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Hi All,

It's another of those 'I am going to buy a TVR' posts I am afraid smirk.gif

I have threee very different cars in mind:

Jaguar XKR - know a little about the model and it's potential problems

BMW 840Ci - Know a lot about these as I owned an 850 Ci a few years ago

TVR Tuscan - know nothing at all about this model but it has taken my fancy. It's a lot different to the two cruisers above I know but I can't get the TVR out of my head!

It is likely I will be looking at a 2001 4 litre S. Apart from the obligatory FTVRSH what do I need to know? I am aware there is some kind of engine related problem associated with the earlier cars but don't have the detail.

Any information you can provide will help me no end.



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IIRC The engine related problem was due to the wrong spec steel being used in the cam shafts. Most cars have had this issue resolved, but it will be worth asking the seller.

With regards the the FTVRSH... if the car has been serviced by a recognised specialist then that is as good if not better... what you dont want it the local garage.

The benefit you will have is that the car you are looking to buy should have had all it's little teething bugs ironed out, but it's not old enough to start haveing serious wearing out issues.

Personally I would look for a car that has done more than 15k but probably not too much more than 35-40k. TVR's do tend to have a number of users, as people buy them for the summer then move them on, but again idealy I would try to find one with a low owner turnover as you will have a better history.

As for running it... Cerb owners say work on 3k per year and you shouldn't have any surprises.. I suspect it will be similar for Tuscans.

In all... A very Dramatic car that are now been sold for (reletively) very little money.

Cheers XFS

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