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1. What is the price of the vehicle?

2. Where is the vehicle located?

3. Is the vehicle in good, fair, or poor condition?

4. Has the vehicle been modified in any way?

5. Is this a practical everyday vehicle or just a sports car with many compromises?

6. How many people can realistically fit inside this car?

7. What kind of fuel economy does it get?

8. Does this car have "quattro" all-wheel drive?

9. Are these authentic Audi "5-Arm Rotor" wheels or replicas, and what size are the wheels and tires?

10. How do the low-profile tires and 19" wheels handle? Is the ride rough or harsh?

11.What is so special or unique about the S-Line package?

12. Who performs the maintenance on the vehicle?

13. How long do you expect this car to last, and is it expensive to own and maintain a German vehicle?

14. Has the vehicle ever been in an accident?

15. What parts have you replaced recently?

16. Why are you selling the vehicle?

17. Is there anything wrong with vehicle?

18. Why should I buy a TT with a 2.0T engine instead of one with the 3.2?

19. Why should I pay more to buy your vehicle when I can find others for less money?

20. Why have you built such an extensive website to sell your vehicle? Are you a dealer?

21. Who do I contact for more information about the vehicle?


1. What is the price of the vehicle?
NOTE: This vehicle has been SOLD. Thank you for your interest! Back to top

2. Where is the vehicle located?
The vehicle is in Athens, Georgia (an hour east of Atlanta). Buyer assumes all responsibility for pick-up or shipping, although I may be willing to deliver the vehicle to buyers within a reasonable distance. Back to top

3. Is the vehicle in good, fair, or poor condition?
The gallery photographs and meticulous service history should speak for themselves. This vehicle is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. I don't want to misrepresent the vehicle or mislead a potential buyer, so I'll admit the vehicle isn't perfect. I'd rate the exterior condition a 9 out of 10 (10 being perfect) and the interior a 9 out of 10. The interior has worn well over the years--there are no stains, gashes, or tears and the leather is still soft and supple (not dry, hard, and cracked). The side bolsters on the driver seat have a few creases from ingress and egress that quickly appeared when the car was new, but these are not serious. I am a non-smoker and nobody else has ever smoked in the car either.

As with any vehicle this age, there are a few rock chips and very minor scratches and nicks in the finish. The vehicle has primarily been hand-washed and hand-waxed, but I have been guilty of taking a rare trip to the touch-free (brushless) automatic car wash for a quick touch-up (maybe once or twice a year when it's too cold to wash the car outside). The body is perfectly straight--not a single dent or even a door ding. The wheels are perfect too and have no curb rash whatsoever. I admit that I have never washed the engine compartment but it's generally free of grime and only has a light coating of dust and pollen. There is no sign of rust anywhere on the body. The vehicle has been garaged for all of its life, and looks as good as the pictures indicate. It probably won't win many concours awards as it's a driver and hardly a trailer queen, but it does show well and compares favorably with other TTs on the road today. Some people even confuse the car with a new vehicle, and are surprised to learn that it's 6 years old. Back to top

4. Has the vehicle been modified in any way?
Mechanically, the car is 100% stock and has never been modified, chipped, or raced (I find the 2.0T motor to be plenty potent as it is). Cosmetically, I have made some very minor modifications that produce a mildly tuned "OEM Plus" look. The first thing I did was protect the interior with a high quality heat-rejecting ceramic tint manufactured by Huper Optik. I also replaced the original wheels with genuine Audi 5-Arm Rotor wheels from the 2012+ TT-RS, which give the car a more aggressive demeanor and update the looks to be in line with more modern Audis (the wheels are extremely easy to clean too). In addition, I inserted chrome molding trim into the factory grill's horizontal slats to de-emphasize the vertical lines of the older "waffle" style grill and update the look to the current Audi single-frame grill designs. I was dissatisfied with the dull yellow color of the Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) so I changed the bulbs to ones with a true white color.

