The first-generation Mk1 Audi TT has a bit of a bad reputation for being unreliable. Some of it is likely deserved but a lot of it is likely exaggerated. Either way, though, it seems as if the Mk1 Audi TT is actually a pretty durable machine, as evidenced by this new video from Car Throttle.
To be honest, the entire video seems like a bit of a plug for Fixd, which is a company that makes smartphone-compatible OBDII code readers. So the idea of the video is to see how many fault codes they can trigger on a very beat up, very unloved Audi TT before it finally craps out.
And it’s a very unloved TT indeed. Its suspension is shot, subframe bushing are rotting away and has several massive dents. So it’s not exactly the healthiest TT you’ve ever seen and the Car Throttle team decides to make it a bit worse, to see how much it can take.
So they start to unplug things; mostly different sensors and a couple of coil packs. So the old TT is running on two cylinders with almost no sensors at one point. Despite all of that, it’s still capable of drifting around a track and actually having some fun. It sounds like crap with just two cylinders and barely runs but it just refuses to die.
After all of that, they decide to plug everything back in and let it run the right way and it does so exactly as well as it did prior to this test. What’s shocking is how well the first-gen Audi TT drifts for a front-wheel drive-based all-wheel drive car. Plus, it’s not even Quattro all-wheel drive, as it’s a Haldex setup. For Haldex, the first-gen TT drifts remarkably well and looks like a blast.
So if you’re looking to buy a first-gen Audi TT but are worried about its reliability, this video might ease your mind as they’re tougher cars than they might seem.