1998 TVR Chimaera Review

1998 TVR Chimaera 4.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf




Only a couple of minor things, the windscreen wiper motor needed replacing along with the oil pressure gauge - both under warranty.

General Comments:

From the moment I drove it out of the show room the car has just got better and better. Yes it's had a few annoying little problems, but the sound of the engine, the handling and performance out weigh any such gremlins.

I've been bitten back once in the wet, a quick spin by over use of my right foot! I was warned to respect it in the wet however.

In the dry nothing can beat it especially on an open country road.

Other than that I use it every day, with a fuel consumption better than my V6 Golf and a boot big enough for 3 sets of clubs it's brilliant.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review