1996 Bentley Turbo R 6.75 turbo V8

Summary:

Fast, elegant locomotive!

Faults:

Heater core was leaking when I bought it (which I knew about).

Was due for the major service, which I was also informed of.

General Comments:

The Turbo R is the last true, hand built Bentley to come out of Crewe. My present car is my second Turbo R and third Bentley overall. While parts prices can be high, these cars were extremely well built, and if there was ever a car that truly "cossets" its passengers, this is it. I tend to rack up some serious mileage on my cars, and although my daily driver Series III XJ6 is also excellent, it can get a little uncomfortable on very long drives. The Bentley, on the other hand, is simply remarkable in that respect.

It's important to have a specialist who can look after the car, as several routine operations require special tools, such as changing brake rotors. Otherwise, you'll be hard pressed to find more bang for your buck elsewhere. And after all, just like a Ferrari, every man should own a Bentley at least once in his life ;)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2011

1991 Bentley Turbo R 6.75 V8

Summary:

Beautiful and powerful, but very expensive to keep running

Faults:

Auto-ride shocks had to be replaced (USD$700 each).

Replaced the memory control module for the front passenger seat ($850 USD).

Replaced numerous relays and switches for the A/C fans and cooling unit.

Strange gas smell from the rear of the car due to a leak in a hose.

Lower engine coolant reservoir replaced (USD $250).

Numerous belts and hoses (total USD $3,200).

Steering pump O-rings ($129).

Lower front steering bushing ($300).

General Comments:

I acquired this car from Don L. Leasing in Florida last fall, and my disappointment has been more with the condition of the car when it was delivered to me rather than intrinsic failures within the car itself. I bought the car unseen and was guaranteed that it was in mint condition. It turned out to have several problems which I've finally sorted out.

Having lived its life in Florida, the salt got to the rubber in the car. I've had to replace almost every hose and belt in the car. Last winter, after the first cold snap I had every kind of fluid imaginable leaking out from under the car.

The car is beautiful, Black over a nice fawn grey. I've taken it on several road trips and it has performed beautifully on each. I always arrived well rested and comfortable.

It always gets the best valet spaces at clubs and garners all kinds of looks from people on the road. Definitely not a low-profile car.

Interior quality is remarkable.

Great performance (when the suspension works, anyway). Handles wonderfully.

Car is very expensive to maintain and gets really crappy gas mileage (I've seen an average of about 7.5 mpg!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2001

23rd Mar 2005, 07:27

Greetings. I have a question concerning the '91 Turbo R. I am new to Bentley and am considering a purchase. I have been made aware of their potential to "break". I share the question of a previous inquirer. Have you found the need to repair or replace the same item repeatedly or does one shot usually take care of it. The seller has a long list of recent repairs and replacements and I wonder if this should provide assurance or a warning? Thanks.