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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,805 miles

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2001 Audi TT electrical problems

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2001 Audi TT Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Aug 062016

TT

  • 82,195 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Electrical issue with gauge cluster, fuel gauge inaccurate (runs out of gas in middle of hwy), low oil pressure light comes on (manual says to stop immediately when light comes on), air bag light comes on! everything I have read states these are all problems with the gauge cluster (cost over $1000 to have replaced!) Audi usa knows about problem but refuses to do anything about it. Audi has a recall in the uk for this problem, why not here in the U.S. ?? this is a serious safety issue!

- Keaau, HI, USA

problem #22

Jan 012015

TT

  • 125,000 miles
This is a know problem with Audi. They refuse to recall, but I wanted to just add to the list of people having an issue here. The gauges are flickering (gauge cluster). There should be a recall.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #21

Jul 112012

TT 4-cyl

  • 83,762 miles
Clock keeps resetting itself and so does the mileage indicator.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #20

Apr 152009

TT 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Audi Tt convertible: The horn just stopped working one day, the instrument cluster display started to not display clearly then the car seem to lack power when starts up, car then would not start in the mornings, then the car would not start after being left for more than 20 minutes, and the car would often totally shut off while stopped at a red light then automatically turn back on again all by itself. The brake lights also stayed on at all times even when the car was completely shut off. Ignition coils also caught on fire after check engine light was on for only a few hours. The convertible top warning light is flashing on the instrument cluster, and there is a rattling noise coming from the convertible top latch area while driving. Consequences: Dangerous life threatening situations, fear, stress, financial burden/hardship, time consuming, and extreme inconvenience. Repairs: Horn was repaired, instrument cluster was replaced, convertible top rattle and warning light not repaired, brake system was replaced, and coils all replaced.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #19

Mar 212010

TT

  • 96,800 miles
On our Audi Tt 2001 convertible, the electrical outlets underneath the dashboard caught on fire. The fire department was called and after an investigation, found no known cause of fire. Also, prior to this fire, the tip of the spark plug fell into the engine cylinder block, causing us the owners to pay in full for a new engine head to be replaced....lots of money (approximately $8000). We replaced it through a well known professional Audi shop auto haus munich in san diego. Hazardous lights needed to be replaced professionally because it interfered with the signal lights. Much money & time spent, and many headaches experienced while owning this beautiful yet troublesome car.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #18

Nov 062002

TT

  • 4,349 miles
Audi Tt instrument cluster shows abnormal temperature reading, when actual temperature is fine (reported through air conditioning diagnostic code 49C). Dealer repaired dead cluster in 2002, and installed a still defective cluster that shows wrong temperature. I later became aware that the new cluster is also faulty. Dealer quotes approx $1000 for repair. Audi Corp refuses free repair.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012009

TT

  • 92,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Instrument cluster failure on 2001 Audi Tt roadster.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #16

Jul 212008

TT

  • 19,600 miles
Check engine light is on, power door lock button sometimes does not work, driver side window sometimes does not fully close, button to put the convertible top down sometimes does not work, button for motion sensor alarm does not light up when pressed, lcd display turns fully red and next day is back to normal, rear defrost lines not fully operable, water leaks in between window and door seal on both doors. I have just purchased my car with about 19000 miles, a few days later the check engine light turned on. Took it to Toyota grossinger dealer and said that it was the fuel gage and that I should wait a few months for it to turn itself off. I called Audi dealership and said that my car had no recalls. Then, I went to a mechanic and said that computer showed that solenoid sensors had failed, so it was replaced. Check engine light came back on again and after complaining with first mechanic I went to a turbo performance specialist and said that the secondary air pump had failed. Changed it and week later light came back on showing the same code. All throughout, the car has lost power and a fluttering noise is heard from front driver side every time I change gears. When power locks don't work, I have to use the remote to unlock doors to get out of car. Sometimes I hear sparks and clicking from dashboard display.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #15

Aug 282008

TT

  • 96,600 miles
Instrument cluster resets date, time. Fuel gauge malfunctions to read empty when full, and reads RPM inaccurately. Began a couple of years ago and not often, now it's a daily problem. On a recent trip I wanted to top the gas tank, but the center isle controls for the gas cap and hatch door failed to work forcing me to continue with the available gas in tank. Once I arrived, both gas cap and latch door opened.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #14

Aug 082008

TT

  • 47,775 miles
My instrument cluster on my low mileage 2001 Audi Tt 6 weeks outside of the closing date of a class action lawsuit. U.S. district court of California northern district case no. C 06 6801 mjj.

