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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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  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 V12 Auto

    £49,950 £49,950

    Type: Used Year: 2007 Make: ASTON MARTIN Model: DB9 Trim: V12 Auto Body: Coupe Trans: Automatic Mileage: 22000 Engine Size: 5935 Ext Color: Onyx Black Metallic

    • Mileage: 22000 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
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    £49,950 £49,950
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  • Aston Martin DB9 V12

    £49,995 £49,995

    About this Aston Martin DB9 V12 A superb and mint example in arguably the best colour combination of Black with two tone leather interior. Just 27000 miles from new and with new price approaching £120,000, this has to be value. Fitted with the Sports Pack where spring rates were increased by 68 per cent at the front of the car and 64 per cent at the rear. The front anti-roll bar was modified, and the dampers were revised to support the new spring and anti-roll bar characteristics. Together, the changes optimised body control and front-end grip without compromising ride quality or adding weight. The ride height was reduced by 6mm, lowering the car’s centre of gravity and further reducing body roll while leaving ample ground clearance and backed up by modified bump stops. The composite undertray was also replaced by a load-bearing aluminium panel that performs the same function in managing underbody airflow while adding further structural stiffness, to resist larger lateral loads fed into the front of the car by the uprated front springs and anti-roll bar. The wheels were improved and lightened and the wheel nuts are made of titanium - surely that alone seals the deal?

    • Mileage: 27000 mi
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    £49,995 £49,995
  • 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 V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic In The Best Colour Combination on the Market Today 19" Alloys Satellite Navigation

    £42,900 £42,900

    Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this stunning Aston Martin DB9 V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic. Finished in the best colour combination on the market today of Onyx Black with complimenting Sandstorm Leather Upholstery Ivory Alcantara Headlining and Wood Veneered Interior Inlays. The beautiful example comes with a fantastic specification to include, 19" Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels, Satellite Navigation, Climate Control, Paddle Shift, Rear Parking Sensors, Heated Electric Front Seats, Electric Folding Mirrors, Xenon Headlights. Serviced at 4124 miles and 6879 miles at Wilmslow Aston Martin, 20484 miles at Millbrook Sheffield, 24718 miles at Hadfields Sheffield, 32542 miles and 35012 miles at Aston Martin Leeds, Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call th

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 35613 mi
    For sale
    £42,900 £42,900
  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 Volante 5.9 V12

    £84,950 £84,950

    20' 5 Spoke Graphite DT Alloys Comfort Suspension Black Brake Calipers Reverse Camera Sports Seats Piano Black Facia Trim Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio Obsidian Black Upper Instrument Panel Ivory Rokana Inner Headlining Obsidian Black Carpets Black Exterior Hood 2+2 Seating Arrangement Wind Deflector Full Aston Martin Service History As New Alarm CD Player Climate Control Electric Seats Heated Seats Immobiliser Delivery Available Financing Available Full Service History

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 30000 mi
    For sale
    £84,950 £84,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £42,900 £42,900

    Variant name:Convertible Volante ,Derivative:Volante ,Variant: V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic In The Best Colour Combination on the Market Today 19" Alloys Satellite Navigation Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is delighted to offer for sale this stunning Aston Martin DB9 V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic. Finished in the best colour combination on the market today of Onyx Black with complimenting Sandstorm Leather Upholstery Ivory Alcantara Headlining and Wood Veneered Interior Inlays. The beautiful example comes with a fantastic specification to include, 19" Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels, Satellite Navigation, Climate Control, Paddle Shift, Rear Parking Sensors, Heated Electric Front Seats, Electric Folding Mirrors, Xenon Headlights. Serviced at 4124 miles and 6879 miles at Wilmslow Aston Martin, 20484 miles at Millbrook Sheffield, 24718 miles at Hadfields Sheffield, 32542 miles and 35012 miles at Aston Martin Leeds, Supplied with 2 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 35613 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
    £42,900 £42,900
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £96,950 £96,950

    Variant name:Coupe ,Variant: V12 2dr Touchtronic Auto UK NATIONWIDE DELIVERY INCLUDED. Aston Martin Edinburgh presents this 1 owner DB9 finished in the rare Concours Blue with Dark Knight leather interior and Cream Truffle stitching. This is a very individual car and was sold new buy ourselves and serviced annual by our team. It's 1st service was in Sep 2016 at 2,552 miles and we just recently serviced it in November 2017 at 4,802 miles. This car comes with a full 12 months Aston Martin warranty and 12 months MOT. Tailored finance packages available. Hd video available

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 4977 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
    £96,950 £96,950
  • Aston Martin DB9 Volante

