Aston Martin - 10 Reasons The Rich Buy and 10 Reasons Why They Sell

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Wealthy Aston Martin founder, Lionel Martin, died 68 years ago this week. Car review site,, publishes car reviews made by besotted Aston Martin owners today and shows that ownership is still the preserve of the rich and privileged.

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Lionel Martin, founder of Aston Martin, died on 14th October 1945 aged 67- knocked down on his tricycle in London. The heir to a fortune, he was the first of many rich backers of the company who loved their cars as much as the motorists who owned them - and were prepared and able to pay for it.

Today,, the biggest car review site in the UK, publishes nearly 100 Aston Martin reviews all made in the last 10 months giving a fascinating insight into the reality of owning this iconic make. The following comments were made by Aston Martin owners.

10 Reasons To Buy An Aston Martin

1 "From the moment you push the start button until the moment you turn it off you have a constant smile on your face :)"
2 "A car with amazing presence and a real head turner. An understated modern classic"
3 "Fantastic car far better than the Ferrari 355 I owned before it"
4 "One of the greatest marques in the world to drive"
5 "A real head turner where ever you go"
6 "The looks of the car are fantastic and always get the respect of other road users"
7 "A car I always dreamed of owning"
8 "This is simply the best value ''super car'' on the market"
9 "The sound of the engine is awesome"
10 "The instant you start this machine your life will feel slightly better"

Ten Reasons To Sell An Aston Martin

Whilst the compliments flow, so do the criticisms, which seem to dawn on Aston Martin owners over time:

1 "my experience was disappointing due to huge annual servicing costs even though I only did 1500 miles/year"
2 "wish the blue tooth connectivity was better with the telephone as pretty hopeless"
3 "the only downs are the servicing costs which appear to be rather high from Aston dealerships!"
4 "Spares prices are ridiculous. They obviously take the view that if you drive one their cars you can afford to be fleeced"
5 "Not as exciting as expected. Very high running costs, especially servicing intervals and costs"
6 "Fuel economy is around 22 mpg if you are careful and a lot lower if your not!!"
7 "It lets itself down with daft things like warning lights coming on and the ABS going off for no reason"
8 "Very expensive to repair when problems occur and, believe me, they will"
9 "I find the gearbox a little agricultural"
10 "Not a relaxing drive"

Of the 95 Aston Martin Car Reviews on the site - all made in the last 10 months - 'exciting to drive' scores highly and owners give it a 'recommend' rating of 4.3/5. However, reliability and economy ratings submitted by owners means that the Aston Martin has a poorer than average score of 3.84/5.

One owner said his car was, "pre owned by Sir Elton John". Maybe only the deeper pockets of someone like Sir Elton can afford to love a car like the Aston Martin. has over 62,751 owner submitted car reviews covering most makes and models sold in the UK. All have been submitted by verified owners in the last 12 months.

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