The Definitive Guide to Gaydon-era ASTON MARTIN

The Definitive Guide to Gaydon-era ASTON MARTIN

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trigbush

222 posts

62 months

Sunday 26th March 2017
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Just ordered a copy. Thanks Grant.

Chris_C

6 posts

21 months

Sunday 26th March 2017
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Grant3 said:
Thanks Chris, although far from perfect ...we have tried to provide as much detail as possible so the guide can be used as an ongoing reference for owners as well as buyers, the first edition's 246 pages has grown to 312 for the 12.5 guide.... give it another couple of years and you will need a weight training course to pick up the book... ah great thought Aston Martin guide and exercise book! biggrin
Joking aside thanks for the feedback appreciated smile
Grant, well the detail is excellent - confirmed the MY I was looking for.. And now job done, DB9 bought !

Now planning the 2017 road trip..

Thanks again for the incredible detail provided

Cheers

Chris

Ian350

263 posts

114 months

Tuesday 25th April 2017
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Bought this a couple of weeks ago - what a brilliant book! Came within a couple of days too

londonbabe

1,170 posts

128 months

Friday 12th May 2017
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Another satisfied customer here.
I bought this book a year ago when I first started seriously planning to buy a DB9, and it is now well-thumbed a year later, and I have an absolutely perfect 2009 DB9 in my garage. The information and advice in there was invaluable in narrowing down my focus. Thanks Grant!

steveway

605 posts

20 months

Friday 12th May 2017
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received mine a couple of days ago as well, best bed time reading for a while, thanks
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nickv8

393 posts

19 months

Thursday 18th May 2017
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Well Grant, you did it! After 3 years of deliberation, one stalled V8V deposit a few years ago, I have just fully paid up for a lovely clean - if "base spec" - black V8V from AM Bristol, Dick Lovett. Your book had become my bedside reading for the past week+ and it really helped align all the guesswork I'd made over the past few years pawing through Autotrader's app.

It's such a detailed labour of love, it helped my decide the big question; whether to shell out another £15k for a manual S or stick with a standard 4.7 manual. Finally, decided upon the standard as the book made me realise many of the advantages of the V8VS had found its way to the standard 4.7 by the 2014 (the year of mine-to-be) following the 2012.25MY update. The better steering rack, ducktail spoiler and improved brakes all won it. I don't think I'd have pieced all this together without the book.

So thank you! Keep up the great work smile

Hopefully picking up next week depending on the diary. But very excited! Never had more than 4 cylinders to propel me (and as the first one was a Fiat, 4 cylinders was often wishful thinking...). Photos in the relevant post to follow when keys are in grubby mitts.

Grant3

3,453 posts

191 months

Monday 22nd May 2017
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Thanks Ian, LondonBabe, Steve & NIck, I really appreciate the feedback smile - it's also great to hear that the guide has helped you (London & Nick) find the right Aston, they are special cars - which now makes you special by association bowtiebiggrin

Do pop up an image (in this thread) of your new steeds when you get the chance.
PS - Nick - I hope all goes well with your hand-over this week.

steveway

605 posts

20 months

Monday 22nd May 2017
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Grant3, as requested, no sooner said than done, V12V

Grant3

3,453 posts

191 months

Tuesday 23rd May 2017
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steveway said:
Grant3, as requested, no sooner said than done, V12V
Stunning - you lucky chap and suitably "beastly" as befits the V12 cloud9
I see you have added an extra 55bhp to the grille winkbiggrin

steveway

605 posts

20 months

Tuesday 23rd May 2017
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Grant3 said:
Stunning - you lucky chap and suitably "beastly" as befits the V12 cloud9
I see you have added an extra 55bhp to the grille winkbiggrin
Grant, that was done by the previous owner, didn't think it was standard, is that from the V12VS?

nickv8

393 posts

19 months

Tuesday 23rd May 2017
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Black is the theme of the day! Today was an experience I've been waiting for for ten years. It all came true with a 2014 V8 Vantage in black with yellow highlights (callipers and stitching) to help lift it a little. With just over 10k miles on the clock, it was obviously very cared-for by its previous owners.

I'll post more on the relevant thread, but Grant3, I must repeat that your book really helped. It's only been less than 24hrs, but I am thankful now that I held off from the V8S as the "comfort" suspension is just that, but without any loss of control and feedback for my very base skill level. After all, this is my first non-4pot banger! smile

Grant3

3,453 posts

191 months

Wednesday 24th May 2017
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Steve - yes the grille is from a V12VS and the special coloured carbon finish on the vents and wing mirrors would have cost a good few £££ smile

Nick - fabulous smile the latest Vantage really does look special in the darker hues - having seen a few black cars with the yellow stitching and calipers, I agree this combination looks superb - nice find. Glad to know the guide helped you find this beauty smile I look forward to seeing more images in the main forum, including the interior wink

nickv8

393 posts

19 months

Wednesday 24th May 2017
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Grant3 said:
Nick - fabulous smile the latest Vantage really does look special in the darker hues - having seen a few black cars with the yellow stitching and calipers, I agree this combination looks superb - nice find. Glad to know the guide helped you find this beauty smile I look forward to seeing more images in the main forum, including the interior wink
Thanks Grant! smile

I've dug some of the dealer's advert images out and put them on the thread I started last night...
https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=70&t=1674289

ilikeAstons

217 posts

40 months

Wednesday 24th May 2017
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Grant, I want to thank you for an amazing book. I bought an absolutely cracking DB9 because of it. I knew exactly what the pitfalls were, and fell into none!

Bravo!


nickv8

393 posts

19 months

Wednesday 24th May 2017
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ilikeAstons said:
Grant, I want to thank you for an amazing book. I bought an absolutely cracking DB9 because of it. I knew exactly what the pitfalls were, and fell into none!

Bravo!
Must admit, that's one beautifully angled shot of a stunning car! smile

Grant3

3,453 posts

191 months

Thursday 25th May 2017
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ilikeAstons said:
Grant, I want to thank you for an amazing book. I bought an absolutely cracking DB9 because of it. I knew exactly what the pitfalls were, and fell into none!
Bravo!
Great to hear the guide helped you find that beauty James (I agree with Nick) and thanks for the post and photo. Looks like you also have the Sportspack option (or at least the wheels which look fab). I hope you are enjoying the Aston ownership experience smile

ilikeAstons

217 posts

40 months

Thursday 25th May 2017
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Thanks Grant! Yep, I have the Sportpack option... Love it. It does wonders for MPG!

Dal3D

574 posts

87 months

Monday 12th June 2017
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Just ordered thumbup

Hopefully it'll be just the job to leave around the house to convince the OH that getting a V8V is a good idea... laugh

londonbabe

1,170 posts

128 months

Thursday 15th June 2017
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Grant3 said:
Thanks Ian, LondonBabe, Steve & NIck, I really appreciate the feedback smile - it's also great to hear that the guide has helped you (London & Nick) find the right Aston, they are special cars - which now makes you special by association bowtiebiggrin

Do pop up an image (in this thread) of your new steeds when you get the chance.
PS - Nick - I hope all goes well with your hand-over this week.
Taken a while, but here you are :-D



Grant3

3,453 posts

191 months

Friday 16th June 2017
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What a beautiful beast (the car not the bearded babe inside biggrin) and I still think the Sports Pack wheels are the best of breed, you have a lovely colour/wheel combination Mr London - thanks for sharing smile