1985 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit V8 twin carbs

Summary:

The best car in the world

Faults:

I have fitted two new hydraulic pumps for the brakes and suspension.

New whitewall tyres.

The car has not let me down at all. The things I have had replaced have been for my own peace of mind.

The leather on the seats had cracked and gone hard in places, so I have had them re-trimmed in Connolly Leather to factory spec. and colours.

General Comments:

I love to drive the car, and think it is the most comfortable car that I have ever owned.

The interior trim is light blue, and all the walnut is like new, so it makes you feel good, as it is not dull inside the car.

Petrol consumption is not good, only 13 to 15 mpg, but you are driving around in 'The Best Car In The World'. I just love it to bits..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2002

6th Dec 2006, 16:08

I have an '85 Silver Spirit, and love it! It is rare Georgian Silver with Slate hide piped in black. The hides have held up remarkably well. and are still "as new", both fresh and soft! The woodwork is still like glass! Gas ,milage around 13 mpg, not too great, but the comfort and fun are well worth it. Truly the "Best Car in The World" hands down. One must learn to fix simple things, as parts/labor are more for this car. Careful periodic maintenance gives total enjoyment. I've had dozens of these cars, this one is the finest I've ever seen, and only 42867 miles!!

1981 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit 6.7 unleaded

Summary:

Just do it

Faults:

Oil leak, but it is not unusual for this type of car. As the car is regularly serviced I can say that it is trouble free.

General Comments:

Very powerful car, comfortable, fully loaded, but high in running costs.

Anyway I recommend to anyone to buy one, as the feeling is very impressive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2001

9th Jul 2014, 14:17

I just brought a Silver Spur 1983 from a Rolls Royce dealer with a full MoT.

I had a nagging in my head that something was wrong. Took it to an MoT station myself and it failed on a light beam being too low, oil leaking underneath the car, hand brake not working fully etc.

Got car back from the Rolls Royce dealer after telling him it failed the MoT I took it in for, and he kept my Roller for 2 months. When I called, he stated he was still waiting for a part, as the car came with a 1 year warranty on mechanics and electrics.

Passenger side window didn't work, and the back window.

Then a door wouldn't open at the back.

He fixed everything, but it still leaks a lot of oil. Is this correct as he stated all Rolls Royces should leak, otherwise there is a serious problem if they don't leak

It's a problem that worries me, as I am taking it from the UK to Australia

Will they fail it on the oil leak?

26th Aug 2014, 23:28

I was a Rolls Royce salesman, then eventually a partner in the franchise. I started in 1970 and retired in 2006. All Rolls Royce cars leak oil. One of our technicians once told me that it was because the seals let oil pass rather than be tight and wear. If it is a pan gasket leaking however, there is no excuse for that. The engine needs a new pan gasket.

The Spirits and Spurs from late 1980 until it must have been in the 1990's were all plagued with the right rear window closing slowly or just not working. Another problem that people are now experiencing world wide is the case for the power seat motor cracking from age. Replacements are not available from Crewe, so aftermarket replacements have to be obtained. The original was plastic like Tupperware, and to get an aftermarket unit costs about $1,000 U.S. money.

The best Rolls are the ones now made by BMW. The ones built by Vickers between 1971 and sometime in the late 1990's when Vickers sold Rolls Royce to BMW were all plagued with problems, and the factory reps in that period had a lot of attitude. I was told often that a poorly built car that I was complaining about was "COMMERCIALLY ACCEPTABLE".