1999 TVR Chimaera 4.0 from UK and Ireland
Fast, but rubbish
Roof leaked whenever it rained.
Plastic rear window cracked.
Radiator leaked and had to be replaced.
Petrol gauge stopped working.
Window fuses kept blowing.
Problems winding windows up and down.
Alarm kept going off and had to be disconnected.
Broke down three times!
I was warned to avoid, but was taken in by the great looks and V8 sound!
Would never buy a TVR again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th July, 2011
17th Jan 2012, 12:09
Sounds like you had a bad car. Some break due to neglect by the previous owners. What I will say is that they are completely waterproof, but like most convertibles, you must waterproof the whole roof twice a year minimum. Without this, it will leak, yes. My Chimaera 400HC is the best car I have ever owned, and I'll be sad to see it go.
9th Feb 2013, 09:28
Clearly a car in need of some TLC -- new roof seals, window slide lubricant etc. Nothing difficult or expensive -- a shame the owner wasn't prepared to invest the time and/or money needed to turn a frustrating car into the smile machine that a properly cared form Chim can be.
29th Jan 2016, 11:49
Buy a well sorted one from a specialist like James Agger and you won't get any problems. Remember these cars must have full specialist history.