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  1. Doug

    Doug Formula 3

    Nov 13, 2003
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    Looks as though I will be giving a '03 Vanquish a try. My brother has owned it for 9 years and prior to that my father owned it for a year. From the VIN, I found this link to the car just prior to my father purchasing it.
    2003 ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH 2 DOOR COUPE V12 - 40147
    It currently has @28k miles and needs some maintenance. It is at Miller Motorcars in CT right now and I need them to fix the reverse button before I can have it transported. $2000...ouch.

    They are telling me that it skips 3rd gear occasionally and that it needs the $5k sensor fix. I have a hard time dropping $5k for something that I have not experienced but am concerned because there is no local AM dealer to me and I believe the fix needs to be from a dealer??? My brother knows nothing about cars. After reading through AMOC forums, I wonder if this may be corrected by the ASM fuse, a clutch relearn, and also some good hard driving???

    The other needs that the car has can be done by myself or an independent locally. Fluid changes, new tires and some worn suspension bushings.
     
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  3. XJRS Owner

    XJRS Owner Karting

    Aug 20, 2009
    114
    Northern CT
    Fix it. If you don't, it'll cost you more later.
     
  4. sunburn

    sunburn Formula Junior

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    Left you a PM.
     
  5. Doug

    Doug Formula 3

    Nov 13, 2003
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    #804 Doug, May 9, 2017
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    I have decided to go ahead with the upgrade fix to the magnetic tensioners while at the dealer. I am sure once we are in there, it will be wise to do the clutch as well. So my $2000 fix before shipping it here will possibly be @$14k....
    On the bright side, I did find out that it is possible that I have the only Vanquish finished in Solent Silver. The service Mgr said he has never seen or heard of a Vanquish in that color before and, from google, I can only find it on DB7s and DB9s.
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  6. Countachqv

    Countachqv Formula 3

    Apr 25, 2007
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    Doug, the real question is do you want to keep the car for more than 3 years? I am not sure fixing the car to sell it soon may be in your best financial interest.
    They are great cars but right now the market is very tough on them. in the USA.
    If you want more details on where I am coming from Pm me.
     
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  8. sunburn

    sunburn Formula Junior

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    #806 sunburn, May 9, 2017
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    Doug, looks like your car is 1 of 7 finished in Solent Silver. Very rare!
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  9. 6Speed 430

    6Speed 430 Karting

    Jul 6, 2012
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    Where did you find this info out of curiosity?
     
  10. Vanquish80

    Vanquish80 Formula Junior

    Aug 1, 2011
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    Germany,Switzerland


    7 Vanquish (Non-S or/and S) left the factory in Solent Silver.

    Edit: someone was faster! I have the same colour chart. ;-)

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  11. sunburn

    sunburn Formula Junior

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    I got the complete list from one of the AMOC members.
     
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  13. stlouis

    stlouis Karting

    Oct 7, 2007
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    Amazing - was looking for some info on VQ wheels - because I love the Kahn wheels and just got to learn that they still have some for sale.

    And I bump into this thread. Found Armen, of course (Hey buddy;-), and now this pic, with my car in ;-)

    Anyhow, I still haven't found an answer to my question : are the Kahn wheels suited for an SDP ?

    There is right now a '04 (presumably non SDP, and it seems front calipers are not in front of the wheels) for sale on ClassicDriver, that has Kahn wheels, advertised as 19" wheels - with PZero rubber.

    https://www.classicdriver.com/en/car/aston-martin/vanquish/2004/429186


    Looking around, I found pics of a japanese car it seems, with 20" Kahn's, on Yokohama.

    https://www.madwhips.com/photo/31750/kahn-kw-aston-martin-vanquish-14

    Last but not least, most other pics I could find were on S cars.



    Finally, what I'd like to know is : how should I put it when talking w/ Kahn to determine what rims I should ask them, for my SDP car ?
     
  14. stlouis

    stlouis Karting

    Oct 7, 2007
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    Never tried the 550 - and I love its look.

    But, yes, striking thing about the VQ : so rigid a structure, never experienced such an impression before. I think they've actually over-done it.
     
  15. XJRS Owner

    XJRS Owner Karting

    Aug 20, 2009
    114
    Northern CT
    When I first test drove my VNQ, the very first thing I noticed was the rigidity of the chassis...very impressive even for a new car, never mind one that's 15 years old. Usually when you drive something several generations removed from a new car, you notice the rattles and shakes as compared to the latest gen cars, but the VNQ is as rigid as anything being made today. Brick-like is an apt metaphor.
     
  16. DWR46

    DWR46 Formula 3
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    XJRS: I absolutely agree. Very rigid, and very quiet over bumps. I also agree equal to any of today's cars.
     
