Residuals, Man Maths and a 540C

Residuals, Man Maths and a 540C

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JohnG123

509 posts

77 months

Wednesday 14th March 2018
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Not while they all seem to plummet in value, also £5k pa for a warranty...............

What actually put me off was before I bought my
458 I looked at a 650S, car was a new showroom car listed at £245k before I left the showroom that day car could have been mine for around the £200k mark.




The Surveyor

6,901 posts

184 months

Wednesday 14th March 2018
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JohnG123 said:
Not while they all seem to plummet...............
Bit like the recorded mileage on most used Ferrari then wink

tyrrell

1,413 posts

155 months

Wednesday 14th March 2018
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Constantly read on Ferrari forums that their warranty is not worth the paper it’s written on laugh

JohnG123

509 posts

77 months

Wednesday 14th March 2018
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You get 4 years to start with, guess McLaren only give you 3 years.


pancholi

113 posts

104 months

Wednesday 14th March 2018
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Mr Cod said:
This is a terrible generalisation but is at least in part based on my own views on AM vs. McLaren.

People make statements about themselves based on cars they drive. AM is cool, understated and British.

If you are in one and identify with these values but want a bit more performance, you're not going to consider Lamborghini or Ferrari.

So although very different cars, I don't think their brand values are a million miles apart...and at this level you don't have dozens of manufacturers to choose from.

My two pence!
I am that generalisation Mr Cod as I also have an Arnage( quintessentially British ) that is a keeper.


RamboLambo

4,843 posts

117 months

Wednesday 14th March 2018
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JohnG123 said:
Not while they all seem to plummet in value, also £5k pa for a warranty...............

What actually put me off was before I bought my
458 I looked at a 650S, car was a new showroom car listed at £245k before I left the showroom that day car could have been mine for around the £200k mark.
Fair enough if finance is a driving factor for you stay with the safe option. Others just want the best at any cost

MrVert

3,169 posts

186 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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rolleyes

EpsomJames

760 posts

193 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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Congrats on the purchase Justin cool

Didn't you used to have an orange Gallardo at one time too? My car history is similar to your, just in a different order, and I can see myself in a Sport Series next.

Let us know how you get on, either here or over on SELOC smile

The Surveyor

6,901 posts

184 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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OP, now you have had the car for a couple of days, any fresh thoughts?

You mentioned earlier that it feels smaller than the Vantage. I found it really deceptive and once in the garage they are actually wider and longer than the Aston, leaving less 'work' room at the back.

MadMacMcMad

1,231 posts

201 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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I went from a Vantage to a 540C. Never really noticed that the Vantage was more spacious. I think the grand dash and centre consul makes it feel bigger.
I did have to widen the doors on my garage to get the McLaren in though So without doubt the 540C is a wider car.

The Surveyor

6,901 posts

184 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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MadMacMcMad said:
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I did have to widen the doors on my garage to get the McLaren in though So without doubt the 540C is a wider car.
Agreed, but they don't look it when side by side. The Aston looks the bigger car:-



johnnyreggae

2,342 posts

107 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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The width issue is (I think) down to the mirrors - on the 540/570 series they don't fold in like the Aston so they still stick out beyond the rest of the body (I believe this also applies to 488)

justin220

Original Poster:

4,219 posts

151 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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EpsomJames said:
Congrats on the purchase Justin cool

Didn't you used to have an orange Gallardo at one time too? My car history is similar to your, just in a different order, and I can see myself in a Sport Series next.

Let us know how you get on, either here or over on SELOC smile
Yeah that was me, loved your SL!

I'll keep this thread going as a bit of a blog on how it goes, which is good to look back on but hopefully helps anyone else considering one.

justin220

Original Poster:

4,219 posts

151 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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The Surveyor said:
OP, now you have had the car for a couple of days, any fresh thoughts?

You mentioned earlier that it feels smaller than the Vantage. I found it really deceptive and once in the garage they are actually wider and longer than the Aston, leaving less 'work' room at the back.
Unfortunately I haven't driven it since. Frustrating! I work away from home so won't be driving it for a while.

I've downloaded a PDF file of the handbook which is keeping me entertained.. can't wait to get home and take it out for a run on some familiar roads

Targarama

14,277 posts

230 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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The mirrors fold automatically on my 570GT when locking.

There are a wide car, same width as my Mercedes CLS. Watch out for the reverse camera (if fitted), it gives a very deceptive view and you'll be closer to things than you think. I've got out a few times and thought 'ooo, bit close there' - I tend to stop reversing once I reach the initial edge of the red markings on the camera shot.

dobbie

107 posts

135 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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Targarama, how does the McLaren compare to the TVR? I used to have a T350 and now looking into getting a McLaren, I think I may have brought some spider wheels of you a few years back? cheers

justin220

Original Poster:

4,219 posts

151 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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dobbie said:
Targarama, how does the McLaren compare to the TVR? I used to have a T350 and now looking into getting a McLaren, I think I may have brought some spider wheels of you a few years back? cheers
T350 was a great car. I loved mine! Failed the noise test at the Nurburgring with the JP exhaust I had on it hehe its one of the only cars I really regret selling.

There isn't really much comparison though IMO, the 540 is in a different league. Apart from the noise, it is significantly better in every area (and so it should be!)

ripley500

335 posts

158 months

Thursday 15th March 2018
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Mr Cod said:
This is a terrible generalisation but is at least in part based on my own views on AM vs. McLaren.

People make statements about themselves based on cars they drive. AM is cool, understated and British.

If you are in one and identify with these values but want a bit more performance, you're not going to consider Lamborghini or Ferrari.

So although very different cars, I don't think their brand values are a million miles apart...and at this level you don't have dozens of manufacturers to choose from.

My two pence!
There is an element of Aston owners associating with the McLaren brand - As a car enthusiast and Aston owner I would love a Ferrari 458 but something about the Ferrari brand being more ‘brash’ means that I went for a Mclaren as they have a similar cool image to Aston.

Targarama

14,277 posts

230 months

Friday 16th March 2018
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justin220 said:
dobbie said:
Targarama, how does the McLaren compare to the TVR? I used to have a T350 and now looking into getting a McLaren, I think I may have brought some spider wheels of you a few years back? cheers
T350 was a great car. I loved mine! Failed the noise test at the Nurburgring with the JP exhaust I had on it hehe its one of the only cars I really regret selling.

There isn't really much comparison though IMO, the 540 is in a different league. Apart from the noise, it is significantly better in every area (and so it should be!)
Yep, the TVR is great, but the McLaren is on another level. All I can say it take a McLaren for a test drive and see what you think. I bought a GT for a little more comfort on long trips which its used for mostly. Only small negative is the McLaren is physically wider which means you need to take care driving through width restrictors and with parking (but parking sensors and a reverse camera help).

Noise has been sorted on mine with a Larini exhaust, so I have the best looking and the best sounding Mac in one smile (OK, I'll add a photo if you insist)


The Surveyor

6,901 posts

184 months

Friday 16th March 2018
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That GT is stunning thumbup

I think there is indeed a natural similarity between the TVR, Lotus , Aston and McLaren which seams to have owners moving from one to another, maybe we're just attracted to the 'plucky Brit taking on the world' attitude which steers people away from the more established German and Italian options. It's certainly why I didn't buy a Boxster or Z4 when I first started, and why I didn't buy a 911 or 430 later on choosing to go from TVR Griffith, Chimaera, and Tuscan Convertible then onto to Aston Martin Vantage V8 before buying the 570s.