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      29.03.2001 02:37
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      What I want to know, is how the hell can people review a car without having driven it!!! That's just plain stupid! I have been an Aston Martin (only) mechanic for 10 years. I am 26 years old The DB7 is a beautiful looking car which has a fairly poor Jaguar cast-off engine and a dated Jaguar cast-off chassis. The engine in the non-Vantage model is a 3.7 litre supercharged Jaguar unit straight six cylinder unit. It sounds poor on start-up and throttle response is poor (though not as bad as the Virage!) The auto gearbox is good however, coving up the engines bad points Brakes are excellent Driving position is dreadfull with it's huge and unnecessaryly over-sized steering wheel. The throttle is in the wrong place to heel-and-toe during gear changes. The cabin is cramped. If you do choose to buy a manual, the gear change is OK I guess, but not slick by any standards. The clutch feels dead and is difficult to synchronise with the throttle on hill starts. Get driving and the car is surprisingly quick for such a small engine. Engine noise is not sporty, more like, erm.. there! Road noise is excellent and the handling is simply superb It is surprising what they managed to do with a 1970's Jaguar XJS chassis. It is hard to fault the handling, road holding, steering (except the huge wheel!) or brakes. That is, except for spinning the rear wheels which causes tramping, or bouncing of wheels. This is wrong. A good car would spin it's wheels smoothly. There are some good and bad points to the electrics Good: The windows drop by 1" when the door is opened and goes up again after it is shut. This provides the car with very low wind noise. The dash is clear and easy to read. Bad: The switches are all from Ford! The door handles are from a Mazda MX5! There is an incessant chime if you open the door with the keys in the ignition. This tripples as a seat
      belt warning and lights on warning The windows cannot be operated with the door open for some strange and annoying reason! The boot cannot be released unless the automatically arming alarm is unarmed. If you stop the car and take longer than 1 minute to get out, chat etc, the boot WILL NOT OPEN unless you press the alarm button again! OK, lets check the oil: In the driving seat. Get out, round the other side, open the passengers door, pull the release in the passengers footwell. Open the bonnet. It wont open as the release catch is round the drivers side! Walk round to that side. Open the bonnet. Check the oil. Where's the dipstick? Round the passengers side!!! Walk round! Check the oil. It's low. Where's the filler??? You guessed, round the drivers side! How stupid is that. The air conditioning is also unreliable In summary, the DB7 could be forgiven for some quirks like this, but the car is full of these quirks which soon become annoying. It is a beautiful car with a pretty interior but like most Astons of 1990-1998 era is badly built and full of design (or lack of) flaws and compromises. Buy one at your peril, but for god's sake DO NOT BUY A VIRAGE INSTEAD!!! THEY ARE FAR WORSE!

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        26.06.2000 04:45

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        Aston Martin is one of the best car makers around and one of the only British car makers left that havent been bought by the German. The make some of the best super cars you can by combining luxary with powre they manage to create a very good car. Ao you can go as fast a ferrari in the luxary of a rolls royce great along with the ferrari 550 and the porche 911 i want one. More love needs to be give up for this car.

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