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#1 of 104 2007 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 "LEMON"
Mar 02, 2007 (4:59 am)
BOUGHT A 2007 VANTAGE V8 NEW, IN NOV. 2006 FOR ABOUT $125,000, FROM THE COLLECTION, CORAL GABLES, FL. LONG LIST OF DIFFERENT PROBLEMS WITH ONE MAJOR PROBLEM FROM NEW. THE CAR DOESN'T START AND WHEN IT DOES IT STALLS OR RUN ROUGH DURING WARM UP, RPM'S AT AROUN 400, SOUNDS LIKE A MILITARY TANK FIRING ON TWO CYLINDERS. DEFINATELY A 'LEMON'. BEEN IN WORKSHOP 3 TIMES, 21 DAYS OUT OF USE, HAD FINAL REPAIR ATTEMPT BY ASTON MARTIN. CLAIM FILED WITH FLORIDA LEMON LAW DEPT. FULL REFUND REQUIRED. LIST OF PROBLEMS INCLUDED: CAR ALARM GOING OFF; SEAT RATTLES; STEERING WHEEL RATTLES; NAV SCREEN RATTLES, BRAKES SQUEEL; HANDBRAKE STICKING; OIL PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE DEFECTIVE (VERY NOISY) ASTON MARTIN KNOWS OF THIS DEFECT WITH THIS PART ON VANTAGE'S BUT HAS NO FIX YET.
CAN I RECOMMEND THIS CAR? NO, I AM SORRY TO SAY. TOO MANY PROBLEMS AND ONE MAJOR PROBLEM THAT ASTON MARTIN HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIX. SPENDING $125,000 ON A CAR THAT DOESN'T START IS AN ABSOLUTE JOKE. HAVING ASTON MARTIN TRY AND FIX THE PROBLEM 4 TIMES WITHOUT SUCESS, IS EVEN MORE OF A JOKE. MY ADVICE, FROM MY EXPERIENCES, I CANNOT RECOMMEND ANYONE BUYING THIS VEHICLE. CUSTOMER SERVICE AT ASTON MARTIN HEADQUARTERS IN NEW JERSEY, THEIR RESPONSE WAS ........ SILENCE. THEY HAVE NOT BOTHERED TO RESPOND OR MAKE ANY COMMENT...... GO FIGURE.
A VERY SAD FIRST TIME AM OWNER.
PEOPLE OFTEN THINK SPENDING BIG MONEY ON A FANCY SPORTS CAR OR LUXURY SUV MEANS THAT THEY WILL GET A FIRST CLASS VEHICLE. FROM EXPERIENCE I HAVE FOUND THE MORE YOU SPEND THE MORE PROBLEMS YOU GET AND THE WORSE THE CUSTOMER SERVICE.
#2 of 104 Re: 2007 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 "LEMON" [cheekymonkey]
Mar 07, 2007 (5:18 pm)
Did you get your "full refund"?
Sorry to hear about your problems. Makes me want to go out and hug my 911S that has 12,400 virtual trouble free miles on it. I'd have blown a gasket if I went through what you have.
#3 of 104 Re: 2007 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 "LEMON" [habitat1]
Mar 12, 2007 (10:24 am)
Waiting for A/M to find me an exact new replacement (more difficult than it may sound due to lack of availability). If they can't supply one within a reasonable timeframe then a full refund will be in order.
#4 of 104 Re: 2007 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 "LEMON" [cheekymonkey]
Mar 29, 2007 (3:21 pm)
Issue now resolved. Aston Martin senior management have been in touch and professionally and promptly arranged for a new relacement vehicle which has now been delivered. New car appears to be perfect. Hopefully I will have no serious problems with this new one
#5 of 104 Re: 2007 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 "LEMON" [cheekymonkey]
Jun 15, 2007 (6:15 pm)
Good luck with your new car. Let us know how youare making out.
#6 of 104 Rotten Luck re: LEMON
Jun 18, 2007 (7:07 am)
Always sorry to hear of anyone having that kind of experience with anything ludicrously expensive. But risk of failure increases with complexity, systems redundancy notwithstanding. I've had it with increasingly expensive wristwatches too (incl. one that retails for more than the Aston Vantage, loaded) and the more you spend, the more quirky they are and the pricier to repair, with more expert head-scratching thrown in just to make you feel good.
I got my red paddle-shift Vantage coupe last Sunday and am bracing myself. So far, with 350 miles, it's a dream. Highway, surface streets, parking on dirt roads to hike... no problem. Something I didn't expect: I need to carry a rag in the driver's door pocket to wipe the nose smudges of the curious off the windows.
Still have my 2000 Jag XJ8, which needed a new engine at 44,000 miles, a new transmission and gearbox at 50,101 miles (101 mi past the warranty; the dealer split the cost) and which suffered intermitted total electrical blackouts from Day One until 50,000 miles (hey, maybe it was the gearbox). That car, I hope, prepared me for the Aston, which was 3 times the price. I bought the extra 2 years' warranty for $4,500. I never do this with electronics; it's dealer padding and nearly 25% of their profits. With a car, it's 2 extra years of sound sleep.
I'm in my late 40s and have wanted this car since I was 8, growing up in England. It's been a long wait. At this point... I'd still rather have it than have the money in the bank. Owning a car that has pedestrians running into the street to take pix of it with their cell phones? In L.A.? Come on!
Ask me in three years though.
