RE: Audi TT V6: Spotted

RE: Audi TT V6: Spotted

Sunday 24th March

Audi TT V6: Spotted

A rarer, more stylish Golf R32 for less money? Interesting...



With the TT now more than 20 years old, its significance in Audi's history is starting to be fully appreciated. Picture, if you will, Audi before 1998 - rather staid, worthy and not all that interesting. There had been one RS model (with some considerable help from Porsche), and the saloons were quite handsome things, but for actual desirability there's no way buyers would look to Audi with the same affection then as they do now.

The TT marks the beginning of 21st century Audi; perhaps not everything that's been produced under it has been flawless, but think of what appeals about Audi now - the styling, the interiors, the performance - and all that can be found in the original TT. It achieved considerable success, so it made sense to jazz up the rest of the range accordingly. That an Audi sports car - alright, an Audi coupe - proved so popular must have given greater impetus to proper sports car projects like the R8. Maybe.


OK, so perhaps that's a step too far, but the TT is really important to defining modern Audi. As a result, and because the original is still such a good-looking car, values have been strengthening over the past couple of years. The 20th anniversary has passed, some cars will have been lost to scrappage schemes and the run-out Quattro Sports have been hot property for a while - expect to pay £10k for a good one, if not more.

All of which makes this 3.2 V6 Coupe look quite interesting. You'll remember the V6's introduction was notable for having ushered in the revolutionary DSG gearbox as well, but this one uses the six-speed manual. Funny, isn't it, how a 3.2-litre TT with a manual wouldn't have seemed at all notable in 2003, yet now that engine sounds almost ludicrously large for such a small car, and the manual offers a welcome bit of extra involvement.

Common belief is that the smaller a TT's engine is, the better it is to drive. Probably true, but then no TT is really renowned as a dynamic gem, and arguably group test rankings become less and less relevant as a car ages. It's about what you're after in a used car, and the prospect of that sonorous V6 in a compact and attractive coupe (with a manual) sounds a more attractive one now than it probably ever has.


This particular V6 is just £4k, a reflection of its six-figure mileage. But you wouldn't have guessed, would you? The paint and wheels seem decent, and even the seat bolsters appear to be in one piece. The ad says the service history is full, the MOT recent and the water pump/thermostat changed not too long ago. Bear in mind that there are only three other V6 TT Mk1s currently on PH, and not a single other manual Coupe, and this car's case gets stronger.

Sure, there will always be more dynamic alternatives to a TT, be they its coupe contemporaries or hot hatches. But for combining big hearted V6 appeal and an aesthetic that's only getting better with age, all for thousands of pounds less than an equivalent Golf R32, the time could well be now to consider the TT.


SPECIFICATION - AUDI TT V6
Engine:
3,198cc V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual, all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 250@6,300rpm
Torque (lb ft): 236@5,250rpm
MPG: 26
CO2: 238g/km
Recorded mileage: 118,000
Year registered: 2005
Price new: N/A
Price now: £4,450

See the original ad here.

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hungry_hog

Original Poster:

975 posts

129 months

Sunday 24th March
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these still look really fresh

99,950 does seem a bit steep though smile

Schmeeky

4,051 posts

158 months

Sunday 24th March
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I followed one of these through town yesterday - never been a huge fan, but it does have a really nice exhaust note. ears

only1ian

571 posts

135 months

Sunday 24th March
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Price now £99950 according to PH towers proof reading or £4450 in the advert!

Quality work

hammo19

1,951 posts

137 months

Sunday 24th March
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I have one as a daily runner. It’s comfortable, quick and fun to drive. The Bose sound system is excellent and heated seats keep you toasty on cold days.

Mine is a bit of a shed, done 87k miles and was purchased for £2,200. What’s not to like?

Hiviss

7 posts

6 months

Sunday 24th March
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I've got a mint 05 blue manual one. I have to say it's brilliant, never let me down.
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Mike335i

2,255 posts

43 months

Sunday 24th March
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hammo19 said:
I have one as a daily runner. It’s comfortable, quick and fun to drive. The Bose sound system is excellent and heated seats keep you toasty on cold days.

Mine is a bit of a shed, done 87k miles and was purchased for £2,200. What’s not to like?
Hmmm, how long ago did you buy yours? Does that suggest that the £4k+ is actually quite a lot for this (which was my original thought)?

Nice enough and more evidence that a good driving experience isn't all about lots of torque or great handling. I watched JayEmm compare one of these to the 1.8t and I couldn't help but feel it didn't really matter what he handling was like as it just sounded so much better.

Chris71

21,429 posts

183 months

Sunday 24th March
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I've become a bit of a TT convert recently.

Drove an early four-cylinder car the other day and it had worn the last 21 years remarkably well. Still looked and felt quite fresh.

I'd echo the comments in the article - the TT is competent rather than engaging dynamically, so even if the V6 is a bit nose-heavy and only marginally quicker I'd be tempted to give one a go for the soundtrack.

fernando the frog

170 posts

9 months

Sunday 24th March
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a definite future classic

hammo19

1,951 posts

137 months

Sunday 24th March
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Mike335i said:
Hmmm, how long ago did you buy yours? Does that suggest that the £4k+ is actually quite a lot for this (which was my original thought)?

