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Hi there -- I've just relocated to London from Malaysia and I'm shopping for a MK1 TT here. I've always been a fan of other marques (Alfa and Mazda) to be honest, but the Mk1 TT is just such a work of art. It looks absolutely amazing, and studying in Britain for a year will be a rare chance for me to own one, since they cost a fortune back home. Any tips about maintenance, what to look out for, reliability issues, buying tips, and general car ownership advice in the UK will be much appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Hi joonian, Welcome to the TTF.
Service history is very important. cambelt/water pump every 65k miles or 5 years which ever comes first, dash instruments (dashpod) read correctly, coolant temp reaches 90 within a couple of miles & stays there.
Get written confirmation of cambelt/water pump change or reduce price by £500 & get it replaced ASAP.
3.2 V6 no turbo or cambelt to worry about, so should be more reliable, DSG may be weak link, unless you can find a manual.& a nicer exhaust note.
Don't rush into it. A good TT is a wonderful car, a bad un can be a money pit.
Plenty of good uns out there, but probably more bad uns, so as I said don't rush into it.
Hoggy. :D
 

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Thanks Hoggy.

I've read about the cambelt and dashpod issues, so those are definitely on the list for me.

I'm pretty sure I will go for the 1.8T 220bhp Quattro (if I'm not wrong) with a manual transmission.

I do have a question about driving in the winter, though. Are winter tyres necessary? When buying a set, are your summer tyres then junked? Or do people usually keep them? If so, where? I'm living in a tiny flat in London, so I won't have any space to keep four car tyres!
 

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Hi Joonian, I don't think with you living in London, snow will be much of a problem & most cope with normal tyres anyway & quattro will certainly help, if driving sensibly.
Hoggy. :D
 
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