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Hi Ron...I think the stick will be a HUGE disappointment when introduced. Everything I have read is the gearbox will be completely different than the current new vantage the rear can not use the e-diff...it must be mechanical and the hints have been on detuning the engine as too much torque for the stick system to handle...

My son likes the new vantage....I have mixed emotions but do not hate it.

Aston is smart I think as..they want to finally have a car to offer that does not have the crazy issues of our model vantages. When you want to go public with your stock. You need solid products...not pretty ones with a reputation for everyday problems.

Time will tell...while many will run from the brand others will wait and judge as the car ages.

I am too new an owner just 16 months with my car. I have been lucky with no major issues but expect to be hit sooner or later. I do not feel that way with my company trucks and vans...Why? Outside of normal stuff we get 125-150000 miles on the same transmission...engine...drive train...yes brakes...oil etc...must be done.

Heck...I have a 99 Catera- with over 148000 miles that has less money put into it then my 09 Vantage. Plus I can use that car in the winter...lol

My vantage I doubt will reach over 100000 miles without costing me major money. But that is the fun of owning a low volume car.

Just my thoughts...safe driving everyone...
 
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Aston is smart I think as..they want to finally have a car to offer that does not have the crazy issues of our model vantages. When you want to go public with your stock. You need solid products...not pretty ones with a reputation for everyday problems.

Time will tell...while many will run from the brand others will wait and judge as the car ages.
"Crazy issues"? Everything is relative, I suppose. Anyhow, what guarantee is there that the new car will be so much more reliable?

As for "time will tell...as the car ages", I don't recall that being necessary with the Bez era Vantage. In fact, I think many will agree that it was love at first sight with that car, which is not something you hear about the new car from too many people!
 
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Having owned two Dino's, four E-Types, a 3.0 CSi and of course my V8V, I agree that these were very tough cars to follow.
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You are very lucky, the Dino and the 3.0 CS, are two cars that my self and my Dad never got to own. He wanted both, he did own a 330 GTC that I learned to drive in for 5 years. It was a great car, he also owned two E-Tyoes new in the 1960's. A 3.8 and a 4.2 both FHC's
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Speaking of crazy issues, there are always alot of DB11's in for service, which I thought meant they must have been selling like hotcakes. But the answer was "electrical problems" afflicting alot of them.
 
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I was able to test drive the new Vantage a few days ago. Although I am not a fan of the looks at all, the driving experience was like night and day compared to my V8. It really is fast and responsive, very easy and comfortable to drive. Interior is a bit fussy of course, but I didn’t really play with the controls much as I was focused on the drive. I liked the sport and suspension settings you could adjust on the fly. Easily a great daily driver similar to a 911.

If the designers were up to par with the engineers, it would have been a perfect sports car
 
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Test drove the new Vantage today and I have to say I like it a lot.

Whatever Matt Becker did, this car has his handling signature. Reminded me of the Lotus Evora I had but with a bigger engine and more blurps through the tail pipes.

Drove mostly in Track mode today, both engine and suspension. And even then, the car absorbed the rather crappy roads of LA.

I just need one in a stick shift asap.




 
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Originally Posted by V12Vin View Post
Test drove the new Vantage today and I have to say I like it a lot.

Whatever Matt Becker did, this car has his handling signature. Reminded me of the Lotus Evora I had but with a bigger engine and more blurps through the tail pipes.

Drove mostly in Track mode today, both engine and suspension. And even then, the car absorbed the rather crappy roads of LA.

I just need one in a stick shift asap.




I didn't had a chance to drive it, but still can't get over the all the design elements. More I see it, more I don't like it..... Anyhow. what color red is that car? Is it Galpin's car?
 
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Originally Posted by V12Vin View Post
Test drove the new Vantage today and I have to say I like it a lot.

Whatever Matt Becker did, this car has his handling signature. Reminded me of the Lotus Evora I had but with a bigger engine and more blurps through the tail pipes.

Drove mostly in Track mode today, both engine and suspension. And even then, the car absorbed the rather crappy roads of LA.

I just need one in a stick shift asap.
The West gets a nice color with matched strakes? Sorry, I made no bones about hating China Grey, it's got a much different personality in color. That profile is beautiful.

Same thing I did, as soon as he showed me where the controls were I put it straight into full track and left it there. It's thrice as loud, 10 times as many burbles, and I swear it was far more comfortable on my crappy Jersey roads than my sport pack, and I hit plenty of holes and bumps, but it's also far better handling, which sounds like I drank the coolaid because my car handles like a dream. But the new car is on rails, and is extremely comfortable riding them. It was the drive that was impressive. The balance, the power, the feel, it feels like a race car that's also very comfortable and very streetable.

