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Bentley Continental GT: Buying guide and review (2003-2011)

Bentley Continental GT: Buying guide and review (2003-2011) Classic and Performance Car
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When Bentley revealed the Continental GT in 2003, it marked the dawn of a new era for the Crewe marque under Volkswagen ownership. At first there were many who feared for the Bentley marque, assuming that the VW Phaeton underpinnings of this new British supercar would never be up to the job. But the critics were soon silenced and the Continental GT has gone on to become easily the most popular model ever offered by this luxury sporting brand, with a variety of offshoots also offered, including convertible and saloon editions. 
Far from those Phaeton underpinnings devaluing the Bentley brand, this is a car that has a superb blend of agility, comfort, performance and reliability – a blend that would never have been in reach without the clout of the mighty Volkswagen Group. The Phaeton’s platform also brings standard four-wheel drive across the range, so unlike some rivals, you can get the power down whatever the conditions – and you shouldn’t overlook the value of that added security.
Which one to buy?
Don’t automatically go for a really low-mileage car, as regular use is essential to keep things working properly. If you do go for a low-mileage example, make sure that the history backs up the mileage; these cars can be clocked. When you’re checking the history, see who has done the work; as specialist vehicles, the Continental must be maintained by experts. It’s worth going for a post-2006 model, as these feature some useful developments over earlier editions; Bentley tended to make changes each year, but didn’t always publicise them.
If the Continental sounds like your thing, there are few choices to make as all cars have an automatic gearbox and the same engine is used throughout. However, this magnificent W12 unit came in different states of tune and there are three body styles available; the GT is a coupé, the GTC is a convertible and the Flying Spur is a saloon. While the GTC is more costly than the coupé, it’s every bit as refined so you get the best of all worlds. However, despite their generous dimensions, the GT and GTC aren’t especially spacious inside, with rear seats suitable only for children. If you’re buying to transport more than two people regularly, focus on the Flying Spur saloon. This isn’t as stylish as its two-door counterparts and it’s more costly than the GT, but it’s significantly cheaper than a convertible while offering just as much performance and luxury, but with added practicality.
If you’re happy with an entry-level car – that’s the one with a mere 552bhp – you might as well buy an older example and stick a private plate on it. It’ll look just the same as a later edition, which is what you’ll have to settle for if you want a Speed or Supersports, as they didn’t arrive until 2007 and 2008 respectively. 
Performance and specs
Bentley Continental GT
Engine 5998cc, 12-cylinder
Power 552bhp @ 6100rpm
Torque 479lb ft @ 1600rpm
Top speed 190mph
0-60mph 4.7sec
Fuel consumption 16mpg
Gearbox Six-speed auto
Insurance group 20
Dimensions and weight
Wheelbase 2745mm
Length 4804mm
Width 1918mm
Height 1390mm
Kerb weight 2350kg
Common problems
• Any car with corrosion or less than perfect panel gaps has been crunched, so just walk away. There are plenty of really superb cars available so there’s no point settling for anything less.

• The W12 that powers all of these cars is extremely tough, but maintenance can be costly because access is poor. There are no cam belts to replace but even renewing the spark plugs means a certain amount of dismantling is required. 

• Radiators fail and replacing them means removing the front bumper. A warning that the engine is overheating when it isn’t is probably because of an imbalance between the two exhaust manifold temperatures.

• Dampers aren’t prone to failure, but on hard-driven high-mileage cars they may be worn; as you’d expect, replacements are costly.

• Brake discs are a weak point, and hard-driven cars can get through them alarmingly quickly. Expect to pay plenty for a new pair, or you could upgrade to a ceramic system if you’ve got seriously deep pockets.

• Some cars are fitted with aftermarket wheels on ultra-low profile tyres, which tend to damage the ride quality. The standard alloys get kerbed and they corrode too, with refurbishment generally very costly.

• Tyres can be hard to find; standard GTs are fitted with 275/40 ZR 19 105Y (B) rubber. It’s essential that you fit tyres with the correct loading.

• The drains at the base of the windscreen (under the bonnet) get blocked up, leading to water in the fuel and air-con system. If left, it can short out the central locking too.

• The heated rear window contains the radio aerial. These have a tendency to fail, with the whole window having to be replaced.

• The high-level brake light over the back window can also fail, and dealers routinely ask for a lot of money to fix it – so check it works properly.

