i'm on my 5th consecutive vantage over the last 15 years, after a run of porsches, r8, jaguars, one (unreliable) ferrari, morgan +8, lotuses, etc so have some experience of these cars.
clearly, you're experience of these cars (and brits in general) is limited to what you've read in sad mags.
current vantage : v12s amr - nothing out there comes close . . . . . .
The V8 vantage is easily the best looking. It isn't filled with vents all over the hood to ruin the lines or too front heavy to ruin the handling. It feels the nicest of the AM models of the day and sounds great. However like mentioned the repair costs could keep some people away as they are not cheap to fix, but they never were in the first place. Easily the best thing to come out of the Ford ownership days.
i'm on my 5th consecutive vantage over the last 15 years. my penultimate daily driver was a 2012 vantage S i ran for 32,000 mls. i don't recognise any of your 7 listed faults. you're one unlucky chap !
current vantage : 2017 V12S AMR - nothing out there comes close . . . . . . they'll bury me in it.
Right on all counts….plus.
door struts are not strong enough after a while.
rear bumper,front bumper, side valances and front wings( yes front wings) are plastic and often come from factory in different colours!
wing mirrors are Volvo ( even says they are on them) and the paint on the arms falls off them easily.
internal sill covers are purple.(why)
poor paint prep on many so near the mirrors, door bottoms and door pulls bubble.
sat nav is a joke.
tracker drains your battery.
remote and alarm are straight Volvo.
pits not really hand made it’s more hand assembled from the Ford bits bin.
but I love it. 2008 v8v
It’s nice to hear from several fellow owners who have had great experiences with these wonderful cars. I wrote the article, and I hope you enjoyed it. I’ve had my 2009 V8 Vantage from new. It’s the car in the pictures. A few comments on the comments…
First, if anyone thinks I was putting Jaguars down, that was NOT the intent. I love Jaguars and I’ve owned several from the ‘50s through the ‘00s. Astons and Jags are different, though, which was the point I was trying to make because many people think they’re the same, or nearly so.
Reliability: My experience has been superb, as has the vast majority of owners I know. As with any car, there are exceptions. I’ve done about 14k miles in mine – it’s a weekend/fun car, not a daily, and I don’t have enough time. Here’s the list of problems my car has had: When it was 2 years old, the radio’s AM band quit, so the radio was replaced under warranty. That’s the entire list.
Mattmerica: I’m an owner, so I’m “biased” in that respect. Are you unbiased? You state that Jaguar “DID made a better product.” That’s an opinion, not a fact. Again, I love Jags and have owned several (including from this era). They’re great, but “better”? I don’t think so, partly because “better” means different things to different people. Your reliability comment is outdated and inaccurate for this generation Aston Martin. Jaguar’s reputation for (un)reliability is certainly legendary – and equally outdated.
StevenF: I think the interior materials are truly gorgeous. The leather is very soft, and yes, it does require care to keep it looking so good. Basically all cars with leather dashes have leather-shrinking issues. Just take a look at any number of Ferraris, for example. I’m guessing your car has lived in a hot climate if its interior has suffered that badly. I’m in the NY area, so it gets quite hot (and humid) in the summer, and also quite cold in the winter. I treat the leather with preservative periodically, and I use a sunshade for the windshield. The interior of my ’09 – that’s my car in the pictures – looks absolutely brand new.
Jimincalif: I love the Packard reference!