About Audi TT
As Audi's smallest model and one of the most dramatic cars to debut for the new millennium, Audi TT has been built by the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998 as a compact sports car. Originally introduced to fulfill Audi's sports cars such as R8, TT gets its name from the Tourist Trophy car race, it also means Technology & Tradition. Competing against the BMW M240, Chevrolet Corvette, and Porsche 718 Boxster, TT has won many awards and recognition such as being nominated for the North American Car of the Year award, being on Car and Driver Magazine's Ten Best List and so on, it also does well in motorsport. Now, TT is in its third generation.
The second-generation Audi TT (Mk2; Typ 8J) was produced from November 2006 to March 2014 based on the Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform. It was offered in two body styles, 2+2 coupe and two-seater roadster but came in only one trim level. During this generation, Audi TT was powered by 2.0 L turbocharged I4 rated at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and 3.2 L V6 producing 247 bhp and 236 pound-feet of torque. Both engines sent power through a 6-speed manual or S Tronic transmissions to front wheels or four wheels. Current TT (Mk3, Typ 8S) debuted at the 2014 Motor Show and is built based on the Volkswagen MQB platform. Available as 2+2 hatchback coupe or two-seater roadster convertible, TT now gets power from the 2.0 L turbocharged I4 cranking out 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. And Quattro all wheels get power through 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
Audi TT Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting a sleek and modern look, superbly crafted interior and organic and symmetrical styled front and rear profiles, Audi TT has long been a favorite for car enthusiasts. But because TT is not a traditional sports car, you need to be prepared for these common problems on it in advance:
First, engine failure becomes the most common and serious issue that Audi TT drivers have ever met during their driving. Nearly every driver knows that the sooner they get this issue solved, the safer their vehicles will be; therefore, you might as well learn about these symptoms of it provided by experienced TT drivers. In fact, engine failure often appears along with cooling system failure and the latter will deteriorate the former. When the cooling system starts to leak coolant, the engine will keep at a high operation temperature, which makes its performance plummet quickly and dramatically. Engine misfires, stalls, and even suffers from starting issues, the vehicle will also lose power while acceleration and consume excessive oil. Once both Low Coolant Light and Check Engine Light come on, please inspect the TT spark plug, intake manifold gasket, oxygen sensor, fuel pump, oil filter, air filter, cylinder head and timing belt immediately.
Second, besides the engine failure, another horrible issue on Audi TT is the suspension failure. Most TT drivers think it only brings about uncomfortable and unsteady driving experience, which is tolerable. But in fact, if you do not handle it well, you may get occupants into dangers. At first, this issue often only manifests as clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle; after a while, the tire wear will become excessive and uneven, which makes the vehicles tend to tilt to one side; gradually, you will find hard to control the vehicle due to unintentional steering, intense car vibration and loose steering wheel. All these could be attributed to the TT sway bar bushing, wheel bearing, shock absorber, control arm bushing, coil springs and coil spring insulator.
To make sure 100% safety and comfort on your Audi TT, you should attach enough importance to performing routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on it. And parts including TT seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be maintained routinely as they work to create safe and comfortable driving environment under harsh working conditions.
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