I have had the pleasure of owning this vehicle for 3 years now. This is what I have done to the car.
AC compressor and lines.
Rebuilt all the brake calipers, as all of them leaked mineral oil.
New brake pads all around the car, as well as new brake lines.
New rubber mounts that hook up to the A-frame; I think they call them appliance mounts.
Exhaust manifold gaskets.
Passenger side air rail.
Rack and pinion.
Valve cover gaskets.
Plugs, wires, and oil.
New cruise control bellows.
All new vacuum lines and ventilation hoses; someone put a metal plug with a small hole drilled through it inside one of my ventilation hoses. I found out about it when I was replacing the ventilation lines. Goes to show you can't trust people.
New air filter, fuel filter, O2 sensor, belts, and thermostat.
Had the radiator rotted out.
New upper and lower radiator hoses.
New AC condenser fan switch.
New AC condenser fan.
New smog pump, alternator, all new rubber hoses throughout the car.
New emergency brake cable, 2 new door lock accouters, cap and rotor.
I'm sure I have replaced more parts than that. Like windshield wiper blades and ext.
Nice car, rides great, reliable if you've got tons of cash to keep it up, but all older luxury cars are that way. Put about $11,000 into it just keeping it up these 3 years. Something to consider before purchasing one.
This car ran and looked great when I bought it with a clean interior. I've put 11 thousand miles on it. The repair cost is over $1.00 a mile. LOL, and that's before the 7 to 10 miles per gallon driving it. That is why many older Rolls Royce cars are junk, people fail to maintain them, and in time it cost over $50,000 to restore.
I watched my uncle vest $25,000 restoring a 1983 Mercedes 380 SL. That was without restoring the interior. The engine blew, he sold the car for $3,000. Got to love it.
I wanted to drive the best. So I pay the price, I drive it every day. I do have 3 other vehicles so I do not drive it excessively, and the day will most likely come when I will divorce the car, but for now she treats me alright. You only live once, drive what you like.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2011