2001 Audi TT Roadster 225 quattro with 42,000 Miles

In 1993, my father purchased a W113 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster. It was green with black MB Tex and do you know what? It looked, and felt, old. At that point, it was a 22 year old car that had been mostly forgotten by the enthusiast world. After all, the dated W113’s replacement – the oh so 80s even though it was from the 70s R107 – had just gone out of production, itself replaced by the thoroughly modern R129. I loved the R129 at the time, and the W113 seemed like a dinosaur by comparison. But my father loved the look of the W113, and so for the then princely sum of mid-teens he purchased a relatively clean, reasonably low mileage and (almost) fully functional Mercedes-Benz SL.

Fast forward the best part of two and a half decades, and the SL market has gone completely bonkers, awakening to the fact that the W113 was (and still is) a beautiful, classic and elegant design. I’m not even sure you could buy a non-functional, rusty wreck of a W113 for the same price my father paid in 1993 – and an expensive restoration would await you.

Why do I mention this?

Currently, almost no one has time to even consider the 8N chassis Audi TT. It’s old, with the last of the first generation produced 12 years ago and its replacement – the 8J – has also fully completed a production cycle. It doesn’t have the super wiz-bang computers, million horsepower engines, or cut-your-hand-on-the-front-end styling of the new models. A fair amount lay in a state of disrepair; crashed, thrashed and trashed to a point where they’re nearly given away – quite seriously, there’s one near me for $1,500. But find a good one, and I think now is the prime time to grab a clean TT that will be a future collectable. This Roadster 225 quattro 6-speed with only 42,000 miles suits the bill perfectly:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi TT Roadster 225 quattro on eBay

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Almost S: 2001 and 2003 Audi A6 4.2 quattros

After the legendary run of turbocharged inline-5 motors ended for U.S. customers in 1995, Audi would not deliver another S6 to these shores until 2002. When it arrived, it came in only one form – the popular Avant package. While many rejoiced that this was at the very least an option, it was still pretty expensive and not everyone loves the fast five doors (crazy though it may seem!). But Audi came very close to offering S performance in the special package which was the A6 4.2 quattro. There were many variants of the C5, and ostensibly the 6-speed manual 2.7T was the “sport” option for the chassis. But the top of the heap 4.2 40V offered you the ART/AWN V8’s torque and 300 horsepower with instant throttle response starting in 2000. Underneath the 4.2 carried a special aluminum subframe. Additionally, the all-aluminum engine was joined by specially flared fenders and hood in aluminum, “door blades” that would later be seen on S models, plus optional 17″ x 8″ Speedline (later changed to forged and polished “Fat Fives”) wheels and upgraded brakes and pads. Suspension was lowered and stiffened with the 1BE sport springs and struts in the optional Sport Package; a 20mm drop was accompanied by 30% stiffer springs, 40% stiffer shocks and larger sway bars. The combination gave a menacing appearance to the C5 that wasn’t really present in the narrow-body 2.7T. Today, the argument over which is the better chassis still rages in multiple fora, and while tuners usually love the twin turbo manual option, many others prefer the velvet hammer 4.2 which really was a defacto S6 sedan Audi never brought here:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi A6 4.2 quattro on eBay

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2001 Audi TT 225 quattro

1I went to college in London in 2000, about the same time that the first generation TT started to appear on British roads. Because my dorms were in a posh part of town, there were always a few of these parked nearby. The car’s styling struck me as extraordinary. It captured something of the millennial zeitgeist: a minimalist, Bauhaus-esque design that artfully blended lines and curves on the outside, with a bespoke-feeling cockpit on the inside featuring splashes of brushed aluminum and baseball-glove stitching on the leather seats. Back then, I had ambitions to become a lawyer, and this was the perfect car, I thought, for a young single man about town. The perfect yuppie’s car.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi TT 225 quattro on Albany Craigslist

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Two For T: 2001 and 2002 Audi TT 225 quattros

