Added a Flying Spur to our collection

Added a Flying Spur to our collection

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Gene G

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116 posts

54 months

Tuesday 23rd April 2019
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I traded our DB11 in on this Flying Spur. All of our cars only two doors, and only the Bentley GT has usable rear seats. Being in our 70s and so are our friends the GT rear seats are hard to get in and out of. So the Flight Spur with it’s rear doors will be a blessing. Hopefully it will be as good to us as the GT has been.

easytiger123

2,108 posts

165 months

Saturday 4th May 2019
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Congrats. I like that colour. How are you getting on with the car?

Gene G

Original Poster:

116 posts

54 months

Saturday 4th May 2019
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Gene G

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116 posts

54 months

Saturday 4th May 2019
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I really like it so far. I like it better than the Ghost we had. I think the Ghost drove nicer but not by much. The Bentley paint finish and leather work are far better. I noticed that on my GT Speed as well

Gene G

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116 posts

54 months

Saturday 4th May 2019
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Gene G

Original Poster:

116 posts

54 months

Saturday 4th May 2019
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Gene G

Original Poster:

116 posts

54 months

Saturday 4th May 2019
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Gene G

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116 posts

54 months

Saturday 4th May 2019
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I spent two full days detailing the Spur and now it looks li’e one of my cars.

easytiger123

2,108 posts

165 months

Monday 6th May 2019
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Thanks Gene. I also had a Ghost, back in around 2012, and had similar issue with the interior quality (plastic seat adjustment switchgear which in a couple of instances fell off plus one or two other niggles I've forgotten about). The Spur is a lovely, understated looking car and here in the UK at least represents great value for barely used examples. I'm pretty tempted. I'm probably one of the few who prefer the looks to the Conti GT.

dbdb

3,984 posts

129 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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What a lovely car. The colour combination really works on it.

Gene G

Original Poster:

116 posts

54 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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I just got these shearling over rugs from Charles at Easyrider. They look fit and feel wonderful.
He even included a shearling wash mit.

Gene G

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116 posts

54 months

Wednesday 19th June 2019
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I replaced the rather plalooking burnt oak shift knob with a linen Mulliner knob.

Gene G

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116 posts

54 months

Wednesday 31st July 2019
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Found this sunglasses case on eBay all scratched up. A bit of polishing and it look new.

Gene G

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116 posts

54 months

Thursday 10th October 2019
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Saw these on the 6speed forum.

Jonnychloe

10 posts

71 months

Sunday 21st June
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Morning All,

Newbie here and was hoping you could assist.

I am due to collect a 15 plate Flying Spur w12 this week.

1 owner
9k Miles
Been Bentley serviced every year
Plus 12 months warranty.

I have tried to do all due-diligence before purchasing, yet know the knowledge here will outweigh anything I can research.

Having looked at previous MOT’s it continues to have the same advisory, is this something to be wary of and a standard issue fault.

Noted as : Nearside Front Upper Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement front suspension arm inner bush

Will this be a costly issue, will it not come into play.

Apologies for lack of knowledge, and thanks for responses in advance.

Jonny

Zulu 10

555 posts

194 months

Monday 22nd June
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Here is a picture of the front suspension assembly.

https://www.flyingspares.com/shop/media/catalog/ca...

You can hopefully see that there are a pair of arms which at their outer end locate the upright, and at their inner end to an aluminium casting which also holds the top of the air spring/damper.

The most likely failure is that the rubber bush on the inner end of one of these has started to disintegrate.

It's not very impressive that this can happen after 9,000 miles, but these are heavy cars and those bushes do take a hammering.

Although the picture shows that the bushes can be obtained separately, for the cost involved I wouldn't bother.

Not that it will interest you, because you'll presumably keep it in the dealer network, but these arms/bushes can be changed by a competent DIYer in an afternoon. (I know because I've done it on my GT)

You have to depressurise the suspension and then drop the casting from the top of the wheelarch.

The worst thing is undoing what is known in VW/Audi circles as "the pinch bolt from hell" but I found a simple method to address this.

Overall the removal/refitment task is not difficult, but because of the work involved in getting to the arms, and in the interest of not repeating the task unnecessarily, my personal advice to change both front and rear arms at the same time.

Also to maintain handling symmetry i would have both sides of the car changed. (But I'm not paying for labour so my view is biased).

Cost wise, each arm can be obtained from Autodoc as a genuine OEM part for about £80, whereas Flying Spares charge £130 for OEM quality pattern parts, and £202 for genuine in a Bentley box.

I was staggered how much the front end feel of the car improved after all the arms were changed.




Jonnychloe

10 posts

71 months

Monday 22nd June
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Great knowledge Zulu and much appreciated. I will keep this in mind when speaking with Bentley later.

Given the age/mileage I purchasing should I be aware of any other silly nuisances that may pop up.

Reading through the forum makes it sound like hell, which in my terms means setting money on fire.

I thought a 15 plate, 9k Miles from Bentley approved should be in reasonable quality?