2000 TVR Tuscan 4.0 litre straight 6
Amazing, but flawed
Alternator and battery failed.
The car required an engine rebuild before I got it (£4k+).
Loose wire on fuel pump power supply caused the car to randomly cut out.
Air conditioning pipe broke.
The Tuscan is a wonderful car to look at, and can be to drive too; straight line performance is very strong, although getting the 0-60 in 4.2 would be a stretch for most people driving one. Also, at high speed on the German Autobahn, the steering can become very light and slightly scary over about 130 MPH, although a geometry setup helps a lot with handling.
It's still one of the most beautiful cars to look at. It requires firm actions to change gear, and the steering is seriously quick compared to any other cars I have driven.
The main issue I had, and the reason I no longer own it, is the build quality. The engines require nurturing very precisely unless you want to shell out for a rebuild, and general things like the issue with loose wires on fuel pumps, and having to access the battery by removing the passenger wheel are strange to say the least.
Quality control isn't a TVR strong point, however in terms of looks, individuality and performance, there is no doubting the Tuscan is a fantastic car.
Would I have another? In honesty, no. But if you're prepared to put up with their quirkiness and faults, then I would say go for it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th April, 2011