I’ll get this out of the way off the bat; not everyone likes the Audi TT, and yes, it’s not really a sports car. But excusing that it’s not a 911 although it’s similarly shaped, is it really that much of a pretender? Tight body curves that were really avant garde in the late 1990s reveal a beautifully crafted interior with lots of special details to let you know you were in a premium product. Under the hood, in its most potent form the 1.8T was quite capable as well, with 225 horsepower resulting in mid-6 sec 0-60 runs in stock form and punchy delivery. And while the Haldex-driven but “quattro” branded all-wheel drive wasn’t as slick as Audi’s other all-wheel drive systems, it works just fine in most conditions. So let’s take a look at two nice examples of these budget sports coupes:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi TT 225 quattro on eBay

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Double Take: 2001 Audi A6 4.2 quattro

For the C5 chassis, there was a major change in that the popular S6 sedan was discontinued in the United States. In its place, you got to choose from a few options; if you had to have a S6, Audi would oblige but only in wagon form in 2002/2003 with the S6 Avant. If you had to have a S sedan, your option was to wait until the 2003 twin turbo RS6 launched and pay a serious premium over a standard A6. But Audi had two spiritual successors to the C4 S6. First, you could get the twin turbocharged 2.7T V6 in the A6 sedan and it could be had with a 6-speed manual. A little heavier than the C4 but with a bit more power, performance was very close to the legendary turbo 5. But few remember that there was a 4.2 V8 option on the C4 S6 in Europe as well, and you could even specify your S6 with (gasp!) an automatic transmission. Audi recreated this package as well in the new C5 A6 4.2 quattro, and to make it a bit more special it was given some S6 details. The 4.2, for example, sported lighter aluminum fenders and hood, along with an aluminum front subframe to match it’s alloy V8. A full 1.4″ longer and with 3.5″ of additional track over the standard A6, the 4.2 also gained the door blades that would later be seen on the S cars. It was the defacto S6 sedan that was never offered, though the 300 horsepower V8 was down on power to the S6 motor and only 2/3s the power of the later twin-turbo RS6. Despite the special aspects the A6 4.2 doesn’t seem to enjoy as much as cult following as either the S6 Avant or the A6 2.7T 6-speed. I’ve rounded up two 4.2s to consider today; one with a manual swap and another with quite low mileage. Which is the winner?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi A6 4.2 quattro on eBay

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10K Friday: Ronin v. The Transporter

On the surface, the themes were very similar; two movies staring action superstars playing above-the-law criminals with an amazing ability to extricate themselves from seemingly impossible conditions against improbable odds driving large, fast executive cars. Despite this, the movies Ronin and The Transporter couldn’t be more different. I watched the former on the edge of my seat, captivated by the mystery, floored by the incredibly filmed stunt scenes, the attention to reality and detail, and the staggeringly awesome lineup of cars. The latter I struggled to get through at all; I managed to make it about half way through before giving up. To this day, I still haven’t seen the ending of the first movie, and nothing more than trailers of the second. Is there a third? I’m sorry, I’m sure it made a gazillion dollars in the box office but frankly when I watched the clip of the Audi A8L W12 corkscrewing through the air to miraculously remove a bomb from the bottom of the car on a perfectly placed scrap-metal magnet hanging in mid-air I lost all interest. I can suspend my belief for a movie like Ronin because there was an air of reality to it; the characters were flawed and mortal. Sure, there were problems with the plot and even some of the stunts – I mean, they don’t show Jean Reno standing in line at the DMV to register the 450SEL 6.9, for example. But in terms of reality, it was on this planet at least, while The Transporter seemed to be set in some alternate Japanese-live-action-anime reality I’m not sure I want to understand. Nevertheless, the central plot to both is about cars and driving (at least a bit), and today you can purchase just about all of the cars featured in these films for around $10,000 – so which would you have? I had to use a bit of creative with some of the versions, so you’ll bear with me I hope – here we go!

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Double Take – High Miles, Low prices: Dos Audi S6 quattros

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The undisputed winner of last week’s S4 showdown was the original S4 powered by the legendary 2.2 20V turbo. While prices of pristine examples have been steadily climbing and we’ve featured a few nice ones recently, there are still some higher-mile ones in nice condition which can be had for less than the down payment on some new cars. Today I’ll take a look at two such examples – higher miles with nice modifications and low prices. Let’s start with the Emerald Green example::

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Year: 1995.5
Model: S6
Engine: 2.2 liter tubocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 270,000 mi
Price: $4,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995.5 Audi S6 on Craigslist

This rare ‘95.5 UrS6 uber-sedan has been meticulously maintained throughout it’s life with full maintenance records dating back to the original owner. I am the fourth owner, and the first three maintained it at 2Bennett Audimotive (2B); the third owner being Andrew Bennett himself. I have maintained it myself during my ownership, and took record of everything. This car is luxurious, fast, versatile, and efficient for it’s capabilities. You will not be disappointed.