Inside the car, I replaced the thin, cheap feeling factory floor mats with plush deep-pile carpets that are embroidered with the "TT" logo. As seasons change (or the situation demands), I switch to a set of rubber all-weather floor mats (so I have a total of 3 different sets of floor mats, with 2 in active rotation). I have added Steve Schwing's famous and versatile "GadgeTT" device mounting system that fits snugly behind one of the vent registers (and can be removed in 5 seconds without any permanent modification). Lastly, I used a simple "Add-a-Circuit" product to hard-wire a switched power source (from the fuse panel) to power a Valentine 1 radar/laser detector with remote display (on the steering column). This can also be removed quite easily if desired, restoring the car back to stock.
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5. Is this a practical everyday vehicle or just a sports car with many compromises?
The Audi TT is a rare and perfect blend of practicality, performance, luxury, and beauty. Many car companies promise those attributes, but they typically emphasize one quality over another or sacrifice comfort and practicality in the process (or attempt to meet those needs at an outrageous price). We considered many competitors' offerings before purchasing the TT, but quickly realized that this was the ONLY car on the market (at the time) that offered efficient performance and value in a stylish and compact package that could still accommodate 4 passengers and several bags in the trunk. The 2.0T generates a lot of twist right off the line (reaching peak torque as soon as 1,800 RPM). but it's frugal on fuel and light and agile on its feet (thanks to its lightweight construction). The backseats of most sports cars and coupes are often glorified parcel shelves (with thin padding) or vestigial jokes, but our TT's backseats have seen regular use (by our children and the occasional adult). The backseats even feature 4 LATCH points to accommodate convertible child seats for infants or toddlers. During our search for the right car, we quickly eliminated cars without a real backseat or trunk, because we wanted a vehicle that we wouldn't outgrow quickly. The past 6 years have thankfully affirmed our decision to choose the TT as a practical all-around vehicle with many personalities. It's perfectly comfortable charging mountain switchbacks (when you don't even notice having the extra room back there), or folding down the backseats for a run to the grocery or big box store. The TT has swallowed most loads we have thrown at it (I've even transported 4 tires at once), and it never lost its composure doing so. It has also been very reliable, commuting to work every day and shuttling our children to different activities. Despite having other (larger) vehicles, we have sometimes taken the TT on road trips before because it's such a fun car and gets great fuel economy. Back to top

6. How many people can realistically fit inside this car
Audi officially calls this a 2+2 coupe, meaning you could theoretically fit 2 people behind the driver and front passenger. In reality, tall adults will not fit in the backseat without stooping their head or awkwardly spreading their knees outside of the seat in front of them. A short adult would be the largest person you'd want to stick back there, and only for short trips. However, the rear seats are perfectly suited for kids, who will likely outgrow the seats once they become teenagers. So the theoretical maximum capacity is 4 adults but in real life it's more like 2 adults plus 2 children to enjoy any kind of reasonable comfort for all occupants. If you are a particularly tall driver or like to sit far away from the steering wheel, then adjusting your seat rearward will obviously impinge on any available legroom for the person sitting behind you. Back to top

7. What kind of fuel economy does it get?
I average approximately 27 MPG around town, which is right around the EPA's combined estimated fuel economy rating of 26 MPG. The car is officially rated at 23 MPG in the city cycle, and up to 31 MPG on the highway. With a 14.5 gallon fuel tank, that provides an effective range of 333 miles (city) to 450 miles (highway). Back to top

8. Does this car have "quattro" all-wheel drive?
No, 2008 2.0T TT models were not available with all-wheel drive (AWD). Furthermore, the AWD system available in the TT is only an "on demand" Haldex-based system and not the legendary Torsen-based permanent full-time AWD design that made quattro famous. While Haldex AWD systems offer better packaging, the reactive nature of their design (without a true differential or viscous coupling like Torsen systems have) means they act like a 2WD vehicle until slip is detected and exhibit a slight lag time before redistributing power. This causes them to still retain front-wheel drive handling characteristics. Haldex systems also require regular maintenance (oil and filter changes) while Torsen systems are generally maintenance free. Additionally, because Haldex-based all-wheel drive systems are dependent on data from all 4 wheel speed sensors, all 4 tires must be at identical wear levels (or have the same rolling diameter).

Because of the aforementioned limitations of the Haldex AWD system, and the fact that it was only available with the more expensive, heavier, and less efficient 3.2 model in 2008, we opted for the 2-wheel drive version of the TT as it made the most sense for our needs and anticipated driving conditions in the southeast. We have been very happy with our decision, enjoying better fuel economy with reduced complexity and maintenance. The 2-wheel drive version of the TT is a fantastic dance partner, sharing many common drivetrain components with the performance-oriented Volkswagen GTI, a perennial darling of the automotive press that is continually recognized for being one of the most fun cars to drive. I recently drove the TT on the famous "Tail of the Dragon" (318 curves in 11 miles near the North Carolina and Tennessee border) and it performed flawlessly.
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9. Are these authentic Audi "5-Arm Rotor" wheels or replicas, and what size are the wheels and tires?
These are the real deal and not imitation replica wheels. Anybody who has priced genuine Audi TT-RS wheels know that these cost a fortune from the dealer (and are extremely hard to find secondhand because of how rare TT-RS models are). Even though more affordable replicas are plentiful, I chose not to buy replicas because I wanted the strength and light weight of the factory wheels. I also wanted OEM fitment for my TT, so the 5x112 bolt pattern, 57.1 hub bore, and ET52 offset exactly match the factory specification for my original 19x9 S-Line wheels.

