DIY Ser­vic­ing: Audi TT 1.8

Rob Hawkins trav­els to in­de­pen­dent VAG spe­cial­ist IVC of Leeds to ser­vice a tur­bocharged all-wheel drive Audi TT Mk1.

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When Audi an­nounced the TT in the late 1990s, it helped to change the com­pany’s im­age and prove that it could make high-per­for­mance sports cars. A lot of peo­ple al­ready knew this, thanks to Audi’s ral­ly­ing suc­cess and the Qu­at­tro name, but the TT opened up a whole new mar­ket with a 1.8-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der petrol en­gine that could pro­duce 178bhp or 222bhp and pro­pel the four-wheel drive com­pact coupé from 0-62mph in a lit­tle over six sec­onds.

Does such per­for­mance come at a price? Not re­ally. Sec­ond­hand val­ues are cheap, start­ing at around £1000 or less. Ser­vic­ing costs are sim­i­lar to a VW Golf and seem to be no more com­pli­cated af­ter we spent half-a-day with in­de­pen­dent VAG spe­cial­ist IVC of Leeds watch­ing them ser­vice their own 2001 TT. They’ve owned this par­tic­u­lar car for more than 10 years and the fol­low­ing steps cover all of the rou­tine checks and ser­vic­ing.

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