I was trying to find stuff on early PC wheels, and found this comment from 1995, about the Thrustmaster Formula T1 (one of the first):

From reading this newsgroup I have concluded that the T1 has serious reliability problems, and those considering buying one should think again. I paid 180 UK pounds for mine (bloody expensive) and assumed it would be made from quality components - this is obviously untrue. Although it was great at first, the unit became faulty after only one season of Indycar ( if you want a realistic simulation of last year’s McLaren, a broken T1 is just the thing).