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For anyone looking at buying an Audi TT Mk2 Coupe or Roadster, this is probably the most comprehensive guide available anywhere on the internet. It includes over a decade of real world ownership experiences from various Mk2 Forum members. While you can read through hundreds of Audi TT reviews on various automotive websites, none of them can provide a comprehensive review of Mk2 ownership experiences, options, features and discussions on recalls, service issues, retrofits and upgrades that may or may not be standard Audi features.
Most long term owners will agree that both the Mk2 is relatively dependable and are wonderful vehicles to own and drive despite their know flaws. However it's important to understand that just because prices have dropped over the years, the Mk2 TT and TTRS are premium sports cars with higher than average ownership costs for parts, service, taxes and insurance.
Caveat Emptor (Let the Buyer Beware) -
There are plenty of posts in this forum from new owners who picked up a "bargain" Mk2 only to discover the costs of repairs were beyond their budget. If you're unsure about ownership costs, ask for a service quote from your local Audi Service Center for the price of a master brake cylinder replacement, a manual transmission clutch replacement or new set of Mag Shocks. As with any car, the more you can do yourself or turn over to an independent garage, the more you can save. Make no mistake, regardless of the purchase price, the Audi TT Mk2 is not a budget economy car.
Pre-Purchase Mechanical & Digital Inspections
If you are serious about making an offer, make the sale contingent upon the seller allowing for the vehicle to be evaluated by an independent mechanic of your choosing - on your nickle of course. If everything checks out, consider the cost 'cheap' insurance. If problems are found, then you have a negotiating tool and the sales price is adjusted accordingly (assuming problems are minor). Or if major issues are discovered, consider the money well spent since it saved you from making an expensive mistake. A good mechanic will likely charge for ~ 2hrs for their time. They will be able to uncover more than you ever could.
Always request an OBD auto scan to see what DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) have been logged. This report will give you a good idea of what's been going on in the past and if there are any current issues. Before a test drive, run an auto scan and see if there are any DTCs. Then clear the faults, go for a test drive and when you get back, run the auto scan again to see if any DTCs have come up again.
The Short List -
Common Mk2 problems include saggy leather seats, noisy/failing window regulators, knocking steering racks, broken bonnet (hood) opening levers and poor (ground) earth connections to rear lights, making them dim or loss of lights.
For the DSG transmission, get it nice and hot and check there is no delay on pulling away and no juddering when traveling very slowly, reversing up an incline or pulling into parking spot etc. These can be expensive to repair, but probably no more than a manuals clutch.
Check thoroughly for any interior wet areas as drains block easily and any damp can cause future electrical problems. There are many common places where water can get in and leaking front and rear windscreen seals are being reported.
Exterior body corrosion under the (trunk) boot area has become an issue with older models, especially for those that are driven in the winter or reside near coastal areas.
Mk2 History & Details -
For a good general overview on the history of the Mk2, it's worth reading the Wikipedia link below which goes through all the various models, engines and features that were offered through the 2006-2014 production years.
Audi TT Mk2 (Type 8J, 2006-2014)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_TT#T ... %80%932014)
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