Information TT MK1Advice

Jason_e

Member
One thing to remember is make sure when you buy parts you get the correct TT specific stuff. Since its its all interchangable. The TT got stronger/stiffer bushes, adjustable lower arms (I think? 100% got lightweight adjustable ones on the MK2 TT!) amongst other things...
 

4markowen

A2OC Donor
MK2 diesel Roadster owner here. That I will first caveat, I was doing 24-25k mi pa, hence diesel, and wanted to occasionally take the last bit of the commute home on back roads with the top down.

Also bought the cheapest Mk2 diesel roadster at the time which turned into possibly the most expensive (refurbed ECU, refurbed Turbo (not strictly necessary but after 135k mi I thought worthwhile), still has warm start issues, top failed going up on me just before joining the M1, all the usual joys...)

Anyway :) MK1 is a design classic, was looking at them but annual mileage led me to a too cheap MK2.

Was constantly looking for silver with baseball seats, that would be my choice. 225 engine too. To me that's the classic colour and interior combination I'd go for, with the right engine.

As for handling, I would say it perhaps suffers against contemporaries such as an MX5 or Elise, when really it's a Golf with a sport car body, very competent, but not the chassis' original intention. But the advantages are as mentioned above, more day to day practicality over those.

But really, when the top is down and the road finally opens up does it matter?*

( *unless you're bald like me and get sunburnt... :cool::D)
 

s2ulk

Member
I suggest that you don’t rule out the V6 - Euro 4 engine, wonderful engine/exhaust note and the subtle differences in styling really improve the look in my view. Also the V6s tend to come better spec’d and the VR6 engine is absolutely bullet proof. It’s also very significantly underpriced at the moment - the Mk4 VR6 golfs which share the platform with the TTV6, are almost impossible to find in good condition for sub 10k and everything points towards TTV6 prices catching up soon when there are less on the road - it handles better than the Golf and is a design icon. My V6 with the manual gearbox is a joy to drive - but you have to consider it as a fast comfy cruiser rather than a track car.

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DaleC

Member
Hi,
I do believe several of you have a TT MK1 in addition to your A2s.

So thinking of a TT MK1 roadster……. so if you do….. can I pick your brain?

Cheers
Paul
Hi
3.2 DSG in Ultraviolet (special order colour) with silver grey leather interior, BBS split rims. Very quick car but definitely sits in garage a lot more than the A2!
Feel free to message me if you need any advice.
Dale
 

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Rusty911

A2OC Donor
Some say TT's aren't sport cars, but I just don't get it. How a 225hp car that does 0-60mph around 7 seconds, isn't a sport car?

I loved the look of mine, it really was stunning and felt like a special place to be. After that it was all a bit meh: to me the controls weren't that balanced, you could really feel the weight was too far forward, brakes a bit over-assisted and generally it didn't feel a particularly well judged package dynamically.

I've had a lot of lesser cars that I enjoyed driving more: 106, Aygo, Smart 4/2 (City Cabrio actually), and a few Porsches (914, 944, 911 2.4 x2, 996 3.4 C2 man).

I regarded the TT as a lovely daily driver, but I didn't need one of those so sold it and kept my Smart Roadster coupe in preference. I agree with @A2Steve though: a well sorted A2 is the better driver's car.

All that said, I do occasionally look at TT ads and wouldn't mind trying a MKII just to try the later dynamics (which were much improved by all accounts). Funnily enough I think the MKII is aging quite well, although the MK1 is just genius.
 

JavaGreen

Member
I suggest that you don’t rule out the V6 - Euro 4 engine, wonderful engine/exhaust note and the subtle differences in styling really improve the look in my view. Also the V6s tend to come better spec’d and the VR6 engine is absolutely bullet proof. It’s also very significantly underpriced at the moment - the Mk4 VR6 golfs which share the platform with the TTV6, are almost impossible to find in good condition for sub 10k and everything points towards TTV6 prices catching up soon when there are less on the road - it handles better than the Golf and is a design icon. My V6 with the manual gearbox is a joy to drive - but you have to consider it as a fast comfy cruiser rather than a track car.

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The car looks stunning, a credit to you Sir👍
 

JavaGreen

Member
Hi,

I have a MK1 TT 225 Quattro Roadster.
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I wrote a post a few years ago in response to another question. See here:

It looks quite stock but I have uprated brakes (pads), Milltek high flow cat and exhaust, 280+BHP tune, front LSD and Haldex remap.
The Haldex remap is interesting as it engages the rear drive on the application of power rather than on loss of grip. That means you can use the engine power to steer the car round a bend (rather than just getting lots of understeer).

Note in response to an above question, my front wings and bonnet are aluminium and so don't rust. Perhaps that was only on certain models. Sadly the sills aren't and are prone to stone chips, but they are non-structural at least!
Now that looks very classy👍👍
 

JavaGreen

Member
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I had this for a short while. 225 in nogaro blue. Is it fun? Well depends on your experience and previous cars you’ve had really. I found it a touch boring on limit, but otherwise enjoyable.

Where these really shine is their day to day usability. And the fact parts are super easy to find. It’s got all the best bits of the A3/MK4 platform.

It obviously has usual Audi foibles of this era, as well as general 1.8T/ Haldex issues to watch out for.

But overall a very nice package. It even feels quite special still, even after all these years.
What a stunning colour…… wonder if that colour would suit one of my blue storms😳😳
 

JavaGreen

Member
I find BHP is more relative to your previous cars and experience, when I first got my A2 to 120BHP it felt insane, now ive adapted to it I can see why peopple keep hunting for more. I just love the nimble spritely nature and handling of the A2 and that wins over pure power for me. After all how fast do you want to go on british roads?!
Is that a petrol or diesel?
 

Neilf

Member
Some say TT's aren't sport cars, but I just don't get it. How a 225hp car that does 0-60mph around 7 seconds, isn't a sport car?
They are relatively quick but performance alone doesn't mean it's a sports car. Chassis/steering is not very involving or fun . That's what makes a proper sports car . Don't get me wrong I enjoy my MK1 TT but it's never a car I get in just to go a drive for fun . I had a MK1 Leon cupra r many years ago . Same 225bam engine and based on the same floorpan as the TT . It was far more fun and adjustable handling than the TT.
 
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