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Hi all, hoping to join the club soon as my F-car sells. Looking at ~ 2006 - 2009 Vantage and have a few questions I hope some of you can answer. I do have a book coming to me by snail mail at some point.

Here are some basic questions I have;

Passenger Side Airbags - is there a way to shut them off or are they automatically shut off at a certain weight for these years? I get the most use out of my cars if I can use them in the summer going about my normal business and that includes picking up the kids from sports etc.

Market ($) for these years - I typically am buying 15 year old cars that have stopped depreciating and I can get own them ~3 years and get out without taking a bath. Many Italian cars are going up on value but have not been following AM's long. Given the car is much more modern I'm assuming they still have a ways to go but maybe someone who knows this market can comment on where things seem to be going.

Many of the more Ferrari's that are newer than my 348 have automatic convertible tops and F1 transmissions that are problematic and expensive then add in the stupid timing belts and it scares a lot of people away. For far I have not found much online that is negative about the reliability of the top and floppy paddle manual. Am I missing something or did AM just do a much better job on both and they are solid?

Likely will have more questions (after searching 1st) as I get closer. Still need to decide on hard vs. soft top, color, and if I want to go for the 4.7L and spend the extra $.

Thanks in advance for any feedback....
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Hi all, hoping to join the club soon as my F-car sells. Looking at ~ 2006 - 2009 Vantage and have a few questions I hope some of you can answer. I do have a book coming to me by snail mail at some point.

Here are some basic questions I have;

Passenger Side Airbags - is there a way to shut them off or are they automatically shut off at a certain weight for these years? I get the most use out of my cars if I can use them in the summer going about my normal business and that includes picking up the kids from sports etc.

Market ($) for these years - I typically am buying 15 year old cars that have stopped depreciating and I can get own them ~3 years and get out without taking a bath. Many Italian cars are going up on value but have not been following AM's long. Given the car is much more modern I'm assuming they still have a ways to go but maybe someone who knows this market can comment on where things seem to be going.

Many of the more Ferrari's that are newer than my 348 have automatic convertible tops and F1 transmissions that are problematic and expensive then add in the stupid timing belts and it scares a lot of people away. For far I have not found much online that is negative about the reliability of the top and floppy paddle manual. Am I missing something or did AM just do a much better job on both and they are solid?

Likely will have more questions (after searching 1st) as I get closer. Still need to decide on hard vs. soft top, color, and if I want to go for the 4.7L and spend the extra $.

Thanks in advance for any feedback....
Brad
Brad
I know what you mean about Ferrari upkeep. My 99 Modena F1 is due cam belts and cam seals but at least the engine stays in the car but still expensive.
I'm seriously thinking of a 2007 Vantage V8 so I'm in the same boat as you. Where are you located?
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Located in New Hampshire, USA. Should be a fun hunt. I did verify on another site that the airbag can be shut off (a plus for me...more days driving picking up kids). As a kid I got to get picked up in a Ford F150 or station wagon, my kids get the royal treatment.

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