• If you need to stay in touch on the move, buy a post-2006 car as Bluetooth wasn’t available until this point.
Model history
2003: The Continental GT makes its debut, in 552bhp coupé form only, as the world’s fastest four-seat coupé. 
2005: There’s now also a four-door saloon, called the Flying Spur which is mechanically identical to the coupé.
2006: The most glamorous derivative of all is now here; the GTC convertible. 
2007: 600bhp Speed versions of the GT and GTC are introduced,
2008: A Supersports version of the GT and GTC is introduced, with 621bhp and carbon-ceramic brakes as standard.
2009: The Flying Spur Speed is introduced.
2010: A heavily facelifted Continental GT goes on sale; it’s effectively a second-generation car.
Owners clubs, forums and websites
• www.bdcl.org
• bentleyownersclub.co.uk
• bentleyenthusiastsclub.com
Summary and prices
Prices for well-used early examples start from around £25,000 today. Although there is always more risk involved in buying from this end of the market, there are good cars out there, so buy on condition. £30,000-£35,000 is a much better starting point though, and there is a much greater selection of cars available from this price point, including post-2006 models. The GT Speed models start from around £50,000, with Supersports variants coming in at about £65,000. 
Words: Richard Dredge
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Last updated: 12th Jan 2016
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  • Bentley Continental GTC

    £147,990 £147,990

    • Mileage: 4717 mi
    • Engine size: 3993
    For sale
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  • Bentley Continental GT

    £49,900 £49,900

    Variant name:Coupe ,Variant: 6.0 W12 2dr Auto, Stunning Example, Mulliner Driving Specification. Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this stunning Bentley Continental Gt 6.0 V10 Mulliner Driving Specification in without doubt the best colour combination on the market today of Black with Black Diamond Quilted Leather Upholstery with Piano Black Interior Inlays. This truly beautiful example comes with a fantastic specification to include, 20" Alloy Wheels, Navigation, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Electric Steering Colum, Climate Control, Heated Front Seats with Memory, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Folding Mirrors, Keyless Start and Entry, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights, Soft Close Doors and much more. Also benefiting from an extensive Bentley service history done at exclusively at JCT600 Bentley Leeds on 29/04/09 at 22miles, 20/04/10 at 5909miles, 11/07/11 at 7795miles, 03/10/12 at 14430miles, 19/03/14 at 16994miles, 05/05/15 at 21243miles and 27/10/16 at 25949miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 27303 mi
    • Engine size: 6
    For sale

    $89,500(£69,514.65) $89,500(£69,514.65)

    --Beluga Black with Beluga leather seats stitched in red with diamond pattern stitching in the inserts, Beluga carpeting, 6.0L twin-turbocharged W-12 engine with 551 bhp, 23,000 miles from new, All-Wheel Drive, ZF Tiptronic Automatic gearbox, properly maintained and serviced from new. Along with the huge list of standard equipment, this Bentley has been optioned with the Mulliner driving specifications that includes Drilled alloy sport foot pedals and Knurled chrome/hide gear lever. This Bentley is also optioned with the convenience package which includes three-spoke, heated single color, hide trimmed-multi function steering wheel-black anodized, Aluminum facia panels, Veneer inserts to door and rear quarter panels, Deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming to front and rear (matched to carpet), and the Mulliner alloy fuel filler cap. The power is from a 6.0 liter, fuel injected, Twin Turbocharged W-12 engine producing a power output of 551 bhp and 479 lb. ft. of torque, achieving 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds using a six-speed automatic transmission. The Bentley as offered today has been meticulously maintained and garage kept its entire life by its previous owner. All original with no is

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental Gt S V8 Auto

    £91,995 £91,995

    Registered 2014 Mileage 10,780 miles Engine Size 4l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption 26.7 mpg Registered 2014 Registration J1CFO Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption 26.7 mpg Tax Band L Tax Cost £520 Colour Blue Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Dark Sapphire Blue Doors 2 Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Coupe Mileage 10,780 miles Engine Size 4l Transmission Automatic MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. They are unlikely to represent real world efficiency. Left Right Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Warranty Technical Spec Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Fitted Options Mulliner Driving Specification Power Boot Lid Massage Seats Heated and Ventilated Seats Memory Front Seats Electric Lumber Support Electronic Steering Column Soft Door Closing Reversing Camera Front and Rear Parking Sensors 21 Inch 7 Spoke Dark Elegant Alloys Satellite Navigation System Xenon Headlamps Brake Calipers - Red Bright Tailpipe Finisher Contrast Stitching Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror Climate Control Powerfold Mirrors Tyre Pressure Monitoring Facia Trim - Piano Black Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Cruise Control Emergen

