1986 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit 6.75 liter V8
Not to be used as your only vehicle!
All four tires went "out of round." The car had not been driven more than a few miles every 2-3 months for the previous 2 years.
One of the AC/radiator fan belts failed--luckily there are actually two identical belts, so this did not stop the car, but it made some awful noises!!!
Relays that control position of transmission (park, reverse, etc) intermittently need to be reset, and sometimes even then the car will not change gears when the lever is moved. Still looking for the problem.
Drives better than expected--not as numb and "floaty" as I expected.
Engine is powerful and moves the car with authority and a deep bass rumble, but at the expense of dismal fuel economy (13 mpg highway).
Decadent interior: leather, wood, chrome, and wool everywhere. Power everything (except, strangely, for seat back angle!)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th December, 2002
Not to be used as your only vehicle? Why not? It's the ideal family car for us.
You front seats have power tilt, as have all Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1965.
These cars can most definitely be used as a daily vehicle --indeed that is what they were designed for. Unfortunately, a lot of people buy these cars for the wrong reasons and keep them in the garage, ready to brag about low miles. Let's not forget these cars are the most complex vehicles on the planet -- a RR has 80,000 parts. An S-Class Benz about 12,000. With the complex hydraulic systems etc, a Rolls should be looked at in the same way one would look at owning a light aircraft. If they are driven, and maintained as the Owners Handbooks clearly states, these sturdy cars are capable of a lifetime of service. My 1982 Silver Spirit has been in daily use, with proper maintenance since new. And is now as good as new at just a bit over 200,000 miles. It is also important that people regularly treat the leather with nothing, but Hide Food. Reupholstering one of these cars correctly will cost $20,000 - $25,000. And of course, use ONLY HSMO Hydraulic Mineral Oil and POSITIVELY NO OTHER to top up the twin reservoirs.