Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 6,23 V8 from Austria

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 6,23 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Defender

Summary:

A car that never breaks down, but just fails to proceed on occasions.....

Faults:

The car had not been used much before purchase, hence, the ignition had some corrosion and exactly stopped when I gave it as a present to my wife on her first ride on a rainy day out in nowhere.

Austrian salty mountain roads definitely did not very good to the car's bottom during the last 34 years. The braking system and hydraulics are a nightmare. And the well known problems with British electronics (e.g. Lukas and co...)

General Comments:

The car is a classic and is very British.

The development of the chassis took 7 years of testing ("Tibet, Burma" etc..), one does notice in style.

On occasions, the car appears to have its own life and thoughts, that makes each ride an interesting experience.

It offers a lot of space and comfort inside.

It is, in my opinion one of the most beautiful designs ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2003

1966 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow from North America

Year of manufacture1966
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carPorsche 911

Summary:

Best luxury car value on the planet!

Faults:

I purchased this car rather cheaply from an estate and the brakes went out during the trip home - the rubber hoses had deteriorated. I had the system inspected and overhauled at a local RR dealership for around $2000USD. The exhaust system is original and rusted, so I'm planning to replace that with a stainless steel version. The suspension components are very worn (springs, shock absorbers, etc).

General Comments:

My car is one of the earliest examples, from the first model year of the Silver Shadow. As everyone notes, the car is comfortable, elegant, and powerful - exactly as you would imagine a Rolls-Royce would be. Though people complain about the "remote" steering, I love the ease of driving the car. After a hard day at work, climbing into the Rolls gives me the feeling I'm already home, before I've even left the parking lot. I plan to keep the car a long time, and can't imagine a time I'll be too old to drive it. I'll admit that the handling is too vague and wallowing for my taste (I still have the Porsche, and my previous cars were sports cars), and when I replace my shocks and springs I'm going to stiffer examples used for later models than mine.

So far, the car has proved fairly easy to work on and maintenance has been reasonable for a car nearly my age. I've gradually worked through the various systems of the car and made replacements and updates where necessary, which has helped. After the suspension work, my final project will be converting the AC to r134a.

I would recommend that someone interested in a Shadow look at the Silver Spirit/Spur cars first - they have more understated styling, but mechanically they are much improved in a lot of areas, and prices are similar. Get a Shadow only if you specifically want a Shadow, and not simply to own a Rolls-Royce.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2003

31st Oct 2005, 18:24

I tried to convert to a R134 system on my 1969 Silver Shadow and it didn't work. Changed everything, but the controls on the dash. Eventually I changed it all back. It hard as heck to find R12... but it at least it works.

1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1 6.7 V8 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 6.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance192000 kilometres

Summary:

Semi-affordable luxury and great fun

Faults:

It was very difficult to find a good garage for maintenance; finally found one near Deventer (Netherlands).

The complete fuel system had to be replaced, and the central door locking system and electric windows are a nightmare. They either don't work or are about to break down

General Comments:

Great car to drive, a total feeling of luxury.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2000

19th Dec 2001, 18:32

Remember, this guy's car is in the Netherlands, where gas costs an arm, a leg and at least one frontal lobe per tank. My Shadow gets 13 mpg (U.S.) around town and 17 mpg on the highway (as long as I stay under 80 mph). It seems to me that that is pretty good for a 6.7 litre V-8 with 5000 pounds to haul.

In fact, isn't it a good deal more fuel efficient than almost any larger Chrysler/Dodge/GM/import SUV made today? And, let me tell you, I'd much rather be driving the Rolls!

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 10 reviews