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Very interesting to know the reality.

Several years ago I was changing cars and asked on here for likely running costs for a Nissan 370z (RWD coupe). I was expecting high insurance but it wasn't that bad (as in the OP), it was things I hadn't thought of that cost, tyres for instance averaged £600 a year, and this was before any repairs.

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Thanks for that, OP. I have very briefly fantasised about owning one when I saw a secondhand one for sale once and thought - blimey I could afford that (even though I don't actually drive!)

Those videos have well and truly scratched the itch - and confirmed that owning an exotic car is just like owning an Apple laptop. A thing of beauty, wonderful to use but comes with odd quirks and lapses in design.

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Macs are very well designed, more so than a dell or hp.

The running cost of windows, with the constant viri fckups and snafus is far higher than amac.

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Thanks for that, OP. I have very briefly fantasised about owning one when I saw a secondhand one for sale once and thought - blimey I could afford that (even though I don't actually drive!)

Those videos have well and truly scratched the itch - and confirmed that owning an exotic car is just like owning an Apple laptop. A thing of beauty, wonderful to use but comes with odd quirks and lapses in design.

I'm pretty sure owning anything like an Aston Martin would be expensive journey regardless of when you purchase, but I suspect that a second hand one wouldn't actually be too bad. I get the impression that these things come out of the factory semi finished and it's up to the first owner to discover all the problems and quirks which are fixed by the dealer. When it gets to the second hand market it's then really just on going maintenance (which in itself would be seriously expensive).

Problem with modern cars of course is all the gizmos, more tech equals more things to go wrong. That in itself is an issue but you then get modern plush styling which means actually getting to the problem is way more hassle than it use to be.

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Problem with modern cars of course is all the gizmos, more tech equals more things to go wrong. That in itself is an issue but you then get modern plush styling which means actually getting to the problem is way more hassle than it use to be.

The gizmos might be more things to go wrong but the basics are more complicated than they used to be but seem far less prone to going wrong. I don't see anywhere near as many cars on the hard shoulder as I used to. The downside is that when they do break down it's much less likely to be something you can fix yourself.

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The gizmos might be more things to go wrong but the basics are more complicated than they used to be but seem far less prone to going wrong. I don't see anywhere near as many cars on the hard shoulder as I used to. The downside is that when they do break down it's much less likely to be something you can fix yourself.

All software now rather belts and pullies. Average driver cant debug the can bus on the M25

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The gizmos might be more things to go wrong but the basics are more complicated than they used to be but seem far less prone to going wrong. I don't see anywhere near as many cars on the hard shoulder as I used to. The downside is that when they do break down it's much less likely to be something you can fix yourself.

Spot on.

I actually got out of my seat the other day because I heard somebody trying to start a car several times the other day and I wanted to watch it.

Fifteen years ago a lot of cars (my then one included) had to be coaxed into starting with lots of techniques and knowing where the manual choke should be positioned.

These days cars just start and ten year old cars look and feel like they've easily got another ten years left.

Modern cars are not nicer looking, don't have as much character, aren't as fun but they are built far far better.

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The gizmos might be more things to go wrong but the basics are more complicated than they used to be but seem far less prone to going wrong. I don't see anywhere near as many cars on the hard shoulder as I used to. The downside is that when they do break down it's much less likely to be something you can fix yourself.

Really? I'd say I see way more now than I used to, partly I suspect because of more people on the road generally, but I see plenty of people on the side of the road, especially in "new" cars. I do get the impression however it's a bit chicken and egg, cars are more robust generally and so people don't look after them as much as they might have done.

Not that I would disagree with your points though, certainly engines are much more solid then they used to be. Not being able to start the car used to be a massive issue when I was a kid, not had a car that hasn't started first time (even in all weathers) for many many years (if ever personally).

When I said gizmos I meant more of the incidental stuff rather than the actual moving the car parts. Having said that my latest car has all the bells and whistles and I really don't like it, it's auto for a start and there about a ton of things that need to be in place to even get the thing in gear.

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Macs are very well designed, more so than a dell or hp.

The running cost of windows, with the constant viri fckups and snafus is far higher than amac.

all look the same to me...indeed, they are the same, just boxed a bit differently.

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All software now rather belts and pullies. Average driver cant debug the can bus on the M25

software is incredibly easy to fix...plug in, delete, reload.

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Really? I'd say I see way more now than I used to, partly I suspect because of more people on the road generally, but I see plenty of people on the side of the road, especially in "new" cars. I do get the impression however it's a bit chicken and egg, cars are more robust generally and so people don't look after them as much as they might have done.

