1993 TVR Chimaera Review

1993 TVR Chimaera 4.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carMazda MX6


Could be great, but pathetic build will put you off


Leaks, all over - boot, doors and floor.

Speedo packed in.

Radiator replaced.

Windows keep blowing fuses.

Clanking noise on tight slow turns.

Bonnet fell off, due to corroded pop rivets on a hinged bracket.

Despite all dealers efforts, including skimming the discs, you had to be Garth to apply the handbrake.

Shock absorber changed.

Interior door opening device constantly malfunctioning.

General Comments:

Great looks, V8 sound, super performance.

But all of this is outweighed by the never ending niggles and dealer rip-off costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th December, 2000

7th Sep 2007, 14:06

I agree with the positive marks and I too had my fare share of niggles.

Leaks, windows that would not wind down, radio kept draining the battery and had to be disconnected to prevent drainage, new radiator, hot start kit had to be added, head gasket went with suspected cracked head. Exhaust started spitting out black bits in water.

All this in the three months I had it. Never cursed a car so much and got shot of it. I would never touch a TVR again, even the newer models.

Average review marks: 3.6 / 10, based on 1 review