1989 Bentley Turbo R 6.75 litre V8 turbo


Like driving a small English drawing room with a spitfire engine attached to the front


Failed to start once in the first week of ownership, trucked it to the local Bentley dealer, worked fine when plugged into the diagnostic machine and has never happened again. Get this - the dealer didn't charge me a cent as they couldn't find anything wrong after trying for 4 hours! First service was $2,000 after 12 months of trouble free motoring.

General Comments:

Unbelievably comfortable and cosseting. Makes other luxury cars seem pointless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2007

17th Apr 2011, 06:37

It is remarkable, but most probably it was a computer fault, which was corrected when the Bentley people plugged in the diagnostic device!

I know you have cheap petrol, but is the Bentley Turbo R more thirsty than the Mercedes S Class? I have acquired one recently, but I have to pass it on because the repair bill was too high, and that the annual maintenance is again too costly!

Hope that you are still driving and enjoying the car...

Rgds, Henry Hsu.

1989 Bentley Turbo R 6750cc


A magnificent red turbocharged beast!


New engine management computer required due to incompetence of an air conditioning company which spiked the the unit accidentally while recharging the A/C system. New unit bought from Bosch while I was on holiday in Germany for NZ$2000 instead of NZ$8000 through a New Zealand agent.

New fuel governor for the fuel injection unit bought for NZ$570.00.

Valve for the height control cleaned up so car no longer crouches in the garage overnight - $300.

Three new tyres purchased as originals, all developed bulges at 220 kilometres per hour which made the ride thereafter somewhat uncomfortable!

General Comments:

I'm pleased to say that this car now runs like clockwork and is an absolute pleasure to drive... boundless power and a wonderfully quiet, smooth ride makes this the best Rolls Royce/Bentley I have owned so far.. Mark you it took me an additional $20000 to get to this point in addition to the not inconsiderable purchase price...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2000

11th May 2005, 04:33

I have recently purchased a 1990 Bentley Turbo RL and am extremely happy with it. The car does tend to slouch if it has not been started for a period greater than 24 hours though. I was interested to read above that the Gentleman had the accumulators cleaned, which fixed the crouching problem. My question is; is this a problem which needs accumulators to be replaced or do they simply need a clean out every now and then? I know the 1990 model has the more complicated adaptive or active ride suspension system.

Love the car in every other way, it is just something else to drive!