Not that I would disagree with your points though, certainly engines are much more solid then they used to be. Not being able to start the car used to be a massive issue when I was a kid, not had a car that hasn't started first time (even in all weathers) for many many years (if ever personally).

When I said gizmos I meant more of the incidental stuff rather than the actual moving the car parts. Having said that my latest car has all the bells and whistles and I really don't like it, it's auto for a start and there about a ton of things that need to be in place to even get the thing in gear.

you dont remember all the engine failures on the M1 as people took their modern cars for a high speed spin for the first time in their lives. or the dead Austin Metro at every puddle in the road...

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Saw a few posts on another forum a while ago which detailed the costs of owning an exotic, seemed to come in about £1.50 - £2 per mile, depending on the car in question, neglecting depreciation(or appreciation!) for a few thousand miles/annum.

Prohibitive costs aside the hassle of owning something that requires so much specialist attention much be very frustrating. Wonder how much you could reduce the costs by doing the work yourself, SNACR will hopefully be able to say.

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Spot on.

I actually got out of my seat the other day because I heard somebody trying to start a car several times the other day and I wanted to watch it.

Fifteen years ago a lot of cars (my then one included) had to be coaxed into starting with lots of techniques and knowing where the manual choke should be positioned.

These days cars just start and ten year old cars look and feel like they've easily got another ten years left.

Modern cars are not nicer looking, don't have as much character, aren't as fun but they are built far far better.

My first car which was an E plate Maestro required a squirt of a rather nice smelling (probably the benzine) can of ?engine start in the air intake on cold mornings together with a precise turn of the key.

The memories came flooding back in 2011 when I bought a brand new Renault Clio; it just wouldn't start full stop. If you want nostalgia buy a Renault.

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When I said gizmos I meant more of the incidental stuff rather than the actual moving the car parts. Having said that my latest car has all the bells and whistles and I really don't like it, it's auto for a start and there about a ton of things that need to be in place to even get the thing in gear.

When it comes to those gizmos they're generally more examples of pointless technology for the sake of it. Electronic handbrake? Please... I don't want or need most of those, substituting for things I can do perfectly well myself with negligable effort. The only ones I like are being able to open all the windows from the driver's seat, and cruise control, and both of those have been around for a long time.

Interesting example of my usual technology rant really, where the engine is an example of development and progress being one I find generally positive and a genuine improvement, and the gizmos largely silly.

There was a morning a few weeks ago where it took a few goes to get my car to start. I don't know why and it's started fine ever since but it made me think that I couldn't remember when that last happened to me.

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My first car which was an E plate Maestro required a squirt of a rather nice smelling (probably the benzine) can of ?engine start in the air intake on cold mornings together with a precise turn of the key.

The memories came flooding back in 2011 when I bought a brand new Renault Clio; it just wouldn't start full stop. If you want nostalgia buy a Renault.

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Engine start is a new one to me!

I see something lovely like an MG Magnette and go "wow" but you know it means an annual engine decoke, clean the points, grease the joints, adjust the carbs..

Old cars look great but they come with a non-optional hobby attached.

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I'm surprised at how cheap the annual service is! Only about £800-900?

Nearly a grand for a minor service is huge IMO. Other than changing the oil and filter what are they actually doing for this princely sum?

I hate to think what a timing belt change service costs.

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I thought the rear brakes at $600 IIRC ? sounded pretty reasonable considering.

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The killer is that "considering".

I was very drawn to this Bowler Range Rover conversion:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201607195984890/sort/atcustom/radius/1500/make/bowler/page/1/adPos/1/postcode/w128qt/usedcars

And for what it is it didn't seem a bad price. But when you start thinking about the cost of the tyres, fuel, brakes, suspension, anything at all in the engine you're probably looking at an absolute minimum of £5k a year to run that, or £10k on my mileage.

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Yep the build up of garage bills must get pretty eye watering.

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Nearly a grand for a minor service is huge IMO. Other than changing the oil and filter what are they actually doing for this princely sum?

I hate to think what a timing belt change service costs.

An ex-colleague of mine ran a 911 which he bought new for cash. £3k for a service - hopefully a major one!

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An ex-colleague of mine ran a 911 which he bought new for cash. £3k for a service - hopefully a major one!

Bloody hell!

There was one fairly junior guy in his ?50s running one at one co, he'd bought it new or newish. It must have soaked up every penny that wasn't going on rent / mortgage.

He was the most unlikely person to have one. I don't think I ever heard him speak and he took about three times longer than anybody else to eat a meal (one big away job had a canteen).

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