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Aston Martin DB9: Buying guide and review (2004-2016)

Aston Martin DB9: Buying guide and review (2004-2016) Classic and Performance Car
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The DB7’s direct replacement was so much of a leap forward that Aston skipped the number 8 and jumped straight to DB9. At least that was the line thrown out by Aston Martin’s PR machine at the time, and it’s testament to the all-round brilliance of the DB9 that the motoring media were more than happy to swallow it. (In truth, the badging was a Ford directive to avoid a clash with Jaguar’s conceptually similar XK8.)
 
Whatever, when the world’s press descended on Nice in March 2004 for the DB9’s driving debut, they were attending arguably the most important launch in the company’s history. Not only was the DB9 the replacement for the DB7 – then the marque’s best-selling car yet – it also embodied a whole new manufacturing regime that would underpin the future of the company and its new factory. It simply had to succeed.
 
We’d seen extensive use of aluminium in an Aston’s superstructure before, but the original Vanquish was a complex construction of aluminium and carbonfibre and of course still largely hand-built at Newport Pagnell. The DB9 embraced entirely modern manufacturing processes and the so-called VH (Vertical Horizontal) platform – essentially a way of spinning a whole range of cars from the same basic structure and many shared components.
 
The DB9 was the first of the new breed, its bonded aluminium monocoque and all-wishbone suspension owing absolutely nothing to the DB7. It wasn’t entirely new though. The magnificent 5.9-litre V12 engine was carried over from the DB7 Vantage, though substantially updated with revised crankshaft, cams, inlet and exhaust manifolds and management system. Peak outputs were 450bhp at 6000rpm and 420lb ft @ 5000rpm (compared with 420bhp and 400lb ft for the DB7 Vantage). 
 
New(ish) for the DB9 was Touchtronic 2, a six-speed version of the five-speed ZF torque-converter auto from the DB7 Vantage but now with the facility to flick between ratios using paddles mounted on the steering column – a big improvement on the DB7’s fiddly wheel-mounted buttons. It even gave throttle-blips on downshifts, aping the ‘F1’ system on contemporary Ferraris. A six-speed Graziano manual was also available, and both ’boxes were rear-mounted, improving weight distribution. 
 
Most definitely all-new was the DB9’s body, shaped initially by Ian Callum and, after the Scot had left to join Jaguar, refined by his successor, Henrik Fisker. It took themes first seen on the DB7 (and subsequently developed on the Vanquish) and moulded them into something thoroughly contemporary and yet – as the passing years have proved – timelessly beautiful. Details like the flush door handles, the ‘swan-wing’ effect of the doors opening, and the chronograph-like faces of the instruments added to the DB9’s aura of specialness.
 
Which one to buy?
 
At first the DB9 was available only as coupé; the open Volante model followed in 2005. In late 2006 (for the ’07 model year) came a range of updates, including redesigned seats. More significantly, the same year saw the introduction of the Sports Pack for the coupé – 
a package of chassis upgrades that won wide acclaim. 
 
The obvious visual change was a striking new five-spoke ‘diamond-turned’ wheel in forged aluminium that shaved more than 1kg of unsprung weight from each corner. Underneath, the ride height was lowered a smidge, the spring rates increased, the dampers retuned, and the original composite undertray was replaced with an aluminium one, which aided structural stiffness. The combination delivered markedly improved ride and handling with noticeably lighter, keener steering. 
 
The good news was that as well as being an option on new cars, it was also possible to retro-fit the Sports Pack to earlier examples, though the five-spoke alloys could also be purchased separately, so it shouldn’t be taken as read that a car that has them fitted will have the Sports Pack. A dealer or specialist with access to the dealer communication system will be able to check if it’s a genuine Sports Pack car.
 
The next step-change was for the 2009 model year, with a power upgrade to 470bhp and a number of detail changes including a new centre console taken from the DBS and the arrival of Bilstein dampers, which gave a more supple edge to the ride. For 2010, Sports Pack Plus saw the introduction of two-stage adaptive damping, which became standard from 2011MY.
 
A few special editions to be aware of: in 2007 Aston announced a limited-run DB9 to celebrate the DBR9’s class win at Le Mans. The DB9 LM was a Sports Pack car with a cosmetic overhaul that included Sarthe Silver metallic paint, Obsidian Black leather with Coarse Red stitching, a circuit map stitched into the centre armrest – and rather un-DB9-like bright red facia trim and door cappings! 
 
Other specials you might come across are the Sport Edition and Luxury Edition. Sold in 2011, they had slightly more kit but were mechanically standard.
 
Finally, late 2012 saw the launch of the thoroughly updated ‘new DB9’ for 2013 model year, power rising to 510bhp, accompanied by a general sharpening of the looks and all manner of specification changes, including the fitment of carbon-ceramic brakes as standard. 
 
