Best 2012 Used Cars, Used car buying guide: Audi TT Mk2

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Best 2012 Used Cars – Evolutionary design means even the Mk1 looks pretty fresh, while the mechanics are tough and well proven and the body is resistant to rust. The price for Mk1 starts around £ 1000 but, actually, it’s a bit old in the tooth. The cheapest Mk3 is around £ 14,000 – a bit expensive for the cheap hunter.

Which leaves Mk2, again available in the form of coupé and roadster. Prices start at about £ 4000 for the initial and long-legged TFSI 2.0, although only £ 2000 puts you among the better examples with lower mileage. Want more power? View quattro 244bhp 3.2 V6: about £ 7000 gives you a good 2008-reg one.

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From there up to £ 10,000, your world will be open, though you need a little more for the 2011-reg car facelift (2.0 TFSI goes from 194bhp to 205bhp, and Sport buttons that offer sharper responses become options across ranges).

There is a TDI 2.0 diesel, of course. Expect at least 50mpg but the fact that it’s only available in quattro forms confirms acceleration in strong teeth. So you’re sure the emissions are in bounds and the exhaust system is good, make sure it’s sold with the latest MOT.

On your way you will surely find 156 TFP TFSI gasoline. This engine appears on the roadster in 2009 and then in coupe in 2012. If TT appearance is a gift enough for you, it is something cheap. What is surprisingly fun to drive is a bonus. A sports TFSI 2012-reg 1.8 with a full history and 60,000 miles is around £ 10,000.

The price for 264bhp 2.0 TFSI TTS quattro, which arrived in 2008, starts around £ 8500 but much has been destroyed. An alternative may be quattro 3.2 V6 2008 with low mileage. In general, they are in better condition, better value, and almost as interesting to drive, though more expensive to run.

Sitting like a king above them all is the TT RS, sold starting in 2009 and powered by 2,500 liter 2.5-liter inline five. Plus a more powerful variant, launched in 2012, has 350bhp. RS prices start at around £ 15,000 and go to £ 30,000. Quattro is an option on some TT, default on the other. Same goes for manual gearbox or S tronic. The latter corresponds to the TT character but the mechatronics control unit can be played. If it’s juddery or hesitant, go. The heats magnetor damper is standard on TTS and RS, but they provide a very stiff ride in Sport mode. They are the choice for lower models, though do not pay extra for them.

With older cars and higher mileage, conditions are more important than specifications, so the S line, Black Edition, and quattro versions do not command premium auto.

In any case, even in standard trims, TT Mk2 is well equipped. As we said, TT, and Mk2 in particular, is a gift for used car buyers.

How to get it in your garage:

The view of an expert, Nick Goodall, Chairman, club owner Audi TT: “This is my second TT. My first is the 1.8 T Mk1 that I have for 13 years and sold earlier this year with 200,000 miles per hour. It never stops beating. I hope my new Mk2 – this is 2.0 MBSI quattro S tronic 2.0 at a cost of 33,000 miles worth £ 14,000 – equally reliable. I’m sure it will happen. It will be serviced every 10,000 miles. It feels stronger and safer than Mk1. I did see the TTS but they were all ‘crushed’ – worn interior, body damage, service skipped … ”

Buyer beware:

ENGINE – Generally reliable but progresses with regular service and requires a new cambelt every five years or 75k miles (about £ 500 on specialists). Satisfying or stalling can be a failed coil package (about £ 35). The service of a lifetime is every two years or 20k miles (about £ 199 in specialists). Plugs marked platinum can run as far as 60 km but expensive.

GEARBOX – In TTs equipped with dual-clutch S tronic transmission, juddering or drive loss can be a mechatronic control unit (about £ 800 in specialists). The clutch can be released as well (£ 1200, compared to £ 1000 for the new clutch in the manual box).

BRAKES, STEERING AND SUSPENSION – Make sure the brake fluid has been replaced every two years. The bushes in the console behind the bottom wishbones begin to fail about six years. Check if the steering racket vibrates.

BODY – Any corrosion that may be associated with improvement. In standard cars, check the automatic rear spoiler up and down. On the roadster, more cars experience problems with motors that move flaps that hide the hood when folded. This could be a sensor issue as well.

INTERIOR – Listen to the trim and fascia of the rumble, and check that the boot pad is not moist. Check the power windows work (cable regulator snap). Make sure air-con works due to lack of regular service causing the compressor to fail. Check the base of the seat is not slack.

Also worth noting:

Regardless of age but as long as the car has done less than 100,000 miles, Audi will sell a 12 month warranty for your TT. All of the closing components for the TT 2.0 2007-reg TFSI with 88,000 miles, performing less than 10,000 miles a year, are £ 1164 or £ 100 per month with zero excess. Visit insurewithaudi.co.uk.

How much to spend:

£ 3995- £ 4495 – Beginning 2006 to 2007 2.0 TFSI with 100 km-150 thousand km.

£ 4500- £ 6495 – 2008 to 2009 2.0 TFSI and TDI and 2006 through 2008 3.2 V6 with 120k miles.

£ 6500- £ 8995 – Mileage below 100k. 2010-reg with 70k miles from £ 7500.

£ 9000- £ 10,995 – Choose 2009 to 2011 cars, plus the first TTS.

£ 11,000- £ 12,995 – Options 2011 to 2013 1.8, 2.0 and TDI.

£ 13,000- £ 14,995 – Best 2012 to 2014 TFSIs. Also 2010 to 2011 TTS.

£ 15,000 AND ABOVE – Low-mile 2013-2014 TFSI and TDI, plus TTS 2012, peaking at £ 25k for 2014 one. The first RS 2009 car, a maximum of £ 30k for RS 2014.

One that we found:

AUDI 2.0 TFSI, 2007/07, 98K MILES, £ 4950 – This private seller has one owner and a full service history. Also has a Bose sound system and parking sensors. The wheels look scuffed but at least the seller knows his history from day one.