional ball glove seats are chosen.

Long distance driving in this car is a pleasure. either on freeways or rural "twisty-turnys". I'm always looking forward to my next trip and it's hard to keep the smile off your face. You can find better cornering cars (boxster) or faster cars (the 225 TT or the S2000), but for the non-racer the 180 TTR gives great performance for the $. (Now that the S2000 has a real glass rear window it's also an excellent value, but for me the cockpit is cramped and the engine is unremarkable unless you keep the tach at the noisy high end.) The only negative I have is that the suspension can make the ride on some older poorly maintained roads a bit punishing.

Another important item for me is trunk space and the 180 TTR has the largest usable trunk space in its class (more than the 225 TTR too), large enough to hold my luggage, beach chair and boogie board for a vacation at the beach.

The bumper to bumper warranty and free routine service for 50K miles means the only thing you have to buy is tires and gas. With 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway (excellent numbers for a sports car), you can't get much lower in operational expenses.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2002

2001 Audi TT Roadster 1.8 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

The best, most fun car I've ever driven

Faults:

No mechanical failures or problems of any kind.

General Comments:

An extremely stylish car that blends exceptional good looks with above average performance and reliability.

The all-wheel drive handles like a dream and the electronic stability program allows me to drive with confidence in all kinds of weather.

This is my third Audi. It won't be my last. Manufacturer and dealer support has been excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2002

2001 Audi TT 225 Quattro 1.8 turbo four from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo four Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired160 miles
Most recent distance7600 miles
Previous carInfiniti G20

Summary:

Not a bad car, but it IS all about style

Faults:

Wind noise from side windows (a common problem with this model which has frame-less windows)

The car has a few more rattles and buzzes than one might expect in a $40,000 car.

Rims incredibly easy to scuff.

General Comments:

A small, but substantial car that can't seem to quite decide whether it is a sports car like the Boxster or a sports coupe like the 330ci -- as a result it manages to be both impractical and uncomfortable. However, looks, feels and sounds elusively special, which somewhat makes up for its shortcomings.

Low end power is nonexistent, but the car is very quick once the turbo kicks in over 3000 rpm. Midrange power on the highways is excellent.

Averaging 22.5 mpg in mixed driving, which is worse than one might expect.

Like driving a very small, sleek tank -- outward visibility is remarkably poor.

Interior, exterior detailing is as good as they say. You will never be able to look at or sit in a mainstream Japanese or American car again without feeling slightly disgusted with the mediocrity and apathy of its designers.

Despite the rattles the car has been free of problems during the 8 months I've owned it.

Unbelievable traction on both dry and slippery roads, handles well, but at 3,400 pounds it's surprisingly heavy and thus surprisingly deliberate in its responses.

Considered on its own merits, it's a good car. The fact that it has so much Golf/Jetta/New Beetle DNA in it (and more all the time) rankles. Ultimately, even as an owner I must admit that this car embodies the classic Billy Crystal tagline "it is better to look good than to feel good." The TT is a sweet looker married to a decent, but rather pedestrian powertrain (especially the mildly embarrassing 180 hp fwd coupe which says "I paid $10,000 to have my Beetle Turbo squashed). It's too bad that BMW and Audi can't do a joint venture combining the M Coupe powertrain with the TT body and interior -- now THAT would be a legendary car and not just the flavor of the month.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2002

2001 Audi TT 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance3500 kilometres

Summary:

Awesome car, great value

Faults:

Great car has a few "ghosts".

Back shelf rattles.

CD player has weird noises.

Otherwise this is money well spent on an expensive toy.

General Comments:

Every small detail has been thought out, there is nothing I don't like about this car. Interior is amazing.

I only have the 180 but it has more power than will ever be allowed on my roads. Not that I would ever test it out :>

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2001

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