If you’re one of the lucky folks who are able to afford a Rolls Royce brand new, then I don’t think you’ll care what I think. However if you’re like the rest of us and envy those who can, waiting for a used Royce to come up online that is within your price range, then you might be more receptive. The modern Rolls Royce Silver Sedan is a series of cars between 1998 and 2003, that in my opinion is even better than Rolls Royce more famous car series Autel MaxiCOM MK808, Phantom, mainly because the Sedan is a little prettier. The model created for 2002 came at the end of the Sedan reign of production Autel Diaglink, so any problems that were originally identified will have been sorted by the time this one debuted in. As such it might be the Sedan that is worth having over the others in terms of reliability. Customers of Rolls Royce generally tick all the boxes when evaluating the car during the process of buying, until a new version of the same car comes out with improvements you didn’t realise they needed until you realised what aspects changed. Eight years down the line the 2002 Sedan would not be a disappointing investment.
Rolls Royce claims that despite the weight of the Seraph, the car can accelerate from nought to 60 mph in just 7 seconds, thanks to the help of BMW’s expertise in engines who invested in the series before taking over in 2003 when the Seraph series finally ended. It’s not the speed that impresses me however it’s how quiet the engine is. Rolls are known for the quiet, but even by their normal standard the smooth engine makes the journey far more relaxed, and easier to just sit back and talk to other passengers as you go. No shouting over anything here. The interior is your standard Rolls experience; dominated by polished wooden surfaces, your standard navigation system, power seats in the back and an abundance of space. If I was to pick holes in it I would say it’s a little too large; it’s roomy inside but externally I wouldn’t want to go down a narrow country lane. Not so much because I’d be worried for the Seraph but more fearful of damaging the other car. Then again it is a rarity to find a small Rolls Royce.
The Seraph debuted in 1998 at the whopper price of just over £150,000 and all the following Seraphs including 2002 maintained this original pricing. But nowadays having been around for basically a decade you can purchase one for as little as 60,000 if you’re lucky. Putting this into perspective this is double the amount my parents earn a year jointly, but it’s bound to be a reliable investment and being so young it wouldn’t be difficult for you to find parts for it should there be any difficulties down the line; Rolls Royce practically guarantees this, and haven’t let down. This is a Rolls Royce anyone could look good driving.
Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used Rolls Royce cars.