Test Driving 2000 Audi TT Roadster on Sunday... what to look for?

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  1. Oman4x4

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    Going to look at:

    2000 Audi TT Roadster
    1.8 Turbo
    86,000 km on the clock (just over 50,000 miles)
    Quattro
    6 Speed Manual
    Black leather interior.

    What should I be on the look out for?

    On Jeeps I know the various tricks like holding ODO while turning it on puts it into a diagnostic self check mode. Do Audi's have any hidden key combinations like this?
     
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    Look for detailed records of oil changes with synthetic oil at the proper intervals.
     
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    look for working electronics, because they won't be in state in 10k
     
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    Claims to have FSH with the official dealer so that should be a good start.

    Electronics? That's one of the reasons I prefer a manual gearbox over the Auto... one less computer to act up :)

    I'm liking this front bumper swap:

    [​IMG]
     
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    :cool: lookin
     
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    Actually preferring this bumper today:

    [​IMG]

    Made by PPI. This one has a more factory look with less vents and stuff on it.

    I'd then probably do a PVC drain pipe mod on the front grills to do my own fog lights.
     
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    make sure it has ESP
     
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    Not too fussed... I like to drive the car rather than let the computer do it.

    For the past 6 years I've been driving a Jeep Wrangler without any form of traction control or ABS and I love it :big grin:
     
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    They have a habit of nasty lift off oversteer, iirc. But then again, you aren't supposed to lift off through turns anyway...you should be fine.
     
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    I drive a 1.8T and I couldn't stand by this statement more.

    The only way to describe how those engines should be taken care of, is with the word meticulous(spelling?).
     
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    Don’t expect it to drive like a sports car. It drives like a Golf.

    When I was car shopping, I drove 4 different TTs. I really wanted to like them, but it just wasn’t going to happen.
     
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    We have nice wide open roads here - plenty of room to let the tail get a little loose. It's not anything like being in Europe.

    Even the Wrangler can often be seen going a little sideways in the corners :) I love it when the rear tires are nearly finished. :)
     
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    Fair point... To be perfectly honest though the primary purpose of this car is to run 450 km between Dubai and Oman - and do it comfortably - in a car that's not boring enough to put me to sleep.

    In the summer evenings, being able to put the top down is also a major plus. Starry skies out in the middle of the desert are rather nice :)

    An actual Golf is also a possibility, but they're extremely common and the TT still has a bit of a head turning ability.
     
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    Look for suspension rattles, chattering noises from the engine, coolant temperature increase on the highway, whistling from the turbo (a stock turbo won't make any noticeable noise if it's healthy).

    Check for water under the floor mats, and make sure EVERY switch in the cabin works.
     
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    make sure it wasnt owned by a woman


    edit: NM , youre in oman so I imagine that's probably unlikely
     
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    If my main goal was to be able to cover long distances quickly, a head-turning car would not be what I would want.

    Get a gray Accord and haul ass. No one will even notice.
     
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    People in the middle east drive like God will save them. I don't think they even have speed limits in most places.

    Iran has the highest vehicular death rate on Earth.
     
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    Haha I have thought of that option... a Chevrolet Lumina SS (aka Pontiac G8) would fit that bill also - plenty of those around.

    But there are over 120 fixed speed cameras between Dubai and Muscat (I've got them plotted on the GPS) and virtually no cops roaming the roads... I'd need a gadget that can hide the rear plate :)

    http://www.johnnyburrito.com/images/barrett-jackson%202006/bond_d.jpg - James Bond's license plate for example :big grin:

    It's actually something to keep you awake on the journey - playing with the speed cameras.

    The reason I'm not interested in the Accord / Camry type of vehicle is because the whole objective is to keep the miles off the Jeep... but as I walk out of the house in the morning and my options are big red monster truck or plain white Camry, I know I'll jump in the Jeep.


    It needs to be interesting enough that I WANT to drive it :)
     
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    Hmm, could have sworn it was Bahrain, but such things can easily change from year to year.

    Anyway, there's just a lot less reason to drive slow. Factor in rich oil-money kids who are driving lamborghinis and GT3s at top speed with nothing but highways and desert around them, aint shit else to do but drive like a maniac. Kindof like Texas.
     
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    The problem is those bad habits carry into city driving too.
     
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    I have had two TT's an 2001 180hp and an 2004 225hp. the 2001-02 I would stay away from as they did have some valve issues. On the convertibles the rear windows were known to seperate. If service records are not complete and verifiable stay away. A/C can be problematic. For the most part mine were pretty bullet proof and I drove them hard. They also had a problem with the electronics for trip computers though I did not. I moved on to an A4 cabriolet but really miss the TT.
     
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    Has anyone told you these cars are FWD or AWD. Not sure how you're going to let the tail get loose in either of those choices.

    However, I do want an 08...mmmmm....
     
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    They have the habit of doing that if you drive it wrong...
     

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