Very few DB9s were specified with the manual gearbox, and after a few years it was deleted, so it’s a bit of a rarity. Although it’s the same gearbox as the V8 Vantage, it’s a single-plate rather than a twin-plate clutch so it isn’t as smooth, and it’s also quite a heavy clutch, but today those cars are quite sought-after by enthusiasts.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine V12, 5935cc 
Power 450bhp @ 6000rpm 
Torque 420lb ft @ 5000rpm
Transmission Six-speed automatic with Touchtronic 2 shift (six-speed manual option)
Fuel consumption 19.5mpg
Insurance group 20
0-60mph 4.9sec 
Top speed 186mph 
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2740mm
Length 4710mm
Width 1875mm
Height 1270mm
Weight 1800kg
 
Common problems
 
• Service intervals are 10,000 miles or 12 months – most cars get an annual service and if you budget £1000 a year for routine work you won’t be far off. 

• The good news is that the V12 engine is very strong, and serious faults are rare. The most common problem is with the coil packs, which suffer from heat damage and occasionally from water ingress causing shorting. It’s an expensive job to replace them (around £600 per bank) so check the engine pulls cleanly and smoothly. Any misfiring points to problems.

• The vast majority of DB9s have the paddleshift auto, which is generally robust and trouble-free. 

• The life of the clutch on the manual cars varies hugely depending on use, from as little as 15,000 miles to as much as 30,000-plus.  

• Check for corrosion – the body may be largely aluminium but you may well find bubbling on the edges of doors and other panels, and if it’s extensive you’ll be looking at expensive rectification. 

• Underneath, check carefully for accident damage: best advice is get the car on a ramp and remove the undertray, though a lot of the front structure is visible under the bonnet.

• On early cars there should be orange glue between the panels, which should all be crisp and clean and straight. Volantes sometime suffer water ingress in the boot, so check there too. 

• Check that the hi-fi works – the early Linn systems were troublesome; the later Alpine units are the ones to have. The early sat-navs may seem a bit clunky, but the experts are agreed it’s better to have one than not.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.astonmartinworks.com - Aston Martin’s official heritage and restoration workshop 
• www.amoc.org - Aston Martin Owners Club website and forum
 
Summary and prices
 
So that’s the DB9, the consummate GT of the Aston range and now something of a bargain. A full service history with Aston Martin dealers and recognised specialists is a good starting point. Some early, high-mileage cars have slipped out of the network and though they appear bargains at £30k or even less, they are best avoided. 
 
£30-£35k buys an ’04 car with around 50,000 miles and a proper history, while £40k buys a nice ’05 example. An ’09 car with the extra power and various upgrades starts at around £50k, while top money for a pre-13MY DB9 is c£70k.
 
Words: Peter Tomalin/Vantage magazine
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Last updated: 8th Dec 2015
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  • 2005 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

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    --Incoming, Special ordered Marine Blue/Sandstorm...

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 2017 mi
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  • Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

    £87,950 £87,950

    £87,950 YEAR: 2014 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 11750 TRANSMISSION: 6-Speed Touchtronic 2 Automatic POWER: 510 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 6.0 litre V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Quantum Silver INTERIOR COLOUR: Obsidian Black ACCELERATION: 4.6s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 183 mph Standard Features • Adaptive Damping System (ADS) • Alarm and immobiliser • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body • Auto-dimming rear view mirror • Automatic headlights • Automatic wipers • Auxilliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod® connector • Bluetooth® telephone preparation • Cruise control • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags • Dynamic stability control (DSC) • Electrically adjustable heated front seats with side airbags • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) • Emergency brake assist (EBA) • Front and rear parking sensors • Full-grain leather interior • Glass switch gear • Heated rear screen • LED rear lamps and side repeaters • Memory seats and exterior mirrors • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors • Remote-control central door locking and boot release • Satellite navigation system • Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators • Traction Control (TC) • Trip

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 11750 mi
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    £87,950 £87,950
  • Aston Martin DB9 V12

    £33,995 £33,995

    About this Aston Martin DB9 V12 The Aston Martin DB9 is a British grand tourer first shown by Aston Martin at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show. Available both as a coupe and a convertible known as the Volante, the DB9 was the successor of the DB7. It was the first model built at Aston Martin's Gaydon facility. The DB9, designed by Marek Reichman and Henrik Fisker, is made largely of aluminium. The chassis is the VH platform whilst the engine is the 6.0L V12 from the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. It has a top speed of 183 mph and a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds. Previously sold by us and registered June 2005, this stunning DB9 is presented in Grigio Titanio Silver with Caspian Blue and Walnut Veneer Interior. The car also features: High Spec Alarm, Grey Brake Calipers, Heated Front Screen, Linn 260w Audio System, Powerfold Mirrors, Rear Parking Sensors, Satellite Navigation, Heated Front Seats. Very good service record with 11 stamps in total in the service book. Service records at: 54 miles, 770 miles, 12,106 miles, 17,746 miles, 24,376 miles, 29,362 miles, 33,479 miles, 35,122 miles, 46,102 miles, 54,162 miles, 57,330 miles,

