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      11.02.2010 11:40

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      Looks amazing!

      I've had this car for almost 2 years now and its amazing. I love it. I'm not a car fanatic myself. My first car was a honda civic 3 door, this is my second. Its smooth to drive and looks great. I've not had any problems with it so far. Sorry don't have much detail/review on the specs of the car coz i dont knw much about cars. Just that its a good drive! The one i have is a 2 litre.

      I would def recommend this car. Petrol and service prices are a bit high but i hardly drive it much anyway. For the looks...its worth it! lol

      Only disadvantage is the back. There are 2 seats in the back but don't bother trying to fit someone in there unless they are very small. I've sat in the back myself and feel claustrophobic! But its good if u dont have to give poeple lifts etc, im usually myself plus 1 in the front.

      I have a usb device for the music, i highly recommend this. Very convenient.

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      28.08.2005 23:37
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      Quite pricey to buy but well worth the money!

      It was love at first sight. As soon as I saw the trademark lines and voluptuous, sweeping curves I knew I had to have one....the Audi TT.
      The only problem was that at the time (around 1998 when the TT was first released) I was still in my teens and I knew that I didn’t stand a chance for a good few years!

      Originally designed to be nothing more than a concept car, the TT is one of the only cars that has gone for such a long period without a major facelift. A few tweaks and modifications have been applied over time but the overall appearance is still essentially the same. The bonus is that the TT has always looked ultra modern and still does to this day....so my original vision of owning an Audi TT has never really changed much.



      Well, I waited and waited and waited...until my hubby came home one evening a few months ago, all giddy and excited “Guess what I’ve found”...

      My first thought was that he’d picked a tenner up off the street or something but before I could say a word he continued (all in one breath)... “It’s a gorgeous Audi TT Coupe 225 at the Car People. ‘Y’ reg. Great condition. Low mileage. Bargain price and it’s even in your favourite colour - cherry red. You’ll love it. I’ve told them we’ll go and have a proper look tonight”.

      If I’m honest, I think my mind was probably made up before we even set off. He knew I wouldn’t take much persuading...and he was right! I melted as soon as I saw it and a week later we were returning to pick up our TT. I’ve finally got one at last!



      Now, you want to know about the car...

      The TT Coupe (which has a solid fixed roof, unlike the soft top Roadster) has a 1.8 litre, 20V, turbo charged engine which makes it a rather swift drive. It’s available as either a 180 or a 225 which refers to the BHP of the particular model. Apart from being slightly faster and approximately £2500 more expensive (brand new), the 225 can be spotted by some slight exterior differences such as headlight spray washers and a xenon headlight package. Not forgetting the sporty twin exhaust pipes which finish the look off perfectly. It is the 225 version that I am reviewing.

      The Audi TT also comes with an excellent range of standard features and equipment (such as alloy wheels, electric windows and electric mirrors for example) which will be mentioned in more detail throughout my review.



      Onto the interior...

      I’m sure virtually everyone knows what the TT looks like...the distinctive Audi styling presents a low level sporty machine with cute yet seductive curves. Well these curves are successfully echoed throughout the quality interior of the car too, showing complete attention to detail. The stylish design is bulbous and incorporates brushed steel trim enhancements on the gear stick, vent surrounds, door handles and branded flip down radio cover to name but a few.

      The typical Audi traits of solid build and quality materials are definitely apparent. The doors shut with a solid clunk and the interior plastic is strong and tough. The leather seats are extremely comfortable and even have variable heating as standard. This is amazing and a great feature as leather seats can be pretty chilly during the winter. You have to be careful though as the heaters are powerful and before you know it, they burn your bum!

      For general cabin temperature the TT has electronic climate control/air conditioning. This can be set to any required temperature which is maintained to keep you comfortable. Dust and pollen filters are also included but I can’t really comment on these because I don’t get irritated by pollen in the atmosphere anyway.

      The dash and centre console are attractively designed and have an eye-catching red glow for night time driving. An electronic interior display supplies general information. It shows ‘OK’ when you start up the engine or different symbols to signify if there’s a problem. For example, it lets you know if a door or the boot hasn’t shut properly, or quite simply if oil/water levels are running low.

