I did a dumb.
Intakes are a popular early modification for those of us that want more power from our cars. Intakes aren't too expensive, they're usually easy to install, and they give you instant gratification in more power and more noise. But are they worth it? How do they make more power? Why are they louder? Keep reading for an overview of intake systems and how they affect your Aston Martin!
Brake pads vary greatly in a few key ways. Initial bite, braking performance when cold or hot, rotor "friendliness" (how much they chew up brake rotors), dust, and noise are the main concerns for most of us that pay attention to such things. I've been running Porterfield's R4-S brake pads on my V8 Vantage for several months, including track days, and today I'm swapping them out for the more track-oriented R4 pad.
New owners and prospective owners alike get sticker shock from maintenance costs for Aston Martins. It isn't necessarily the dealerships' fault - they're relatively low volume with high overhead. But while it can be understandable that costs are high, it's still disconcerting and turns many people away from the brand. Aston owners haven't had many options outside of dealership pricing, which turns away many prospective buyers. So I set out to change that.
The V8 Vantage came with a choice of two transmissions. One was a paddle-shifted robotic manual, Aston's "ASM" transmission. The other transmission in the V8 Vantage is a proper manual. The transmission has a tendency to fight you when shifting from first to second gear when cold. Aside from that, it's absolutely wonderful. It's also the V8 Vantage's Achilles heel.
Even though oil changes are pretty much the most basic jobs required for a car's maintenance, it's worth a blog post to discuss the oil used by Aston Martin. There are plenty of questions regarding what to use, where to get it, why it costs so much... Hopefully this blog post will help explain things a bit and clear up any confusion.