The wheels are all 19 inches tall and 9 inches wide. The Continental ContiSport Contact 3 tires (which are original equipment on the Audi TT S-Line) are 255/35 ZR19. I did not go with a staggered setup (with rears wider than the fronts) because I didn't want to ruin the balance of the vehicle. I also like the ability to rotate the tires to optimize tire wear, and wanted to avoid any clearance issues or rubbing. I'm very happy with the 19x9's all around, as they are an Audi-approved size and look aggressive in a tasteful factory-tuned way without affecting suspension load and geometry.
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10. How do the low-profile tires and 19" wheels handle? Is the ride rough or harsh?
Audi's engineers clearly did their homework because the tires, wheels, and suspension components have been carefully matched and tuned for neutral handling characteristics. The stock ride is generally compliant and the wide tires provide enhanced road sensitivity, excellent feedback, and confidence-inspiring grip and control. The vehicle remains relatively flat on corners, exhibiting progressive body roll. The ride is tight and athletic, but I would not describe it as harsh or rough (though I try to avoid potholes and slow down as much as possible for railroad tracks and speed bumps). The low-profile sidewalls enhance steering responsiveness and road feel, but also make the vehicle more sensitive to road imperfections at the same time. Tire selection and construction play a big part in this. It's also important to note that tire pressure adjustments can facilitate further tuning should different qualities be desired. I notice a difference (in perceived ride quality and tracking ability) with only 2 psi adjustments. For me, the enhanced looks and handling of the 19" wheels is well worth the small loss in comfort. Having owned many vehicles with both plus-size and stock-size wheels, I can honestly admit that I would never trade my TT's excellent control and agility for smaller wheels (with their more conservative looks and arguably less communicative steering). Besides, the sporting look of the 19" wheels is killer! Back to top

11. What is so special or unique about the S-Line Sport Package?
The S-Line Sport Package was a $3,000 option that dramatically transforms the otherwise beautiful "base" TT into a more purposeful, performance-oriented machine. Not only does it include more aggressive 19" wheels and ultra high performance summer tires, it features a distinctive sculpted front bumper with a deeper fascia, larger intake vents around the fog lights, and a thin diffuser below the grill. In the rear, the standard tail lamp lenses are replaced by darker "smoked" versions. Besides the higher performance tires and cosmetic enhancements, S-Line cars feature soft Fine Nappa leather (a more luxurious, better quality hide) and extended leather with double black stitching. S-Line cars also have unique sport steering wheels with S-Line badging and perforated leather wrap. For some unknown reason, headlamp washers were also bundled with the S-Line package. Because of its high price, the S-Line option was only ordered by enthusiasts and S-Line cars made up only a small percentage of total TT production. A normal TT is a nice-looking car, but the S-Line version looks sharper, bolder, and more formidable while still retaining the muscular arches and original classic design. While the TT is not a common car by any means, it's extremely unusual to see another S-line TT on the road (unless you're at an Audi club gathering). Back to top

12. Who performs the maintenance on the vehicle?
I handle easy things like bulb replacements myself, but I prefer to let the big boys do the major work, especially if it requires a lift or special tools. All repairs and maintenance activities have been performed by trusted Audi-certified mechanics, who are more than qualified to work on my vehicle. For all 78,000 miles, this car was professionally serviced and maintained by specialists at Jim Ellis Audi Atlanta (the dealership where the car was purchased).

Even after the original factory warranty expired, I continued to have the car serviced at Jim Ellis Audi Atlanta even though there are plenty of great independent shops in the metro Atlanta area. If you would like to speak with my service advisor, Ken Stamps, about the quality of care we have lavished on my vehicle at his dealership, feel free to contact him directly yourself at (888) 719-1433. He knows me and my car very, very well!