    • Mileage: 58700 mi
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    £33,995 £33,995
  • Aston Martin DB9 V12

    £41,995 £41,995

    About this Aston Martin DB9 V12 First registered September 2007 (57 Reg) this Aston Martin DB 9 Coupe is presented in immaculate Onyx Black with Cream Truffle Leather and Black Carpets piped Cream. This superb example has Grey Brake Calipers set against the optional 19 Inch 15 Spoke Alloys, Front Parking Sensors and Garage Door Opener. Other equipment includes: Satellite Navigation, Electrically Adjustable Heated Seats with Memory, Heated Front Windscreen and Cruise Control. The Service History is to date entirely Aston Martin Main Dealer, with services recorded at: 2,958 miles; 3,724 miles; 7,364 miles; 11,531 miles; 14,519 miles; 17,543 miles; 29,114 miles and 35,353 miles. In a stunning colour combination with the benefit of low mileage and fabulous history

    • Mileage: 39600 mi
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    £41,995 £41,995
  • Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Coupe

    £99,950 £99,950

    £99,950 YEAR: 2015 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 1700 TRANSMISSION: 6-Speed Touchtronic 2 Automatic POWER: 510 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 6.0 litre V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: AML Carbon Black INTERIOR COLOUR: Obsidian Black ACCELERATION: 4.6s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 183 Standard Features • Adaptive Damping System (ADS) • Alarm and immobiliser • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body • Auto-dimming rear view mirror • Automatic headlights • Automatic wipers • Auxilliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod® connector • Black window surround • Bluetooth® telephone preparation • Carbon side strakes • Cruise control • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags • Dynamic stability control (DSC) • Electrically adjustable heated front seats with side airbags • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) • Emergency brake assist (EBA) • Exterior carbon pack • Front and rear parking sensors • Full-grain leather interior • Glass switch gear • Heated rear screen • LED rear lamps and side repeaters • Memory seats and exterior mirrors • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors • Remote-control central door locking and boot release • Satellite navigation system • Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED si

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 1700 mi
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    £99,950 £99,950
  • Aston Martin DB9 5.9 V12 Volante Auto

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    Finance Example Deposit Balance Fees Total Payable Term Fixed Rate Representative APR 1st Payment Monthly Payment Final Payment HP £6,190 £55,710 £199* £71,051 48 3.94% 7.92% £1,347 £1,347 £1,546 Residual backed products are available on this vehicle upon application. Please call to discuss your requirements *Fees are already accounted for within the payments displayed and are also included within the total amount payable. Finance available subject to status. Indemnities may be required. Other finance offers may be available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. We work with a number of carefully selected credit providers who may be able to offer you finance for your purchase. We are only able to offer finance products from these providers. Postal Address: Crown Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6BS This is a fantastic example of an iconic British built supercar which has a 5.9 litre V12 engine producing 470bhp combining power with beauty. This car has been prepared by our award winning workshop to the very highest standards. The service history is as follows: 05/12/2011 - Aston Martin Hagley @ 5626 miles 24/11/2012 - Aston Martin Hagley @ 9913 miles 09/01/2014 - Ast

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 19100 mi
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  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 - 2013

    £77,995 £77,995

    This lovely looking facelift Aston Martin DB9 Touchtronic is finished in Onyx Black with Sandstorm Leather, fitted with the following: •Aston Martin 700w Premium Audio system •Brake Calipers painted in Black •20” 10 Spoke Liquid Silver Alloy Wheels •Comfort Suspension •Sport Seats •Reversing Camera •Piano Black Facia Trims •Charcoal coloured seat belts •Satellite Navigation •Park assist Front/Rear •Climate control •Electric front seats with driver / passenger memory settings •Cruise control •Electric folding door mirrors •Xenon headlights;;The car has 2 owners and has 2 stamps in the service book as follows:;04/03/2014 - Aston Martin Cambridge - 4778 miles 26/09/2016 - Aston Martin Cambridge - 11,382 miles​;;To arrange an appointment to view this car, please call the Showroom: 01223 755 911 or 07738 997 911. Viewing By Appointment

    • Mileage: 12857 mi
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    £77,995 £77,995
  • 2004 Aston Martin DB9 V12 DBS CONVERSION

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    FULL DBS CONVERSION PROFESSIONALLY DONE, CAT D, Vehicle requires some attention, hence trade sale clearance price sold with no warranty, vehicle has developed a minor misfire on cylinder 11, she starts up on the bottom and drives fine, The misfire will require further diagnostic, which we do not have the time for. This is worth 39,990 with This very Expensive DBS conversion, however due to the fault described we have reduced it down to 26,990, Superb value and ideal for those wishing to jump on the ladder owning a classic Aston martin DB9