It currently has 270k miles, but any “Ur-S” guru will tell you that this is largely irrelevant with meticulous documented maintenance. The chassis is tight, and there are minimal squeaks and rattles inside. It is far quieter than most cars with half as much mileage. Audi built them to last.

-Driveline-
This car was built in November of ’95, so it is considered a ‘95.5. The 5 speed manual transmission shifts nicely, and the uprated first gear does not whine. The stock clutch engages incredibly smoothly. The Quattro all-wheel-drive provides unparalleled grip, and rain on the street can be largely ignored. The transmission has poly reinforced stock mounts, and the rear diff mount is polyurethane.

-Engine-
The legendary rally-bred 2.2 liter 20 valve turbocharged 5 cylinder (AAN) is a real gem. They are basically bulletproof, and the main reason I bought the car. The stock K24 turbo has less than 1mm of shaft play, so it will not need a rebuild any time soon. The oil has been changed at the factory recommended interval of 5000 miles with full synthetic oil, with a proper German filter (no Fram junk here) its entire life. There are no leaks, though it does consume a quart of oil every 2500 miles or so. A 2B chip coupled with a Scorpion cat-back exhaust, Magnaflow muffler, and Bailey Motorsports dump valve produces an estimated 300 or so horsepower. It is not loud, but has a nice mellow burble and swishy turbo sounds that make it fun to rev. When the turbo spools up, the torque is impressive, making passing on the freeway or in the city a breeze. I have also added a boost gauge that fits perfectly with the interior colors.

-Suspension-
2B sport springs, Koni externally adjustable shocks (with lifetime warranty) and 2B caster/camber plates keep it planted in the corners, and has a really sweet stance without a harsh ride. It gets compliments and turns heads regularly.

-Cosmetic-
Changes include grille surround blackout, clear corner lamps (stock amber included), window tint (with lifetime warranty), and stainless steel exhaust tips. The stock projector headlights have been upgraded with 55W 5000K HID bulbs. These were fantastic when I commuted at night. Spare xenon bulbs are included.

-OEM Features-
-Power moonroof
-Climate control
-Dual power front seats with memory
-Front & rear heated seats
-Power mirrors with parking assist
-Car phone!
-Bose Delta CC stereo
-Collapsible ski boot (allows skis to be put in the trunk)
-Front and rear fog lamps
-One-touch auto up and down power windows
-Securit (OEM) alarm
-Headlight washers

-Issues-
The Bose stereo sounds great, but the tape deck quit working, and the 6 disc changer in the trunk doesn’t seem to be getting power. The radio works fine though. The window washer feed line cracked, and currently does not work. I will be troubleshooting these until the vehicle is sold, so they may be working again soon.

The interior is in very good shape, though the driver’s seat is moderately worn. It has wear on the left bolsters, and has been patched with similar color tape. You don’t feel or see it when driving.

The only other flaw is the paint on the hood is faded and thin. The rest of the paint is pretty good, with small scratches typical of an 18 year old car. It shines up nicely.

-Extras-
The vehicle is pictured with forged 18″ Audi A8L wheels, but it will come with the stock 16″ Avus wheels as well. Also included is the cold air intake pictured, but it was removed to pass smog. I can knock off a few hundred bucks if you don’t want the 18″ wheels or the cold air intake.

This is definitely a driver’s car. I never buy cars that don’t excite me. So if you just want a point A to point B car, look elsewhere. I just did a big tune-up on Saturday 9/28 (documented) and had it smogged for new tags. It passed with flying colors, barely registering on the sniffer, and the new tags should be in the mail. I also have the pink slip in hand, ready to transfer to a new enthusiastic owner.

Email, call, or text Sean 707-328-zero-one-39 to schedule an appointment or if you have questions. Please, no joy rides and serious offers will be considered. No trades please. Interior pictures on the way soon.

