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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,217 miles

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2001 Audi TT Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #43

Sep 012003

TT 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


Purchased the car new in 2001, the airbag light started coming on intermittently in 2003 had the cluster replaced in 2004 (15K miles) under warranty, shortly after it was repaired the airbag light came on again intermittently for another 2 years until it stayed on permanently. I brought it back to another dealer they reset something and the airbag light went out again for about a year. In 2010 I brought it back to the dealer again for a cluster recall, they replaced the cluster all was fine then about a year late the airbag light came on again. Brought it back to the dealer and was told it was the airbag module. Spent $1500 to have the airbag module replaced ( think this was the issue all along). After having the airbag module replaced the seat belt light no longer comes on. Was told it is the cluster. The car has 37,000 miles on it this will be the 4th cluster in the car. The dealer wants $1500 to replace again with no guarantee. Audi accepts there is a problem and will pay a few hundred towards the repair. I will be responsible for about $1200, I have tried contacting the Audi manager (#248-754-3686) handling the case and my attorneys office has tried contacting them several times and they have refused to return any calls. I am without a seat belt warning indicator. I am concerned that I will have my grandson in the car and not know if his seat belt is properly engaged, or if my airbag is working properly. This has been a constant issue since I bought the car new and have put very low miles on the car, have always garaged it and never drove it in bad weather and the cluster remains an issue going on the 4th one.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #42

Jun 102008

TT 4-cyl

  • 33,564 miles
Third instrument cluster on a 2001 Audi Tt roadster. Fuel gauge at first showed too much fuel. After a new cluster the fuel gauge shows low when its not. Apparently the sending unit is the cause but Audi is ignorant of the issue and does not have a repair solution. I dare say Audi does not care about its cars, their problems and their customers.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #41

Dec 072010

TT 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2001 Audi Tt. I bought it threw a dealership out of state online. Went and pick it up and was fine but a couple of weeks went by and started having problems with instrument panel no gas gauge speedometer temperature gauge or dash lights. They will go out just riding up the road and does it more since its colder weather so I started looking in to this matter and this is a major problem with Audi and I think they should make this right and plus its a major safety issue to me thank you for your assistance in this matter.

- Roseland, VA, USA

problem #40

Jan 012006


  • 100,000 miles


Instrument cluster digital display has faded out and is not displaying top two sections of the digital readout. Tachometer has failed. Failure causes inability to read the warning lights, such as low oil, high temperature, etc. I have purchased an instrument cluster at a cost of $650, and will soon be paying $225 to get it installed. I am frustrated with Audi for not issuing a recall on this unit.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #39

Oct 302007


  • miles
Instrument cluster component failure. Center information display missing many pixels making displayed text and images hard to distinguish. Because of this failure, it can be hard to distinguish the difference between certain informational symbols such as a brake problem or a tail light out. I had a symbol come on the display but I could not tell if it displayed because of a problem with my brakes or tail lights as a result of the failure of the center display. This could have cause a safety issue. RPM tachometer sticks on cold start as well.

- Forestville, CA, USA

problem #38

Apr 172007


  • miles
The 2001 Audi Tt quattro we own runs out of gas before the gas gauge registers an half tank. The computerized dash components don't work, either.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #37

Mar 252008

TT 4-cyl

  • 38,800 miles


2001 Audi Tt roadster 1.8T. The tachometer in the instrument cluster does not function, the needle is stuck on zero and does not gauge RPM when vehicle is in use. The Audi dealer in san antonio tx (cavender Audi) states that the entire instrument cluster panel needs to be cost 700 dollars for parts and 150 dollars labor. The car had a total of 38,800 miles on the odometer when this problem occurred. Currently it has 39,350 miles.

- Laredo, TX, USA

problem #36

Apr 102008


  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Car shows 1/4 of fuel in tank when tank is completely empty causing me to run out of gas multiple times in hazardous situations. I can not read the lcd screen so I can not see any warning lights (gas, oil change, trunk open, etc). My instrument cluster tells me that my vehicle is constantly overheating, which is false. Sometimes when I turn my lights on the dashboard will not light up, nor will it register my rpms or even my speed. If I can not read my speed or even see if I have gas, then I am not safe driving this vehicle. The cluster has now failed completely, which prevented my car from even starting so I had to get it towed to the dealership. Further more, Audi has refused to fully pay for this item to be replaced even though it has been recalled! outrageous.

