1991 Bentley Turbo R RL 6.75 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Adds motoring pleasure to my life

Faults:

I have done minor repairs and maintenance. Replaced driver's door seal, replaced rear suspension bushes, replaced valve guide seals, reinstated cruise control (not working when purchased).

Apart from these minor service issues, a very reliable car.

General Comments:

Just bloody marvelous, superb comfort and performance, I love driving her.

Handling is incredible for the size and age of the car; passengers love the space and comfort.

Tyres are an issue; Avon seem to be the only manufacturer covering the high speed 265 65 15s, but my last set did 50,000 km of open road driving.

Radar detector is a useful accessory as the B is so willing.

Fuel economy is not my primary concern, but it easily beats 20 MPG loaded on a trip unless I get enthusiastic with the go pedal.

This car adds pleasure to my life for less than the cost of a new Hyundai.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2016

1991 Bentley Turbo R 6.75 V8 from North America

Summary:

Beautiful and powerful, but very expensive to keep running

Faults:

Auto-ride shocks had to be replaced (USD$700 each).

Replaced the memory control module for the front passenger seat ($850 USD).

Replaced numerous relays and switches for the A/C fans and cooling unit.

Strange gas smell from the rear of the car due to a leak in a hose.

Lower engine coolant reservoir replaced (USD $250).

Numerous belts and hoses (total USD $3,200).

Steering pump O-rings ($129).

Lower front steering bushing ($300).

General Comments:

I acquired this car from Don L. Leasing in Florida last fall, and my disappointment has been more with the condition of the car when it was delivered to me rather than intrinsic failures within the car itself. I bought the car unseen and was guaranteed that it was in mint condition. It turned out to have several problems which I've finally sorted out.

Having lived its life in Florida, the salt got to the rubber in the car. I've had to replace almost every hose and belt in the car. Last winter, after the first cold snap I had every kind of fluid imaginable leaking out from under the car.

The car is beautiful, Black over a nice fawn grey. I've taken it on several road trips and it has performed beautifully on each. I always arrived well rested and comfortable.

It always gets the best valet spaces at clubs and garners all kinds of looks from people on the road. Definitely not a low-profile car.

Interior quality is remarkable.

Great performance (when the suspension works, anyway). Handles wonderfully.

Car is very expensive to maintain and gets really crappy gas mileage (I've seen an average of about 7.5 mpg!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2001

23rd Mar 2005, 07:27

Greetings. I have a question concerning the '91 Turbo R. I am new to Bentley and am considering a purchase. I have been made aware of their potential to "break". I share the question of a previous inquirer. Have you found the need to repair or replace the same item repeatedly or does one shot usually take care of it. The seller has a long list of recent repairs and replacements and I wonder if this should provide assurance or a warning? Thanks.