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I am a huge fan of the VR6, and I believe the last time it was used with a manual transmission was in the 08, 09 TTs. I initially thought it would age well - pretty low tech - no direct injection, no adjustable suspension, etc. However, by the time I pay it off, it will be a 15 year old car and the ones I have found need work.

A dealer near me has one, but already hear the timing chain going bad, interior a mess, clutch gone, and front right brake squeaking. And asking 14k(?!)

I'm not paying that much, but is an 08, 09 manual V6 worth it, or too many issues?

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I have a 2009 VR6, 6 speed manual, with the S-Line package... which I hear is really rare.

Anyways speaking from experience with this car which I bought almost 2 years ago for 15k. 1 owner, looks brand new inside and out. I put around 9000 miles on the car before the timing chain noise started. Issues with the car so far has been:

Timing Chain(shop): $3800
Transfer Case/bevel Box: $450
Driver Door lock actuator: $60
Front strut mounts: $60?
Haldex pump+oil kit: $180

Upgrades (After timing chain job):
Fluidampr pulley: $250
Unitronic tune: $300
Evoms intake: $200?
Full Magnaflow exhuast: $1300
Sach performance SMF/clutch: $1500

I had my timing chain done at a Reputable*yelp* Shop with a "VR6 Specialist" They ended up ****ing up my transfer case in the process. I have a post about the details of that story.

My advice is if the car has more than 2 owners Id stay away from it. The Timing Chain is a very common issue usually starts making noise by 100k miles, so look for one with the job done OR do it yourself. Only other place I would reccomend would be a reputable Audi dealership for warranty purposes. Dont pay and pray i learned that the hard way.

Also i'd be concerned about the interior as it reflects how the owner treated the car in general and the worn clutch reflects that. My original clutch had half of its life left when I replaced it at 89k miles only reason I replaced it because it was a "while I'm in there might as well" job.

all in all.... its a rare platform so I believe even though its coming up on 11/12 years. Its worth 14k to hear a 3.2L VR6 roar while rowing though 6 gears in an Audi.

You just gotta wait till you find a Single or 2 owner car thats clean.


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That’s a beautiful car. Nice job maintaining it.
I am having a hard time finding a decent 3.2 TT. Perhaps a combination of poor reviews from automotive press and age. Not sure.

If you hear of any, send me some info. :)

If I can’t find one, also considering a BMW 135. Both the TT and 135 are the last of the affordable 6 cylinders.

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You are having a hard time because the 3.2 was not a good seller for the Mk 2 because of the large price difference compared to the 2.0 and very few were sold in the US with a manual tranny. If a manual tranny is your main desire in a Mk 2, the only other option is the 5 cylinder TTRS which is the last TT sold in the US with a manual tranny and much better than the 135. There are many more TTRS in the US than 3.2 with the manual tranny. The 3.2 has a unique sound that many enthusiasts love and some folks like the simplicity of a non-turbo. However, if overall performance is your main reason for considering a 3.2 and an automatic with manual paddle shifting works for you, as stated in the FAQ at the top of the page, the 2011+ TT is a far better choice than the older 3.2. In any event, read the FAQ before buying any Mk 2.
 
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Unfortunately I think you are right. With the exception of cars Ive seen listed on Vortex, most V6 TTs are sitting on dirt lot dealers, multiple owners, poorly maintained. The last one I found was listed at the top of KBB's range, yet had a salvaged title (!)

Its a shame.
 

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I personally wouldn't get a 135 but they are around the same price range of the 3.2l.

If you can't find a 3.2L 6 speed, I would start looking at 2.5L TT with a 6 speed. Its a solid engine that has that legendary Audi five cylinder sound. I cant speak for their turbo reliability but the block itself is known to be bullet proof power wise.

When I was shopping around for my TT I would see them for $25k-30k depending on mileage. After a year of shopping for a decent 3.2L I started to look into 2.5L, but eventually I got what I was looking for.

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I personally wouldn't get a 135 but they are around the same price range of the 3.2l.

If you can't find a 3.2L 6 speed, I would start looking at 2.5L TT with a 6 speed. Its a solid engine that has that legendary Audi five cylinder sound. I cant speak for their turbo reliability but the block itself is known to be bullet proof power wise.

When I was shopping around for my TT I would see them for $25k-30k depending on mileage. After a year of shopping for a decent 3.2L I started to look into 2.5L, but eventually I got what I was looking for.

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A TT-RS would be great, but they are incredibly hard to find, and seem to be appreciating in value, potentially pricing me out.

What did you buy?

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A TT-RS would be great, but they are incredibly hard to find, and seem to be appreciating in value, potentially pricing me out.

What did you buy?

Joe
I found my old login from back in the early days (99). So following my thread....
 

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A Mk 2 TTRS is well worth a patient search. It was praised by almost every car magazine as an incredible performance bang for the buck being nearly equal to or better than Porches and R8s costing twice as much as stated in the FAQ. I believe about 600 were imported each year 2012 and 2013. Amazingly, the 2013 was a slow seller with some new cars still sitting on lots in early 2015. Even if it is a budget stretch for you, you won't regret it and your face will have a permanent grin.
 

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I agree with Vegas-Roads TTer, the MK2 TTRS (any year based on budget) us the way to go. That 5 cylinder motor is a beast on the track and an excellent bang for the buck . . . .
 
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