Audi’s TT, named for the British Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Motorcycle Race, has been one of the most distinct representations of the two-door sports car ever since its unveiling as a concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1995. Nominated for the North American Car of the Year in 2000, and placed on Car and Driver’s Ten Best list for both 2000 and 2001, the 1st generation TT (manufactured between 1998 and 2006) firmly cemented its reputation as a car that was both reliable and fun to drive. Some of the most traditional problems associated with the TT are as follows:
Pixel Lights Failure: The TT’s instrument cluster features a center LCD panel that transmits the on board computer’s messages to the driver. As the pixels begin failing, it becomes increasingly difficult to see just what is being displayed on the panel.
Squeaky and Noisy Brakes: Audi began using a new material in the manufacturing of their breaks right around the time the TT started being produced. These new pads and rotors are often far noisier than anyone bargained for.
Window Regulator Problems: The windows go halfway up, and then they stall. Frustrating, to say the least. It could be that the regulator motor has broken, or it might just be a jammed cable.
Throttle Lift-off Oversteering: Affecting TTs built in late 1999/early 2000, the oversteering (or “drift) contributed to many of the fatal automobile accidents involving TT’s during those years. Audi issued a recall for the affected cars.
Bad Coil Packs, Anti Roll Bars and Timing Belt Systems: Audi also issued recalls on all three of these systems, and their proper functioning is crucial to the car’s operation.
Fixing the above mentioned problems should be a top priority for any TT owner, and we suggest arranging an appointment at a local Audi service garage the moment one of these, or any other, problem begins to manifest itself.
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