RE: Bentley Flying Spur | The Brave Pill

RE: Bentley Flying Spur | The Brave Pill

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5490

2,033 posts

45 months

Monday 21st October
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WCZ said:
looks great, has a lovely engine and everyone will think you're rich!

I know someone with a conti who doesn't service it and is just praying that it'll all work out!
For anyone genuinely considering one of these or a CGT, I once saw an invoice for an engine out job to replace some fairly minor consumables and other not significant bits.


It was over £15,000.

rayyan171

1,223 posts

40 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Judging by the borderline silly cost of running our current X5, these look like little difference in running cost when owning. There is a multitude of things the X5 needs and it is less than half the price new of this bentley. It is also much newer. I believe they both get the same average MPG.

sandysinclair

172 posts

154 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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rayyan171 said:
Judging by the borderline silly cost of running our current X5, these look like little difference in running cost when owning. There is a multitude of things the X5 needs and it is less than half the price new of this bentley. It is also much newer. I believe they both get the same average MPG.
MPG was 6 around town and 16 on the motorway if you really were gentle then maybe you'd get 20 on a long run on cruise control at 75 . I'd say the running costs are biblically different to that of an x5 and if you want to run them so that they actually work and you can use them and then sell them in a few years , you simply have to service them as per the required schedule, even with a main dealer warranty and full service history ,I later found out that the main dealer had skipped certain work at the main service interval, such as the expensive bit ... spark plugs and coilpacks !! , at the then owners specific request, but it didn't mention that in any part of the history file only that it was done . My general advice would be buy a big BMW 7 and leave the utter insanity of this level of running costs to some other soon to be much poorer individual.

BIRMA

2,624 posts

141 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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They are without doubt a bargain secondhand buy, as mentioned already if you are unlucky you could be in for eye watering bills.
I considered one as a replacement for my V10 diesel Phaeton and was surprised just how many parts they share with the Phaeton no surprise I guess under VW. I found the functions/switchgear all the same except on the Bentley they were beautifully made in metal rather than plastic.
As with the Phaeton if you can find a good independent to look after it you could drive around in great comfort and enjoy ownership.
The best plan as I found was to not overstretch yourself with the purchase price because without any doubt you could land up with the scenario where it's better to throw it away and buy another rather than repair.

J4CKO

28,443 posts

147 months

Tuesday 22nd October
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Just not sure who buys these as they get older, the Conti GT shares a lot with them and has more appeal, find these to be a bit nondescript, dont look as ritzy as a Rolls, so many are in drab colours which doesnt help.

Sure its lovely aside from the bills and conspicuously outdated looking tech but aside from wedding cars, cant see who would buy one, perhaps why they tend to hang about for sale for ages ?

rayyan171

1,223 posts

40 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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sandysinclair said:
MPG was 6 around town and 16 on the motorway if you really were gentle then maybe you'd get 20 on a long run on cruise control at 75 . I'd say the running costs are biblically different to that of an x5 and if you want to run them so that they actually work and you can use them and then sell them in a few years , you simply have to service them as per the required schedule, even with a main dealer warranty and full service history ,I later found out that the main dealer had skipped certain work at the main service interval, such as the expensive bit ... spark plugs and coilpacks !! , at the then owners specific request, but it didn't mention that in any part of the history file only that it was done . My general advice would be buy a big BMW 7 and leave the utter insanity of this level of running costs to some other soon to be much poorer individual.
Never see more than 21mpg average, and we do quite a lot of motorway miles. It is also a diesel. Have spent at least £5k in 3 years of ownership on repairs alone, disregarding servicing. Tyres are silly prices too, they are probably cheaper on the flying spur at £280-300 per tyre. We do ensure that everything is done on our cars, never is anything left undone, even if we have time until MOT.

Servicing aside, the big BMW 7 would have to be a petrol as the diesels are not as reliable as initially thought - timing chains are starting to become an issue now and then. No doubt that there is silly repairs now and then on them too. Personally, for how much we are running the X5 for, I don't think it would be that much more to run one of these, and for us its a price to pay for a 200mph luxury car.

In all regards, big old expensive cars are silly to run, but if it really was that much of an issue for all of us then we wouldn't be speaking biggrin

Wildcat45

7,149 posts

136 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Lord.Vader said:
Its not an Arnage is it ...
That's exactly right. There are old Bentleys and then there are old Bentleys. I've no doubt this was a fine car for its first few years. Now, it comes across as a bit sad. A bit trying too hard.

To the manager of a flat roof pub, or the owner of a few tatty Northern buy to let terraced houses it signals to those in your day to day life that you're doing alright as you drive back from the cash and carry or pop round to tell a tennant the black mold in the kitchen is nothing to worry about.

It will look conspicuous driving round the former mining community and embarrassingly vulgar though the new owner won't know or care.

Whereas a Phaeton for similar money offers similar luxury, performance and reliability issues in an understated modest package that will impress few.

A1VDY

903 posts

74 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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V8 FOU said:
In Murkeyside?

Ahhhm oot! For that alone.
Forget this particular car but youred turn down a purchase purely on a vendors location??
Odd..

Tyre Smoke

12,352 posts

208 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Wildcat45 said:
Lord.Vader said:
Its not an Arnage is it ...
That's exactly right. There are old Bentleys and then there are old Bentleys. I've no doubt this was a fine car for its first few years. Now, it comes across as a bit sad. A bit trying too hard.

To the manager of a flat roof pub, or the owner of a few tatty Northern buy to let terraced houses it signals to those in your day to day life that you're doing alright as you drive back from the cash and carry or pop round to tell a tennant the black mold in the kitchen is nothing to worry about.

It will look conspicuous driving round the former mining community and embarrassingly vulgar though the new owner won't know or care.

Whereas a Phaeton for similar money offers similar luxury, performance and reliability issues in an understated modest package that will impress few.
Brilliantly accurate. I can also see an Asian gentleman using it to go between his chain of three restaurants in neighbouring towns, all called the Darjeeling Palace. Because he wants to stand out from his peers in their nearly new E classes.

soad

30,436 posts

123 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Council types would purchase a Chrysler 300C, and stick a Bentley badge on it. Or two, front and back. Seen it more than once.
So, don’t make me laugh - them lot can’t afford this type of a car. Unless they’re doing pharmaceutical sales (on a bigger level).

CDP

5,764 posts

201 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Tyre Smoke said:
Brilliantly accurate. I can also see an Asian gentleman using it to go between his chain of three restaurants in neighbouring towns, all called the Darjeeling Palace. Because he wants to stand out from his peers in their nearly new E classes.
Is there anything wrong with that or just a little bit of snobbery speaking?