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 10780 mi
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  • Bentley Continental GTC

    £49,995 £49,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, ABS, Curtain Airbags, Isofix, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Keyless Entry, Anti-Theft System, Remote Central Locking, Auto-dip Rearview, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Power Hood, Self-levelling Suspension , Push Button Start, Bose, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Metallic Paintwork, Premium Cloth soft top, Heated Seats, Electric Seats, 20'' Alloys, 4x4 BEAUTIFUL BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC FINISHED IN STUNNING METALLIC BLACK WITH FULL MULINER SPEC BLACK LEATHER WITH WHITE STITCHING ALL USUAL BENTLEY REFINEMENTS INCLUDING HEATED AND MASSAGING SEATS,UPGRADE BENTLEY ALLOY WHEELS,FULL HARWOODS MAIN DEALER SERVICE HISTORY INCLUDING BILLS FOR NEW FRONT DISCS AND PADS, THIS IS TRULY A STUNNING AND WELL LOOKED AFTER EXAMPLE, SELLING ON BEHALF OF A CLOSE FRIEND AS IS LOOKING TO DO ANOTHER HOUSE RENOVATION AND WILL NOT HAVE A GARAGE TO KEEP THE CAR IN WHILST WORKS ARE BEING COMPLETED CAR IS NOT KEPT ON SITE AS HE IS STILL ENJOYING USING THE CAR SO PLEASE CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO VIEW

    • Mileage: 55000 mi
    • Engine size: 5998
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental Flying Spur 5 SEATS


    FLYING SPUR, 2006 MODEL, MIDNIGHT EMERALD WITH PORTLAND LEATHER, LAUREL TOP ROLL, BURR WALNUT WOOD VENEER, SEAT VENTILATION AND HEATED SEATS FRONT AND REAR, MASSAGE SEATS FRONT AND REAR, KEYLESS ENTRY/GO, 19" CHROME WHEELS , CHOICE AVAILABLE! SOLD BY US TWICE BEFORE!, JUST HAD BIG SERVICE AND MOT.PRIVACY GLASS WHEEL OPTION.5 SEAT CAR. PLATE OPTION, P700 GET.. wheel choice available mot august 2018. A range of finance options are available for this motorcar. Please contact us for further details. **VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** Video channel WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/1MARLOWCARS Follow us WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.TWITTER.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARLOWCARS Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy of the above information, some inaccuracies may occur. It is important that you do not rely on this information but check with Marlow Cars limited about any items which may affect your decision to buy this vehicle. These figures relate to a typical example of this model when new. They will vary according to the age, condition, fitted equipment and mileage of the vehicle. Bluetooth phone compatibility will vary from vehicle model year, make and model - Marlow c

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 2005 mi
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental GT


    Our gorgeous golden Bentley GT is believed to be the only one of its kind supplied new in this unique colorway. Specified and owned by one gentleman owner from new and supported by the most comprehensive Bentley main dealer history with every annual service stamped. The condition both inside and out totally reflects the care and attention this car has been given. With just 24,000 miles recorded in 11 years, this car must surely be a modern classic. Invest in gold today you know it makes sense Cognac Primary Hide Beluga Secondary Hide Walnut Veneers Electric Memory Heated Massaging Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Sat Navigation Radio CD Multiplay Welcome Home Pack Front & Rear Parking Distance Control 19″ Alloy Wheels Full Bentley Service History 1 Owner from New

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental GT Mulliner


    Previously supplied and serviced by ourselves to the last 2 owners, this stunning looking Mulliner GT is back in our stock and awaiting a new parent. Finished in the desirable colourways of Tempest Grey Metallic and Mushroom quilted primary and secondary hide with contrast silvercross stitching, dark fine figured walnut to dash and console compliment this contemporary look. The 6 litre W12 Mulliner GT is a driving spec upgrade model on the standard GT featuring Mulliner logo, detail upgrades to gear selector and drive pedals along with unique 20″ split rim alloys, this car enjoys a complete Bentley main dealer and specialist service record and will come to a new owner with a fresh service carried out by Bentley Manchester giving a 10,000 mile, 12 month service free interval. A new MOT will also be applied and the package is made complete with our own 3 month comprehensive warranty.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 72400 mi
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental GT Mulliner W12 |