For a complete listing of all service activity details, please refer to the
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13. How long do you expect this car to last, and is it expensive to own and maintain a German vehicle?
Since purchasing the car, I have spent an average of $765 annually on maintenance expenses, but remember that this cost figure includes dealership hourly labor rates, synthetic fluids, and the amortized cost of new tires every couple years. The car has proven to be reliable and I have only spent a total of $27.21 in post-warranty repairs after the original factory expired at 50,000 miles (roughly 27,000 miles ago). While it is true that German car parts and repair costs can be expensive, I don't think my experience has been out of line or exceptionally expensive for an import vehicle. In fact, I have found the ongoing maintenance costs to be perfectly reasonable considering how expensive things like a set of 19" performance tires are (compared to more pedestrian 16" all-season tires on regular cars).

Since I have strictly followed Audi's recommended maintenance schedule, diligently performing all service activities at the appropriate mileage intervals. and only using the best fuels and Mobil 1 synthetic oil, I think a catastrophic failure of the drivetrain is unlikely. Additionally,
several parts of the car are still under Audi warranty for another 3 years. The remaining life of the vehicle will be determined by regular wear and tear and whatever future service regimen is followed. With a recent major service (75,000 scheduled maintenance, $450) that included replacement of the S Tronic DSG transmission oil and filter and all brake rotors, pads, and fluids ($1,125), this particular TT is ready for many more years of enjoyment. I feel confident driving this vehicle anywhere (it's already served me very reliably on numerous road trips). Back to top

14. Has the vehicle ever been in an accident?
Yes, the vehicle was the victim of a minor "parking encounter" where another vehicle accidentally backed into my stationary car. The damage was limited to the front bumper cover, fender, hood, and headlamp, and was cosmetic only (there was no structural or mechanical damage). The paint color match is excellent, and as the gallery photos show, the car still looks correct. This minor bodywork doesn't even appear on the CARFAX report. Back to top

15. What parts have you replaced recently?
I have replaced many parts on the vehicle, spending a total of $5,803 on maintenance, upgrades, and accessories while I have owned it. Here is a quick list of some of the items that I have replaced (or installed) in the past year (beginning with those items replaced most recently):
  • S Tronic oil and filter ($200)
  • Rear brake rotors and pads ($500)
  • Air filter ($20)
  • Cabin pollen filter ($25)
  • Windshield wiper blade inserts ($55)
  • Front brake rotors and pads ($500)
  • Brake fluid ($125)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors (TPMS) ($100)
  • TT-RS 5-Arm Rotor wheels ($1100)
  • Continental ContiSport Contact 3 tires ($1,300) and 4-wheel alignment ($130)
  • Daytime Running Light bulbs ($20)
  • Coil packs
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16. Why are you selling the vehicle?
Our family is simply outgrowing this car (we need something with 4 doors), so I would like to find a good home for our "baby." The TT has been a great vehicle for us, but life's realities and changing priorities means a sports car is just no longer an ideal vehicle for us anymore as we need more space than the TT can offer. Back to top

17. Is there anything wrong with vehicle?
One of the fragile plastic supports for the rear parcel shelf (behind the backseats and over the cargo area) broke off a long time ago and the dealer said the part was not available by itself (the whole shelf assembly had to be ordered to the tune of several hundred dollars). Instead of replacing it, I just repaired it with super glue. Functionally it works fine, but I know it's not "right." I just can't justify spending the money to repair it correctly when my fix has worked fine for several years now.

Everything else works great (including all accessories). The air conditioning is frigid cold, the $1,300 tires still have 7/32" of tread remaining, and the Audi dealer gave the vehicle a clean bill of health at the 75,000-mile service ($450) just this past May. The car doesn't need anything (it's ready to go "as is"), and it wouldn't take much to make it perfect (like a new parcel shelf/cargo cover).
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18. Why should I buy a TT with a 2.0T engine instead of one with the 3.2?
The 3.2 VR6 engine offered in the TT was a carryover from the previous generation TT. As such, it did not have some of the 2.0T's advanced technology and features like fuel stratified direct injection and drive-by-wire throttle control. The more efficient 2.0T makes 50 hp per liter, while the 3.2 only produces 42 hp per liter. There is nothing inherently wrong with the 3.2 VR6 engine, but being a larger motor, it is thirstier and consumes significantly more fuel (only 20 MPG combined rating vs. the 2.0T's 26 MPG). 3.2-equipped TTs are also 254 lbs heavier than their 2.0T counterparts, in exactly the wrong place (over the front wheels), which negatively affects the TT's handling balance. While the 2.0T concedes a much more satisfying exhaust note to the 3.2, Audi discontinued the 3.2 TTs in 2010.

