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Post by slick » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:56 am

Seriously thinking about a TVR and yes I'm sober :roll:
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Post by Angelus666 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:10 am

Depends on your ability to commit time and money to it? They're not as bad as everyone makes out, but you shouldn't be surprised if you find you need an engine rebuild one morning at a cost of over £4k. IMO you need to be able to drive it regularly, almost daily to avoid it breaking while you sleep. The Sagaris I had for a short while was a bit of pain, it took about 7 mins to warm up the car before we could drive it, which meant you needed to rev and idle the car around 1500rpm....meaning the neighbours were super happy when it was gone! :rofl:

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Post by Ducklakeview » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:43 am

I would LOVE a TVR - The mechanical side of them doesn't worry me - Finding one without a rotted space frame does!!!

However, the thought of no ABS or any "help" does put me off a little....

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Post by brillomaster » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:53 am

what TVR exactly? an old wedge, a curvy chimaera or Griffith, a more modern Tuscan or Sagaris, or a brand new one, if they ever see the light of day.

personally I would love a chimaera/Griffith or even a Cerbera... but if you're buying used, make sure you see copious amounts of history!

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Post by slick » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:27 pm

Ducklakeview wrote:
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I would LOVE a TVR - The mechanical side of them doesn't worry me - Finding one without a rotted space frame does!!!

However, the thought of no ABS or any "help" does put me off a little....

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Mike , I thought the same thing about no ABS or traction control ...........but I cant remember ever having the ABS cut in on any car in the past and mechanical problems dont bother me ( I'm looking at Chimeara ) with the TVR modded Rover V8 , simple engineering and relatively cheap to fix compaired to another Porsche
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Post by slick » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:29 pm

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what TVR exactly? an old wedge, a curvy chimaera or Griffith, a more modern Tuscan or Sagaris, or a brand new one, if they ever see the light of day.

personally I would love a chimaera/Griffith or even a Cerbera... but if you're buying used, make sure you see copious amounts of history!
Yes history and a chassis inspection is everything :thumbsup:
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Post by buzyg » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:33 pm

If you know how to use a set of spanners. Go for it. I have thought seriously about it twice. But I'm just not that into maintaining the car myself to do it. :thumbsup:
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Post by slick » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:55 pm

Well I bought one today........a 1999 Chimearo 4.0 from a proper TVR specialist they put it on a ramp so I could inspect the chassis etc , collect it after a service and MOT........I found it rattle free and well mannered on the road , see how long I stay impressed :)
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Post by markplant » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:35 pm

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Well I bought one today........a 1999 Chimearo 4.0 from a proper TVR specialist they put it on a ramp so I could inspect the chassis etc , collect it after a service and MOT........I found it rattle free and well mannered on the road , see how long I stay impressed :)
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Post by buzyg » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:43 pm

slick wrote:
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Well I bought one today........a 1999 Chimearo 4.0 from a proper TVR specialist they put it on a ramp so I could inspect the chassis etc , collect it after a service and MOT........I found it rattle free and well mannered on the road , see how long I stay impressed :)
Way to go, I suspect you will do very well there and enjoy a fantastic car into the bargain. :thumbsup: If only I wasn't such a whimp, :lol:
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Post by Mr Tidy » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:33 pm

slick wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:55 pm
Well I bought one today........a 1999 Chimearo 4.0 from a proper TVR specialist they put it on a ramp so I could inspect the chassis etc , collect it after a service and MOT........I found it rattle free and well mannered on the road , see how long I stay impressed
Nice choice - I hope you enjoy it. :thumbsup:

Oh, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to see a piccie!
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Post by slick » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:59 pm

Mr Tidy wrote:
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slick wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:55 pm
Well I bought one today........a 1999 Chimearo 4.0 from a proper TVR specialist they put it on a ramp so I could inspect the chassis etc , collect it after a service and MOT........I found it rattle free and well mannered on the road , see how long I stay impressed
Nice choice - I hope you enjoy it. :thumbsup:

Oh, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to see a piccie!
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Post by TR4man » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:38 pm

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Well done, welcome to the club.

There are a lot of pub know-it-all-bores when it comes to TVRs who just spout out the same nonsense The Chimaera you have bought (like my 4.5 above) and the Griffith have the tried and tested Rover V8 which is ultra reliable - mine is a 2001 and has never needed an engine rebuild. The later cars with TVR's own AJP engine didn't have the same level of reliability though. They are designed for enthusiasts who can wield a spanner and so long as you are not expecting Porsche levels of build quality, your TVR will reward you with a sense of occasion every time your go for a drive.

The lack of ABS and traction control is all part of their charm and over the years have owned many cars without such aids and it has never bothered me at all (how on earth did we survive before they were invented?)

Post some pictures when you can and make sure you join the TVR Car Club - apart from a super monthly magazine, many insurers will give you a discount for being a member.
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Post by slick » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:50 pm

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DSC_0861 edited.jpgWell done, welcome to the club.

There are a lot of pub know-it-all-bores when it comes to TVRs who just spout out the same nonsense The Chimaera you have bought (like my 4.5 above) and the Griffith have the tried and tested Rover V8 which is ultra reliable - mine is a 2001 and has never needed an engine rebuild. The later cars with TVR's own AJP engine didn't have the same level of reliability though. They are designed for enthusiasts who can wield a spanner and so long as you are not expecting Porsche levels of build quality, your TVR will reward you with a sense of occasion every time your go for a drive.

The lack of ABS and traction control is all part of their charm and over the years have owned many cars without such aids and it has never bothered me at all (how on earth did we survive before they were invented?)

Post some pictures when you can and make sure you join the TVR Car Club - apart from a super monthly magazine, many insurers will give you a discount for being a member.
That looks the twin of mine , though mines only a 4.0 , the colour is purple illusion :thumbsup:
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Post by greg81 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:35 am

If you're buying an old one make sure you have plenty of cash in a pot.

I had a 1997 Chimaera 500 for a couple of years and it was a complete cash cow

Sounded great though :)

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