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Just bought an 01 DB7 Vantage Coupe with automatic. (Sort of accidentally bought it...long story) Drove it home 600 miles and it was flawless. Two days later, smelling coolant from the engine bay. Haven't started looking closely. Have read about radiator leaks, but nothing evident. No drips on floor and no wetness on the header tank. Thoughts and patience appreciated. Glad I found this forum.:confused:
 

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Mine used to do that when I first got it 5 years ago they seem to start leaking from where the plastic end tanks are swaged onto the aluminium core, poured in two bottles of Barrs leaks, no smell or small coolant puddles since. (it would leave a small puddle when in winter storage), no the heater core hasn't been blocked by it.

If you are not wanting to do that the alternative is a 700 pound ($1500)radiator and the labour to change it (unless you are willing to do it yourself)

The header tanks can leak (if they are the original plastic ones) most have been changed for the fabricated aluminium ones by now though which don't.

You may want to go through the hoses making sure they are in good shape and the clamps are tight, some are hard to get at and may have not been fully tightened up by past mechanics.

You should also sign up on the AMOC forum (If you haven't already) there are a few knowledgable blokes on the Bloxham section who can give you advice . If you know Latin you will get on like a house on fire with the character that run's it.
 

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I really appreciate the suggestion. It just smells like a vapor leak so I will give that a try. I'm an old TR man and I can't say I am not a little intimidated by the AM. AMs are few and far between in Kentucky.
 

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They are not overly complicated IMO, If you can fix an old V12 Jag you can look after a DB7 Vantage. As long as you keep up with the maintenance and use good quality parts you should be in good shape. the owners that tend to whine about them usually take them to the AM dealers for work (and pay through the nose). Just check the levels regularly (once a week) and don't ignore any funny noises (from the car anyways)!

Wayne
 
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