Vantage V8 at last !

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pennpromo

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113 posts

188 months

Monday 12th February
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Well, having been a Pistonheads forum member from very early on and having had many, many cars I have finally brought my first Aston: a 2007 Vantage V8 4.3.
Onyx black metallic with Obsidian black interior with silver stitching.
I brought it from ASM Performance in Bletchley.
Never dealt with them before, I saw the ad on Autotrader and went to view and drive.
Steve there was very helpful indeed and the Aston was one of their cheaper cars: they had a few Lambos, Ferraris etc in stock.
It had the airbag light on so they booked it into Works Service and whilst it took Works two weeks to get to the solution now all seems good.
Something to do with a newer airbag module needing a factory software patch they told me. I also got the serpentine belt upgraded whilst it was there.
ASM have been great and delivered it on Friday evening down to my house in Christchurch in a covered trailer, (towed by a new Cayenne!).
So Saturday morning was the first time to really look at it and drive.
What a great car; not perfect but lots of potential to tinker, (fuse 22 was already out).
Options include Satnav, Bluetooth, cruise control, the new seats and armrest, Zenons and white rear lights.
Mileage is 64,500 with 18 Aston stamps in the book.
The tracker "pucks", or whatever you call them, were in the boot in a folder with the original satnav disc box.
What do I need to do to re-register the Tracker?
The car was very nicely valeted and very clean with a set of OEM Aston mats.
I took out a 12 month AA Gold warranty, (for what its worth?).
The deal included new from AM9 BRidgestones and new O2 sensors as it had the occasional emissions light.
I have lots of bills and old MOTs too.
8 Owners which was initially a concern until you look into it; the first looks to have been a demo for less than 3 months, then several each for 2 years or so and the last was a lady who only had it two months as she couldn't cope with the clutch.
So pretty pleased and hoping to own for a long time: a bit of a forced savings plan !

rovcallum

302 posts

75 months

Monday 12th February
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Welcome to the club. Good to know some history of the car. Sounds like a good one.
Enjoy in good health. driving

Graze01

353 posts

24 months

Monday 12th February
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congrats & welcome

I bet you'll be smiling for weeks

enjoy

Graze

LordBretSinclair

3,780 posts

109 months

Monday 12th February
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Very nice !!!!
Welcome to the world of Astons smile

Manx V8V

213 posts

14 months

Monday 12th February
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Nice motor, welcome to the fold, dont worry about the owner count, I think i'm the 7th owner of mine, they do tend to move on very quickly in the early years for no other reason than those at the top of the chain can generally afford a more constant supply.of new toys.
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Ikobo

350 posts

81 months

Monday 12th February
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Just bought another one myself, great stuff!

pennpromo

Original Poster:

113 posts

188 months

Monday 12th February
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Thank you for your replies.
Very pleased with it overall but finding some interesting niggles/ questions :
The emissions light came on when out driving it last night. I then stopped, turned it off and restarted: it was gone.
Is this normal, I recall reading about it in some earlier posts ?
It had just had new O2 sensors as a precaution when I bought it.
I have also discovered that my clear rear lights seem to have a couple of leds blown in the offside, (which has some condensation in it).
Are they easily repairable, I am pretty handy with a soldering iron ?
Carpets also seem to be moving around a fair bit as they don't seem to be very well fixed ?
There is a tiny crack in the offside front wing just below the headlight and the front has protection film applied up to the top of the front bumper/ valance.
The front numberplate has had the plinth removed and the plate was screwed on with countersunk pozidrive chipboard screws ...
What do people think about pressed metal plates on Vantages, I have always quite liked them ?
What is the best way to brighten up the alloy grille ?
But what a car !

Manx V8V

213 posts

14 months

Monday 12th February
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I got my bi-monhly emission warning yesterday, about 10 miles earlier I had just been thinking that it must be due anytime!!

I ignored it until I got home then cleared it with my code reader, it was the usual 'slow response bank 2' or whatever the reader always says.

macdeb

7,109 posts

187 months

Monday 12th February
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Excellent, well done clap
I bought my first Aston last year, it's a very special feeling that I've only ever had with a couple of other cars in the past.