      Interior storage is reasonable with a handy space down the centre (near the hand-brake) which is ideal for holding spectacles and there’s also quite a large compartment that is home to the remote petrol cap release, boot release and a button that turns the interior alarm sensors off. I suppose this feature means you could leave a dog inside without it triggering the alarm, although I wouldn’t like to think I was leaving my dog on those leather seats!

      The TT has a lockable glove box (which is quite spacious) that also contains a switch to disable the passenger airbag off so that a baby seat can be fitted.

      Regarding the sound system, various options are available at the time of purchase so used motors can have different specifications. The standard stereo is just a cassette player but this could be upgraded to a single slot CD player or more expensively, a six CD changer. Incidentally, the CD changer stores neatly in the rear armrest (a first aid kit lives in the compartment on the opposite side) so it’s hidden well out of view. The speaker system is either standard or upgraded to a brilliant BOSE sound system which really improves the sound quality. Worth looking out for if you are planning on purchasing a used TT.

      A lot of people think the TT Coupe has quite a claustrophobic feel. To start with, it’s low to get into and when you sit in it everything feels rather closed in, although it’s actually quite spacious. I think the shallow windows emphasize the low roofline as you haven’t got much clear space to either side. My interior is black (I think most TT’s are too) which has the immediate effect of bringing the cabin roof down even more. This doesn’t bother me though - there’s plenty of room in my little cocoon and it feels cosy and compact. My hubby finds it comfortable too and he’s 6’3” and a rather large build!

      The Coupe may have space up front but unfortunately the same can’t be said about the back. Unlike the TT Roadster there are some very small seats which are possibly suitable for kids but not very comfortable or practical for adults, particularly anybody tall. There isn’t much leg or head room. In fact it’s so close to the sloping back window (which unfortunately provides restricted rear visibility due to its size) that you have to be extremely careful closing the boot if you’ve got rear passengers.



      Talking of the boot...

      There is no external handle so it can only be opened from the inside of the car or using the release button on the central locking key fob. This is quite a good safety feature as it means that nobody (such as a thief) can open your boot, for example if you are stood waiting at traffic lights. And capacity? It’s deceptively large which is suprising for a sports car. I can easily fit my full weekly shopping in with no problem. In fact it’s a nice snug fit which means the bags don’t roll around and I don’t end up with AWOL spuds or tins of beans!
      I haven’t tried to fit suitcases in yet but specific TT luggage is available which comprises of three cases that fit in perfectly! It’s worth mentioning though that the back seats can be folded down to create additional boot space if required.



      Safety and security....

      It’s quite a well known fact that the original TTs did have some issues regarding high speed handling and subsequent safety but those models were recalled and altered (a rear spoiler fitted and suspension improved) and any cars produced after that had the same faults taken into account and remedied before they left the showroom. I can honestly assure you that the problems have been addressed and the drive is now really stable, comfortable and the Audi Quattro four wheel drive makes the handling so precise (in all weather) that I’m confident about every turn and corner that I take. The 6 speed gear box responds really well and the nicely weighted power steering helps manouvere the car with ease. The ABS breaking system is also excellent and combined with the ESP (electronic stability programme, a form of traction control) my mind is really put at rest when I’m out and about.

      The ESP can be turned off at the touch of a button and a lot of TT owners claim that this creates a more exhillerating drive. Not for me I’m afraid - it’s been included as an additional safety feature for a reason so I’m happy for it to stay switched on!

      Should you be unfortunate enough to have an accident in a TT it’s reassuring to know that driver, passenger and side airbags are included as standard.

      General security is provided by deadlocks and an alarm system. Should someone actually manage to break in, they won’t get very far as an engine immobiliser is also fitted.



      Performance and running costs...

      I’ve never had any mechanical problems with my TT (touch wood)) but I’ve been informed that replacement parts can unfortunately be quite expensive, as is servicing which is a necessary contributing factor in keeping your TT in tip-top condition. Insurance isn’t the cheapest around either due to the desirability of the car and drops in at group 19.
      Doesn’t sound good so far but you’ll be pleased to know that depreciation is minimal and the TT seems to hold its price well - hence the fairly high second hand prices. For example, look at a model from 1999 and you can expect to pay about £11000. A later version, say 2002, would cost you about £14000. Compared to the brand new price of approximately £28000, you will see that there is a fairly substantial drop in value but it then evens itself off and depreciates at a steady rate.