    £63,850 £63,850

    Specification MAKE Bentley MODEL Continental GT Mulliner W12 COLOUR MoonbeamSilver YEAR 2011/11 MILEAGE 24000 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Bentley Continental GT Mulliner W12. Finished in Moonbeam Silver with Black Hide. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Acoustic Windscreen, Automatic Headlight-Dynamic Range Adjustment, Radio/Navigation System - Google Maps & POI Fitted, Telephone Voice Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring Frequency, Windscreen Wipers with Rain Sensor, Bi-Function Headlight with Gas Discharge Lamp, Electrically Operated Door Mirrors with Heating, Power Folding and Memory Function, Diamond Quilted Seats, 21" Five Spoke Two-Piece Alloy Wheels, 4-Corner Air Suspension, Keyless Entry, Start/Stop Function, Bentley GPS Tracking System Provision, Bluetooth Telephone System, Cruise Control System, Electronic Air Conditioning, 14 Way Electrically Adjustable Front Seats, Headlight Washer System, iPod Interface Linked to Infotainment System. OPTIONAL EXTRAS Bentley Mulliner Driving Specification with Painted Wheels, Contrast Stitching White, Veneered C

    • Mileage: 63850 mi
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  • BENTLEY Continental GTC V8 S Mulliner

    £134,950 £134,950

    Mulliner Specification Interior Style Pack With Contrast Stitching Bentley Emblem Stitched Into Headrests White Contrast Stitching Ventilated Front Seats With Massage Function Separate Rear Seats Dark Tint On Front And Rear Lamps Sports Exhaust 21' Black Seven Spoke Limited Edition Alloy Wheel's Electronic Sports Suspension Reverse Camera Navigation System Wind Deflector Keyless Entry Remote Control Electric Front Seats With 14 Way Memory Function 3 Zone Air Conditioning Piano Black Interior Trim Electronically Folding Exterior Mirrors In Beluga Diamond Quilted Door And Rear Quarter Inserts iPod Interface As New ABS Adjustable Steering Column Air Conditioning Airbag Alarm Alloy Wheels CD Player Central Door Locking Climate Control Cruise Control Electric Seats Electric Windows Leather Trim On Board Computer Passenger Airbag Power Steering Stereo Dealer/Manufacturer Warranty Delivery Available Financing Available

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 1500 mi
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental GT 6.0 W12


    NEW PRICE REDUCTION Magnolia Primary Hide Imperial Blue Secondary Hide Dark Stained Burr Walnut Extended Veneers Electric Memory Heated Massaging Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Radio CD Multiplay with Ipod Connection Navigation Bluetooth Telephone Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Power Open/Close Boot Tracker Radar Detector 20″ Alloy Wheels Full Bentley Service History + 1 Specialist.

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 33600 mi
    For sale

    $62,500(£48,543.75) $62,500(£48,543.75)

    --Silver Tempest with Hot Spur with Saffron leather interior and Red carpeting, 10,000 miles from new, All-Wheel Drive, Automatic transmission. Along with its host of standard equipment, this GT has the following options: 19" 5 Spoke Mulliner Wheels, Upgraded Veneer-Burr Oak, Veneer Inserts to Front Doors and Rear Quarter Panels, Front Seat Lumbar Massage and Heat, Single Color Hide and Trimmed Multi Function Steering Wheel. The power output is from a 6.0 liter, fuel injected, Twin Turbocharged V-12 engine producing 552 bhp @ 6100 rpm and 479 lb. ft. of torque @ 1600 rpm. Well-known and previous sold by Autosport Designs, this Bentley GT is exceptional and as new in every way.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 10000 mi
    For sale
  • BENTLEY Continental GTC

    £49,950 £49,950

    Massage Seats 14 Way Adjustable Electric Seats Navigation System TV Tuner Keyless Entry And Go 12 Speaker Multi-Channel Digital Sound Package Wind Deflector Heated Seats Bluetooth Telephone System Twin Oval Exhaust Finishers Coming Home Controls Front And Rear PDC Heated And Folding Exterior Mirrors Alloy Fuel Filler Cap Powered Boot Open And Close Tinted Side And Rear Windows Lumbar Support For Front Seats Just Been Serviced At Bentley ABS Alarm CD Player Central Door Locking Delivery Available Financing Available Full Service History

