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I have had the pleasure of driving around in a virtually brand new Audi TTS while my car was on holiday at the local garage. This has allowed me to get a really good poke around and get a real feel for the vehicle.
First things first. The convertible Audi TT is a car which you either love or hate as far as its looks go. Despite the newer TT being a massive improvement over the earlier versions, the car still looks like a mix between a beetle and a golf cart. There are definite positives like an improved from bumper which now includes a decent lip spoiler and a more aggressive styling. The rest of the bodywork and the internal components also look fairly decent. In fact, the inside of the car can feel a bit over the top with almost bucket-shaped seats and a sporty steering wheel.
Then there is the driving itself. The new TTS is equipped with a fairly decent Sport TipTronic gearbox with a Sport mode alongside the classic Drive. The Sports mode basically keeps your revs higher than standard drive and speeds them up more quickly, producing much more responsive torque. Both of these modes allow you to use the paddles behind the steering wheel and once you start using them, you have to continue doing so until you turn the manual mode off.
Being a 4-wheel drive car, its biggest advantage is stability on the road. Going round corners is easy and the car handles fairly well at speed. It does, however, always feel a bit small and does not have the sturdy presence of bigger cars with the same power.
In terms of all the extras, the car is fairly well equipped. The retractable roof can be put away or redeployed in seconds while parked at a traffic light. There are numerous storage compartments in the cabin which are necessary given the TT's tiny boot (you would struggle fitting one suitcase in there!). Last, but not least is the entertainment system. There is a CD changer which takes up almost the entire glove compartment. Moreover, the system has radio, MP3 connection, phone connection and a SatNav. The SatNav is fairly basic compared to some other new cars. The radio, however is great and the quality of the digital signal & sound quality is really very high.
I've owned my Audi TT 3.2 for 6 years now.. I bought it brand new and it was the second most expensive purchase I'd made (after my house!) However I've had some ups and downs with her and thought I'd share my experience with others who are thinking of buying one.
I do get ribbed for it being a hairdressers car, however my response is usually 'do you know many hairdressers that can afford one of these then'... however this doesn't put me off driving her at all... The 2004 model I have is very round and is bigger than it looks inside.. testiment to this was giving a lift to my 6ft 3 boss a few years ago and he managed to fit in which I think even he was surprised at... the headlights do have opaque and clear glass in them and the clear glass looks like a squashy heart to me but I'm a girl and I'm sure all the men driving them would completely disagree.. Mine has two chrome exhausts which keep clean well with a metal cleaner, however the Audi badge under the spoiler can get quite a bit of build up which needs a good scrub to get it off... the pressure washer doesn't get it off alone..
The layout inside the car is well though out...one of the (many) reasons I preferred the TTR over the Z4 is because of the glass wind shield which comes up behind the seats. There are alot of convertibles out there where you have to physically put in the wind shield yourself and then you have to find somewhere to store it (usually behind the seat!) Nice touch.. It has a first aid kit behind the passenger seat and I opted to upgrade to have a sub woofer which nestles nicely between the seats too. It is nicely finished off with silver outlining the air blowers and also there is a silver flap over the stereo so you can opt to hide this away if you want.
As its 4 wheel drive it corners very well as you would expect.. I have a particular love of flooring it around roundabouts just to see how well she handles if I'm honest! It's a comfortable drive though as I've travelled to Scotland in her and I didn't get out with backache... and if you put the car into sports it becomes really twitchy as the engine allows more air into the engine however prepare to watch your fuel gauge go down... In standard auto the transmission is smooth and this would be largely down to the Direct Shift Gearbox which is essentially two gearboxes in the car which have preselected the gear above and below so the lag between gear changes is minimal.. in fact Jeremy Clarkson raved about this car when it first came out (although I think his opinion has changed since!)
There is also the tiptronic option which is essentially changing it manually through the gears, either through the gear stick or paddles on the steering wheel. I must admit I've come unstuck with the paddles a few times though when I'm turning a tight corner and need to change down as you have the steering wheel at 180 degrees and you're trying to click the paddle! So I'll admit I've been put off using it as much as a result.
As for reliability, I've had a few problems with the car and the gearbox in particular... in fact at one point I had a Fiat Panda 1.0 pull away quicker than me and I knew at that point it definitely wasn't right! However when I bought the car the DSG was very new so I would hope by now that they have sorted out any problems with it in the newer models.. There were also a few problems with the finish as one of the climate control knobs broke off and the cd player writing on it comes off if you scratch it with nails when you turn it on... the only other thing which does annoy me is that the seatbelt leaves grease on the drivers seat on the top... it does wipe off fairly easily, but even so it doesn't look that great and I have a light colour leather so it probably stands out even more...However when the car is in tip top condition it purrs like a kitten and it brings a massive smile to my face.
