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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,140 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Audi TT engine problems

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2001 Audi TT Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 102008


  • 69,700 miles


Purchased a 2001 Audi Tt 225 coupe on October 2000, eight years later and only 69700 miles, timing belt fails causing major damage to the engine. August 2008 Audi sent out a letter acknowledging a potential problem with the timing belt but since it was not a recall I paid only a small attention to it. Besides all this clearly the design of the timing belt is faulty or inadequate to be used on a sports car!!!

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 102007

TT 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,000 miles
2001 Audi Tt 4 transmissions failures, overheating, thermostat fails every 60K, engine plastic parts degrading, alternator failure, engine head failed required replacement, various interior trim problems (e.g. broken stereo cover, glove compartment handle when left in heat with closed windows), instrument cluster replaced, failed again will need replacement fuel gauge reads full all the time, engine vacuum leaks, etc...etc...

- Huntington Park, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152007

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles
(1) events leading up to the failure of my timing belt were normal driving conditions, ie no sounds, smells, or visual damage. (2) on 01/15/2007, my timing belt broke while driving. The consequences are damage to the cylinder head, as well as other parts of the engine. (3) last year, Audi changed the time/mileage needed in order to change timing belt from 106,000(as stated in the owner manual, of the Audi Tt) to 60,000-70,000, according to an employee, I spoke with. I asked the dealership if any notices; mail, E-mail, or phone, were sent out, and their response was, "no. Because many customer have been having problems with timing belts breaking at an early stage, we let them know as they come in for service." I filed a complaint with the department of Consumer Affairs on, 1/19/2007. And also contacted Audi of America, in which, had me to provide the attorney generals office with my automobiles VIN number.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 042004

TT 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
I purchased an Audi Tt with 40,000 miles on it in January of 2004. It burns 2 quarts of oil every 800 miles. Audi is unable to fix the problem and it has been to the shop at least 15+ times for the same problem. No one will help me and I never have my car. They give me loaners until they can fix it, which they have not been able to do it 11 months. I need help and have no where else to turn to. Please help!

- Leechburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142004


  • miles
While driving 60 mph a loud knocking noise was heard from the front. Consumer pulled over then, vehicle stalled. Consumer tried to restart vehicle, but was unable to do so. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced clips, screws, pins, and plates.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

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