|Our Cars - 2002 Bentley Arnage T
||by Dan Mooney
cars in the CJ fleet
Odometer - 6,405
The Arnage was previously missing its driver's handbook so I was delighted to find a new old stock item online, completing my library of factory books. I also picked up a fitted satin car cover from my friends at The Cover Company in Barcelona. Buying gifts for a newly acquired car is one of life's great pleasures!
|Brand new (literally never opened) 2002
|The glove box now boasts its full
|Fitted satin car cover
Odometer - 6,272
I knew when I bought the Arnage that the Bentley dealer in Chicago had reported a 'loose indicator switch' when they serviced the car, but the previous owner had declined the repair. This is apparently a common problem with Arnages because the flimsy switch can be bumped (and broken) by the driver's knee when entering the car.
Over the last few weeks I have been trying to find a new indicator stalk assembly but could not locate one anywhere in the world. Flying Spares in England offered to rebuild my original switch, but then the car would be disabled for 3 or 4 weeks, which wasn't really an option. In the end I decided to rebuild and upgrade the switch in-house. With the mechanism removed and disassembled, the broken pivot 'ears' were clear to see. They are an obvious weak point of the design, so we decided to replace them with some steel shim stock, drilled to receive a slightly oversized steel pivot pin. We attached the new shim stock ears with 3M panel bond, so the repair should hold up indefinitely. Back in the car, the switch now functions perfectly.
|Josh removing the indicator stalk
||Separating the plastic housing from the
|Flimsy plastic pivot 'ears' were both
||We replaced the broken plastic ears with
stock, secured with 3M panel bond
|New steel ears should be virtually
||Reinstalled and working perfectly
Odometer - 6,200
I have already done around 800 miles in the Arnage and I am pleased to report that the car has performed flawlessly. It has truly been a joy to drive.
When I bought the car the original umbrellas were missing from the boot compartment, although I managed to source a pair of genuine Bentley accessory brollies which are now in their respective leather slots on the forward wall of the boot compartment. I also had my friend Wesley and his team over at Pristine Auto Detailing do a full paint correction and stage 2 ceramic coating on the car. The paintwork now looks as close to new as an 18 year old car could possibly look. When I talk to people about the car (which is pretty much every time I park it and get out) nobody can believe it is a 2002 model.
|The Arnage is one of the most comfortable
I have ever driven
|QI wireless charging pad in center
As I have driven the car more, I have really come to appreciate how user friendly it is as a daily driver. As well as being supremely comfortable, it delivers a feeling of contentment and general well being during every journey perhaps more than any other car I have ever owned. The previous owner installed a high end Alpine sound system in the car which not only sounds fantastic, but also provides blue tooth phone connectivity, which I really need in a daily driver. There is also a QI wireless charging pad discreetly installed in the center console/arm rest.
To summarize my first month of ownership, I would say the Arnage T is a magnificent automobile that might be the best value daily driver I have ever bought!
Odometer - 5,450
The Arnage T was delivered last Friday and I am pleased to report that the car is every bit as good as advertised. Having been driven only 5,400 miles since 2002, it is in truly spectacular condition. I really could not be happier with the car and I am looking forward to using it as my daily driver for the next few months.
Over the last couple of days I dealt with two minor cosmetic issues on the Bentley. Although the paintwork is in superb condition, there were a couple of small dings on the right hand side of the bonnet. I had Charlie Molina from The PDR Shop swing by the Team CJ Works and he did a great job completely eliminating both dings. If you are ever in need of PDR work in the Austin area, I thoroughly recommend The PDR Shop.
The other slight issue was the driver's footwell carpet was missing its rubber heel pad. As the carpet itself was in excellent condition, rather than replace the mat I decided to have Carlos make me a new heel pad trimmed in black hide with a diamond pattern to mirror the pattern on the seats. I think the finished results looks rather nice!
|The Bentley is immaculate inside and out
|Interior is sumptiously luxurious and
|Maiden voyage a total success - the Bentley
drives like a new car
|Right side of the bonnet had two small
when the car was delivered
|Thankfully we were able to remove the dings
completely with a few minutes of PDR
|Charlie Molina with The PDR Shop did a
job on the bonnet
|Gerardo polishing the bonnet for me after
work was completed
|Rubber heel pad is missing from the
|I decided to make a new heel pad and trim
in black hide
|Carlos stitching the new hide heel pad
||Diamond pattern mirrors the pattern on the