Audi's 2.0T is related to the EA827 family of four-cylinder gasoline engines. These were first introduced in 1972, and approximately 40 million of these engines have been produced with incremental updates and improvements like Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI). The turbocharged EA113 version of this engine continues to be produced today, and uses a robust cast iron block, forged steel crankshaft, five main bearings, and two simplex roller chain driven balance shafts. The head is cast aluminum alloy, and features 2 knock sensors for superior cylinder-selective knock resistance, sodium-filled exhaust valves for increased cooling, and low-friction roller finger cam followers with automatic valve clearance compensation. The Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) is belt-driven and has continuous intake camshaft adjustment with up to 42 degrees of variance. The version of the 2.0T used in the Audi TT won the distinguished honor of International Engine of the Year in the "1.8-2.0-liter" category for 4 consecutive years (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). The 2.0T was also recognized as one of Ward's 10 Best Engines for 4 consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009).

For those looking to flash or reprogram (or "chip") their vehicles to increase its performance, the 2.0T is a better candidate and platform for future modification as the turbocharged engine responds readily to software tuning and is supported by a large base of aftermarket companies and enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the 3.2 VR6 engine does not enjoy the same aftermarket support, and the limited selection of available modifications are expensive and have less bang-for-buck. NOTE: I have chosen not to tune or modify my 2.0T engine in any manner (it has never been "chipped"). I only mention the above information for those wanting to make an informed decision about which engine is best for them.
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19. Why should I pay more to buy your vehicle when I can find others for less money?
This vehicle is not just any regular Audi TT. There are several features that make this particular vehicle more valuable and attractive to Audi enthusiasts and car connoisseurs alike. From the day it was manufactured, this S-Line TT already belonged to a very exclusive and rare group of automobiles. While TTs were produced in relatively limited numbers (only 2,228 Audi TT 2.0T coupes were sold in the U.S. in 2008), S-Line models make up only a very small fraction of those. Furthermore, 2nd generation TTs were available in 7 different colors, and there were only 385 Ibis White 2008 Audi TT 2.0T coupes sold in America. Only 181 of those have black interiors (representing 8% of all TT 2.0T coupes). These facts alone make finding a nice Ibis White 2008 S-Line TT difficult indeed. According to Audi of America, my car is one of a kind in the United States, based on the year, color, specification, and combination of options. You will not find another 2008 Audi TT 2.0T coupe exactly like it here.

Now consider the current market of older, abused, high-mileage TTs and my vehicle continues to stand out. It is in excellent shape and looks more like a new vehicle than one built in 2007. The body, paint, and trim are all in great condition. The air conditioning is freezing cold, the stereo sounds great, and all of the power accessories work flawlessly. The leather interior has survived well over the years, and doesn't show signs of much passenger traffic. The mechanicals have been maintained by the best factory-trained technicians in the business under the Audi Care pre-paid maintenance program, and the big-ticket scheduled maintenance ($450) and brakes ($1,100) have just been done. My pain is your gain. It is ready for many more years of enjoyment and needs nothing. I constantly receive compliments on my TT and people cannot believe how well it looks and runs at such age and mileage.

Most importantly, the vehicle has been driven and maintained by a single conscientious and responsible owner (who comes from a multiple Audi family). Why gamble on another car with an unknown history and an untold number of owners, when you can bet on a sure thing? This TT has been cared for and driven by the same original owner its entire life! This is not a garage queen, and it has served me well as a driver for over 6 years. It was spec'd at the factory as a driver's car, and deserves to be driven and appreciated by another Audi enthusiast.

If you are looking for "just another" TT at an affordable price, then you may find a more suitable vehicle elsewhere (but beware costly repair and service needs on bargain-priced TTs). If you are looking for a great example of one of Audi's finest vehicles with some nice updates like genuine TT-RS wheels, then this is the right vehicle for you. Every option and modification were tastefully selected and executed in a conservative "factory-tuned" approach, and nothing on the outside screams "look at me!"
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20. Why have you built such an extensive website to sell your vehicle? Are you a dealer?
No, I am a private owner who just happens to care a lot about my vehicle. I have been an active Audi Club North America (ACNA) member for 6 years, I currently own another Audi, and am a true auto enthusiast. Hopefully this website will help justify my asking price by showing potential buyers that I have been a very meticulous owner. Back to top

21. Who do I contact for more information about the vehicle?
You can contact me, Ben Trapp, for any additional questions. Please view my Contact page to see how you may reach me. Back to top