#7 of 104 Re: Rotten Luck re: LEMON [andrewjn]
Jun 18, 2007 (10:47 am)
Cheekymonkey here.....just giving an update on things, with 800 miles, so far so good. Definitely the metallic black is better than the standard jet black as it is easier to clean and doesn't show the polish swirls. A rare car in SW Florida and therefore attracts the photographers and onlookers. However in London AM's are two a penny. Hoping to put the original Vantage problem behind me now and just try and enjoy this new replacement.
#8 of 104 Re: Rotten Luck re: LEMON [andrewjn]
Jun 21, 2007 (10:01 am)
Well, hopefully the sale of Aston Martin by Ford to David Richards means that, if you have problems, you will be taken more seriously in the future. I have several colleages that, like you, had very poor experience with Jaguar. But, unlike you, their patience was tested beyond repair and the fact that Aston was also owned by Ford was a deal killer.
I had a chance to drive a Vantage several weeks ago. Although it would never replace my 911 Turbo as a sports car, I can honestly say as a long time BMW owner (currently with 2003 M5) that I would personally consider and recommend it as a sleek and comfortable GT over the ugly, ponderous M6.
Enjoy your new car and post an occassional update on your experience.
#9 of 104 All my 2007 Vantage surprises
Jul 01, 2007 (9:35 am)
I'm at 700 miles - in only 3 weeks. I researched the car pretty closely before buying, and I thought I'd post the things, big or small, good or bad, that have surprised me.
I thought my visibility would be impeded in traffic by those big rear posts or the raked windshield. Hasn't been the case at all. It's great in traffic.
The engine "farting" on shifts was a surprise - I'm told by the dealer this will happen during break-in; 2000 mi.
I'm surprised, with a 6-speed (paddle shift) to get into 6th so quickly (final gear is 0.78:1). I'd have been happy to be doing 65 mph in 5th at 2000 rpm, with a little head-room for sustained mad-speed in 6th. 6th at freeway speed is barely distinguishable from 5th, rev-wise; it's very close-ratio. Maybe the 4.3l li. 380 bhp engine wouldn't have been torque-y enough at high speeds with a taller gearing. Anyway, this (plus the 240 millisecond paddle-shift) makes it extremely comfortable for city driving.
It's the comfiest car I ever sat in. Don't know why I didn't expect this. My Jag XJ8 feels like an old bench-seat GM 4-door compared.
Typos in the (gorgeous leather-bound) Owner's Manual! Every "its" has been given an apostrophe, including all the possessives. From a car maker based in England! Some of the plurals (spec's, wheel's) have apostrophes too. Alarming lack of attention to detail.
The air conditioning kicks into Recycle at relatively high temp requests. The all-black interior may have something to do with that, but I'm still messing with it, trying to find a balance between acceptable int. temp. and sucking in my own carbon dioxide all day.
Love all the tiny touches, like the windows lowering 3mm when you open the door, and raising again when you close it, to provide an air-tight seal (but see above). The doors that stay open at any angle. The doors raising 12 degrees on opening (how do they do that?) to avoid touching any curbs. The airline-seat-style leather storage pouches that I only after 2 weeks discovered under both seats. The Aston logo on the LCD screen on startup. The huge, heavy, milled-aluminum filler cap. The "vibration ignore" button for when you lock a kid or dog in the car. The little doo-dads that pop out of a hidden tube, spray the headlight cowls and pop back in again. The fact that the car (with a 49/51 balance, due to the far-back engine placement) WEIGHS the trunk contents and dips the headlights accordingly.
The power-fold mirrors! I fold them in on tight streets, approaching oncoming cars, getting quite a few odd looks.
The trunk popped open when I took a speed bump too fast yesterday. It didn't raise noticeably, it just warned me politely.
I'm surprised the gas-tank monitoring cuts off below 20 remaining miles. And that there's no Fuel Used indication. My Jag goes all the way down to "1 mile remaining," but I can call its bluff by reading the digital Fuel Used and subtracting from the 23 gallons it holds. The Aston has a smaller tank, no usage tracking, and after you've dipped below 20 miles remaining, it just gives you a "--". Makes for a little insecurity when the needle's on the pin and your math isn't good enough to divide the mpg indication by the miles-since-fill-up.
The radio's no good. I don't listen to a lot of radio (the CD and audio system are stellar, with an unexpected subwoofer hidden somewhere), but the Aston, as the dealer admitted later, gets no AM. And that's in L.A, with a thousand stations. And its FM goes out under bridges, which I'd never experienced in a car before. The roof antenna makes no difference.
Lastly - I didn't expect I'd be waking up before the alarm clock every morning, excited about driving to work.
Hope the info is helpful for readers who are contemplating a purchase...
#10 of 104 V8 Vantage audio problems
Jul 05, 2007 (12:36 pm)
I've had my Vantage since Dec of last year and it has been back to the the dealer 4 times already. This last time, it was there for 4 1/2 and the problem still there. The issue I have is the driver's door speaker constantly cuts in and out. The passenger door will do it too but it's mostly the driver's door. First they said it was a bad speaker and after the was replaced with a new one they said it was the wiring. After that was fine they tried to say it might be the wiring from the amp. Last I was told that the bluetooth was making the speakers cut out even though I don't use it. After it was in the shop for 4 weeks, they said they disconnected the bluetooth. The speakers are still cutting out. The whole time it was in the shop, they claimed they never heard the same problem I heard. I was wondering if anybody else has heard of this problem or experienced it? What should I do now. This is a lot of money to spend on a car and something simple like the speakers don't work.