In general, I’d have to agree that the mileage is fairly irrelevant on these cars provided good mechanical work was undertaken, and the Bennetts are some of the best at that. This particular car has some great forged A8 wheels on it, but also comes with the original Avus wheels as a bonus. Green isnt’ the most aggressive looking color on these cars, but is period correct (and popular). The downside? Well, often the clearcoat on the green fails as this car’s is starting to. Despite this, at below $5,000 asking price it’s a lot of car for the money even with the miles. Can the same be said for the even higher mile Silver 1996?

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Year: 1996
Model: S6
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 325,000 mi
Price: $5,300 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Audi S6 on Quattroworld.com

this is the last time i will be posting the car for sale – other life priorities demand the capital from the car sale.

the car is located in picton, ontario, canada. due to US emissions regulations the car can not be registered in most US states; however, some can – michigan, texas, washington, new york are some that legally-registered ’96 and ’97 models reside in.

i have had this car for 3.75 years now and bought it completely stock (except for a boost gauge). it was very well-kept and i have done that and beyond in my ownership. it currently has 525K km’s, or 325K miles. anyone who knows these cars (and this one specifically) will understand what this means. it runs and drives like it has 100K. you will not be disappointed!

full disclosure below, and an extensive excel spreadsheet of maintenance logs are included as well. link at the bottom to a lot more pics.

asking $5300. you simply cannot build this car for anywhere near this number.

Specifications

History
– 3/96 build; 1 of only ~106 S6’s to be brought into Canada for 1996 (none for the US)
– 2 previous owners; 2nd owner was an Audi tech, trained on the UrS cars in 1992 and serviced the car for the original owner – so he was the only person to turn a wrench on the car until i bought it (1/2010)

Engine
– MTM 1+ chipset
– 7A exhaust cam
– ARP head studs
– Recently cleaned and balanced stock injectors
– STR RS2 replica exhaust manifold
– Stromung gen4 downpipe
– 3″ v-banded magnaflow 596cfm metal substrate high-flow cat
– 3″-to-dual-2.25″ magnaflow Y-pipe, mated to stock rear section
– EFIexpress LS2 coilpack kit
– Bosch FR5DTC plugs
– Bosch Motorsport 110 DV
– Samco silicone boost hoses
– All-metal UrS4 intercooler
– Metal UrS4 intercooler cross-over pipe
– Recent 14.5v voltage regulator
– Recent head gasket, ARP head studs, valve seals, valve cover gasket, exhaust manifold gasket, intake manifold gasket, oil pan gaskets, and timing belt job (10K km ago)

Drivetrain
– Apikol poly front snub mount
– Apikol poly rear diff crossmember bushings
– Apikol poly rear diff mount
– 034 Motorsport `street’ density engine mounts
– 034 Motorsport `street’ density trans mounts
– SlaterMounts poly front subframe mounts
– Delrin rear subframe bushings
– V8 Torsen rear diff (only 30K miles on it!!)

Suspension, Wheels and Brakes
– H&R 29828 springs
– Bilstein Sport shocks and struts
– SlaterMounts poly front outer swaybar bushings
– Recent new front LCA inner bushings
– SlaterMounts rear foreward-most trap arm bushings
– Recent new rear inner trap arm bushings (BOGE)
– 1992 UrS4 rear subframe with 17mm swaybar
– SlaterMounts spherical bearing swaybar endlinks
– Porsche 996/Boxster S monobloc front brake calipers (red) with Apikol RS2 brackets, 323x30mm rotors and Pagid RS-421 pads (semi-race pads), braided lines, SpeedBleeders
– OEM rear brakes with Textar pads, SpeedBleeders
– 17×8 ET35 C5 A6 4.2 wheels

Exterior
– Silver
– Recent respray by Andrew Warner (all but roof), which included proper sandblasting of minor rust (several 3mm bubbles and some surface rust behind front mudflaps)
– Recent lower door moldings
– Some rust on trunk lid in license plate light area; clean trunk included with car
– Minor blemish in front bumper below RF grille (details in pics)
– Recent ding in LR door from my son’s bike (see pics)
– OEM NOS exhaust tips (one is recently missing – trying to locate another)
– VVME 55w 4300K HID kit (low-beams)
– C5 A6 full-size passenger mirror (new mirror glass in both mirrors)
– Custom Reese hidden hitch (very stealth)

