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    Re: Aston V8 Vantage?

    Think it might be Leigh scraping the ice after the frosty looks he'll get

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    Re: Aston V8 Vantage?

    Wot Norm said!

    She only changed her car a few weeks ago. It's an Audi S3 so probably best left in the garage, more nickable than an Aston!

    Looks like I'll be picking it up next Friday but it's going straight to a specialist to be serviced, MOT'd and have a couple of small issues dealt with. So I'll probably not have it back home for another week after that.
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    Congratulations!

    Like I said, I doubt anyone kicks the bucket and regrets owning an Aston (unless they are driving it at the time I guess)

    I've still got one of the official, genuine, Aston branded ctek battery tenders. If you want it you're welcome to it FOC. I never used it as it actually plugs into the cigar lighter and I had a spare connection in my garage to a bank of battery terminal connectors so used that instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renmure View Post
    Congratulations!

    Like I said, I doubt anyone kicks the bucket and regrets owning an Aston (unless they are driving it at the time I guess)

    I've still got one of the official, genuine, Aston branded ctek battery tenders. If you want it you're welcome to it FOC. I never used it as it actually plugs into the cigar lighter and I had a spare connection in my garage to a bank of battery terminal connectors so used that instead.
    If you are serious about the charger I would love to have it! I think he's not got the original one but not sure until I collect all the stuff. Happy to give you at least some beer tokens for it

    Cheers

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    No worries. Send me a PM with your address and I'll pop it off to you. Even if you never use it then it's probably better that someone with the right car has it

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    PM Sent

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    Apologies to renmure whose already read this on Pistonheads!

    Collected the Aston Vantage today. Drove it from Macclesfield to Buxton over the 'Cat and Fiddle' and then down the A515 to Ashbourne and then back home. So about 55 miles. Initial thoughts:

    Ride quality is brilliant. Looking through the paperwork I've found out it actually has the 'sport pack' fitted which was an AM aftermarket upgrade. I knew it has the lightweight forged N400 wheels on but didn't realise it also had uprated Bilstein shocks and springs. OK on really bad surfaces it's a little bit harsh but otherwise it's great. Apparently the new(ish) Pilot Sport 4S tyres it has on also help a lot.

    Steering is pretty direct. It's no Lotus but it goes where you point it and doesn't feel as heavy as it actually is - 1600kg!! Bit heavy at parking speeds but fine once you are rolling along.

    Very quiet inside the cabin and comfortable too. I have the earlier seats as it's a 2006 MY car. The later ones were supposed to be an improvement but I like mine. I think they are slimmer which for someone skinny like me actually means they grip you better. Good driving position and very good visibility all round I reckon.

    How you get it to do 0-60 in 4.9 secs I have no idea. It feels dead slow when you are starting off and the long accelerator and heavy flywheel mean it seems to take an age to wind up. It's actually very docile and easy to drive slowly. To get it to feel fast you need to get it over 3.5-4k revs and it then comes alive and starts feeling fast(ish).

    Gearbox is pretty nice. A tiny bit notchy but overall it's good. Feels like it will get a bit smoother with technique as you get used to it. Clutch is heavy and hill starts are difficult - the smell of burning clutch was testament to this! The fact mine is biting quite high didn't help. I know it will wear eventually, just a matter of time.

    Reverse gear is a nightmare! Far too high, why they set it up like this I have no idea! Apparently the technique it so not use the accelerator at all and let the idle control deal with the small amount of throttle needed.

    I think the interior might have been worked on by someone from Lotus . A few creaks (moving leather) and a few rattles. On the way back the TPMS box fell out from behind the glove box and is now hanging down in the passenger footwell.

    Oh and it is very thirsty. Speed limits were all 50mph on the way back, lots of cameras (some average speed), lots of other traffic, artics and the like. So it was really an economy run and it did an average of 23mpg

    Overall it's a great GT car that looks and sounds awesome and feels pretty well screwed together. A lighter flywheel and a smidge more power would make it feel a lot quicker........

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    I love the fact that you only thought about it for a brief moment.... then just bought it. That’s the way to live

    If you average more than 18mpg then I recon you’re not trying hard enough.

    re the clutch (and power) and as per on PH... you only ever hear good things about the Bamford Rose modifications and I don’t think their lightened flywheel clutch replacement costs much more than the standard one.

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    Re: Aston V8 Vantage?

    Quote Originally Posted by renmure View Post
    I love the fact that you only thought about it for a brief moment.... then just bought it. That’s the way to live

    If you average more than 18mpg then I recon you’re not trying hard enough.

    re the clutch (and power) and as per on PH... you only ever hear good things about the Bamford Rose modifications and I don’t think their lightened flywheel clutch replacement costs much more than the standard one.
    I'd actually been thinking about one since August last year, just not really asked anyone about them . I always do loads of research and thinks lots before I buy anything.

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