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#4572133 - 06/18/21 09:42 AM My new (old) car  
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My 2001 Jag has started to develop some annoying “check engine” gremlins that evaded solving. Fix what was causing the error code and then get it for a different reason. So after 18 years of happy times, it was time to give her up. Wife was nervous when she took it and check engine light would come on and it would go into limp mode. My investments have been doing extremely well and it was time to take some money off the table.

Started looking at used Jaguar F-types and Mercedes SL 450 or 550 (same except for different engine). Found a couple relatively close and on a Saturday took the wife to see. We both felt the F type was a little small in the cabin room, but otherwise ok. We were both of the same opinion that the Mercedes was underwhelming. Interior seemed cheap for a high-end car. Seats were a bit hard with the leather stretched drumhead tight. We were both looking for something that was more similar to our Jag XK8. The salesman said have you looked at a Bentley. That hadn’t even been on my consideration list when I started my car search. He showed us one they had; Bentley Continental GT. Dark blue. Looked superb. We got in and loved it. But the choices of interior colors was bad. Blue leather that looked like old vinyl. The interior appointments were also blue. The wood panels were a very light yellowish wood. Great car with bad interior color choices.

Started researching the Bentley Continental GT. Reviews and mechanical reports were satisfactory. Then started searching for the right car at the right price. My target price was $50,000 - 65,000, low mileage, clean Carfax, pleasing colors.

After two months found the right thing. 2008 Bentley Continental GT Speed. The Speed has additional power and suspension and some other minor things. A dark blue. So dark it almost looks black until the sun brings out the blue. Good light cream color leather with dark blue/gray appointments, and medium dark burl wood panels. 27, 200 miles. Good Carfax and service records. It had the old infotainment system replaced with a very well done modern one. Sat nav and Apple CarPlay. All the new tech stuff. A $4,200customization that was properly mated with the existing car controls and steering wheel controls. Custom chrome wheels. Closed the deal for $57,000 out the door with $6,500 for my Jag. So $50,500.

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Great condition. People think it’s new.

Wife and I are happy with it. It is truly a step above in quality of materials, fit, and finish. Parts aren’t plastic but metal. Almost too much in the way of features. Lots to learn about it all. Ride is so sedate and smooth. At 600 Horsepower it is fast 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and top speed of 202 Mph ( yeah, like I’ll ever see that).

Comfortable.




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#4572134 - 06/18/21 09:47 AM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Wow.

Amazing car, grats on such a deal.

The rims keep the "B" upright?

Paddle Shift?

Edit - additional pictures clear this up wink

#4572141 - 06/18/21 11:05 AM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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My word that is a car of dreams. Hope it gives you years of trouble free driving. Fueling that over here would cost the earth.

#4572143 - 06/18/21 11:53 AM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Beautiful car - until I quickly got an overdose of it during my years spent in China. It is always the "Flashy-Gucci-shirt-with-matching-belt, sometimes-the-shades-too!" type of guys driving a Continental GT in Shanghai or Beijing.

Would it be the same type of drivers in your part of the 'Hood ? exitstageleft

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#4572144 - 06/18/21 12:14 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Classy looking car, OG. thumbsup

Saw a Mercedes Benz commercial not long ago showing off interior neon lighting (you can change it: blue, green, orange, etc.), including lighted strips wrapping around the inside.

Only word that came to my mind was "tacky". I think words like "classy" and "elegant" are frowned upon today.



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#4572147 - 06/18/21 12:53 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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OG, that is a beautiful ride!!!! I am SO HAPPY for y'all! The car does look new.


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#4572150 - 06/18/21 01:27 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Lovely car OG, I'm sure you'll enjoy every mile in it smile


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#4572153 - 06/18/21 01:55 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Indeed it is a gorgeous car. I love the deep dark blue and the light leather, especially the light interior for FL.

V-12 ???


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#4572156 - 06/18/21 02:26 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Great looking car, congrats!


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#4572160 - 06/18/21 03:53 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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wow, A really great looking Ride.

I had one car that I kept in my dads yard for years. It was my Teenage Cruiser He finally made me Junk it. Still to this day, I think of the cars backseat.

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#4572182 - 06/18/21 06:11 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Very nice, although I would hate to see the servicing costs!

#4572203 - 06/18/21 09:29 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: Nixer]  
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Originally Posted by Nixer
Indeed it is a gorgeous car. I love the deep dark blue and the light leather, especially the light interior for FL.

V-12 ???



W12, and yes, lovely machine indeed. She's a 100k plus car over here.


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#4572206 - 06/18/21 09:42 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Thanks, did some reading and it seems the W12 has been around for quite awhile at Bentley.

2022 version is around $250K here.


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#4572207 - 06/18/21 09:59 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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RSColonel, yes it has paddle shifters. But it is an automatic so they are a bit of a gimmick unlike my Maserati GranSport which has legitimate paddle shifters since it is a manual transmission.

W12 engine. Advantage it is shorter than a V12. Lots of torque on top of its horsepower. You can really feel when the twin turbos kick in. It startled me the first time I floored it and they spun up. Surge of power that catches you by surprise. Greater acceleration than my GranSport. Hard to believe such a luxurious car can have such brutal power. I like it.

As for the Gucci drivers, can’t blame the car for that. If it weren’t for them there wouldn’t be these used ones on the market with such low miles.

Yes, new ones go for over $300,000. Mine was $214,000 in 2008. The Speed versions are a bit more.


Took it to my friend who owns a European car service center and he gave it a good inspection. Gave me the thumbs up. Hopefully she won’t be a trouble car.


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#4572231 - 06/19/21 08:33 AM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Beautiful car, and IMO one should really own a 12-cylinder car at some point in one’s life!

Now, pack the weekend bags and go on a spectacular road trip!


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#4572250 - 06/19/21 03:14 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: semmern]  
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Originally Posted by semmern
Now, pack the weekend bags and go on a spectacular road trip!


Hell yeah! I assume Bentleys have pretty good sound (even if factory). Road trip playlists are the best!

Might not be your style OG, but please add Rush's "Red Barchetta" to yours for me!

EDIT: Found a cool video (w/flying DeLorean...lol) that will play linked...

Rush Red Barchetta Lyrics and Cinematic Story with a real Ferrari 365GTC4, Model Delorean, and Volt


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wRKqMUrdas

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The one that won't play linked (still a great video)...

Red Barchetta - Rush
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jmsSzB_7J8

EDIT: ^ That is so freggin' disappointing (awesome fan video), why do they do this?!

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#4572314 - 06/20/21 03:33 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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That's a beauty OG for sure smile


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Since you have a Jag XK8 you understand how reluctant I was to let mine go. Loved that car for almost 18 years.

Hopefully this Bentley will be as good long term.


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#4572339 - 06/20/21 08:58 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Ya ..I dearly love the Jag. But that Bentley is very nice smile I have driven all sorts of vehicles oce the last 50 years. IMO nobody combines luxury and performance like the Brits smile Some are faster some are fancier there is just something about how they combine the two.

Many happy miles sir smile


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#4572345 - 06/20/21 10:10 PM Re: My new (old) car [Re: oldgrognard]  
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A very nice car indeed. You chose very well OG!


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