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  • 2006 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

    $64,500(£48,897.45) $64,500(£48,897.45)

    --Slate Blue with Sandstorm leather interior, Blue Haze carpeting with a Sandstorm convertible top and Ivory headliner, F1 style Touchtronic transmission controlled through twin paddles mounted on the steering column, 27,000 miles from new, 1-owner. Factory options include: Bluetooth, Brake calipers in Grey, Cruise control, Walnut veneer, Door cappings in walnut veneer, Optional front grille, Linn 260W Audio System Limbik 5.1., Powerfold Mirrors, Rear Parking Distance Sensors, Satellite Navigation, Heated Front Seats, Flint Seat Belts, Stitching in Sandstorm, and Umbrella and Holder. The power output is from a 6.0 liter, fuel injected, dual overhead camshaft, V-12 engine producing 450 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 420 lb. ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm. Performance is 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph. This one-owner, 2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante was purchased new at Kerbeck Aston Martin. The DB9 has lived in Pennsylvania during the summers and Palm Beach in the winters. It has been serviced by Kerbeck and Palm Beach throughout the years. This DB9 has been kept in well-maintained condition throughout and is complete with its original factory books, service records, keys and car c

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 27000 mi
    For sale
    $64,500(£48,897.45) $64,500(£48,897.45)
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £79,993 £79,993

    Variant name:V12 ,Variant: 6.0 V12 (510) Coupe Touchtronic 2 - Beautiful Low Mileage Example, 20 Inch Alloys, Reverse Camera New arrival in stock we have a beautiful and low mileage 2014 Model Year Aston Martin DB9 6.0 V12 (510) Touchtronic 2. Looking resplendent in Volcano Red metallic with Obsidian Black and Chancellor leather interior. Specification includes Aston Martin 700w premium audio, Satellite navigation, Platinum bonnet and side strake meshes, Black brake calipers, Gloss Black facia trim, Reversing camera, Sports seats, Organic electroluminescent (OEL) displays, 2 + 2 seating arrangement, 20 inch Graphite 5 spoke alloys, Only 10000 miles. Four new Pirelli tyres fitted - Booked in to be serviced by Aston Martin 25th October. In their review online, 'Classic Driver' reflected the 2013 DB9 'approaches the Holy Grail of car manufacturers: a car capable of covering some massive distances in comfort, as well as delivering an exhilarating experience on open, twisting roads. And commuting and picking the kids up, which, nowadays, is a given'

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 10018 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £79,993 £79,993
  • 2005 Aston Martin DB9 V12

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    Full Aston Martin Service History, Grigio Titanio SILVER, 1 Former Keeper From New, Current Owner Since 2008. Full Caspian Blue Leather Iinterior, Heated Seats, SAT NAV, Blutooth, Electric Folding Mirrors, Aircon, Rear Parking Sensors, Walnut Vaneer Facia Trim, Power Assisted Steering, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Alarm, Driver's Airbag, Privacy Glass, Alloy Wheels, Central Locking, Electric Windows, Auto climate control, push start

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  • Aston Martin DB9

    £93,950 £93,950

    Variant name:Coupe ,Variant: V12 2dr Touchtronic Auto Aston Martin Edinburgh present this 2014 Aston Martin DB9 Touchtronic Auto finished with Q Special Volcano Red paint. The interior is finished with Obsidian black leather and Spicy Red stitching with piano black interior package. This car comes with a full Aston Martin service history with the last service carried out by ourselves in May 2017. Contact our team for more information. Tailored finance package available. Nationwide delivery available.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 4277 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
    £93,950 £93,950
  • 2008 ASTON MARTIN DB9 COUPE

    $79,500(£60,268.95) $79,500(£60,268.95)

    --Special order BMW Carbon Black (Midnight Blue) with All Bentley Saddle leather interior, and Caspian Blue carpeting, Rare 6-speed manual transmission, 16,000 miles from new. Factory options include: Satellite Navigation, Colored Brake Calipers, 2+2 Seating Arrangement, Sports Seats, Manual Gearbox, Aston Martin 700w Premium Audio, Mahogany Veneer Door Cappings & Matching Facia, Sports Pack with 5-Spoke wheels, Satellite Radio, Front Stone Guards, Front Parking Sensors and Warm Charcoal Seat Belts. The power output is from a 6.0 liter, fuel injected, dual overhead camshaft, V-12 engine producing 470 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 442 lb. ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm. Performance is 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph. This DB9 has recently received its annual service. This DB9 is in exceptional and in well serviced condition with original books, tools, keys and alarm remotes.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 16000 mi
    For sale
    $79,500(£60,268.95) $79,500(£60,268.95)