Scheduled servicing is one of the most important aspects of keeping your TVR in perfect working order. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking “I missed the last two services, and it’s running fine! It’s all a load of OTT nonsense!” because the issues that can arise from irregular or missed services aren’t issues that will promptly come to light. Differentials don’t seize overnight, they wear very gradually – over periods of years, in fact. Likewise camshafts in Chimaeras and Griffiths, which aren’t the strongest to start with, so leaving them running in old dirty oil with poor lubrication qualities is only going to end in tears. Manufacturers don’t specify regular servicing for their benefit, either. Why would they? You’d likely take it to a local garage, not them, and if you think about it, the longer something can run in between services, the better as it means lower running costs, which is a selling point when trying to shift cars out of dealerships.
Here at Southways, we take servicing seriously. We see too many TVRs in through the door which have clearly been neglected either by previous owners, or in the worst cases, the ‘specialists’ they entrusted their last service to.
Our 2015 TVR fixed-price service menu (see below table for different levels of service explained):
|Wake-up’ service||Interim Service (6,000miles/12months)||Major Service (12,000miles/24months)|
|V6 ‘Cologne’ models||£149.00||£239.00||£379.00|
|Tasmin V6 models||£149.00||£239.00||£379.00|
All prices are fully inclusive of parts and VAT
“Wake-up” service – This is a term we’ve coined for what is essentially a very minor service, sometimes referred to as a 3k service. Designed for cars that have been static for a period of time (advised around 6-12 months) it is a basic refresh and check of fluids and all safety critical items. We introduced this service mainly to cater for those who used their cars irregularly (members of the armed-forces who are away on deployment, for example). It is designed to work in conjunction with major services carried out at the correct intervals on cars that typically cover very few miles. Please note – this service is not a substitute for the correct TVR service schedule – it is designed to work around it. It is not a factory-specified service and as such no stamp is placed in the book, though a full invoice/service checksheet is supplied.
6,000 mile aka ‘Interim’ service – A minor service carried out in accordance with TVR specifications (updated by ourselves in one or two areas to reflect advances in technology and tooling!) Largely a thorough check-over and top up of fluids and replacements of short-life consumable parts. Original specifications denote this service should be alternated yearly with the major service, as while the cars may not cover the 6,000 mile yearly interval, the fluids and consumable components may deteriorate to a point they don’t function as required (e.g. moisture in the brake fluid.)
12,000 mile aka ‘Major’ service – A full service carried out in accordance with TVR specifications (updated by ourselves in one or two areas to reflect advances in technology and tooling!) A thorough procedure replacing ALL filters, fluids and oils. Carried out to correct TVR specifications, this service could easily take up to 7-8 hours (on Chimaera & Griffith models) if carried out correctly, and as such we advise customers to prepare to leave their vehicle overnight at our secure indoor premises. Original specifications denote this service should be alternated yearly with the minor service, as while the cars may not cover the 6,000 mile yearly interval, the fluids and consumable components may deteriorate to a point they don’t function as required (e.g. moisture in the brake fluid)
Evans Waterless Coolant
We are pleased to to offer full drive-in, drive-out Evans Waterless Coolant conversions on your TVR. There are many benefits to switching to a waterless coolant, and more information can be found on our dedicated Evans webpage by clicking the image below:
Please ask for more details on costs to convert your TVR to ru Evans Waterless Coolant during your next service. Pricing varies between with each model, but future services will be reduced in cost as both the labour and materials required to change the coolant every two years would then be irrelevant, as the coolant lasts the life of the engine.
A slightly unorthodox note on the absence of cars fitted with the Speed Six and AJP8 engines in our service menu:
We’re contacted every now and then by those lucky enough to own either a Cerbera, or Speed-Six powered car to ask if we’re able to accommodate them with regards to servicing. The simple answer is not really; With the Cerbera AJP8, we have already carried out full services to TVR specifications, but it’s not a common occurrence, and it would be misleading for us to claim we were experienced in the ways of tappet adjustment and throttle pot balancing. Yes, we know how to do it, but it’s not our daily remit, and these are hand-built engines – you have to know them inside & out. This is the same case for the Speed Six cars, where there are already a number of specialists out there who deal with these beasts on a daily basis, and do know them inside & out – even down to little details that changed throughout production, be it an oil feed hole being drilled into the head from 2003 onwards that can be added to earlier engines, or indeed a hole that was sealed up from 2003 onwards!
Luckily for us, within our customer base we’re fortunate to have clients with cars using both engines, so the time will come one day where we’re happy to offer services on all AJP engines, as we’ll have built a more detailed understanding of the engines.
At the end of the day, many feel it’s just ‘nuts & bolts, and common sense.’ That’s probably true, for mainstream engines. For road-going race engines, you need to be sensible (and honest!) hence our current stance.