Greetings to all. This is my first time on here and i am finally ready to get an Aston Martin. Been saving for one since i was 16. But I am not sure what to get since i am getting a pre owned. I am looking at 2 different models. The 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage V12 or 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish. Can some one point me in the right direction?
This is not an easy decision, and what one would prefer would differ from person to person.
The Vanquish is not a common car, much rarer than the DB7/DB7 V12. Right now is probably one of the better times to buy the Vanquish, for, as said in another thread, the prices of the Vanquish are on the rise.
The car is a great investment, however I doubt the practicality of the early models of the car (probably one of the reasons the original owner would sell their car in the first place). If you are not planning to sell the car, then converting it to manual right after purchase would be your best bet.
The DB7 is a great car, as long as it is in the right trim, and was treated properly by the previous owner. A manual Vantage coupe from 2000-2001 would be the best option out of the Vantage range (If yo want to go easy on your wallet go for the Vantage, although be weary of anything costing less than 50-55 thousand USD ).
The DB7 GT deserves it's own paragraph. This car may seem initially no that different from the Vantage, but the reality is different. It is a little bit better than the vantage in every detail, from the engine, gearing, and clutch to the chassis, suspension, and aerodynamics. In fact, I would take the DB7 GT without question over an early Vanquish.
But, again, you can also take a look at the 4.3 V8 vantage (2005-2009). This is probably the most practical Aston that you can get secondhand. After the 4.7 model came out, the price dropped, so you have a good chance of encountering low priced V8s that have been serviced properly and with low miles. The owners just figured their car was outclassed by the new lineup, hence the sale.
hope this helps.