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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    It doesn't have to be expensive to own an "exotic car." They could simply be well designed, engineered and built. They could be as reliable as a Honda. Why is that option off the table?

    Maybe because these cars are mainly bought by wealthy people who can afford to hire others to fix them and who can and will pay $$$$ in so doing. They are also limited-production cars. If Honda or Toyota built unreliable cars, it would cost them a fortune. They have to be more foolproof and idiot-proof. If I remember correctly, a friend of mine owned a Ferrari - maybe a 308 - and it needed a timing belt every 15K miles. The engine had to come out to install it. I think he said it cost him $3K. PS - he no longer owns the car.

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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    A neighor has a Lamborghini Mercialago... and the replacement clutch was just under $10K.
    [also, shipping from Portland to Seattle]
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    It doesn't have to be expensive to own an "exotic car." They could simply be well designed, engineered and built. They could be as reliable as a Honda. Why is that option off the table?

    Maybe because these cars are mainly bought by wealthy people who can afford to hire others to fix them and who can and will pay $$$$ in so doing.
    It's a pretty rare Honda owner who does their own repairs. Why they get to benefit from more reliable design and engineering remains a mystery in my book. Maybe Aston Martin could borrow a few of Honda's?

    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    If I remember correctly, a friend of mine owned a Ferrari - maybe a 308 - and it needed a timing belt every 15K miles. The engine had to come out to install it. I think he said it cost him $3K. PS - he no longer owns the car.
    Yes, the infamous engine-out belt service. One of the models of Ferrari - the 328, I think - only requires going in through the wheel well to change the belts. When I test-drove one a few years ago, I was quoted $3200 for the belt service, which was due, and that was for the one where the engine doesn't have to be removed. Perhaps fortunately, the 328 failed the PPI and I passed on it.
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Reid - "If you have to ask how much...." I just spent $2,146.91 on my Alfa Spider. All cars today are expensive if they need repairs. If the transmission on my 2002 V6 Accord goes, so does the car, although it is the best car I've ever owned. Still on the original spark plugs and suspension parts after 160K miles.

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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Carista https://caristaapp.com/vehicles is one of the better DYI OBDII Diagnostic and Service Reset tools sold. I use it on my Audis to occasionally diagnose and reset stuff. Carista supports Aston Martin. The device and subscription service is inexpensive and could save you a trip to the dealership. GONZO

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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo View Post
    Carista https://caristaapp.com/vehicles is one of the better DYI OBDII Diagnostic and Service Reset tools sold. I use it on my Audis to occasionally diagnose and reset stuff. Carista supports Aston Martin. The device and subscription service is inexpensive and could save you a trip to the dealership. GONZO
    Thanks gonzo. If only life with an exotic car were so simple.

    I called the dealership about resetting the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) warning light. I spoke with one of their lead mechanics for Aston Martins. In the course of the discussion the mechanic asked me the year of my Aston Martin.

    2011.

    Oh, well, the life of the batteries in the TPMS sensors is 8-9 years, and so it is likely that the warning light remains on because one of more of the sensor batteries is dying.

    I see. Well, what do we do about that?

    We replace the sensors. That costs $450 ... per wheel ... and you're going to want to get them all done at once since any that haven't failed yet, will soon.

    Can we just disconnect them or remove them? I'm good about checking tire pressure.

    No, we can't. It's illegal.

    Oh, goodie.
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Gulp. $1800 for swap out TPMS batteries! Can you live with the warning light... or will the system try to punish you again?
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    Gulp. $1800 for swap out TPMS batteries! Can you live with the warning light... or will the system try to punish you again?
    I could live with the warning light for a long time - and will, actually - but you can't get through Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality testing with any warning lights on. So I will likely live with the warning light until summer/fall of next year and then get the sensors replaced in time for my registration renewal due in November 2020.

    So we have a new chapter in the saga of Unintended Consequences of Government Regulation. The intent to improve the quality of the air by checking up on the functioning of the pollution-reducing functions of your car was broadened to include all warning lights no matter how far removed from "pollution" and so I am forced to sacrifice well over $2,000 (there will be travel and lodging and tax in Washington state) to reset a dash light.

    If anyone thinks that's a good idea, please don't respond
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Maybe they make a very effective (and difficult to see) electrical tape to cover it... but I suppose they'll pick up those codes when they plug you in.

    Wait, plan B. I've never tried to actually BRIBE those guys at DMV, but, hey, even $500 puts you way ahead. What's the worst those workers could do? Just laugh? Simply decline? They're not cops.
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Editor_Reid View Post
    If anyone thinks that's a good idea, please don't respond
    Well ...... if your tires are underinflated it reduces your fuel economy, using more energy, reducing our natural resources, causing us to rely on overseas suppliers, increasing greenhouse gases and directly leading to climate change. All because you won't get a lousy little light fixed. OTOH, you could use a $5 tire gauge to the same effect. (I had an off-topic car that threw an ABS light and the repair was going to be quite hefty. I figured I could live without ABS and was quite happy to find out Massachusetts will pass safety inspection with warning lights on if they were not related to emissions
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

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    Well ......
    My trolling skills are still as sharp as ever!
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    I thought the issue here was that despite your best efforts to stay on top of the pressure, you still had to clear the codes get through DMV. So, the cheap tire gauge solution is a non-starter.
    Stick with the attempted bribe.
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    "Things left off a car can't give trouble."
    CT has no "safety inspections" - only emissions.
    Can you get the parts yourself and install them?

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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    "Things left off a car can't give trouble."
    CT has no "safety inspections" - only emissions.
    Can you get the parts yourself and install them?
    Oregon (where Reid and I am located) is pretty picky. Yes, they mostly do emissions, but they plug your car into their system and assess codes too. Not much more than that.
    I somehow doubt you can DIY it all with an Aston-Martin (though worth a shot to look into).
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    Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Reid, here is a start on fixing those batteries. If not you then a buddy that is into circuit boards.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jXXr1La2X0


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