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Afternoon. I'm at the early stages of looking to purchase a 06/07 V8 vantage. Have been a massive Aston fan for years, particularly within the endurance category at Le mans etc, but am conscious of the 'Never meet your heroes' maxim!!
It's an early retirement present to myself and as such will be a significant purchase for me.
I'm UK based. Most cars in my price range have circa 40K to 50K on the clock. What maintenance/servicing should have been done by that point and what would you recommend that I look out for? One I saw had just had a new clutch at 50K miles.

Thanks in advance for any replies.
 

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I have owned my ‘07 6-speed V8V coupe for about 2 years…they are really lovely cars. Sound amazing, beautiful from every angle, highly tunable if that’s your thing (not mine but it shows how flexible and stout the drivetrain is), and surprisingly comfortable on long trips. Also feel very sturdy and reliable, and have a ‘bespoke’ feel that my Porsches and BMWs do not. I’ve had zero major issues. If it had more than two seats I’d be keeping mine long term, but as I can’t put the kids in it, I’ll probably move on back to a 911. My biggest gripe is that where I live, there are no AM dealers and few independent mechanics with experience with the cars, which is frustrating. In the UK you will likely have better luck than I’ve had in the SE US. The clutch is the well known weak spot, but mine was recently replaced and you can get stronger aftermarket clutch and parts fr Velocity AP when it’s time for replacement.
 

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The major issues I am aware of were front timing cover leaks, clutch wear ( depends on driving style and if reverse was used going uphill ) and the thermostat which can fail open, My 2007 V8 Vantage had a clutch done at around 12,000 miles before I bought it and also the timing cover. The thermostat failed just after my purchase with 16,105 miles and I did the replacement myself.
 

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Since you are in the UK, I strongly recommend you contact the most knowledgeable Independent Aston Shop in the UK—Home | Bamford Rose Aston Martin Specialists | Bespoke Service. If nothing else, talk to them about pros/cons of various years and when you select a car take it to them for a Pre-purchase inspection. The way they will look at the car with detail inspections will surprise and impress you. They may even know of some cars for sale they could steer you toward. Care at this point is important.
 

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Afternoon. I'm at the early stages of looking to purchase a 06/07 V8 vantage. Have been a massive Aston fan for years, particularly within the endurance category at Le mans etc, but am conscious of the 'Never meet your heroes' maxim!!
It's an early retirement present to myself and as such will be a significant purchase for me.
I'm UK based. Most cars in my price range have circa 40K to 50K on the clock. What maintenance/servicing should have been done by that point and what would you recommend that I look out for? One I saw had just had a new clutch at 50K miles.

Thanks in advance for any replies.
Hello

I've had my 2007 AMV8 for 3 years now. When I bought it, it had only 1 owner and 43k km on the clock. Though it's more than 10 years old, generally it is a well built car. The issues I have had over the years are:

1) condensation in the headlights leading to the LED driver failing. It happened twice and both times I took it to an electrician to fix the motherboard on the LED panel instead of replacing the who unit -- which is what AM would ask you to do. The issues is the condensation (I live in the Singapore where it's humid and rains a lot). To fix this problem, I found a kit from the UK that has a fan for each LED and you can set it to run for 30 mins or more to dry the enclosure. Works well. Cheaper than replacing the unit.

2) The other item that is quite irritating is the gradual discolouration of the inside of the radio panel and the plastic panel infront of the speedometer and tacho. This I had to replace as there was no real fix.

3) the roof lining gave way and needed to be re-glued.

4) The rear taillight failed so had to get a new unit to replace it - yes, u cannot just replace a bulb !

Overall the engine is solid. I service it with a AM specialist once a year and it runs perfectly.

Hope this helps.

regards
 
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