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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Service and MOT

V8 Vantage 4.3, 4.7, Vantage S, N420, N430, V8 Vantage AMR, GT8

Utilising our engineering credentials the Bamford Rose approach to servicing is pragmatically based upon analysis of the car itself. Our approach takes into account three major factors: i) The mileage your vehicle has done – in total and since the last service, ii) What consumables were changed at last service and iii) Your vehicles intended usage for the coming year.

Thus our servicing is tailored to each customer and their car. For that reason, we believe the OEM service schedule is too prescriptive and is over the top given the mileages done by most Aston Martins (we are, however, very happy to follow the full OEM schedule if that is requested!).

Here at Bamford Rose, a “service” also goes well beyond what you’d receive elsewhere. For instance, if you examine the service time booking target at a franchised dealer it is typically 3.5hrs for a service. This doesn’t include the essential maintenance tasks that our years of experience have identified as important. For this reason a Bamford Rose service takes typically six hours – whilst remaining competitive on price with franchised rates.

The first moment your car is presented to us it is thoroughly inspected – air filters, pollen filter, wiper blades, brake fluid, clutch fluid, transmission gear oil and where applicable hydraulic auto-shift gear oil are all checked. We then recommend what needs changing (with no needless expenditure on consumables that do not need replacing). A minor service with us is typically around £600 (inclusive of VAT) and a major service around £950 (inclusive of VAT).

The undertray is always removed and cleaned during service. This allows us to check for leaks that otherwise would remain undetected (and unmeasured) for another year or until the next time the undertray is removed. When replacing the undertrays and the wheelarch liners, all of the bolts are treated with copperslip to ensure threads remain in good condition lessening the likelihood of sezure.

Another example of our obsession with quality is during a brake service. We repaint the brake disk hubs, which can un-slightly oxidise and rust, as part of brake servicing as well as lubricating the hand brake adjuster during the service – a simple step preventing potential seizure of the handbrake that necessitates a new handbrake cable. These are just some additional steps and quality controls that are standard at Bamford Rose, that a franchised dealer won’t do.

But above and beyond each service is also a detailed inspection process and report. A process which has been evolved over the years to greatly exceed standard dealer 140 point check. The Bamford Rose list focuses on known trouble spots and opportunities for preventative maintenance.

V8 Vantage Fixed Service menu

Year Miles Description c. Cost (inc VAT)*
1 10k Minor Service
Oil and oil filter, brake fluid
£600
2 20k Major Service
Oil and oil filter, air filters, pollen filters, brake fluid, wiper blades
£950
3 30k Minor Service
Oil and oil filter, brake fluid
£600
4 40k Major Service
Oil and oil filter, air filters, pollen filters, brake fluid, transmission oil, wiper blades, aircon gas check and key fob battery renewal
£950
5 50k Minor Service
Oil and oil filter, brake, fluid, antifreeze renewal
£600
6 60k Major Service
Oil and oil filter, air filters, pollen filters, brake fluid, wiper blades
£950
7 70k Major Service
Oil and oil filter, brake fluid and spark plugs
£950
8 80k Major Service
Oil and oil filter, air filters, pollen filters, brake fluid, transmission oil, wiper blades, aircon gas check and key fob battery renewal
£950
9 90k Minor Service
Oil and oil filter, brake fluid
£600
10 100k Minor Service
Oil and oil filter, air filters, pollen filters, brake fluid, wiper blades, antifreeze renewal
£600

*c. = circa

Sportshift (Auto-Shift Manual (ASM) transmission) Servicing Issues

The importance of attention to detail during service or work at Bamford Rose is highlighted by the issues that can impact ASM pipes for sport-shift vehicles. These pipes are extremely difficult to examine with the undertrays in situ which is another reason why we always remove them during service or work on your vehicle.

The rubberised feed and return pipes from the C hydraulic fluid reservoir to the pump are vital components of your vehicle. However, there is no set replacement interval for these pipes. Like all rubberised pipes, they will eventually age, perish and fracture which is why they need replacing.

The consequences of not checking these pipes can be severe. If a perished pipe fractures the ASM fluid, which is under considerable pressure in the system, will leak out of the system. The ASM pump will run but there will be no gearshift and the vehicle will be disabled and require recovery.

Video Sportshift Pipe Failure (Why the undertray should always be removed during service).

Exhaust silencer bypass valve failure

The Valve exists to allow the cars to comply with drive by noise legislation. Over years of the valve opening and closing, the valve assembly can fail. Sometimes the spindle arm joint can fail and sometimes the spindle itself can crack inside the exhaust.

A franchised dealer would simply change the entire back box exhaust assembly which for the parts cost alone is around £1800 plus VAT.

At Bamford Rose, we have the tools and techniques to repair the valves using OE parts and in total we would typically charge £4-500 in time and materials to do so.

Discuss exhaust silencer bypass valve failure? QOTW #27

Forum Chat #22 - Clutch pre-failure symptoms

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Car Collection

Don’t live near Bamford Rose? No problem! We can offer a collect and return service for your car within the UK, and further afield, so you can always access Bamford Rose' expertise wherever you are.

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If you’re based overseas then Bamford Rose also offers a fly-and-fit service for our upgrades. Just provide a suitable location, with access to a ramp, and we can upgrade your car where ever you are.

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