Audi 2002 TT Roadster Quattro - Repair or Sell?

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#1

Two Questions:



1) What is the average life expectancy of a well-kept 2002 TT Quattro Roadster, esp the engine life?



2) Should I fix or sell mine? Here’s the deal:



My 106,000mi 2002 TT Quattro Roadster’s transmission just died.



My mechanic suggesting replacing the transmission with a new ($3500+ tax and labor) or a used ($1900+tax and labor for a 60K-70K rebuilt). He’s recommending also replacing the clutch kit and flywheel ($1000+tax and labor). As well, the 105,000mi service ($225) and the timing belt replacement ($1100) are due.



All in, we’re talking $7250-7500.



I just made the final payment (irony!!) and was planning on keeping this for another 50-100Kmi, and drive 20K a year.



Is it worth fixing, or should I trade in and get something new?



Thanks!!


#2

It’s your call; Audis at that mileage start needing more frequent repair work. I’m somewhat baffled why the transmission failed at such a low mileage.

With the miles you drive per year, you should budget about $4000 per year from now on for maintenance and repairs. This will provide you with a little acount to pay for the next major item that needs fixing. Not doing so will continue to give you nasty surprises.

German cars normally last a long time if you just keep replacing items, but that gets progressively more expensive.


#3

Thanks for the feedback, you make some good points.

If I do replace it, would you recommend a new, or ok to go with a used transmission?


#4

If the rebuilt is from a reputable source, and carries a warranty, and you can completely trust your mechanic, I see no reason not to go rebuilt. If you are unsure, go new.

As others will point out, do not go a a transmission chain shop such as AAMCO. Their rebuilts are of “uncertain” quality.

Also, this is the time to perform all the required maintenance (see owner’s manual); German cars do not respond well to neglected or deferred maintenance.


#5

My mechanics are reputable Audi/VW specialists in San Francisco, and said both new and used come with same 12 mo/12k mi warranty. I’ll ask them where they get their rebuilts and if they really trust them…

Thanks again for the good advice. Much appreciated.


#6

It looks like you are dealing with the right kind of shop; I would go rebuilt if they stand behind their work.

Good luck!


#7

I have an automatic 03 TT w 63k that’s jerking between 1st and 2nd gears after about 15 min of driving. Dealer is suggesting transmission replacement. I’m baffled. Any updates re your car?