2003 Audi TT Reviews

2003 Audi TT Quattro 1.8L turbo from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8L turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 kilometres
Most recent distance133000 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

Gentleman's sports car! Drive one!

Faults:

Had the famous coil issue, and at seven years old Audi honored the recall!

I had one issue where the car died on the highway and left me stranded over an ignition relay!!!

General Comments:

I own an older Porsche 911; this Audi shows its lineage well! The Porsche is a tricky monster to handle, and is the kind of car you must always be diligent with or you will suffer! The Audi is way easier to drive, much more refined I guess, shift points are very forgiving.

You can drive this car to work everyday and still use it to tick off all the kids in their right hand drive Nissan beaters!

It is my everyday driver including winter, the Quattro system with ESP and trac control make it an amazing car for our winters in Canada.

The defrost system could be somewhat stronger.

I also own a Chevy Blazer to tow my toys and a little Suzuki X-90 I keep at the cottage for beach runs! Both of these have also served me well.

Recently rented a Mazda 3 while on business, believe me... friends don't let friends drive Mazda's! What a horrible uncomfortable car.. it did get great gas mileage though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2010

2003 Audi TT 1.8T from Singapore

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8T Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance55000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124

Summary:

Fast - makes others furious!

Faults:

Wipers are making noises on the windscreen.

General Comments:

Super fast VW - with a perfect classic coupe shape - despite new model and R8 having arrived.

1.8T engine is reliable and loud... and fast for a city state driving.

For handling reasons, it is faster along the roads than the equivalent 1.8T VW Golf GTI. Other (Japanese saloon) cars have tried to keep up, and almost fall off the roads on bends! (Probably says more about local drivers than the car!)

Difficult to park due to rounded bodyshape.

Cabin is all black - but suits the style.

More stylish than everyone else's SLK; and you can even stow two kiddies in the back.

Boot is surprisingly big. A very low car compared to our two SUVs we drive!

Yes - it consumes 95 petrol in a rate comparable to the performance used!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 2008

2003 Audi TT Quattro 1.8 5-valve turbo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.8 5-valve turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired57445 miles
Most recent distance58448 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

If you want sporty, economic, and cost effective, there isn't a better choice out there

Faults:

So far there hasn't been any problems whatsoever, knock on wood. I would hope not seeing that I've only owned the vehicle 2 weeks and have driven 1,000 miles.

General Comments:

1.8 Turbo. Ridiculously fast for what it is. Typically, I am not one to push a car to the limit all the time, but in the TT, I do occasionally find myself giving it a little more than I would have ever considered in my previous car (Ford Mustang).

Handling is absolutely amazing. It's so forgiving, whether it be a turn at 30 or a hairpin at 45, it all feels the same with the all-wheel drive and traction control; Only an idiot could lose it in a curve.

Black... what can I say? Extremely hard to keep clean. I find myself cleaning it 3-4 times a week, but it's so enjoyable. It's definitely an attention getter.

Everyones Fav; Gas mileage. It all depends on how you drive it. I've gotten average 28-30 mpg, but if you drive it hard you can watch your average mpg meter drop in just a few minutes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2008

2003 Audi TT FWD 1.8 turbo from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.2 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

Do not buy an Audi!!! Ever!!!

Faults:

- Major oil leak! Fixed for $1200; replaced head gasket!

- 2nd Major oil leak! Cracked turbo housing!!! Did not fix; $2,550, hell no!

- Coolant leak from the little motor that runs after car is turned off; $450 fix!!! Had to!!

- Electrical nightmare! Gauges pooped out; $550 fix.

- Timing belt; what a rip off; $900!!

- 3rd oil leak!!! From the cams!!! $700 from Audi!!!

I had almost 300,000 miles on my Acura and nothing like this crap happened to it... I want my Acura back...

- Oh, the automatic tranny needs replacing, gave someone else that problem.

- I bought an 03' to avoid these problems!!! I was WRONG!!! Thanks crappy Audi!!!

General Comments:

I hate Audi!!! This was my second TT and I now tell people to buy well, anything else!!!

My friend had an 02' A6 and he is having electrical problems and oil leaks... He sold it after I talked to him.

DO NOT BUY AUDI!!! People that own Audi's don't tell you about these little problems, because they are embarrassed. I was!!!

I now bought an "01' Acura CL type S" and it smokes Audi's!!! Even ones all tricked out. One even broke while I was driving next to it on the highway, just went up in smoke, I could only laugh!!!

I stopped and talked to the guy, and told him about my problems with my previous 2 Audi's, and he said he had the SAME problems!!!! AUDI SUCKS!!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th January, 2008

14th Mar 2008, 10:12

I own a 2001 Audi TT. I agree, do not even think about buying an AUDI that's not on maintenance plan. The reliability and cost issues are shocking. Tensioner upon Tensioner upon turbo replacement and cracked gasket covers, stay away!!

14th Mar 2008, 16:27

Are you the original owner or did you buy this vehicle used? If used, it might have been abused by a previous owner. I chose my 2008 TT given the well above average maintenance ratings given by a number of car specialists including Consumer Reports. I hang on to vehicles for 10-15 years and pass them on in great running condition. Very happy with the 2008.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 6 reviews