Have owned 4 Saab Turbos for 20 years so can't help but compare my 3 yr-old low mileage TT to them. 'Only' 30 bhp more than my traded-in 9-3 Aero, but it feels so much quicker. Statistics don't always accurately portray what's going on. The torque from the V6, together with the DSG 'box gives so much power on tap. Feels more solid even than my beloved Saabs too. Interesting to read other drivers impressions on this site. Either TTs are deemed unreliable and don't hold the road, or are trouble free and grip in the twisties? Mine belongs to the latter category in my perception. However, there is one recurring theme I do agree with and that is the poor customer support from Audi main dealers. Suggest you take your TT to an independent Audi specialist. My experience is that they are caring enthusiasts and cheaper too. The 'TT Shop' is a good example. Only negatives with the TT are: thirsty, poor visibility and no hi-fi controls on the wheel. Positives include instant oomph, solid planted feel, iconic body and cabin, lovely sound when using the performance. In summary, this car brings the fun back into driving, even commuting. And that's why the DSG is the such an excellent 'all things for all situations' gearbox. I haven't driven an 1800 manual over any distance. I'm sure they are great cars too, but, together with the suspension/steering mods to be found on the 3.2, this has to be the model to go for (if you can afford the extra running costs).
When I first bought this car I absolutely adored it.Gorgeous timeless looks both inside and out, good breaking ability, decent acceleration with minimal turbo lag and a pretty strong resale value. Unfortunately it's not worthy of the quattro heratige badge nor does it have the build quality of higher end German cars.
When the honeymoon period wears off and you start to really drive this car in the way the quattro concept was designed, you will either end up re-mortgaging your house to pay for repairs to the haldex system or upside down in a ditch somewhere.
If you want a car that just looks pretty, buy one. If you want a true rally heritage sports car that you intend to really drive, don't. Ridiculous understeer followed by a unpredictable snap happy rear end let this car down in a big way. In wet conditions off the lights the quattro system works well but other than that its more of a danger, especially at higher speeds. TT's are exciting, but for all the wrong reasons.
I'm going back to BMW 3 series 6 cylinder coupes. They might be tail happy but at least it's predictible....and a lot more fun!
further to my earlier submission missed off one thing! the intermitent engine warning light is a pain it keeps on coming on for no reason, keep having to go to dealer to have it turned off.
I have recently purchaced my 180 TT and i love it a super car in every way a real head turner. my only gripe is visibility a factor i am now coming to terms with.
If you want a stunning looking car with a great interior and want to turn heads this is the Baby!!
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