Nice enough and more evidence that a good driving experience isn't all about lots of torque or great handling. I watched JayEmm compare one of these to the 1.8t and I couldn't help but feel it didn't really matter what he handling was like as it just sounded so much better.
Bought last autumn. It’s not perfect, alloys are badly kerbed on small dent in wing and a little rust bubbling up around the rear window other than that mechanically sound and reliable.

MrC986

2,291 posts

132 months

Sunday 24th March
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I recently helped a friend buy a mk2 07 V6 roadster with S-tropic box & 100k miles for £4.8k - it’s ludicrous £s for the performance of the car. I admit the mk1s are a better/more original design IMO.

J4CKO

27,175 posts

141 months

Sunday 24th March
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I loved mine for some reason but it was a stter, always breaking but they have something about them, just dont buy one that has been neglected like I did, they can look really shiny as the bodies last very well, but still need thousands spending, be wary of low mileage ones, better a higher mileage one thats had stuff attended to than a garage queen.

Only £4450, hmm, I wouldnt pay much more than three for anything that isnt a TT QS.

Most V6's are DSG's so watch out for the box being iffy, usually the mechatronic unit, a two grand ish job, manuals arent immune from issues and a clutch is a fair old job on these so make sure it doesnt slip.

The timing chains stretch, walk away from anything with an engine light, no run. Thats a three grand job potentially and finding someone who will undertake it can be tricky as its pretty specialist, everything is packed in on TT's.

No they arent the ultimate drivers tool but they are reasonably good fun, grippy and quick enough.

Buy from the owners club, get one that has had all the usual foibles sorted by someone who knows them, they are quite complex and fiddly.

RemyMartin81D

4,676 posts

146 months

Sunday 24th March
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Ran a mk1 V6 for around 18months. Sadly the mechatronics failing after around 12 sullied the experience.

Hindsight and time is a healer. I'd have another. The interior was a lovely place to sit, the heated seats were wonderful. The worst carpet ever fitted to a car tool lol.

Once the 'flap mod' was done it had the meaty sound all the time. Didn't really handle and the DSG had some weird quirks. Especially the delay of death.

I'd probably have a mk2 but that said your then getting stung for the expensive tax

hammo19

1,951 posts

137 months

Sunday 24th March
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I have only had a couple of issues in 6 months. 2 coil packs, number plate lights and leaking boot - all well known TT issues. Have had service by local village garage including haldex.

Nothing compared to the pleasure it brings though.

Oh had to change both headlamps for a second hand set due to one contacting a flock of free roaming sheep one night. Not the cars fault. The sheep were ok by the way.

Brian_the_Snail

44 posts

195 months

Sunday 24th March
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Ran a 2005 V6 coupe manual for about five years. It was a fantastic car and there are times I regret selling it three years ago. It was pristine and so reliable. Sounded amazing too. Cannot recommend enough.

B_T_S

blade7

8,631 posts

157 months

Sunday 24th March
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This is a Quattro. Audi before 1998 staid? LOL.

ambuletz

7,606 posts

122 months

Sunday 24th March
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maybe it's just me but it seems overly priced for something that's..
- over 110,000miles
- 14 years old
- nothing special/bespoke/unique/rare
- nothing with a cult following.

aaron_2000

2,941 posts

24 months

Sunday 24th March
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One thing I always remember as a kid in the 00's was seeing the trendy set in one of 2 cars, an Audi TT or a BMW E46 Coupe. I always saw the TT as a hairdressers car, these days I see it like I see the S2000, cars that would've just looked insane in the 90's on the roads next to Cortinas and MK3 Escorts.

to3m

962 posts

111 months

Sunday 24th March
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I don't like these much, as it's not really a style of car I care for particularly myself - but I have to say the styling does look pretty fresh, on account of the combination of no obvious bumpers and minimal horizontal detail. Maybe not too much of a surprise for a 2005 model like this one, but the 1998 versions weren't massively different. They were a good 5 years ahead of the general curve in this respect.

soad

29,811 posts

117 months

Sunday 24th March
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RemyMartin81D said:
Ran a mk1 V6 for around 18months. Sadly the mechatronics failing after around 12 sullied the experience.

Hindsight and time is a healer. I'd have another. The interior was a lovely place to sit, the heated seats were wonderful. The worst carpet ever fitted to a car tool lol.

Once the 'flap mod' was done it had the meaty sound all the time. Didn't really handle and the DSG had some weird quirks. Especially the delay of death.

I'd probably have a mk2 but that said your then getting stung for the expensive tax
At least this one's a manual.

£315 vs £540?

alexgreyhead

17 posts

6 months

Monday 25th March
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Shed 4 is a V6 TT with DSG - looks-wise identical to the car pictured in this advert.

Shed's exhaust note and looks write cheques that her speed can't cash, but at least a couple of small tweaks I've bodged in mean she doesn't understeer into every hedge at speeds above 15 mph, now...

I love mine dearly and plan to keep it until I'm too senile to be safe on the roads with anything faster than a tuned and lowered mobility scooter...

/Al

Edited by alexgreyhead on Monday 25th March 00:31