- Roy, WA, USA

problem #13

Aug 152007

TT

  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Audi Tt quattro instrument panel began to fail about at about 45,000 miles. Currently at 62,000 miles. Panel continues to get worse. Can no longer read any warning messages, etc. Did receive a notice regarding a class action suit that would provide free replacement, but found out from dealer that it does not apply to 2001 Tt since it is beyond the seven year limit of the class action suit.

- Palm Springs, FL, USA

problem #12

May 202008

TT 4-cyl

  • 13,400 miles
Instrument cluster, fuel, temp, speed and RPM, all failed to work. Car has less than 14,000 miles. Out of warranty. Very dangerous.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #11

Mar 162008

TT 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
The fuel gauge on my 2001 Audi Tt quattro no longer works and does not properly indicate the amount of fuel in my tank. This happens whenever the car is operating. In order to replace the instrument cluster I would have to pay over 1000 dollars at the Audi deal. I am aware that many other owners of the same car have the same issue and seems worthy of a recall.

- Ft Rucker, AL, USA

problem #10

Nov 262007

TT

  • 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 #9

Jan 102007

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,000 miles
2001 Audi Tt coupe. When stopping at a red light/stop sign after exiting the highway, the check oil light and warning noise come on. It goes off when I start up again. The dealer states it is a gauge cluster failure and will cost $1000 to repair. The car operates perfectly and the oil level is normal.

- Baldwin, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 182007

(reported on)

TT

  • miles
2001 Audi Tt roadster with gauge cluster problems** the vehicle's gauge cluster failed just after the warranty period ended in 2004. Audi has been aware of the gauge cluster failure for years. Audi has refused to extend the warranty. Audi uk chose to replace all identically failed clusters free of charge in the uk. The consumer is requesting that Audi replaced his cluster free of charge.

- Unknown, OR, USA

problem #7

Nov 092006

(reported on)

TT

  • miles
2001 Tt quatro coupe gauges cluster failed twice. ***** the manufacturer resolved the designed problem after the 2003 model year.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 012004

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,000 miles
I have a 2001 Audi Tt. I have had many problems with the gauges not working. I have taken it in many times and I am not getting anywhere. My local dealer told me that they do not know of any problems with the gauges that is wide spread. I am a member of many Audi owners groups and everyone I know has had to replace the gauges. They are between $600-$900 and I think that if this many people (at least 100) have this problem then it has to be a factory defect of some kind.

- Bixby, OK, USA

problem #5

Nov 102005

TT

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
This car has stalled 3 times this year while driving when all lights went off, motor died, power steering died and I could not maneuver the car anymore. 1. Jan 23,2005 I was driving when the car all of a sudden died. Luckily I was just approaching a stop light so I was able to get to the side of the road safely. I had the car towed. The service told me that it was a bad battery and the car is fine now. 2. Nov 10, 2005 I was driving at night on a windy country road when the same happened this time at a speed of about 50 mph. Lights off, motor died, no steering power, no emergency lights. I do not know how I survived this incident since within a second I didn't know where I was nor where I was going. I ended up in the middle of the road trying to get the car off the street asap since I was just behind a sharp curve. I had the car towed the next day. 3. on Dec 3 they called and told me the car is fixed and I can pick it up. I asked if someone could give me a ride to another location where I wanted to drop off the car I came with. The service manager himself took the car to drop it off and while he was driving the same happened to him. The car died in the middle of the street. 4. he called me and told me now it"?S the alternator which needs to be replaced. I will pick up the car tomorrow. It??S fixed. ????????? I do not feel comfortable to drive this car anymore. The same thing happened 3 times of which one time I almost died. I??M pretty sure that it will happen again and this time I might not survive. The reason why I think that it will happen again? the car had the same issue 3 times, it just died in the middle of driving. The service came up each time with a different explanation. First time the battery, second time ??, third time the alternator. None of them justify that a car dies just like that, while I?"M driving. All three times it had rained the days before. Heinz legler.

- Topanga, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 042005

TT

  • miles
Battery was dead. Replaced battery and by next morning the new battery was dead. Turns out that the heated seats were short circuiting and was draining the battery even when shut off. Disconnected the fuse. Found out that in order to get fixed could cost in excess of $1000 since it requires taking the dashboard apart.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

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