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Big-ass guage for the outside temperature. Precious.
This kind?

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No, that one doesn't factor in global warming.

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^Bullshite! Rebel without a cause.
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I owned a '84 Silver Spur with 38k miles and a '88 Corniche with 30k miles. I have owned more than 50 cars in my life, from Lexus to Rolls, Corvette to Porsche. And I feel obligated to say nothing, and I mean nothing is more labor intensive than a Rolls Royce/Bentley of the English era. (ok, ok the V12 e type was actually worse) Please note I say labor intensive to be polite, really they are the biggest pieces of shit in the world. If you grew up on toyotas or hondas you cannot even fathom the multitude of things that will go wrong with one of these suckers. I mean you will end up stopped at a red light, looking over at people waiting for the bus and become envious of them. This is how often these cars break. Financing one is a joke, since paying for it is the least expensive thing that will occur.
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1. Lucas wiring
2. Leaking brake/suspension fluid
3. Low oil pressure regardless of miles

The suspension in the rolls (not sure about the bentley) runs off the brake booster and they always leak due to a bad design where the actual motor that forces the fluid is buried under the MF intake. Brilliant! Run low enough on mimeral oil and your brakes fail. Keep plenty of the green mineral oil handy and tons of pans in the garage. You will need it. If you have all the multitude of gaskets replaced in the suspension system (which requires removal of the fuel injection, again brilliant) it will still leak immediately or within a year or two due to the rubber gaskets being placed in areas that get hotter than hell (brilliant.)
In a nutshell if you do not work on the cars yourself, and do not know the basics about electrics and wiring, do not touch on of these with a 50 ft. pole. If you are a semi capable mechanic you will tolerate the car for less than a year and kick it as it drives off. Guaranteed.

PS Everyone should own one just realize how good life was before. You will never take any other car for granted again.

PSII These cars honestly seem built to booster the middle/lower class while fucking the daylights out of the wealthy.

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Funny. Well written. Fuck English cars.

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Damn! I would have thought they would be reliable as hell. I guess not. I do love the looks of these cars and that was the reason I wanted one. I guess its the same stories as the Jags. They are pieces of shits until you put an American engine in them. I recall seeing a Rolls when I was in high school that also had the chevy V8 in it. From what I have heard, the tranny is already made by Chevy so it is a pretty easy transplant. Wouldn't mind buying one with a fried engine and transplanting a chevy 350 or 454 in it. I wonder how the suspension would have to be dealt with then.
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^Your forgetting the wiring. You would still be up a creek without a paddle. Knew someone that did that conversion and it was still a pain in the ass due to the wiring and all it connects to.
You want a really good car cheap? Buy a '90 to '93 Q45. No kidding. Drive a good one hard before you dismiss. All you need to do is install Stillen front rotors (factory are tissue paper) and go. Reliable, torquey, and with good proportions, it is the sleeper damn near no one knows about. Exhaust, intake, and rear end gear change and you are as fast as a '99 S600.
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why not get a W126?

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Here is a Florida sunbake special. Miles are low enough, but it has the usual sun state damage. Probably was garaged until about three or so years ago when a newer car got the garage. Anyway, repaint bumpers, recover two front seats, attractive wheels and tires, and the aforementioned mods, plus a detail and you are good to go. Cheap.

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PS Better car at intro than the LS400. Better structure, better engine, worse styling.
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why not get a W126?

right on brother....much more reliable than bentleys, rrs from the same peroid...but i suppose it doesnt have that old world charm of either..
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Big-ass guage for the outside temperature. Precious.
Hey cool, I have that same gauge from a Saab Turbo. I'm gonna sell it to the Bentley crowd on Ebay with a starting price of $2500--thanks!
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