This is a very special car, not your daily driver. 10 years later exterior quality still better than most new cars, interior good shape but color of wood/leather show slight age but still impressive since it's all leather and wood. Bought it for fun so use it occasionally, feels pretty good paying just 1/3 of the original price with very low miles. Can buy a new LS460 or this10 year old Bentley for around the same price, I'm very happy with my choice especially I'm just half the age of other Bentley drivers =P
In my lifetime I've owned some pretty special cars but my Flying Spur is in a class alone and far above any of the others.
After 4 yrs. I still anticipate with excitement my next drive.
It's a head turner (95 % favorable but a few truly nasty and envious remarks shouted out) and a delight in all ways from remarkable comfort, performance, uncompromising quality of construction and materials, and understated elegance inside and out.
The only comment I can make even slightly negative is that I noticed a improvement in ride, quietness, and handling when I changed from the factory-installed Dunlap tires to Michelin Sport A/S Plus 275/35 ZR20's.
I feel it's not hyperbole to rate it 5 stars.
I still find it hard to believe a car of this size and weight can have this much agility and POWER!
I agree with all the positive comments, which you'll note hint at some flaws in the design and operation of the car but do not in any way detract from the experience of owning one. I didn't see much substance in the negative reviews- was it the same guy writing them all? This car is fantastic, fast comfortable and smooth. Garners a lot (repeat, a lot!) of stares and comments. True luxury that mass-produced BMW's and MB's can't begin to match (Mercedes had to come out with the Maybach line to even try). My biggest complaint is the rear seat area, it squeaks rattles and shakes whenever you hit a bump, due to a suspension that is quite active and "vocal" over bumps. Reliability has been great.
Leather and wood (available in so many combos); great automatic climate control; excellent stereo; car is fast, smooth and comfortable. You'll likely be the only one on the block with one. Very good design inside and out, with excellent packaging of interior space (except for chintzy cup-holders).
Most improvements have been addressed in later models (nav system, bluetooth connectivity, ride quality over bumps). Wish I could afford a new one!
The car is amazing. You almost have to learn how to drive all over again because of the elevated performance. Love the weight and solid feel. The power is breath taking. Some lesser top brands seem to have more features, but nothing beats pulling up in Bentley. Nothing makes you feel more special.
The power, exhaust note, the leather everyway approach, the interior feel of switchgear, the sound system, paint trim is flawless.
The electronics, some issues have been addressed in later models. Improve electronics to get rid of false alarms in system etc. Fuel economy could be better, but not a major- if you can buy a Bentley, you should be able to buy the gas to fuel it.
I traded in my Arnage T for the Spur and never looked back. The Spur has everything I wanted (except no MP3 hook-up) in an auto. Although the Arnage T turned more heads (who cares) the Spur outdoes it in every way, especially the interior! The Arnage felt like getting into a space capsule (I'm 6'1") and was in the shop a good amount...the Spur on the other hand, not a hiccup! It delivers flawless performance, comfort and design (although the back end is a bit odd to me). I believe to have finally found that love match between man and machine with the Spur.
The interior comfort and design, front end design, rear seat room, trunk space, and stereo.
Offer an MP3 hook-up and an improved navigation system.