Originally Posted by SocaliMK1
I am looking into purchasing 2003 Audi tt convertible 1.8 w/ 68k miles. Clean title and a/t. Is there anything I have to watch out for? How's the reliability? Much obliged.
First, read the FAQs here Fourtitude.com - TT (Mk1, a4 chassis)
Plan to replace the timing belt, tensioner, water pump and associated equipment if they have not been replaced in the past 5 years. Failure to do so could lead to a $5K+ repair if the timing belt sysem fails.
Make sure all the dash guages and the pixels in the center display are readible. Loss of a few pixels is normal. The temp guage should read dead center when at operating temperature
Make sure the glove box latch works perfectly - $1,000 to fix because you have to replace the entire glove box.
While the manual tranny is excellent, there have ben a few reports of premature failure of the valve body for the auto.
Make sure the rear window is well attached.