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 47000 mi
    For sale

    £59,989 £59,989

    Mulliner Drivers Specification inc Diamond Quilted Leather with Embossed Bentley Logo, Aluminium Sports Pedals, Sports Design Gearshift and Mulliner Filler Cap), Convenience Specification ( Rear View Camera, IPOD Connection, Massage Seats, Privacy Handset and Adaptive Cruise Control ), Coming Home Function, Keyless Go, Sat Nav, Phone Prep, Climate Control, Electric Heated Memory Seats, Contrast Stitching, Xenon Headlamps, Park Distance Control, Closing Aids, Power Boot, Piano Black Wood, Power Hood, 3 Spoke Multi Function Steering Wheel and Adjustable Suspension and 20" Mulliner Alloys. Full Bentley Service History. Viewing By Appointment. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twit

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 51000 mi
    For sale

    £43,995 £43,995

    Bentley Continental GT 6.0 W12 Mulliner Spec Coupe in metallic Silver with full black quilted leather, this car is in excellent condition inside and out, This Bentley has a genuine 18,500 miles from new with a full service history with 8 services in the book with a full recent service just been done at 18k miles, 4 services were done by Bentley and the other 4 services have been done by a Rolls Royce and Bentley specialist, new front discs and pads just been fitted, this is the face lift model registered in August 2008, Full Mulliner Spec, private plate is included in the sale, all the alloy wheels are completely scuff free with new matching tyres all round, this car needs to be seen to be appreciated, would confidently say this has to be one the best example out there, 12 months nationwide parts and labour warranty included, just had a new mot done with no advisories, we are consumer credit licensed with low rate finance options available, same day finance arranged with our finance partners Close Brothers Motor Finance, we accept any part exchange regardless of condition or age, drive away insurance available, nationwide delivery can be arranged, parts and labour warranty included in sale, all cars are hpi clear with up to date certificate, viewings and test drives are welcome but please call first as not all cars are stored on site, we are a fully vat registered limited company, we have been rated as a five star Auto Trader Dealer, please read our 5 star Autotrader reviews, all major debit and credit cards accepted.

    • Mileage: 18500 mi
    • Engine size: 6
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental GT Kahn


    NEW PRICE REDUCTION Portland Primary Hide Beluga Secondary Hide Piano Black Veneers Electric Memory Heated Massaging Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Navigation Kahn Body Styling (Front & Rear Bumper, Side Skirts & Rear Spoiler) Lowered Suspension Sports Exhaust Mulliner Lower Front Grills Front & Rear Parking Distance Control 21″ Black Kahn Alloy Wheels Full Bentley Service History + 2 Specialists.

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental GT Mulliner


    “Black Beauty” We are delighted to offer for re-sale this stunning 08 model year Bentley Continental GT Mulliner finished in the most desirable colorway known as triple black referring to body colour, leather and dash finish. This fullest spec car features sat nav, bluetooth, heated massaging front seats, Mulliner 20″ split rim alloys with body coloured wheel centres. The bespoke interior also features silver contrast hand stitching and Bentley logos to the headrests. The car is in showroom condition throughout and benefits from a full Bentley service history with the last service in January 2016 when the car also had new discs and pads and tyres all round.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 77000 mi
    For sale
  • Bentley Continental Super Sports


    Beluga Primary Hide Beluga Secondary Hide with White Piping Carbon Fibre Trim Rear Comfort Seating Pack Electric Memory Heated Massaging Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Radio CD Multiplay with Ipod Connection Navigation Power Open/Close Boot Naim Sound System Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Reversing Camera 20″ Black Alloy Wheels Full Bentley Service History Cheapest supersport in UK

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    For sale
  • Bentley GTC Mulliner


    Bentley GTC Mulliner for sale – NEW PRICE REDUCTION 2008 Model Year Beluga Primary Hide with Contrast Red Stitching & Bentley Logos Beluga Secondary Hide Turned Aluminium Dash Piano Black Extended Veneers Electric Memory Heated Massaging Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Navigation Bluetooth Telephone Radio CD Multiplay Power Open/Close Boot Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Reversing Camera Welcome Home 20″ Split Rim Alloy Wheels Full Bentley Service History.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 23800 mi
    For sale
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