1997 Bentley Turbo R 6.75 V8

Summary:

Fabulously satisfying driving and ownership experience

Faults:

Tyre replacement all round.

ECU electrical box failed.

Steering rack fault.

General Comments:

The car is an absolute joy to own and drive.

Wonderful acceleration for such a large car, and it wafts you along in almost complete silence until you wind it up a little, and then it has a very acceptable sound track.

Looks great either stationary or in motion; superb lines and a "classic" look and feel to it.

The last of the hand-built cars from Crewe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2014

26th Mar 2014, 03:24

I agree, it's very satisfying to have a car that looks great even when it's parked up.

1996 Bentley Turbo R RL 6.7

Summary:

This is motoring at it's best

Faults:

The Right hand head gasket blew at 49600 miles.

General Comments:

This car is by far the best I have driven or owned.

It goes beyond all my high expectations on performance.

It transports you safely in the richest comfort while having the capability of evolving to perform like a high performance sports car in a split second!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2007

1997 Bentley Turbo R 6.75

Summary:

A truly amazing automobile in every sense of the word

Faults:

Interior light fault when purchased.

General Comments:

A superb piece of (old) engineering that never ceases to please when driving.

It is without doubt the finest car I have owned and driven.

It is the first car I have ever got out of after a non stop 375 mile journey to have no issues with back problems.

Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants something special - but be aware of maintenance costs - it is NOT a Ford!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2007

1992 Bentley Turbo R 6.8 petrol

Summary:

I'll only find a better vehicle in the shape of my next Bentley

Faults:

The heater's effectiveness seems to be in inverse proportion to speed.

The cruise control is a bit variable - I am interested to read of others' experience on this point.

General Comments:

I'm not looking forward to unleashing all that torque on Winter roads, but in general it's a rapid stealth machine.

In general terms, it redefines handling and performance and seems to shrink around the driver - unfortunately country roads don't expand to suit!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2004

1987 Bentley Turbo R L 6.75 V8

Summary:

Nothing that big and comfy should be able to go that fast!

Faults:

The steering rack developed a leak after about 5 months. The company from which I bought it (a well-known London independent specialist) took the car back and reconditioned under warranty. A few months later, we took the car in for a regular service, and the company announced that they weren't happy with the reconditioning so replaced, again under warranty.

The rear cups that hold the kingpins have started to corrode, and needed replacing. Likewise the front negative camber bushes have needed replacing. Finally, the drive belt had started to stretch, and was initially tightened, then replaced.

These three items were "normal wear and tear" and thus we had to pay for the work.

General Comments:

The car puts a grin on my face every time that I drive it. At slow speeds, it is happy to waft along gracefully, and shows no signs of "wanting to go faster". However, when I decide that I want to up the pace, it responds incredibly smoothly, without a hint of turbo lag, and handles like it was on rails.

I had expected something like the Jag Sovereign, but a bit better. Instead, I've found it to be in a completely different league.

This is the long-wheelbase variant, and the interior space is incredible. When it rained, I could sit my baby daughter in her car seat, and then crouch down in front of her, in the foot well, to strap her in properly.

The pre-sales service from the (independent) dealer was excellent. We went up to look at their stock, but couldn't find quite what we wanted. A few weeks later, the dealer phoned to say that they had a car coming in that we might like, and then brought it down to us for a test drive later in the week.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2004

3rd Aug 2004, 09:53

That's a pretty fair assessment all round if you don't mind my saying so.

The steering racks do leak, but there are firms now offering lifetime guarantees. Brilliant family car! I hope you keep it a long time.

9th May 2007, 10:28

Thanks for your comment regarding the Jag Sovereign. I own one and am actually thinking of upgrading to the Bentley. However, I thought - is it going to be THAT much better?

You answered my question - next car, Bentley :)