Nice to drive with quite enough power (until one drives a Speed version). Good ride and comfy cabin. All that is marred/spoiled by Bentley Motors' hateful behavior towards it's customers. My Flying Spur (which, when we purchased it, had never been owned by anyone but Bentley Motors and the dealer) now has paint peeling in a bunch of places, an inaccurate speedo, an inaccurate odometer, throws codes seemingly at random, and is now plagued by a shrill noise in the cockpit the dealer was too busy to fix prior to a 7000 mile trip. For us at least, owning a car is not just owning a car, it's an experience and a relationship. The folks at Bentley Motors have been so hateful and pompous that the en
Fast, smooth, comfy,and commodious, we loved this car until Bentley US refused to correct a speedo off by 7%, failed to correct peeling paint (on a $200,000+ car???!!!), and failed to ethically address additional issues with this vehicle.
After 4 years with this car, we wish we'd never purchased it.
It often throws codes on startup, which will get expensive when the extended warranty expires.
Poor warranty service/aftercare is a nightmare on any item.
On a vehicle at this price point, it is an outrage.
It can be great fun to drive for such a huge sedan, but, without proper, kind, and ethical factory support, it's nothing more than atarted up piece of garbage we wish we'd never purchased
Great wood and leather
Improve factory service/support
Better insulate cabin from tire noise
Fix car so that (running) battery (the car has 2) still has useful power after a week or two.
Fix trunk lid so it does not dump rain into the car when it opens.
Fix peeling paint issues.
Fix inaccurate speedo issues.
Fix assorted rattles and squeaks in cabin.
Having owned a variety of high performance sedans over the years, and tired of being nickled and dimed to death by my 600SEL, I thought I'd try something FAST with AWD. For not so much more than it's Audi sibling, the Bentley fit the bill. While it does have some electrical issues, none have been disabling. The ride is a bit noisy due to the high tire pressures and high performance tires. That said, the car is fairly quiet on the road. The 2009 models will be quieter. Acceleration is amazing, the interior is a wonderful place to be, and the car is quite easy to drive. The bluetooth is useless for Verizon customers.
Acceleration, comfort, heated AND cooled seats, huge trunk. With AWD, the power can be used in most conditions. With the ability to raise the car a bit, one can traverse heavily crowned driveways and tall speed bumps. Amazing brakes.
Many of my "suggested improvements" have been addressed in the 2009 model with quieter ride and Naim stereo. Needs hard drive based nav, better and easier integration of iPods, etc., ability to add backup camera (available in 2009). With solar sunroof you lose ability to see thru roof when closed.