Rolls Royce Phantom Review from North America

2005 Rolls Royce Phantom Sedan 6.75 Liter V12

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 6.75 Liter V12 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance564 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz SLR McLaren


Nice car

General Comments:

You can't help loving this car. I bought this to compare it with my old Maybach. You might have read my SLR review.

The ride is definitely better than the Maybach.

Performance is pretty good for a 6,000 lb car.

Luxury is great, but the Maybach beats the Rolls Royce in this department by far.

All in all it doesn't beat my Maybach, but that's just my opinion.

Fuel economy is... well I won't say anything about that this time!

Nice car, but I wouldn't buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd September, 2005

28th Oct 2005, 16:41

Whether the review is true or not, the fact is that this Rolls really missed the mark. Rolls Royces, for all their snob appeal, at least had very approachable and often beautiful designs.

This new monstrosity looks like it was designed for a plutocrat sitting in the back to tell his chauffeur "ramming speed" when approaching workers striking at his company.

Disagree with my assessment, but sales of both the Phantom and the "I have lots of money, but no taste" Maybach are doing very poorly worldwide.

Bentley got it right, even if the newer models utilize a lot of VW components.

30th Dec 2005, 13:18

Seen this car in person many times and my comment still stands - it is NOT a Rolls Royce as far as what the company's designs used to be.

Yes, it is very elegant inside (unlike the Maybach), but I can't get past the outside. And the new convertible looks to be even uglier. The worst part is Rolls traditionally keeps designs for a very, very long time. Hopefully the marketplace's dislike for this shape (as evidenced by sales) will force them to change it.

8th Jan 2006, 15:33

I can't say if I love Phantoms or not. But there is one custom-made phantom (well, kind of) with which I have fallen in love. It's the 'Viant SLV 365'.

Check that out at:

Do that before the link changes.

8th Mar 2006, 18:12

I purchased my Rolls Royce phantom in July of 2004. It is the best vehicle I have ever purchased. My son’s chrysler 300c is very similar though, and it is cheaper

10th Mar 2006, 17:28

The Mabach is a very nice car, but I like the exterior look of the Rolls Royce, the flying lady catches my eye.

-James hutler.

P.S. Do people stare at you when you pass by them in your Rolls Royce?

Average review marks: 9.6 / 10, based on 1 review