Re: Which GTV?
Hmmm...I might ruffle a few feathers with this!
With 8k you are right on the cusp of being able to afford the facelift model. If you can find an extra 1-1.5k (and are good at haggling) you'll be able to by a late '03 or early '04 model, used approved, full tax & ticket, serviced (including cambelt) and have the benefit of the 2.0 JTS engine - better economy and 165 bhp. (Although 0-60 is about the same as the TS as the gearing is shorter and requires one extra change).
I was in a similar position to you last month, and the thing that made me go for broke was imagining driving around in my very expensive pre-facelift model, seeing a newer one on the motorway and thinking, damn, I bought the wrong car!
Let me just say, they are all beautiful, but my personal preference is for the last model!
Oh, and if you buy used-approved you'll get a full year warrenty chucked in for free - well worth it imo!
Anyway, that's my 2penny worth! Whatever you get, you will absolutely love it! Good luck!