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Amclaussen
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Re: Gorgeous, no doubt... But Reliable?
Amclaussen   12/21/2013 4:20:28 PM
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Not to foil your plans... But, in very general and broad terms, British cars tend to be amont the most unreliable of all. (Even the presenters of a British TV program frequently repeat that notion!).

But it depends on your own knowledge, attitude and abilities toward auto mechanics (and electronics, lately).  If you happen to have above average dexterity, you could be happy trying to maintain them.  Otherwise, be prepared to expend quite a bit to pay someone else to battle the british car idiosincrasies.

As for my experience, I have dealt with more than enough of their approach to design and "quality".  Even when they usually produce good to excellent engines, their cars tend to have a built-in electrical nightmare issues, parts cost a small fortune and information is not as freely available as is the usual case with cars from other countries. My two cents.

thomashoy
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Re: Gorgeous, no doubt... But Reliable?
thomashoy   12/21/2013 4:05:43 PM
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That's my concern, too, Amclaussen. It's one thing to look at a car like this, but to own one??

I'm actually in the market for a new sports car, nothing this grand but a headturner no doubt.  This is the one I've got my eye on: http://www.ftlauderdalecollection.com/detail-2014-aston_martin-vanquish-2dr_cpe-used-11014943.html  - the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish.  Seems to me this car is not only beautiful but also powerful and reliable. I've yet to actually drive it though.

Amclaussen
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Gorgeous, no doubt... But Reliable?
Amclaussen   11/22/2013 5:31:24 PM
Luxury aside,

Comfort aside,

status aside,

pretentions aside,

Money aside...

Their RELIABILITY leaves a lot to be desired.

My two cents.

bob from maine
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Driving them is a hoot!
bob from maine   11/21/2013 1:45:00 PM
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I don't think Sir. Lyons would be impressed with the Jaguar, but both the Rolls and Bentley represent the pinnacle of luxury. Driving the Bentley is pretty neat, you place yourself in the seat, the door closes which a "whump", the engine starts - you know this because all the lights in the dashboard momentarily come on then go off, surely there must be some audible component but you don't hear it inside. You select a gear and immediately you feel just a little superior; ok maybe a lot. You really don't want to look at other cars and people as you pass, but you kind of need to just to see if they're looking. Putting fuel into it at an interstate station is like I imagine being Georgy Clooney at an movie opening, people just want to be in your presence and say something witty. I routinely drive and deliver million dollar yachts but driving a Bentley was a remarkable experience. That was probably my only shot and I didn't have the guts to do more than 10 over and never floored it! I know it's just a car; but what a car it is.

dgreig
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Re: I'd be afraid to drive them!
dgreig   11/21/2013 12:54:07 PM
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Ah, the French touch parking technique.

As for choice of vehicle, excellent.
A wheel at each corner, fuel in one end and miles of transportation via the rubber A2B.
Air con, roll down windows work very well, an enhancement is a mechanical spray bottle of water directed onto the clothing.
And nice and easy to maintain and repair..

ragtoplvr
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Re: I'd be afraid to drive them!
ragtoplvr   11/21/2013 9:26:25 AM
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Most RR are driven by chauffer for 2 reasons. 


1.  Someone as to attend the cat when parked in poublic so it is not vandalized.

2.  People will intentionally try to cause a crash, to sue the rich *%#!$$ guy driving.  The chauffer is a professional driver, and has a bit more standing in a suit, and he is not rich.

The dash cams would be essential too.

otherwise, a beautiful car

Rod

Debera Harward
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Re: I'd be afraid to drive them!
Debera Harward   11/21/2013 5:09:20 AM
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I totally agree with your point of you Elizebeth but i just mentioned what i considered might be correct . I too cant imagine the bill which will be received if Rolls Royce gets damaged just kidding . However there are cetain people who just dont go for sleek look or the outer look they are willing to pay for good features and specifications.

Elizabeth M
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Re: I'd be afraid to drive them!
Elizabeth M   11/21/2013 4:10:30 AM
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I can imagine, Chuck, which is why I am glad I can't afford such a vehicle! I joked the other day to friends that the only way I know when I'm parallel parking how close I am to things on either side of me in  my VW mini-bus is when I bump into them, and I was only half-joking. ;) I wouldn't trust myself in a very expensive car. I am sure they are a dream to drive and ride in, though.

Elizabeth M
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Re: I'd be afraid to drive them!
Elizabeth M   11/21/2013 4:06:53 AM
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They're all status icons, you're right, Debera. I just think visually if you're going to shell out the bucks a Rolls Royce is going to set you back, it should look better than that. I just don't find it visually attractive, but it could just be a matter of taste.

Charles Murray
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Re: I'd be afraid to drive them!
Charles Murray   11/20/2013 6:56:32 PM
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You raise a good point, Liz. Can you imagine what the bill would be like if you damaged a Rolls Royce?

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