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2003 Audi TT Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 14 reviews
Boasting more curves than an issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, the 2003 Audi TT lets everyone pretend to be James Bond behind the wheel (tux not provided). The 2003 TT comes as a Coupe or convertible Roadster, with a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at either 180-hp or 225-hp. In 2003, the 180-hp models are front-wheel drive only, with no quattro option. The higher horsepower models have been and are still offered only with AWD quattro.
Also in 2003, 180-hp base models are paired with a new 6-speed Tiptronic transmission, which allows you to engage in semi-manual shifting with the touch of a button, and gets better performance out of the limited engine. The 225-hp models are offered with 6-speed manual tranny only. On the outside, the 2003 Audi TT gets a new grille and updated badging. The convertible is a soft-top that can be removed manually in the base Roadsters or electrically in the 225-hp Roadster. The power top is optional on the base model. To combat wind interference and noise, a windscreen pops up behind the front headrests. When up, a glass rear window offers better visibility than plastic ones in other convertibles.
The 2003 TT is all about looks. Domed and rounded, low to the ground and all wheels, it looks like it's bursting with energy. Though sharing a frame with the Beetle, the TT is loved by owners for its unique styling. Its performance is top-notch, say most, especially the responsive and crisp handling around curves, tight turn radius, and quattro capability in bad weather conditions. Inside, the sports seats are comfy, and the optional heated seats feature is recommended. Downsides include poor rear visibility with the top up, making parking difficult, and difficulty getting in and out of the TT without banging your head. The placement of the power window switches is awkward, and the ride can be noisy. Reliability is questionable, and owners report lots of little problems with the electrics.
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