How to get one in your garage:
An expert’s view, Nick Goodall, Chairman, Audi TT owners club: “This is my second TT. My first was a Mk1 1.8 T that I owned for 13 years and sold earlier this year with 200,000 miles on the clock. It never missed a beat. I hope my new Mk2 – it’s a 2011 facelifted 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic with 33,000 miles that cost me £14,000 – is as reliable. I’m sure it will be. It will be serviced every 10,000 miles. It feels sturdier and safer than the Mk1. I did look at TTSs but they were all ‘destroyed’ – worn interiors, body damage, skipped services...”
ENGINE - Generally reliable but thrives on regular servicing and requires a new cambelt every five years or 75k miles (around £500 at a specialist). Misfiring or stalling can be a failing coil pack (about £35).Long-life servicing is every two years or 20k miles (about £199 at a specialist). Platinum-tipped spark plugs can run for 60k miles but are expensive.
GEARBOX - On TTs fitted with S tronic dual-clutch transmission, juddering or a loss of drive could be the mechatronic control unit (around £800 at a specialist). Its clutches can let go too(£1200, compared with £1000 for a new clutch in a manual ’box).
BRAKES, STEERING AND SUSPENSION - Ensure the brake fluid has been changed every two years. The bushes on the rear console of the lower front wishbones start failing at around six years. Check for steering rack rattles.
BODY - Any corrosion is likely to be repair related. On standard cars, check the automatic rear spoiler rises and falls. On the roadster, more cars are having problems with the motors that power the flaps that conceal the hood when folded. It can be a sensor issue too.
INTERIOR - Listen for trim and fascia rattles, and check the boot floor isn’t damp. Check the power windows work (regulator cables snap). Ensure the air-con works since a lack of regular servicing causes the compressor to fail. Check the seat bases aren’t sagging.
Also worth knowing:
Regardless of its age but so long as the car has done less than 100,000 miles, Audi will sell you a 12-month warranty for your TT. All-component cover for a 2007-reg TT 2.0 TFSI with 88,000 miles, doing less than 10,000 miles a year, is £1164 or £100 per month with zero excess. Visit insurewithaudi.co.uk.