Interior
– Black leather, heated front and rear seats
– Everything works!
– Recently replaced sunroof panel with good unit – no broken tabs!
– 2W dash bulbs
– OEM 6-disc CD changer (added by me, was a pain to source)
– 3.5mm input added with DPDT switch to plug in phone or MP3 player
– Boost gauge
– UrS4 passenger seat (open headrest); original passenger seat had mysterious bolster tear when i bought the car – can be repaired by upholstery shop, and is included with sale)

Misc
– Always warmed up and cooled down properly
– A/C was leaking – found leak at compressor, tightened loose connections. Needs recharge, full o-ring kit and new receiver/dryer included with car regardless (compressor still works)
– Spare parts bin included with sale
– Alignment 5.17.13
– Passed emissions test 5.27.13
– Replaced rear calipers, lines, rotors and pads 7.13.13
– Replaced starter two weeks ago!

please feel free to contact me at peter AT tenecom DOT com for any questions.

thanks for looking!

peter

Like the green car, lots of modifications and maintenance, with well placed newer wheels to complete the look. At a few hundred dollars more than the green car, you gain some miles but lose the paint issues as this car has been resprayed. It certainly looks the part and corrects many of the lower fender rust issues and peeling trim these cars experience over time. At $5,000, either one of these cars strike me as good potential deals but I’d take my favorite shade on these – the silver one. Yeah, you’ll have to fix some things, but at least you wouldn’t be worried about putting too many miles on the clock!

Which one do you think is a better deal?

-Carter

2001 Audi TT Convertible

In my opinion, the Audi TT is a misunderstood car. Many people pass over considering it as an option because it’s just not sporty enough. Well, the truth of the matter is that the TT just isn’t a sports car. If you can get that out of your mind, though, there are a lot of things to appreciate about the TT. It was uniquely styled, perhaps not to the liking of everyone, but it certainly does get attention. Aside from looking the part, the TT offered a reasonable practicality. It’s all about perception – if you think of this car as a turbocharged, all wheel drive convertible Golf in a great looking body, it makes a bit more sense. The recipe for what would become the TT was what most of the Volkswagen and Audi crowd would have wanted in a new car for a long time; but when they launched, the reception was lukewarm from most enthusiasts. That’s resulted in lower values than some of the other German convertibles, but opens some opportunity to get into a fun, good looking, quick and practical convertible, such as this TT for sale on eBay now:

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Year: 2001
Model: TT
Engine: 1.8 liter 20V turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 69,000 miles
Price: $11,000 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi TT Convertible on eBay

2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster 2D Convertible 1.8 Turbo All-Wheel drive. 4-Cyl, manual 6-speed transmission, 225hp leather racing steering wheel, gray with baseball stitch leather seats, black power automatic folding top, 6 disc CD player, Heated seats, alarm system, airbags Low mileage at 69,000 miles, new tires and breaks, 20-26 mpg

This car is so FUN. This TT has baseball leather stitching and is fully loaded! It has a new clutch and has been well maintained. It zips through LA traffic and purrs up PCH. All the functions on the car work perfectly. The convertible top is in great condition. There is a small tare in the leather but that is it. Good brakes and good tires.

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Let’s be frank – when you put the top down on a car, your hair blows around regardless of whether you spend $100,000 or $10,000. No one will ever accuse the Audi TT of being the best at anything, but it’s very good at quite a few things. It can be used as a commuter, gets reasonable fuel mileage, won’t break the bank to maintain, looks pretty cool, goes very quickly when you want it to, and has all wheel drive that renders it more useful in inclement weather. This particular TT looks quite pretty in Nimbus Grey with the Baseball Glove Leather option, and the polished “Fat Five” wheels are my favorite look on the TT. The 6-speed manuals suit the car well and are fun to drive, and it even makes a pretty good noise when you wind it out.

Maybe it’s not everyone’s dream car, but at $11,000 dollars, I think you can have a useable and enjoyable weekender, and most people would be very surprised when you told them how little you spent for so much style. Don’t repair the seat yet – get your money’s worth of solar radiation with the top down, and keep your eye out for someone parting one down the road to grab the seat bottom. I feel that in the not-so-distant future, more people will appreciate the unique looking TT, and it seems to be aging much more gracefully than the Z3 or SLK.

-Carter