Rolls-Royce Motor Cars once said, "You don't just buy a Rolls-Royce; you commission it, like a fine piece of art or a super yacht."
Rolls-Royce is in a segment of the automobile market totally removed from mainstream companies. Even Cadillac and Lexus can't provide cars to match. It's actually quite possible that nobody in the world builds cars like Rolls-Royce does. They aren't just cars, they are Rolls-Royces- fine works of art, automotive masterpieces. This kind of car isn't built with those involved worrying about costs- that doesn't matter. Not with this kind of car.
A Rolls-Royce is one of the finest cars on Earth, a testament, a monument, to how far the car has come and how far it can go. It also represents something else- the fact that nobody, deep down, wants to own a compact car. Who cares about economy when you can have a Rolls? No, every time a Rolls-Royce goes by, people don't say, "Who wants one of those? I'd rather have a Honda." All you need to know to be sure everybody would rather own a Rolls-Royce than a car that can help save the planet is for one to go by. When everyone near you says something like, "Damn, I wish I had one of those", that, right there, is all you need to know.
-Greetings from Richmond, Virginia
12th grade high school student.
If you just want a car to go from here to there, and have a limited interest in engineering, this is not the car for you. Go buy something else.
These are cars to be appreciated as one would a fine yacht or aircraft, and if looked after in the same way, will give you years of trouble free motoring enjoyment.
These cars are build with old fashion values, when manufacturers were quality driven, not purely profit driven, which is why these companies are having trouble staying afloat.
I purchased a 1986 Silver Spirit two years ago. The car is an ex Hong Kong car now in North Queensland Australia. Although it had only 70,000 km, just about every component has required a rebuild and despite systematically working through problems as they occur, something else seems to fail at great expense. I am hopeful that since it's just a machine, at some point it will represent what a Rolls Royce should be. Although I probably own one of the best cars in the State, a word of caution is that Rolls Royce ownership is not for the faint hearted. I understand the ethos of the marque, but am puzzled as to why RR often over complicates simple mechanical things that work for other manufacturers. Wouldn't sell it though.
The rear struts failed on a low mileage '89 Rolls-Royce because the gas springs were depleted of the nitrogen charge from "sitting". If these two(2) struts were renewed with fresh gas springs, it would have sustained the wonderful ride these cars are noted for. Once the rear gas springs are completely depleted, the suspension gets ruined in the rear on both sides. The gas springs should be part of periodic checkups, usually renewed every five-six years. A Rolls-Royce wears out quicker when just "sitting". These cars were made to be periodically driven, if not daily transportation.