TVR CHIMAERA Convertible 1993 Owner Review – Car Reviews – Auto Trader

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TVR CHIMAERA 5.0 2dr (Review date: 15th February ’13 )


Do not expect modern German build.Do your research, understand the known faults. Expect to spend some money to sort out a few problems. Join a well-known motoring forum and ask for advice and guidance.This way, you will not be disappointed and will approach a prospective car with your eyes open.Looked after properly, it will be reliable.

Practicality:It has a very large and very deep boot and offers good legroom for both the passenger and driver.The targa roof is quick to assemble and disassemble, plus it fits in the boot leaving plenty of room for your shopping.

Reliability:Unfortunately,TVR received a bad name. It did have some build quality issues,but was a very small company being squeezed in a big market.Go into ownership with your eyes open be aware of the common faults of each model.Things to look for:

– Lots of history and an example that has been driven regularly

– Service every 6k miles by a reputable specialist

– Check for rust holes on the chassis and outriggers

– Hot re-start problems and overheating when stationary. Should run around 70 degrees

– Oil leaks (back of sump/bell housing/back of engine)

– Oil pressure:Idle 30lbs and between 45 60lbs driving

– Working and non-leaking PAS

– Working electrics,alarm, immobiliser,electric mirrors,windows and wipers.

– Crazing and cracks on the paint/fibreglass

– Delaminating windscreen

– Wet Floors (leaking roof,door seals,rear window etc.)

– Piece together receipts and maintenance history

Running Costs:Don’t expect to run the car on the same budget as a Nissan Note because that is unrealistic.A service will set you back £600,plus any repairs or extras.Budget £800-£1000 a year.A lot of jobs you will easily be able to do yourself and save a lot of money.Lots of guides and help on forums.A lot of parts are fully compatible with Landrover parts.Fuel isn’t too bad;use only Super petrol 97-98 RON.Spirited driving uses more fuel, no matter what car you’re in. Top up with oil every month.

Driveability:Fast,raw,loud.The 500 has loads of torque and lots of power.The V8 sounds incredible and the exhausts pop and bang beautifully on the overrun. No modern driver aides, no ABS or traction control.Needs restraint in the wet,but eats tarmac in the dry.

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