But they did sacrifice some space, it's not quite as useable a car now. My clubs would have to go in toward the windshild. Seriously? It's not as wide and more pinched in the hatch, I should have taken a picture but it seemed significantly smaller at first glance. And as busy as the interior looks now in 10 years when everything is a long touchpad it'll look ancient, like mine does compared to the new.

And walking up to my car tonight under the perfect parking lot light, I'm still in heaven. It is such a beautiful car.
 

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Originally Posted by V12Vin View Post
Test drove the new Vantage today and I have to say I like it a lot.

Whatever Matt Becker did, this car has his handling signature. Reminded me of the Lotus Evora I had but with a bigger engine and more blurps through the tail pipes.

Drove mostly in Track mode today, both engine and suspension. And even then, the car absorbed the rather crappy roads of LA.

I just need one in a stick shift asap.




That looks awesome in red, great pics!
 
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I didn't had a chance to drive it, but still can't get over the all the design elements. More I see it, more I don't like it..... Anyhow. what color red is that car? Is it Galpin's car?
The license plate frame says Beverly Hills Aston Martin.
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If AML removed some of that nonsense on the front and rear, it would actually be an attractive car.
 
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If AML removed some of that nonsense on the front and rear, it would actually be an attractive car.
I figured in other colors besides the china grey and wild green/yellow it would look better. I like the red, although red is not my choice. The rear end looks even better. Larger diffusers are normal on higher end sport cars now. Maybe not correct for a street car, but looks wise they all are doing it. Aston just a bit late to the table.

I think also the wheels if done in BC Forged RZ 21's or HRE P101's in silver or gunmetal, the car would be great. Hood vents are a must still for me. And the manual tranny
 
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If AML removed some of that nonsense on the front and rear, it would actually be an attractive car.
The diffuser is nice, just needs to be integrated better into the rest of the body. It looks a little like a growth instead of a natural extension.
 
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Hi Ron...I think the stick will be a HUGE disappointment when introduced. Everything I have read is the gearbox will be completely different than the current new vantage the rear can not use the e-diff...it must be mechanical and the hints have been on detuning the engine as too much torque for the stick system to handle...

My son likes the new vantage....I have mixed emotions but do not hate it.

Aston is smart I think as..they want to finally have a car to offer that does not have the crazy issues of our model vantages. When you want to go public with your stock. You need solid products...not pretty ones with a reputation for everyday problems.

Time will tell...while many will run from the brand others will wait and judge as the car ages.

I am too new an owner just 16 months with my car. I have been lucky with no major issues but expect to be hit sooner or later. I do not feel that way with my company trucks and vans...Why? Outside of normal stuff we get 125-150000 miles on the same transmission...engine...drive train...yes brakes...oil etc...must be done.

Heck...I have a 99 Catera- with over 148000 miles that has less money put into it then my 09 Vantage. Plus I can use that car in the winter...lol

My vantage I doubt will reach over 100000 miles without costing me major money. But that is the fun of owning a low volume car.

Just my thoughts...safe driving everyone...
What issues are you talking about? Aston has a reputation mainly because they're British but in reality, these are very reliable cars as far as I've seen. Especially impressive considering it's a hand built low volume exotic car.

I had way more issues with my Porsche than I do with my Aston.

I'd actually be more worried about the new cars with so much Mercedes leveraged tech. Do you know why 5 year old s-classes are so cheap?
 
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Hi blue2000s...thanks for taking a few minutes to read.
While perhaps you and I have had reliable cars so far...clutch and other items will surface sooner then later.
I am sure you have read the many threats here and on other sites that show the crazy issues with our model cars. Yes..Aston improved or tried to correct...some issues have never been solved like the stalling of stick cars...not all but many. The owners answers to this ...drive less so not killed.

These cars cost more to maintain ...which you would expect...but so far I have spent 20 percent of the purchase price on my car...some of it for cameras but most on oil etc...which much of this was performed by my son and I.

i have never spent this much on any American car or truck I have owned. Only an old jag years ago till my wife told me it had to go...lol

As for the 5 year old Benz..my thoughts are different from yours...they manufactured many more then any year of Aston Martin cars. My thinking is too many cars for sale lower pricing. Any issues of problems with these cars does not matter as most were probably fixed over the years.
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I do not get to drive my car much during the summer as working on different job sites. But when able I drive it and enjoy it putting over 11000 miles in 16 months going to Florida twice.

Sorry to hear your other car is a problem and has had issues...

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