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I had the Audi TT 3.2 Roadster quattro with 225 horsepowers last year from June to September. I had the black with black hood and the Nappa (Baseball) leather. In the time I had the car I only covered 4000 miles, but what a 4000 miles they were!! Having chosen a good time of year I actually managed to drive with the roof down, the electrical roof is very good, it is very quick and easy to open the roof with the push of a button. It can also lowered/raised on the move at a slow speed. The tiptronic padels are easy to use and the gear change is smooth, if a little slow. I had the automatic and was always impressed with the gear change.
The steering is light & responsive. The ride is comfortable, with the cockpit been roomy. You drive in the comfort of knowing you have a sturdy Audi around you.
The grip is absolutly superb probably due to the large wheels. The engine gives the car its great performance, giving a great output.
The fuel consumption is on the high side, when you put your foot down,but all in all a great little convertible.
Sales people are always looking for repeat customers. So, the real proof of a car's value is in the answer to the question -- Would you buy another Audi TT Roadster? Before I answer that question, let me give you the "Ben Franklin" approach, the pluses and the minuses associated with my experience. The Facts It's red, but not gaudy red. It's a 2001 model, purchased in July, 2000. It has the top-of-the-line sound system. Cost: $45K American dollars. Miles driven – 43,000. It's still under warranty. The Pluses You get exceptional power the instant you want it. You are in control of one of the most potent machines on the road today. This may be a minus for a few people -- if you want attention, drive this car. You will be talking to strangers about it when you gas up. For cost-conscious folk, it gets relatively good mileage - 25 mi/gal. A summer ride by the seashore with the top down is an exceptional pleasure. The seats are comfortable and fully adjustable. The Minuses The convertible top must be covered once it's down -- not exactly an easy feat. Also, if you store the cover in the trunk, you can't put anything else in it. The dashboard instrument cluster malfunctioned twice, giving me incorrect readings about the amount of gas in the tank, the oil pressure, and the temperature. The top would not close properly and had to be repaired. The diverter valve for the turbo had to be replaced twice. Supposedly, this causes no performance problems, but certainly is annoying when air squeals through the bad valve as you depress the clutch. If you live in a climate where the weather gets cold, you need to buy winter tires. Otherwise, you'll be doing uncontrollable and unexpected 180 degree turns when it snows. Summary It's a joy to drive and an unusual, attractive car. So far, it hasn't cost me a penny to get it
repaired. But then, it's under warranty. Do you think Audi is going to continue to repair 2 recurring problems? Would I buy another one -- no, not unless Audi gets these annoying problems fixed. It's just not practical to be in the service department once a month for another repair. What quality did I get for the big bucks?
The Audi TT Roadster is a truly special car. My once dreaded journey into work has become a pleasure since I get to drive my baby one more time. The overall look of the car is amazing enough with the roof up but after having twisted the handle inside and waited the 15 seconds for the roof to retract one can really appreciate how gorgeous this car really is. Audi had a reputation for making run-of-the-mill, maybe even bland cars but this has surely been destroyed with the release some 3 years ago of the TT. You get all the expected Audi traits (solid build, quality materials etc.) but with those come head turning good looks (it still makes me laugh when people point, rubber neck or simply stare at it as I drive by), excellent performance and a desirability second to none, however nothing is perfect and this car is no exception. Electric seats would have been nice and it is not uncommon for the passenger seat to rattle. Also, replacement parts are very expensive, as are service costs but I can forgive these mild imperfections though as the car has too many ticks in the plus column to really worry. If you have the money and are in the market for a car like this I strongly suggest buying one. It wouldn't be long before you are addicted to it and the attention it draws.
I had the Audi TT Roadster quattro with 225 horsepowers between march 2000 up to december 2000. In this time i´ve drived with the car 10000 kilometers. The most of them with the open roof. The elctrical roof is very good, because it´s very quick and easy to open the roof only for a few kilometers. the persenning stays then in the car. the grip is absolutly top and the ESP has´nt much to do, because you´re going from the gaspedal long before. the engine has pushes the car with high power and you can also drive with 60 kilometers per hour with the sixth as you can drive with 6800 min -1. the engine needs normaly eleven litres per 100 kilometers but you can drive the car also with 8,8 liters or with 16 liters. With the brown mokassin-lether is the car a absolutly dream-car. I´m sure if you drive it one times, you want to drive it every day. My english isn´t very good, because i´´m from germany, but i´ll learn more and i think my opinions will be much better. thank´s for reading.