Bear in mind you are comparing an 05 early production car (early cars will always have more "issues") with an 09 Maser!
Don't let the odd emission warning quirk undermine your confidence, the new Gaydon Aston range have proved to be very robust with few major problems, they do have the odd quirk, but let's call it personality rather than faults, although I appreciate it undermines your initial confidence - the newer the car generally the less quirks!
Hi, Astonnut. I'm only comparing to my '09 Maserati because that's what I have comparable at the moment. I could compare it to the '06 Quattroporte that I had which had no issues until I got rid of it at 67,000 miles. Better yet.... perhaps I should've compared it to my '05 612 Scaglietti whith 18,000 miles on it; the Aston 13,000 miles. On the Scaglietti I've had to replace a power steering hose clamp for a small leak that the original clamp wouldn't seal.
I'm all for cars being described as having character.... soul. I prefer speaking of them in that manner as well. however, I think this Aston has a little too much "character" too soon
In addition to the fuel level sensor errors (which are being repaired Tuesday btw), the car is now displaying more of it's personality. I've narrowed the issue down to this exact pattern:
1. Open the driver's door, then close it (without locking). Count for 30 seconds (or wait for the start engine button illumination to dim)
2. Open the driver's door.
The door locks are now continuously trying to lock the doors, but can't because of the open door. Close the door and the attempts to lock stop.
1. Immediately open the door again (before the illumination dims), and it doesn't happen.
2. Close the door and wait 30 minutes to reopen; it doesn't happen.
3. Close the door, wait for the illumination to dim (or 30 seconds), but still use the "unlock" button on the remote.... it doesn't happen.
4. Close the door, lock the car, unlock, open and it doesn't happen.
Obviously there's some bug in a software routine that needs tweaking considering the timing and conditions necessary for it to happen. The dealer is addressing this on Tuesday as well.
After these issues are repaired, I'm giving the car some more time. I love the style, sound, and craftsmanship. Hand-builts amaze me, and I feel that automobiles that are hand made are done so by folks with more automotive passion. I'm just agitated, I suppose, because this is my first Aston and the car has such low-mileage for this many issues IMO.
But hey.... if you see my first post ever.... knowing nothing af Aston quality IS the reason I decided to buy at this price.