Buying used: Audi TT (1999-2006)

Buying used: Audi TT (1999-2006)
Buying used: Audi TT (1999-2006)

Fab looks and Golf-based mechanicals mean there’s lots to love

It’s a looker isn’t it? The Mk 1 TT showed that Audi could produce a car that looked remarkably like the concept drawings. However, this was no pie in the sky affair, the aluminium bodywork was based on proven Golf Mk 4 mechanicals.

Under the bonnet was a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine, with either 178bhp or 222bhp. This fed through to a four-wheel drive system that pumped power to the front wheels unless slippage was detected. It was a quick car, but some crashes soon after it was launched led to a recall, with cars being retrofitted with ESP and a rear spoiler.

Audi TT V6 Coupe

That was in 1999 and by 2001 the range was joined by the Roadster, which was badged as a 180 or 225, the numbers referring to the PS output. Two years later, the VR6 quattro Coupe and Roadsters appeared. These pumped out 247bhp from the 3.2-litre engine, and fed it through the then-new and very quick-changing DSG dual-clutch auto box. This was joined in 2004 by a six-speed manual option.

The TT was now a properly mature GT car, but the image took a bit of a hit with the 150 PS (148bhp) Roadster, complete with front-wheel drive only. That was in 2003 but in 2004 a higher-spec version, the 180, restored credibility a bit.

Audi TT interior

The quattro Sport came along in 2005, complete with Recaro front seats and no rear seats, along with 237bhp. There were ever only about 800 of this two-tone version brought into the UK and it’s the one that will probably appreciate in value more than any other variant.

Whichever version you buy, you’ll be getting a tough, proven, handsome and fine-handling Audi. You could get a really early one for about £1000, but £3500 to £4500 will get a nice 1.8T 180 with an 03 or 05 plate. Add another grand and you’re looking at 55 or 06 plates on a 180 or 190 or a year older 225bhp car.

Aluminium body and heavily protected chassis mean rust isn’t an issue but crash damage can be expensive to repair. Generally, TTs are pretty bulletproof, although as a fairly weighty car it can prove a bit heavy on suspension components. Clutches can last up to 100k, at which point they need replacing along with some suspension parts.

Audi TT V6 Coupe

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