- Hainesport, NJ, USA

problem #35

Mar 282007

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,600 miles
Car ran out of gas and rolled to stop in mid-traffic - gas gauge read 1/4 tank remaining. Further research found that Audi Tt model year 2001 and later have instrument clusters giving wrong gas content, speedometer and RPM indications. Poses hazard as vehicle may become suddenly inoperable.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #34

Oct 202007

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Audi Tt quattro. While driving between 25-30 mph, the contact received four citations on March 19, 2008. The citations stated that she was driving 45 mph in a 35 mph zone and 51 mph in a 35 mph zone. The citations were received within ten minutes of one another. The contact also noticed that the fuel gauge indicator displayed 1/4 tank; however, the vehicle was out of fuel a few miles later. She received a class action letter indicating that the speedometer and fuel gauge were not operating normally and could display inaccurate readings. The dealer and manufacturer stated that the class action suit does not apply to the vehicle since it is beyond the seven year period. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000 and approximate current mileage was 100,000. Updated 6/2/08 updated 05/30/08

- Berlin , NY, USA

problem #33

Feb 192008

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 117,000 miles


Failure of gas gauge and ultimate failure of instrument cluster in 2001 Audi Tt. Lost power on very busy highway in a heavy snowstorm, luckily was able to get to shoulder. Had to be towed. Gas gauge indicated one-half tank of gas, but turns out tank was empty. Gauge never operated properly after that. Several weeks later, received notice of class action noting similar instrument cluster failures in this type of car, and extension of warranty to 6 years. Unfortunately my car has been in service 7.5 years and is not covered by the extension so I will be personally liable for the $1,000 cost for repair for this known problem.

- Bedford, OH, USA

problem #32

Feb 152005


  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure - required replacement of part, paid out of pocket - not covered by warranty.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #31

Mar 202008

(reported on)

TT 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Audi Tt problems with the instrument panel. Consumer states that the problems with the instrument panel have grown progressively worse affecting the safety of the operation of the vehicle. The fuel and temperature gauges no longer functioned and the liquid crystal display worked erratically and did not always display readable information. Additionally, the speedometer and tachometer functioned only sporadically, providing no way to dependably monitor engine or vehicle speed.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #30

Nov 262007


  • Manual transmission
  • 81,000 miles
My car has had a low oil pressure light coming on for the last three months, and it's occurring with more frequency. The light only comes on when I take my car out of gear and put it in neutral while slowing down or while waiting at a stop light. After taking it to three different Audi dealers, I have had multiple answers as to the problem. Several hundred dollars later, my light still comes on and nothing has been fixed. Even more recently and just to top it off, my instrument panel cluster has blown. So far, it's just the temperature gauge, fuel gauge, led display, and a warning light that triggers one of my headlights to turn off, but from what I've read online, the speedometer is soon to follow. There has been a recall in the uk for this, but Audi usa won't do anything about it. I have spoken with them on the phone and they only refer me to the local Audi dealer, which is just a viscous cycle. I will be very upset when I'm driving and can't tell how fast I'm going. This seems a danger to be on the road. Since the problem costs $1000 to fix, I guess I will just have to drive without a speedometer for a while...

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #29

Mar 072008

(reported on)

TT 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Audi Tt with instrument panel failure. Consumer states that the instrument panel gauges are not working. He also states that the instrument cluster failure has started affecting the operation of the vehicle. The temperature gauge no longer functioned. The consumer stated there was no way to know the level of fuel in the vehicle. The speedometer and tachometer also failed.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #28

Nov 202007

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Audi Tt quattro. The contact stated that the fuel gauge displayed inaccurate readings. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they discovered that the instrument panel was failing and needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 65,000 and failure mileage was 58,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #27

Feb 142008

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I have a faulty instrument cluster on my Audi Tt 2001 roaster. This part controls the tachometer, odometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge and all the warning lights for oil pressure, coolant levels, etc. This is one of the most important parts for the safety of the vehicle. This is the second instrument cluster that has had to be replaced in the vehicle. The initial cluster was faulty and displayed inaccurate gas gauge readings, it was replaced in 2002/3. my current instrument cluster is displaying inaccurate temperature readings. I have reviewed information on websites (edmunds care space at; Audi Tt car club at, etc.), and understand that this is a very common problem. Audi uk recalled this component on the 2001 Audi Tt and have agreed to cover all previous costs of repair. A class action lawsuit has been filed in California regarding this problem ( I have spoken with Audi usa and the dealer and they are not willing to completely pay for this repetitive repair. This is a major problem with the Audi Tt and this needs to be addressed with Audi usa. The consumer stated this will be his third instrument cluster. Updated

- Suffield, CT, USA

problem #26

Feb 012008


  • miles
2001 Audi Tt instrument cluster failure. Consumer states that the instrument cluster should be replaced at no cost to her. She states that her fuel gauge is unreliable and does not read the right amount fuel and the liquid crystal display failed.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #25

Jan 242008

TT 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
My instrument panel cluster does not work any more.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #24

Jan 232008

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I've ran out of gas twice while driving due to a faulty gas gauge on the instrument cluster of my 2001 Audi Tt. I had problems with the instrument cluster before and it was replaced under warranty, now it has gone bad again and I'm out of warranty.... this seems to be a common problem as there is a "class action lawsuit" pending too, however nothing has been done by Audi or VW to remedy these faulty instrument clusters.... thank you

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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