- TVR… should I? I know i want to..
Fuel consumption, you don’t buy a TVR if this is a high priority but going to work, 40 miles each way on the M5 steady 70ish I get over 25mpg, that’s on standard unleaded.
Put your foot down and that’s soon 20mpg.
On a track, don’t even ask !!
those figures sound good to me, my brothers old Volvo t5 did about that, his new impreza does less, and my old impreza did even less than that.
You will love it then hate it then sell it the realise you loved it then miss it then get something better, so go for it.Posted 4 years agobazzerMember
I had a Chimera 500 from new in 98. I loved the car only problem I had was a hot starting issue. They replaced the starter cables with thicker ones under warranty and it never missed a beat after that.
I did about 20K fun miles in 2 years then wrote it off at Castle Combe Quarry corner. Would probably still have it now if I had not.
It was loud, fast (though a lot of that was probably perceived because of the noise) looked amazing and a lot of fun.
People say they handle crap but I disagree, they however do not suffer fools. They have a lot of grip but you have to remember they are a light car with a fair amount of power (and torque at low revs)
I have thought about getting another. Older cars do suffer from rusty out riggers on the chassis and a service did seem to really mean bolting the thing back together every 6K miles.
However the Rover V8 powered cars were pretty reliable and very simple to fix and maintain if you can wield a spanner.
The TVR powered engines the AJP V8 cars were pretty good and 4.5L engines make a lot of power. They were not built to a price and on the whole were good.
The initial six cylinder engines however were problematic they would eat cam followers and thus cam shafts. This was mainly due to the fact they tried to make the engine cheaper to manufactures. However by an engine that has be re-built by a specialist and you would be good to go and a lot of them offer engine warranties.
If I had cash left after a Aprilia RSV4 Factory and a 911 GT3 I would have a last of the line Sagaris in the garage 🙂
BazzerPosted 4 years agojonah tontoMember
if you knew exactly how long you had left before you die them yeah maybe plan it out, get the van now then say 10 yrs before you pop it get the tvr…..all sensible like.
but you dont
so do the stuff that makes you happy
buy a tvr and rag it around flat out in second gear 😀
(or buy a 3dr sierra cosworth in moonstone blue and give it to me)
although i did like kevin mccloud’s description of tvrs as a ‘kind of reverse kit car….you buy a whole car which slowly dismantles itself in the garage’Posted 4 years agoepicycloSubscriber
withersea – Member
I have no way of affording one at present,but I keep looking at the bargain Ferrari 456. 30k gets a low mileage v12 GT. Main reason this car goes so cheap is that it hasfour seats…
This is the most sensible choice. Buy the Ferrari and rip out the back seats.
Now you’re cool and have somewhere to carry your bike. 🙂Posted 4 years agoti_pin_manMember
As usual … You’ve had a lot of replies from people who haven’t owned one and just repeat rumours and myths.
I’ve owned a Tasmin 350 and Griffith 500. I wouldn’t buy another one as old as the Tasmin but for your money you can probably get a decent chimp or griff. The growl and burble of a TVR is orgasmic!
Buying one is the same as buying any second hand car… Look for a decent one… And that’s the trick. If you find one you will love it and have tons of fun. If you get a dodgy one then be prepared to spend a little cash. If I was looking I’d be talking to the guys on piston heads rather than here and joining the TVR car club and visiting the ex dealers near you…most are still trading these cars and can help. Don’t rush. Take your time checking a car out and finding a decent one.Posted 4 years agothesurfbusMember
I have owned a TVR Vixen for 12 years, its never broke, let me down, Insurance is cheap, tax is free, and its more than doubled in value over the years.Posted 4 years ago
Also have a Lotus Elise, totally different car to the TVR, its also never broke, its cheap to run, depreciation free motoring.TrimixMember
Whatever your dream toy is – car/boat/motorbike/plane etc – just make sure that you can use it when you get it.
No point owning a nice TVR if all your local roads are full of traffic and speed cameras. But if you live in Wales / Scotland that may be different.
Ive owned a couple of fast cars, the first was years ago before speed cameras were invented, the last fast car was about 10 years ago now and I seemed to spend far too long stuck in traffic or on busy roads with it.
So now I use my motorbike to scratch my speed itch and my van to transport my other toys about.
If you get one, use it for special reasons, my last fast car I took on a tour of France. That was great. Commuting to work and back in it was crap.
Buy it carefully, enjoy it recklesly, die quickly 🙂Posted 4 years ago
The topic ‘TVR… should I? I know i want to..’ is closed to new replies.