  17. ArmenVanquishS

    ArmenVanquishS Formula Junior

    Sep 20, 2014
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    #814 ArmenVanquishS, May 30, 2017
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    Oh my dear friend, so glad to see you here !!!! ;)
    Just ask directly to Kahn, they should know if their wheels can fit an SDP. It should be OK !

    We came back from the Lake Como, Italy. A 2000 km road-trip and WHAT A MACHINE.
    Still remembering the glorious engine sound with opened valves in the tunnels... incomparable.
    And still the unique design... here is a picture.

    And I confirm, completely rock-solid especially at high speeds.
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  18. Falco

    Falco Karting

    May 18, 2008
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    I concur that the Vanquish is a solid driver and inspires confidence at speed.
    I have just finished a wonderful 2200km tour through the southern Canadian Rockies. It was Awesome!
     
  19. sinkman

    sinkman Karting

    Oct 28, 2010
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    I sold my 550 after acquiring a manual DB9. I still have the DB9.
     
  20. gtjoey

    gtjoey Formula Junior

    Aug 12, 2014
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    Well, In August Im driving my 2004 from NEW YORK to ALASKA and back for my new book, "ME AND MY VANQUISH"
    That's around 8,400 miles in 14 days.....
    Ive had them all, its the modern ETYPE JAG
    Theres no other way to say it
    If you've had an E TYPE you would understand.
    Wish me luck!
    GTJOEY1314
     
  21. gtjoey

    gtjoey Formula Junior

    Aug 12, 2014
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    stlouis, GTJOEY here, your car is all about the vin number, the lugs were changed as I have an early 2004 NON SDP, Be careful as the threads are different and the length is longer.
    Its all about the vin. Call aston direct.
     
  22. Countachqv

    Countachqv Formula 3

    Apr 25, 2007
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    Hi Joey! You here means someone has succeeded in making the most prettiest useless website somewhere else! Yo know what I am talking about. BTW my car is in LI. Getting it back Friday.
     
  23. Falco

    Falco Karting

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    #820 Falco, Jun 1, 2017
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    Haha! I know of the poor AM website. Wish it was better!

    GTJOEY What is your route, dates? Maybe I could tag along for a few Kms up in the north?
     
  24. gtjoey

    gtjoey Formula Junior

    Aug 12, 2014
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    Will have an actual route in July, just mapping out the details now....
    Thanks, Countach, your the best , safe travels to France my friend.
    GTJOEY1314
     
  25. stlouis

    stlouis Karting

    Oct 7, 2007
    183
    Wow, you guys got to the Villa D'Este thing ?

    Re the Kahn : actually, at first, I asked Kahn if they still had RSV wheels, and whether they would fit an SDP car. They answered they still had some and asked which model I wanted...

    Puzzled...
     
  26. stlouis

    stlouis Karting

    Oct 7, 2007
    183
    #823 stlouis, Jun 3, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2017
    Hi Joey,

    This seems to be yet another discrepancy ?

    My understanding, from an AMOC post, was that only the bolt pattern was different :
    - 5-114,3 mm / 5-4.50" on the SDP (and S cars) because of the new brakes
    - 5-108 mm /5-4.25" on the non-S non-SDP cars.


    Are you saying that, even in the 5-4.5" series, lugs may be of diff. lengths and threads ???

    (my car, 1345, is a true SDP, confirmed by NP).
     
  27. stlouis

    stlouis Karting

    Oct 7, 2007
    183
    Found the complete answer. It seems that to mount the Khan RSV on VQ non S and non SDP, one has to replace the nuts, while it is not necessary for the S / SDP models.
    I suspect offsets F/R were swapped by mistake between the two models below, but I made sure to copy paste the information as I got it.


    Vanquish
    C/ Bore: 63.4mm
    Nuts: 12 x 1.50

    Front
    size 9 x 20
    PCD 5 x 108
    offset 23
    ref RSV900D08
    tyre 255/35/20

    Rear
    size 11 x 20
    PCD 5 x 108
    offset 20
    ref RSV110D05
    tyre 285/30/20

    Vanquish S 05 on, incl. SDP
    C/ Bore: 68.1mm
    Nuts : original

    Front
    size 9 x 20
    PCD 5 x 114.3
    offset 20
    ref RSV900D11
    tyre 255/35/20

    Rear
    size 11 x 20
    PCD 5 x 114.3
    offset 23
    ref RSV110D07
    tyre 285/30/20
     
  28. sherrillt

    sherrillt Formula Junior
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    Jan 1, 2009
    911
    Northern Virginia
    Doing my periodic market assessment and noticed that inventory has dried up over the past 60-days and asking prices are way up. Possible early indicators of a long predicted shift?

    I am hearing there is a renewed inquiry and appreciation (possible demand) from my shop just like 512TR and 328 indicators were a few years ago - anyone know of some auction results?
     

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