      Regarding the performance, this little gem has a top speed of approximately 150mph and can hit 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds (bearing in mind that these figures relate to the 225 model and not the 180). It delivers an average of 30.7mpg. This doesn’t sound particularly economical but it’s not bad for its type and as with any car, this figure alters dramatically depending on how you choose to drive it. I won’t deny it though - the TT is quite a thirsty motor. A handy feature on the cars internal computer display system is a counter telling you approximately how many miles are left in the tank. I try not to let the droppng of the the petrol gauge distract me too much though. In fact, I love getting into my TT so much that I don’t even think about it (until it’s time to fill up, of course). This car is such a pleasure to drive that I look forward to setting off for work in a morning!



      Jeremy Clarkson recently described the Audi TT as being boring to drive but I disagree. I suppose that it would perhaps seem quite tame to someone who is lucky enough to test drive Ferraris and Aston Martins for a living....but for little old me it’s fantastic! It oozes sophistication but still maintains an element of fun. An exceptional balance between looks, speed and overall performace has been achieved.

      TT-rrific!

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        11.07.2002 06:53
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        we have one of these cars and it is totally wicked! it has features galore from heated leather seats right down to little head light wipers that come out of a little hole and wipe your lights clean! the main appeal of this car is the speed, yet small engine. at just a 1.8, this can be an economical car when used before the turbos kick in, or it can be a very fun car once you start using the turbos! it took ages for me to persuade my dad to let me drive his TT, but once he finally did let me (he was drunk, he had no other way of getting home) it was well worth the wait! the car goes from 0-60 in about 6 secs which is very fast for someone whos used to driving aroung a fiat brava!! this car goes like a bullet!! it handles corners superbly- that is the most exhillerating thing about the TT. but the thing is, you get a very smooth ride. for some people, that might take away some of the thrill of going fast, but for me, it made it all the more appealing-- this car isnt just a speedy car, its a comfort car, made for you to feel comfy in- and safe- no matter how fast you go, you still feel safe. the interior is unique- its all colour coded and looks simple but very stylish. it has everything you could want in a car for the price you pay (£25,000 new) which i think is very reasonable considering the multi-purposes this car can have and the originality of the design-- have you ever seen any other car like the TT? there is always a down side. there is practically no space in the back so, unless you have very small friends, you wouldnt be able to go cruisin' in a group of more than 2! (although come to think of it, i do fit rather nicely sitting accross the back seat) but the boot space is good- nice big space to dump all those shopping bags! and it looks best in silver. fantastic car. go and buy one, you know you want to... :)

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          02.04.2002 06:48
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          I'm a designer for a "very large" software company. In my profession lines and curves are my trademarks and without a doubt the Audi TT has it all. First the exterior. The strokes and dashes of sweeping curves just glide from the 4 Audi rings all the way to the gorgeous rear finish. The joins are German engineered so they never interfere with the flowing sweeps. Even now the TT is coming up to it's 4th year it's still a head turner. Moving into the interior, the strong tough plastic is complimented by the drops of Audi silver. As soon as enter the cabin you can feel the quality; the leather seats are made to last, the door shuts with a solid clunk. From the way the red dash console glows out, to the neat way the windows open slightly as you open the doors it's in a class of it's own. This car wasn't manufactured, it was dream made reality.

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            17.10.2001 07:30

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            cool - Advantages: speed - Disadvantages: high price

