Why we love our Astons?

Why we love our Astons?

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Big Rat

58 posts

3 months

Wednesday 8th July
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I guess for many of us the love for them starts as a child I know mine did, dad took me to see Goldfinger when it first came out and for me it wasn’t just the look of the car it was the noise oh the noise......and remember thinking one day one day......

Well the day came for me 3 weeks ago with my first Aston not a bond model I know but the looks the noise the poise, just such an event.

So despite in the process of renovating a 400 year old cottage in lockdown I quickly created a home for the Vantage and hired a car for the 300 one way journey from Bath to Newcastle and picked her up......despite the appalling weather all the way back it mattered not I’d fulfilled my dream.....



Edited by Big Rat on Wednesday 8th July 13:04

Big Rat

58 posts

3 months

Wednesday 8th July
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Only been out a couple of times in her but absolutely brilliant....

Edited by Big Rat on Wednesday 8th July 13:09

NFC 85 Vette

2,900 posts

193 months

Wednesday 8th July
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When I was a kid, there was an element of Bond influence - but in equal measure, the rarity made the cars quite interesting, I remember being on holiday in Cornwall in 1993, and seeing a DB5 in a car park by the beach, having never seen an Aston Martin in the metal before. I would have been 8 years old at the time - it was and still is one of the fondest memories of my somewhat otherwise unpleasant childhood.

In 2017, I took the plunge - I'd always thought previously that Astons were just for the wealthy, classy individuals. I'm glad I did, I kick myself for not doing it sooner. I developed a good relationship with the dealer, and to my surprise, developed some contacts at the factory and at AM Works. Some owners have regular trips to the factory; I've only been there 3 times, but each visit has been incredibly special and meaningful for me.

These days, well the Vanquish recently sold, and I'm patiently waiting for collection day on my next car later in July. As you all know, I'm in the small (sometimes vocal) minority that appreciate the 2nd Century cars. I have a bad habit of wading in to threads where the increasingly pessimistic, dismissive tone around the current product lineup, frustrates me, and I can only apologise if I ever pissed off anybody in anything I've said.

So yes, I have a strong feeling towards Aston Martin, and I hope the news becomes somewhat more positive in the coming weeks and months (last quarter sales will be awful, but DBX is popping up in dealers now). I like the history, the elegance, the sense of occasion, but the understated presence is nice - I'd feel like a pillock driving in a brightly coloured Lambo I expect.

GetCarter

27,381 posts

236 months

Wednesday 8th July
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I loved the smell and the look. I didn't like the dreadful service / main dealer experience. I'll not buy another.

A shame.

Manners79

78 posts

16 months

Wednesday 8th July
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JulianPH said:
... I don't think anyone has been on their death bed and said "I wish I never bought that Aston Martin"!...
I think that sums it up perfectly. I promised myself a brand new Porsche by 30 which I achieved (with a month to spare) - a Boxtser 2.7 with literally no options so on the button price at £31,495!

But through that (and several other nice cars that followed it)...I increasingly noticed it was Vantages and DB9s that caught my eye. A neighbour had a DB9 which made me trip over every time I walked the dog past it as I just couldn't drag my eyes away.

Forward fast another decade, change of career, divorce and the usual other life events and I decided I had to have an Aston before 50. Managed that last summer with over a year to spare! Started by looking for an early 4.3 coupe, ended up with a 4.7 convertible! Has had some BR improvements...will it be a keeper?!?! Well, that depends on that V12 / DBS itch I can feel...

pschlute

284 posts

116 months

Wednesday 8th July
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GetCarter said:
I loved the smell and the look. I didn't like the dreadful service / main dealer experience. I'll not buy another.

A shame.
That is sad. I can only report the opposite. My only Aston gets serviced annually at HWM. They will ask you if you intend to do a similar mileage in the next twelve months and if so will ask you if you want borderline things like brake pads replaced.

mabbott

120 posts

134 months

Friday 10th July
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As a 14 year old in 1992 my parents neighbours had a Porsche 928 S4 that got traded in against an 80s V8 Vantage. I couldn’t understand why they’d gone from a year or so old, and for me Uber-cool, 928, to what must have been a 3 or 4 year old and distinctly less cool Vantage.....Until I heard it and finally saw it take off up the road one morning ....

Fast forward a few years, I was sponsored by Ford through university for my engineering degree, and managed to get the last rotation of my year out in summer 1999 at Bloxham helping do some final calibration on the then new DB7 Vantage. I flashed the first 100 or so production cars on a workbench rigged up with some bits and bobs from Maplin soldered to a butchered-up Ford EEC plug/harness. I also translated the early dealer training courses for the car into French. Sorry to any early French owners if the dealers messed anything up. Equally sorry if anyone had any ECU gremlins early on smile

Fast forward again 18 months I joined Lotus on graduation and one of my first jobs was seconded to the chassis team on what was becoming the Vanquish, then being stationed at Newport being part of the resident team getting ready for launch / production. This was the time Dr Bez was arriving, and also seeing the last of the Newport V cars being built with stuff that looked straight out of a blacksmiths yard... I still have a paperweight of the car thanking me for the contribution. A nice touch given i was very much one of, if not the most junior on the project.

Fast forward a third time to 2005 I was working at JLR on the then upcoming X150 XK/XKR and seconded out of what I was doing to go and help sort the launch of the V8 Vantage, specifically the engine launch and all sorts of early problems in Cologne. Again good memories if a little fraught at the time.

That was my last job in automotive, but I had fond memories of both the cars and working with the company but never for them; I bought my first 4.3 in 2008, another in 2010, then a V12V in 2015 which I’ll keep. I currently have half an eye on a DB11 as a family / touring car, the DBS is a bit too showy for me, but ultimately would love to get an original V8 Vantage I started this post with...



Manners79

78 posts

16 months

Friday 10th July
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mabbott said:
lots of interesting stuff
That's quite some CV!