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post #1 of 15 Old 08-17-2008, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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F430 vs Vantage - bought the Ferrari

My friendly dealer recently called to tell me of two Aston's coming in. Both 6-spd coupes. Beautiful cars, but I'd never driven one. So, down I went to test drive #1. (2006) Wonderful outside and the interior was OK, but the ride quality - absolute trash! I could not believe the harsh and jumpy ride quality. The quickness was also lacking, still using the 380hp older V8.
I then tried another Aston a few days later; a 2007 6spd coupe. Again, beautiful outside, better interior, but the ride - still terrible! Seems, after more research, that they are known for this poor ride quality.

Ahhh, but then also in the showroom, a beautiful, '06 F430 F1 spyder. Need I say more about no comparison between the two cars? Thus, today the F430 resides in my garage and the Aston remains a different dream. Maybe when the new '09's come out I'll see if they ride and perform better than the older models. For now, the Ferrari is the car to beat!
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StuM, great choice, congratulations!

And welcome to the forum =) happy motoring

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Welcome to the forum StuM. Congratulations on the purchase. Do you have some pictures of this beautiful beast that you would be willing to post?

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Congratulations and great choice.
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Again we loose someone to the sticky fingers of ferrari. Only when you're completely brainwashed will you pick a new ferrari over the Aston Martin. The AM is indescribably more beautifull than any ferrari.

But hey... whatever floats your boat... Aston Martin still wins
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Again we loose someone to the sticky fingers of ferrari. Only when you're completely brainwashed will you pick a new ferrari over the Aston Martin. The AM is indescribably more beautifull than any ferrari.

But hey... whatever floats your boat... Aston Martin still wins
Haha, what's gotten into you?

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Winner, Still F430

I tried so very hard to love the Aston, but the beauty is only skin deep. Too nasty a ride, even for a Sunday afternoon!
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The F430 joins a long list of family members, among many...
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-19-2008, 08:29 PM
 
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Beautiful F430 and great color. Haven't seen many of those. I also love the illustrious collection you have. My favorite of the bunch besides the F430 would be the Viper. I am going to take an off the wall guess and say a '95?

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How does the 430 handling compare to the GT40 ?
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post #11 of 15 Old 08-20-2008, 11:19 AM
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Stu,

I like the variety. I recently drove a Viper for a weekend and was surprised. First impression wasn't awesome but over time the car grew on me a bit.

On the Z8, I don't believe I've ever met anyone with this car. How does it drive?
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I love the garage, those cars look great.

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Thanks folks. Re the cars, they are, in many ways, all the same - only different. You know what I mean.
- The Viper was an '02. While fun at first, it is truly a BEAST. Hard to handle, very hot and noisy, lost of creaks, and the exhaust tone is poor, from the uneven firing V-10.
- The Z8 is an '02 also. Probably one of the best all around sport-touring cars I've owned. Maybe a bit underpowered these days, at about 396, but a very well balanced and comfortable car.
- The "Cobra" is a Superformance, out of S. Africa. It had a Roush 302 V8, with about 510hp. Very loud, but not as brash as you might expect. Again, a bit of a handful if you let if get away from you. It could bite in an instant if not managed well. Front end heavy! Also hot, for my Texas, USA climate.
- The GT is an 06 Ford GT. 550hp. A more basic, somewhat confined US approach to sport cars. I eventually found it less entertaining to drive. The clamshell type doors are also a pain to utilize in tight spaces. The F430 is much more of a well rounded approach. I owned the Ford GT at the same time as a new 06 Z06 Corvette. (505hp-6spd) The GT actually behaved better than the Vette, especially on wet pavement. Even after a half dozen Corvettes from the 60's to current, I found the new Vette lacking. The interior is poor plastic; showing why the price is so low compared to other supercars.
- The other stable mate at the moment is an 07 Porsche 997 C4S cabriolet. The wife claims that one. It is also a very nice overall package and one of the best all-around cars I've owned.
My insurance guy just laughs when I call him. I think we're on car #60, from over the many years I've used them! Many high performance and never wracked one up yet! Drive Safely!
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Wow, I was way off. The picture was to small to differentiate the body style. I didn't realize it was an '02

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I absolutely LOVE the Cobra !!!
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