This Man Bought A Rolls-Royce Phantom For $80K, So How Did It Turn Out?

Crossovers and SUVs have become so popular that they have almost killed not only the usual family cars, but the land yachts, too.

With a few exceptions, such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Bentley Mulsanne, or the Maybach S-Class, automakers have said ‘no’ to such extravagant saloons. And that’s quite sad, as HooviesGarage put it while driving a previous-gen Phantom, stating that it’s pretty much the perfect family car. Which, admittedly, is a strange thing to state about any Rolls – but let’s see what he has to say.

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

His Phantom was made in 2005 and cost $80,000 to purchase six months ago. Serious cash, yes, but boy do these things depreciate! For the same money he could have gotten a sparkling new 2019 Lincoln Navigator, with a few optional extras and a warranty – but you can’t say no to a Rolls now, can you?

Whether the average car buyer needs the extra ground clearance and four-wheel drive in that one inch of snow is a controversial topic these days, when vehicles are focused on pretty much everything except offering a truly comfortable ride. And that’s sad, because America used to be all about land yachts for a long time before the 2008 recession and the subsequent barrage of SUVs.

Anyhow, automakers are out there to make a buck, and if that’s what the customers want, then that’s what they’ll offer. For now, though, let’s see what life looks like as a family man who owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Is it as great (and scary, if you think about the costs) as it sounds?


  • TheBelltower

    Love this guy.

  • Paul

    Right on dude.

  • Adilos Nave

    I rarely watch video reviews but I gave this one a shot. And you know what…it was pretty good! He makes some very valid points about there being a need for modern-day land yachts but nobody wants to admit they’d like to have one.

    • TRB0T0Y

      Land yachts are such a peaceful retreat from the flinty ‘sporty’ feel automakers incessantly chase.
      As a car buff/valet, I drive everything everyday, and today’s modern land yacht is…
      Newer Toyota Highlanders! Man those puppies are smooooothe!

      • TheHake

        You should try a Citoen C5 with hydaulic cushion suspension.

        • Yes and even those C5s without hydraulic suspension are very “cushy”, I’ve driven one and was quite surprised…

          Higher trimmed C5s (better insulation) are on par with S-Class Mercedes’ of that age (previous gen), comparing ride smoothness and general feeling of comfort… C6 probably even more, but I don’t know about that first hand.

          Yes, the S-Class is a masterpiece in car engineering and technological tour de force, but Citroen really knows a thing or two about comfort and it’s a shame they’re now given “quirky” tag in PSA portfolio… I would really like to see modern XM (or DS, if you prefer). C6 is the only big Citroen which design I did not like, but even that thing is marvelous considering bloated SUV crap that is being forced upon us.

          • TRB0T0Y

            Eek… At a quick glance, I thought yinz were talking about C5 and C6 Corvettes. I adore Citroens- there’s always a pristine pack of them, gloriously slammed down to the grass every summer at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix car show day.

  • Ben

    LOL, “This man”. Like we don’t know who Tyler Hoovie is. C’mon now.

    • ace_9

      Writers here are generally not familiar with cars, driving or even youtube channels about cars, so this is nothing surprising.

      • Matt

        If writers here are not familiar with them then how do they find the videos to post?

        • ace_9

          The same way I can now write about Napoleonic wars or deep sea life even though I’m completely uneducated in both topics – googling and clicking on everything vaguely relevant.

        • Momogg

          Google is a good friend.

      • Mike Sinyaboot ©

        Unfortunately, I think you are correct. I remember a post/story/article from last year or so. I believe it was about a uniquely factory optioned M4. The “author” described it as having yellow painted calipers. The M4 was fitted with BMWs carbon ceramics which have gold calipers.

        While I wouldn’t expect the average person to know this, it is rather sad that the author of the article was clueless.

  • Am I the only one who can’t view the Autotrader Oversteer??

  • Nordschleife

    Well thank you because I didn’t know who this man was.

    • TheHake

      I didn’t either.

  • brn

    This man, who’s business is primarily made up of buying questionable vehicles, bought a questionable vehicle.

  • Arg

    I was wondering about something along these lines. The old 50s big blocks of iron like the Buicks, Cadillacs, Lincolns and even the early 60s Imperials, what were they like to ride in comfort-wise compared to today’s average sedan? I understand they didn’t corner well and surely modern suspension technology is light years beyond that of that era of big cruisers but just on the basis of how comfortable/smooth the ride was I wonder if there really has been that much progress. But I suppose not a lot of people can answer that question with any real authority.

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