superlightr

9,681 posts

195 months

Monday 12th February
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pennpromo said:
Well, having been a Pistonheads forum member from very early on and having had many, many cars I have finally brought my first Aston: a 2007 Vantage V8 4.3.
Onyx black metallic with Obsidian black interior with silver stitching.
I brought it from ASM Performance in Bletchley.
Never dealt with them before, I saw the ad on Autotrader and went to view and drive.
Steve there was very helpful indeed and the Aston was one of their cheaper cars: they had a few Lambos, Ferraris etc in stock.
It had the airbag light on so they booked it into Works Service and whilst it took Works two weeks to get to the solution now all seems good.
Something to do with a newer airbag module needing a factory software patch they told me. I also got the serpentine belt upgraded whilst it was there.
ASM have been great and delivered it on Friday evening down to my house in Christchurch in a covered trailer, (towed by a new Cayenne!).
So Saturday morning was the first time to really look at it and drive.
What a great car; not perfect but lots of potential to tinker, (fuse 22 was already out).
Options include Satnav, Bluetooth, cruise control, the new seats and armrest, Zenons and white rear lights.
Mileage is 64,500 with 18 Aston stamps in the book.
The tracker "pucks", or whatever you call them, were in the boot in a folder with the original satnav disc box.
What do I need to do to re-register the Tracker?
The car was very nicely valeted and very clean with a set of OEM Aston mats.
I took out a 12 month AA Gold warranty, (for what its worth?).
The deal included new from AM9 BRidgestones and new O2 sensors as it had the occasional emissions light.
I have lots of bills and old MOTs too.
8 Owners which was initially a concern until you look into it; the first looks to have been a demo for less than 3 months, then several each for 2 years or so and the last was a lady who only had it two months as she couldn't cope with the clutch.
So pretty pleased and hoping to own for a long time: a bit of a forced savings plan !
fantastic !! well done. smile - its such a beautiful shape car - classic, classy and gorgeous.

I'm sure you will have loads of smiles and fun

soofsayer

500 posts

67 months

Monday 12th February
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Congratulations, great car!

ds666

779 posts

111 months

Monday 12th February
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[quote=pennpromo]Thank you for your replies.

I have also discovered that my clear rear lights seem to have a couple of leds blown in the offside, (which has some condensation in it).
Are they easily repairable, I am pretty handy with a soldering iron ?


There is quite a lot of info on youtube etc about the lights - it's quite a big job to split them and reseal ( but they are north of £500 new )



Big E 118

2,193 posts

101 months

Monday 12th February
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pennpromo said:
What is the best way to brighten up the alloy grille ?
Nice car OP.

I did this job over the winter. Each grille piece clips out with a bit of a tug. Autosol to get rid of any watermarks and tarnishing and then ceramic coating to stop any further watermarks.

The grille pieces are literally a folded aluminium. The edges are very, very sharp and it was a struggle not to bleed too much from my multiple lacerations over the newly cleaned grille.

Charlie san

79 posts

67 months

Monday 12th February
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Well done finding your new love!

Re tracker "tag", I was given two non-working ones when bought mine, not knowing I will actually need a working one (would have pushed for a new one, they are arond £80 each). As it turned out my insurance company would only insure me if the tracker is active. Luckily there is a brilliant thread (I think on this forum) how to replace the battery in the tag for £10 and then you can call the Tracker company and register your car. I pay £250 a year so incorporate this into your insurance premium smile

Enjoy the car!

macdeb

7,109 posts

187 months

Monday 12th February
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Charlie san said:
Well done finding your new love!

Re tracker "tag", I was given two non-working ones when bought mine, not knowing I will actually need a working one (would have pushed for a new one, they are arond £80 each). As it turned out my insurance company would only insure me if the tracker is active. Luckily there is a brilliant thread (I think on this forum) how to replace the battery in the tag for £10 and then you can call the Tracker company and register your car. I pay £250 a year so incorporate this into your insurance premium smile

Enjoy the car!
'Enjoy the car' I like that. So much better than just 'enjoy' which is irritating. As you were driving

dunebuggy

41 posts

47 months

Monday 12th February
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That's a very handsome car and for what it's worth...i think you did the right thing. Enforced saving in the name of something you love...what's not to like!

pennpromo

Original Poster:

113 posts

188 months

Tuesday 13th February
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Charlie san said:
Well done finding your new love!

Re tracker "tag", I was given two non-working ones when bought mine, not knowing I will actually need a working one (would have pushed for a new one, they are arond £80 each). As it turned out my insurance company would only insure me if the tracker is active. Luckily there is a brilliant thread (I think on this forum) how to replace the battery in the tag for £10 and then you can call the Tracker company and register your car. I pay £250 a year so incorporate this into your insurance premium smile

Enjoy the car!
Charlie, as I have just turned 55 I went on Confused.com and the cheapest insurance ended up being with Saga !
They didn't ask for the Tracker to be active so I may just leave it as is.
I think £320 fully comprehensive for myself and my wife, 6,000 miles a year, garaged seems pretty fair.
Probably the only benefit of getting older ...

ds666

779 posts

111 months

Tuesday 13th February
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Did you have any no claims bonus to use on the Aston to get that price ? Best I could get is around £600 based on 3000 p.a

Ikobo

350 posts

81 months

Tuesday 13th February
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I put the Vantage I bought last week on my multi car policy, zero no claims as they’re applied to my other two cars. Garaged, 10k miles a year, fully comp, I’m 43 (for a few weeks more!) £285. The wonders of living in a little village in Scotland. biggrin

Ikobo

350 posts

81 months

Tuesday 13th February
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I put the Vantage I bought last week on my multi car policy, zero no claims as they’re applied to my other two cars. Garaged, 10k miles a year, fully comp, I’m 43 (for a few weeks more!) £285. The wonders of living in a little village in Scotland. biggrin