TVR Tasmin Review from North America

1981 TVR Tasmin 2.8 litre, injected

Year of manufacture1981
Engine and transmission 2.8 litre, injected
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

In three years and 155,000 km. now has 216,000

- fuel pump failed

- required head regrind, seats

- brake pads twice

- tires twice

- axle outer u-joints

- transmission replaced

- front end required 1 bushing, and new rack gaiters

General Comments:

It is driven very hard, and driven in all weathers. I have driven at 225km/h (required exceeding red line by 600rpm), and often drive between 140-160 for 30 minutes at a time.

Love the car, and use it as a daily driver. For the price, combined with the service, it still costs me less than a late model economy car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 1998

4th Dec 2000, 23:16

I continued to put miles on this car at a high rate - now at 415,000km it runs good, the clutch has been replaced, but it now needs additional work as the clutch hydraulics have failed.

Some wiring, and an interior are due.

The car has required two water pumps, a couple of bushings, and a couple more sets of tyres.

Still like the car, but have bought a 350i coupe, and it is now getting the miles (owned for nearly one year now). Next step a Griffith, had the use of one for a couple of days and enjoyed it more than any other car I have driven (some exotics included). Cheers.

18th Aug 2008, 08:47

Hi, just bought a TVR 280i from a well known auction site for...get this! 1,400 pounds with full mot and history, restored in 1998. What a steal. Great fun.

5th Sep 2010, 19:09

I have a 280i. Loved it when it was running. Having a hard time locating parts in the US. Things like front brake parts and window lift motor are tough to find. I would buy another one in an instant. A fun little car.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review