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            26.09.2001 07:01
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            Well I finally went out and got one. Here's the six month update with all the highs and lows of "practical" ownership..... Firstly I still love it. I opted (by means of a rather long and complicated story which I won't bore you with) for "Arrow Grey Pearlescent" - check it out in your Audi TT brochure. What do you mean you don't have one!!! Anyway rather than end up with the "easy option" Silver Met finish (which must account for around 60-70% of all TT's!) mine arrived in what soon became nicknamed "Primer Grey Pearlescent" by all who saw it. However it did stand out from the crowd of normal TTs quite noticeably!!! Although I have to admit to being somewhat unsure, this soon grew on me, plus the number of notes left on the windscreen asking what colour it was and the number of conversations it started!!! Having an unusual colour does help now there are quite a few around, and it needs something to stand out from the crowd. (Imola Yellow is now available so be warned when it comes to choose my next one!) Internally I opted for the Denim blue leather (again it's a long story - and no it wasn't a bet!!!) which although striking at first became a firm favourite over rather dull dark greys etc. which tend to be the norm. Living with the car was more practical than I had expected, although a few things took some getting used to despite having owned and driven a good number of sports cars and coupes in the past. The first notable thing is the visibility. It's like, well, driving whilst looking down a tunnel to the front. The side mirrors aren't much help and fortunately the rear view is reasonable. Over-the-shoulder out the side (for reversing) is fairly restricted also so, visibility-wise it's a bit lacking. Also the side windows start pretty high up and finish pretty low down (i.e. they aren't very high), so automatic ticket barriers, drive-ins and the like can be a bit of a pain. However it does strangely
            make you feel rather cocooned and protected, and internally headroom is good even if you are reasonably tall. Getting in and out is prone to a few head-bumps also with the shape heading to quite low door apertures, however it does feel like you are getting into a proper sports car! Forget the rear seats for any practical use. The rear slopeback window cuts most of the headroom off, and with the seats in normal position (i.e. you aren't short-legged in front) then there's no foot space either. However it does come in useful for your coat/jacket - NB suitwearers may be a bit perturbed to find a lack of a jacket hook. However you didn't buy a TT for rear seat space I suspect! Incidentally be warned - don't get any passengers in the back seat with the rear hatch up - when you close it you may either shorten them by a few inches or break your rear glass! (there are warnings on the car). If you have the optional CD changer installed (de rigeur) and BOSE sound system (highly recommended) then if you aren't shown where the CD changer is it may take you a little time to find it to the extent you may think they forgot it at the factory. However on the left hand side in the rear compartment on the "pseudo-armrest for rear passenger" (read slightly curved plastic) is a little flap & latch (the right hand one has a tell-tale first aid symbol to give the clue it's where the first aid kit hides) - under THERE is your CD-changer. Nice and neat and I imagine a lot harder to remove by any car thief. Speaking of security, the TT has a very good rating in the What Car security tests, and includes immobiliser, alarm, ultrasonic detection, deadlocks etc. It also has those small windows too!!! The "boot" (read small flat space under "parcel" shelf at rear is just about large enough for one suitcase (not too thick), although a set of golf clubs will need the rear seats folded down. The rear seats have a split folding, but ge
            nerally you either need both or none, so I wasn't convinced a split seat helped here. The "parcel shelf" is removable but it serves no use to do so except to access the glass or reveal your boot contents. Internally much has been said about the wonderful styling. It's practical too, with some oddities like the concealed switches in the centre "console" (read: tube) for fuel flap release, boot release and ultrasonic sensor disable. The switches aren't unattractive so why make it you have to slide a panel to access them every time! Fortunately the rear hatch can also be released by the remote control (this ended up being the default as there is no external release handle) but having the fuel flap on remote would have been a nice touch, although I loved driving into Petrol stations and flipping up the fuel flap as I pulled up at the pump (a la Formula 1). Electric window switches were also in a bit of an odd place behind the pull handles, but this seemed to work well once found. Seats are good and comfortable even for longish journeys, with lumbar adjustment and seat heating (a pop out rotary control for heat levels from warm to toast). Another odd bit - the windscreen wash filler is in an odd place - along the edge of the bonnet edge covered by the bonnet. Driving is of course great fun, although after a while you wish it had that little bit more power (despite a 225 bhp engine). Handling is exemplary and sure-footed. Ecomomy isn't bad either - averaging 25-30mpg even with some fairly heavy footedness at times! Biggest Pain? - the demist is AWFUL!!! If it mists up (and it seems to do very frequently in Winter/Spring/Autumn) it takes forever to demist despite Airconditioning etc. until the engine has warmed up. Also the dash main moulding could have been made to look a little more "expensive" - it looks a bit cheapy plastic which spoils the effect. Standard six spoke all
            oys are nice and pretty easy to clean, and the dual exhausts look the part. The new rear spoiler, front curved bumper and one or two moulding lines at the rear mean that car washes won't get all the dirt off and you will end up finishing it by hand (or make it more of a chore by hand). Nice touches - the side windows drop slightly when opening the doors and close again when the door is shut to get the best seal - this really throws people when they notice until you explain. Reliability - faultless. Build Quality - excellent. PS. You can just about get a baby seat into the rear if needed, but its not too practical. However if you *must* have a TT and a kiddy seat then this is the one to opt for as the Roadster loses the back seats for the power roof/roll protection hoops and electric wind deflector. Love it love it love it. And they've dropped the prices again!

