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dickygrace

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I don’t post on PH, and saw there’s 7 pages of comments. At £30k there’s surely a compelling argument for a Gransport LE or a Granturismo S MC. They’re considerably better than a V8 Vantage, and a C63 isn’t a sports car.
 
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Lavazza

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I had a Vantage, beautiful car. But the Granturismo S engine is pretty special, and although I think some aspects of the Vantage are higher quality, especially trim, dials, boot carpet etc, it had a rattle that drove me mad. One of the reasons I enjoy the GTS is that it appears to be remarkably free of squeaks and rattles.
Edit: Vantage cost peanuts to run compared to the GTS though.
 
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rockits

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I don’t post on PH, and saw there’s 7 pages of comments. At £30k there’s surely a compelling argument for a Gransport LE or a Granturismo S MC. They’re considerably better than a V8 Vantage, and a C63 isn’t a sports car.
I'd agree a Maser in some guiese should be in there for sound alone.

Considerably better than a V8 Vantage? Have you been drinking Dicky?
 

lifes2short

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must admit I do love the look/styling of the vantage, simply gorgeous, never had the balls to buy one though
 

rockits

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must admit I do love the look/styling of the vantage, simply gorgeous, never had the balls to buy one though
As Martin says as a Maserati owner your balls need be no bigger to take on a Vantage. Buy a good one with all the consumable wearables done and arguably it will be potentially less wallet damaging.

Very different cars though. One is more a sports car the other a clear GT. A Gransport isn't as good to drive as a drivers car. An MCV might get close.

There is a case for owning both a Vantage and a GT S as they are so different. Completely different size, weight, package. The GS is closer but weird as too hard and too soft.

The Vantage steering is one of the best I've driven. Proper drivers car.
 

lifes2short

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As Martin says as a Maserati owner your balls need be no bigger to take on a Vantage. Buy a good one with all the consumable wearables done and arguably it will be potentially less wallet damaging.

Very different cars though. One is more a sports car the other a clear GT. A Gransport isn't as good to drive as a drivers car. An MCV might get close.

There is a case for owning both a Vantage and a GT S as they are so different. Completely different size, weight, package. The GS is closer but weird as too hard and too soft.

The Vantage steering is one of the best I've driven. Proper drivers car.
I would buy a vantage simply on its looks alone and could forgive any shortcomings
 

TimR

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A little too much 'botox' around the rear haunches but a stunning car all the same.

And at £30K for full bodied coupe, with a manual box; its alot of car for the money !
I wonder how much they are to run..and I mean run. Why else own a car ?
 

Andyk

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All depends what you define as a sports car probably....Not sure the GT S is a sports car either.....More GT car......for those cross country blasts. Cover miles effortlessly. I did drive a GT S and V8 Vantage back to back on track and the Vantage was more fun as a Sports car and felt better put together. It also handled loads better. It was a joy to put in the bends and out the other side and the steering was one of the best of any car I've driven. Nothing in it on the straights though. For me it's still the best looking cars on the road...perfect proportions and not a bad angle.... But then we all see and like different things in cars which is a good thing.
 
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A little too much 'botox' around the rear haunches but a stunning car all the same.

And at £30K for full bodied coupe, with a manual box; its alot of car for the money !
I wonder how much they are to run..and I mean run. Why else own a car ?
I had a V8V 4.3 manual for 4 years.
Annual service at £700-£800.
I had a squeaky belt replaced at about £250 a pair of brake pads and some tyres...
I did a out 20k miles in it.
About 21mpg.
 

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I'd agree a Maser in some guiese should be in there for sound alone.

Considerably better than a V8 Vantage? Have you been drinking Dicky?
Quite surprised to not see a Maserati in the line up aswell , also I think there should be a GTR in there aswell ,performance and depreciation wise ,the GTR beats most if not all , I think what Dicky is intermating is for some guys to get on and add to the posting, so he can come along and provide the necessary , excellent forward thinking marketing
 

Andyk

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I had a V8V 4.3 manual for 4 years.
Annual service at £700-£800.
I had a squeaky belt replaced at about £250 a pair of brake pads and some tyres...
I did a out 20k miles in it.
About 21mpg.
A little too much 'botox' around the rear haunches but a stunning car all the same.

And at £30K for full bodied coupe, with a manual box; its alot of car for the money !
I wonder how much they are to run..and I mean run. Why else own a car ?
Plus now they start at around 22k........You can get a 4.7 now for just over 30k. Aston specialist has a 4.7 with 60k on the clock, full history, manual for 32k......
 

Andyk

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Quite surprised to not see a Maserati in the line up aswell , also I think there should be a GTR in there aswell ,performance and depreciation wise ,the GTR beats most if not all , I think what Dicky is intermating is for some guys to get on and add to the posting, so he can come along and provide the necessary , excellent forward thinking marketing
They have held their value well to Loz.....Last time I looked there weren't many under 30k. Bonkers performance for the money.
 

TimR

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I suspect the article will Leave many feeling it has gaping omissions...but it was only meant to showcase the premis, with a half dozen motors surely...?
 

lozcb

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They have held their value well to Loz.....Last time I looked there weren't many under 30k. Bonkers performance for the money.
Absolutely Andy , if Dave's car hadn't come up when it did, that would of been my way forward ,just to scratch my itch , I've had excema ever since 2011 when plaitting with a Gallardo , a 993 and GTR on the way to le man's doing 150/160 , couldn't believe the GTR dropped a couple of gears and just shot ahead ,left me totally embarrassed
 

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As Martin says as a Maserati owner your balls need be no bigger to take on a Vantage. Buy a good one with all the consumable wearables done and arguably it will be potentially less wallet damaging.

Very different cars though. One is more a sports car the other a clear GT. A Gransport isn't as good to drive as a drivers car. An MCV might get close.

There is a case for owning both a Vantage and a GT S as they are so different. Completely different size, weight, package. The GS is closer but weird as too hard and too soft.

The Vantage steering is one of the best I've driven. Proper drivers car.
This is spot on but I would say Vantage steering and brakes the best I have driven. GS is not close but still has an allure of its own that you cannot put your finger on which is always part of what makes a great car. GS MC-V is special and the car the GS should always have been and runs the Vantage much closer. Aston is much less wallet damaging than a Maserati also. There is definitely a case for owning both a Vantage and a GTS though. I am very, very lucky with MC-V and Vanquish but would consider to add a Vantage again in a heartbeat as it brings something neither of those have. I would also definitely own a Stradale if I didn't have the Vanquish.
 

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I'd agree a Maser in some guiese should be in there for sound alone.

Considerably better than a V8 Vantage? Have you been drinking Dicky?
No way would I pick an AM V8 over a Maserati. I love the looks but it has a Jag engine, Volvo sourced interior and I have spoken to quite a few people who look after them and they are much more trouble than our GTs. I am sure there are exceptions but you need to consider a significant number - ask Carl at Prestigeworks which cars he spends more time fixing! Maseratis sound much better too!