Man Buys America’s Cheapest Rolls-Royce Phantom For $80k, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The words “Rolls-Royce” and “cheap” don’t usually belong in the same sentence together, especially when “Phantom” is also present.

But in Tyler Hoover’s case, all three words can coexist in a sentence because the man from the Hoovies Garage YouTube channel has just bought America’s cheapest Rolls-Royce Phantom for $80,000. Obviously, that’s a lot of money but for a Phantom it isn’t much.

This particular car had a base price of $320,000 in 2005, while a new Phantom can set you back more than half a million dollars in 2018. So yes, $80,000 seems a low price considering what the car cost when it was new.

But while the huge depreciation worked in Hoover’s favor, maintaining the Phantom may turn out to be a costly affair, especially since the warranty is long gone.

The car has a few faults, the most alarming of which is the adaptive air suspension error that appears on the instrument panel at startup. It disappears after a while, but the prospect of having to replace air suspension components on a Phantom is not one to look forward to.

There are issues with the early version of the iDrive infotainment system as well: the screen flickers and sometimes the satellite navigation just won’t work. Oh, and there’s another warning message for the power window initialization.

Fortunately, there seem to be more pros than cons as the Phantom appears to be in a general good shape: the 6.75-liter V12 engine works just fine, all the switchgear is functional, and the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament still goes into hiding at the push of a button. Here’s hoping Hoover won’t regret this extravagant purchase given that he financed it with a $70,000 loan and relies on income from YouTube to cover the monthly loan payments.


  • To be fair I didn’t watch the video, but did he mention about the umbrella on the door?

    • David Doyle

      Maybe you should watch it

    • Christian

      Now you HAVE to watch it… Yes he did.

      no he didn¨t…

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    im curious….whos the asian chick in the back?…and why is she in the video?

    • Christian

      He did say in the beginning of the video that its his wife… BUT I do believe he bought her cheap 🙂 I mean, the car looks sloppy when she sat in the back of the RR…

  • Carl

    I’m a land yacht lover too. I hate the fact the affordable ones are all dead. Bring back the Caprice, Crown Victoria, Fleetwood, Town Car please at least 1 modern actually long true American sedan with modern features! SUVs are trucks dont count. Also the cars listed would be better on gas.
    That said best of luck the bangle butt 7 series tech is known to be unreliable. I love the size and style.

    • James Denz

      Me too!

    • brn

      The Ford Taurus is an affordable land yacht. Most of the negatives you hear about it are greatly exaggerated. It’s a pretty nice vehicle.

      In the less affordable range, there’s the Continental. Still less expensive and more reliable than a 7 series.

  • Christian

    Now Cars(oop sucks on doug demuro’s son?

    • Matt

      Doug DeMuro is not even 30 years old…

      • brn

        Doug helped Tyler get his start. Christian was probably making a play on that relationship.

  • S3XY

    Looks like the same video format as that Doug guy…. jocking his style much

  • Morality_Mortality

    Is that dried glue on the hood of your Rolls ?
    (Is a phrase that should not be permissible)

  • haji

    I’m more surprised to hear that the power window is broken. The gadget has been in the industry for half a century. Besides, RR owners should not be opening and closing the windows for most of the time. How could it go wrong?

  • SmartAss??‍♂️

    He is annoying af.

  • Rzrlf

    “relies on income from YouTube to cover the monthly loan payments” yea, f*** that. tired of youtubers asking for subs and likes to help them fund buying expensive crap for themselves

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