I think I am going through an early mid-life crisis. Having spent the last 10 years driving Saab 9-3, BMW 3 series coupes and Volkwagen passats I have purchased a TVR... however, it really isn't a good everyday car. I like the RX-8, and I am looking for some advice.
1. What should I look for on 2nd hand models?
2. Common faults?
3. Tax band
4. Is it a good choice? My job means I used to drive over 30k miles, this is now down to pottering around.
5. Why are they so cheap 2nd hand?!
1. Not my area, engines are the big fault with these things.
2. Engines, rotaries are pretty high maintenance, if it has low compression that usually means it needs a rebuild.
3. Extremely high I believe, I've forgotten the cut off point but I believe the earlier cars are about £250 a year and the later ones about £400.
4. Well, you're the only person who can answer this question. Low mileage will lessen the effect of the MPG and maintenance requirements.
5. In a word, the engine. High tax rates, low MPG (low 20's? Although the MPG does apparently stay about the same whether you're hooning it or just pottering about, in fact I believe it's good for the engine to hoon it about and use all the rev range) and the rotary maintenance requirements; You do need to stay on top of the routine maintenance.
Personally, although I do like rotaries (and want to stick one into an MX5
) they're not really worth the hassle in an everyday car.