Bargain of the century
Cold start injector.
Steering rack leak.
You'd better buy a car in the 50,000 up range if you want to run with these cars.
The TR8 is the most comfortable sports car I've ever driven. The interior is roomy to excess, at 6'4" my feet hit the pedals just right. Great wind protection and vision.
It handles beautifully, but benefits from uprated shocks and bushes in the rear plus 14 or 15 inch tires. Even with 13" (205-60-13) the car tracks around any corner. It's a great autocrosser.
The TR6 is a nice std. roadster, but park a TR8 next to it and it becomes invisible. They are simply too common.
Performance wise, 5L Mustangs and that type of car need not show up, you can stay with a Corvette and most anything else on the open road. They are fast, but pleasant to drive. The only criticism I have is that the Rover 5 Speed is balky when cold, and you have to be careful not to tow the car or it will burn the transmission up.
The motor is jewel like in its torquey silk feeling. You can start in 2nd gear all day long and it is no problem.
They only made 69 of the 82's, 300 or so Coupes, and the rest roadsters for a total of around 2700.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2009