2000 TVR Chimaera Review

2000 TVR Chimaera 4.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired900 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous carLotus Elise


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Major leak on driver side door seal- foot well carpet drenched every time it rains!

Bits of trim fall off.

Interior door release failed.

Boot release very sticky.

General Comments:

The build quality is quite poor. you can see lots of glue on the carpets and the dash board. It is a fantasticlly designed interior, just a shame that the build makes it look tacky.

When you start the engine however I'd forgive the car anything. This is a rocket ship on wheels. You don't have to race people at traffic lights because you just know that you would destroy them. The sound from the engine is just amazing. I love driving into multi story car parks, everyone stops to see what the noise is.

This performance does come at a price however. You can literally see the fuel gage going down each time you press the throttle.

My previous car was a Lotus Elise. As much as I loved it, it just can't compete with this. This was the only car I could ever imagine replacing it with. I can also now get my golf clubs in the enormous boot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review