Hello Everyone! I have thought about owning a Turbo R for quite some time now. So, against my better judgement and conscience I had made a plunge and acquired a Turbo R. And not just a normal one, but a time-capsule one with 5,000 miles on the odometer. From what I learned it seems the stars had aligned for a complete minefield.
I would, however, love to keep it for some time and use it frequently. My question is, speaking from experience is it feasible to run one of these as an only car (winters excepted), assuming its a clean example? What are the running costs of these? It would need to make a 500-mile highway run every month and not hesitate. I have owned a W116 6.9 and W126 and I've done some research on RRs before, so I am literate in the basic sense and no stranger to epic repair bills. I understand expensive annual maintenance and I am not expecting new-car reliability, but things breaking randomly is a concern. (From what I've heard of British cars this is...a norm). It would be great if any owners could share reliability and spending insights.
As regarding the vehicle itself, the bodywork seems to be solid. No wheelarch damage or visible corrosion, paint and chrome is pristine. Interior is also unused. Engine bay is very clean. (Seems factory however, as I read the gaskets would require mandatory replacement?) Hydraulics function (From what I understand these are the main weak points that make my Mercedes rear hydros look quaint) but I haven't had a specialist over so it remains uncertain. Powered appliances function. From what I could scrap together it may have been some sort of mothballed company car, so not exactly neglect but not a lot of attention either. I have estimated around 10k for the recommission, reasonable?
Thank you, I would love to hear your experiences with putting miles on these cars. However, I have been living in fear since this decision, especially as I passed an excellent W109 over this. Ironically, I had passed on the W109 as a daily because it was too auspicious compared to the moderns and rather fragile to use daily. But from what I read the Bentley would far surpass the W109 in the long run..... I'll post photos and details about the car when I get the time, but now it seems I'd be better off selling the time capsule for a Teutonic barge again?
Finally, if anyone could recommend an independent specialist in New York, that would be great! My german mechanic would not work on this at all.