TVR Chimaera Reviews from UK and Ireland - Page 5 of 5

1999 TVR Chimaera 4.0

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles

Summary:

Elegant dynamite

Faults:

The paint is very easily damaged.

The radiator got hit by a stone.

The alarm sensitivity is difficult to adjust.

General Comments:

Before I got a TVR I never drove just to drive. Now I have, on occasion, driven over 400 miles just for the joy of being in the car. Women flush, just to sit in the passenger seat, and whole playgrounds of children will drop everything to watch it go by.

I've driven around Europe in my TVR, and use it to commute to work every day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2000

27th Jan 2001, 23:30

How about your clutch foot? Was there room enough? I'm size 9 and it felt quite horrible. I drove with my left shoe off!

19th Apr 2001, 09:53

Women flush eh!

I'll have to get one!

16th Aug 2001, 06:51

Not what I've heard!!

1999 TVR Chimaera 4.0

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Corrado VR6

Summary:

All you could want and then some!

Faults:

Small hole in petrol tank after 500 miles - possibly made by the stereo installer. Replaced without question under warranty, and all the items in the boot which were ruined by petrol were replaced or refunded - that's dealer service - well done Harrogate Horseless Carriages!

Exhaust manifold gasket leaked - replaced under warranty but the other side recently failed also!

Some minor trim bits came adrift - rubber door seals for example - easily replaced.

Heater light cuts out intermittently - a minor problem.

General Comments:

Wonderful car to have. Causes people to smile and admire, yoofs stare, small children shout and wave, and passers-by nod - "nice car mate" is the usual comment. NEVER had any jealous/nasty comments, but many conversations in car parks with other people. Lots of respect from bikers (and a few races!). All in all a delight to own despite niggly faults.

Remains a crude car, and new Tuscan is MUCH more sophisticated and there's a new roadster due soon - but you can't beat the shape, noise and style of the Chimaera!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2000

1999 TVR Chimaera V8 4.0

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1500 miles
Most recent distance4800 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Shogun

Summary:

Fantastic car - a 4 wheeled wet dream

Faults:

Drivers door sometimes doesn't lock. Dealer took three attempts to solve the problem. Condensation on the inside of the clock, oil pressure gauge and temperature gauge. Dealer replaced all three immediately and without question. Passenger door dropped slightly and scuffed inside of door and door frame. Dealer re-hung door and resprayed damaged areas.

General Comments:

Not only does this car have jaw dropping styling but it has the performance to match. I get a buzz every time I take the car out of the garage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th July, 2000

1999 TVR Chimaera 4.0 4.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8100 miles
Previous carVauxhall Tigra

Summary:

Maximum bangs for your bucks

Faults:

Solenoid on passenger door failed leaving that door only openable from the outside. Occasional trouble with latch on driver's door. Both easily repaired by dealer. Minor trim shortfalls, easily repaired by driver.

General Comments:

Wonderful. Sell your Grandmother to get one. The only cars on the road that look or sound more beautiful are TVRs. Performance only outstripped by other TVRs and the occasional exotics. Not a car for introverts though!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2000

1996 TVR Chimaera 4.0 4.0 V8 petrol

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Speedo cut out and fuel guage showed empty when half full. Dealer fixed both of these for free. You have to remember these are hand built cars. The dealers sorted out all the problems very quickly. I've heard the pre 95's are not so reliable.

General Comments:

Running costs are high, but it's worth it when you compare the performance. I looked at 911s when I was buying this and they can't touch it for style, performance and handling. The build quality is good too and nothing sounds better than a V8 (with manifolds this big) it can beat anything off the lights (it has tonnes of torque), but you tend not to bother. It also cruises well, but since the engine is so close to the cabin, you do get a lot of heat on long journeys (better as a 2nd car). Supposed to run on Super Unleaded, but I tend to mix it with Unleaded. Does 25mpg if you're careful, but I get about 20.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 1999

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 15 reviews