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              I first saw the sex god on wheels in Germany. We were going to the pub one night when ahead of us was this little beast of a car that I had never seen the likes of before. As we got near to it I could hear a faint whisper – ‘come on Mel, you know you want me, haven’t you been waiting all your life to meet me? I know you want to ride me, feel the wind through your hair as I take you to heaven and back’ (ahem – sorry). Anyway the love affair with the Audi TT Coupe began. Thankfully they were not available in this country, so I couldn’t get out of control whenever I saw one. Then two months back I saw one being driven near my home. This old bloke of about 60 was driving it about 20 mph down a dual carriageway!! I wanted to drag him from the drivers seat and shown him how this baby should be driven. I didn’t I just went sailing past him in my Rover 25 shaking my head sadly. Now for the details: The Audi TT is available in two designs – the Coupe version has a hard roof, the roadster version a soft top. Engine size is 1.8 with a bhp of 180 or 225. It does 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph (Bet I could beat that!) and it does 30 miles to the gallon. It has a 6 speed gearbox and is the mother of all cars (sorry) It comes with an amazing range of standard equipment – Five spoke alloy wheels Driver and passenger airbags Dust and pollen filter - cool or what! Anti theft device – keep your paws off! Electric windows, door mirrors Heated windscreen washer jets First aid kit Electronic climate control (air conditioning) Fully zinc galvanised body (no rust for a while then!) Heated front seats (no cold bum on leather on a winters morning) I could go on and on and on Anyway more and more of them started to appear on the roads – I even saw one with the registration T1 TOY (don’t y
              ou just hate some people). So I asked around to see if anyone knew how much one of these were. I was told – ‘oh I think the bog standard one is about £16,000’. So then after pointing out several (hundred) to Mr F and whining loudly about how unfair life was he said I could enquire about buying one. (AT this point I started to scream loudly, shouting how much I loved Mr F and how I knew he was ‘the one’ for me!) Anyway when we arrived home I phoned Hartwell’s Audi in Birmingham for a price. I asked how much the bog standard version was. I was informed sniffily that Audi TT were not available in bog standard but the bottom range version was £24,700. £24,700 £24,700 Maybe if we had the kids adopted, I could return to work full time, be the best engineer in the world, maybe in around 2 years be earning in excess of £30,000, sell my body in Balsall Heath (nah take too long). £24,700 I couldn’t believe they were so much! How come everyone had one, how come they were flaunting their babies at me (I mean some woman even turned up in the mother and baby space opposite me in Safeway the other day in one and SHE HAD A BABY SEAT IN THE BACK) There is just no justice in this world. Is not fair. So, my dream continues, I am back writing opinions, working extra hours, (not got as far as selling meself yet J) But I will persevere. I have gotta get me one of these For sheer pleasure and enjoyment go to www.audi.co.uk you can build your own specification Audi TT and drool over the lovely pictures while doing so. But remember whatever you do don't buy one of these cars until I have got one!!!! Thanks for reading

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                When I first saw the TT I thought what a wicked car audi have made. The TT Roadster combines a no-compromise design with outstanding high performance and can generate enthusiasm in anyone with a passion for driving. It is available with either a 180- or a 225-horsepower 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged five-valve engine. The 225-horsepower engine is now also available in the hot-selling TT Coupe In black, the Audi TT Coupe looks a bit evil; not reptilian, but rather "beetle like" (pun intended.) After all, it shares its basic underpinnings with the VW Golf which is also used in the New Beetle). From its short wheelbase to its low overall height the proportions and curves of this car conspire to generate more stares per gallon than almost anything on the road. Folks in other vehicles perform whiplash inducing maneuvers to get a better view as it passes by or runs alongside, creating all kinds of work for chiropractors. All segments of the population stare at this thing, young and old, rich and poor; they want to know what it is. Spend a few moments talking about it and you'll sense the universal appeal. After discussing it with your new found friends, best watch your head, you're liable to whack it on the low roofline as you enter! Another appointment to see the chiropractor, please.

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