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    2009 Model Year (470 bhp) Obsidian Hide Electric Memory Heated Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Radio CD with Ipod & Aux In Navigation Bluetooth Telephone Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Electric Folding Wing Mirrors Sports Exhaust Black Calipers Bright Grille 19″ Lightweight 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels Full Aston Martin Service History + 1 Specialist Balance of Aston Martin Warranty until November 2017

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 48000 mi
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  • 2005 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

    $62,500(£0) $62,500(£0)

    --Special ordered Marine Blue with Caspian Blue over Sandstorm, Sandstorm carpeting and Sandstorm Mohair convertible top, F1 style Touchtronic controlled through twin paddles mounted on the steering column, 15,000 miles-One Owner from new. Factory options include: Walnut Veneer, Walnut Veneer Door Cappings, Warm Charcoal Seat Belts, Colored Brake Calipers, Powerfold Mirrors, Cruise Control, Heated Seats, Heated Front Windscreen, Reversing Sensors, Satellite Navigation and Linn 260W Audio. 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.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 15000 mi
    For sale
    $62,500(£0) $62,500(£0)
  • Aston Martin DB9 Volante Touchtronic

    £59,950 £59,950

    Registered 2008(57) Mileage 19,230 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption N/A Registered 2008(57) Registration RX57OHK Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption N/A Tax Band N/A Tax Cost N/A Colour Onyx Black Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Onyx Black Doors N/A Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Convertible Mileage 19,230 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. They are unlikely to represent real world efficiency. Left Right Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Warranty Technical Spec Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Fitted Options 2008 Model Year Cruise Control Contrast Stitching Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Electric Adjustable Front Seats Heated Front Seats Electrically Adjustable Seats with Side Airbags Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Trip Computor Tyre Pressure Monitoring 19 Inch Alloy Wheels - 15 Spoke Bluetooth Music Streaming Electric Lumber Support Front and Rear Parking Sensors Heated Rear Screen Memory Front Seats Auto Wipers Traction Control (TC) Climate Control Xenon Headlamps Aston Martin 700w

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 19230 mi
    For sale
    £59,950 £59,950
  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 V12 VOLANTE 2008

    £47,995 £47,995

    Meteorite Silver, Black Leather, Satellite Navigation, 19" Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity, Power Fold Mirrors, Parking Distance Control - Front and Rear, Front Heated Seats, High Spec Alarm, Piano Black Facia, Garage Door Opener with Auto Dim Mirror, Electric Hood, Electric Seats, Memory Seats, Door Cappings - Piano Black. Full Service History, 4 seats

    • Mileage: 36000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.935
    For sale
    £47,995 £47,995
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £43,995 £43,995

    Make: Aston Martin Model: DB9 First Delivered: 14/05/2007 Mileage: 39,910 Miles Previous Owners: 6 Engine: 5.9 Ltr Transmission: Automatic Paint Colour: Cumberland Grey Trim Colour: Parliament Green Carpet Colour: Parliament Green Doors: 2 Seats: 4 MOT: June 2018 TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Months Warranty

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 39910 mi
    For sale
    £43,995 £43,995
  • Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

    £44,950 £44,950

    SOLD YEAR: 2005 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 13646 TRANSMISSION: 6-Speed Touchtronic 2 Automatic POWER: 450 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 6.0 litre V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Onyx Black INTERIOR COLOUR: Phantom Grey ACCELERATION: 4.9s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 186 mph Standard Features • 19" alloy wheels • Alarm and immobiliser • Battery conditioner and disconnect switch • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags • Dynamic stability control (DSC) • Electrically adjustable front seats • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) • Emergency brake assist (EBA) • Front occupant side airbags • Full leather interior • HID projector headlamps • Linn 128W audio with 6 CD autochanger • Rear LED lamps • Trip computer • Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS Optional Extras • Bright finish grille • Cruise control • Heated front screen • Heated front seats • Integrated GSM telephone • Powerfold mirrors • Rear parking sensors • Satellite Navigation Accessories You can add a personal touch to your new Aston Martin sports car with our range of stylish, beautifully crafted accessories. View Catalogue

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 13646 mi
    For sale
    £44,950 £44,950
  • Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Coupe

    £99,950 £99,950

    £99,950 YEAR: 2015 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 1900 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: 1900 mi
    For sale
    £99,950 £99,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

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    Description This glorious 2005 Aston Martin DB9 V12 is one of Newport Pagnell’s finest. Just one former keeper from new and displaying just 76,000 miles. Finished in Midnight blue Mica with Caspian blue leather interior, blue carpets, blue stitching throughout and walnut veneer. Specification includes: 20 inch DBS alloys, satellite navigation, heated front seats, cruise control, heated front screen and Linn 260w audio system. Achingly beautiful, ever so classy and the Aston Martin V12 soundtrack is a aural symphony that must be experienced. Representing superb value for money, prospective clients are advised to be quick before the market for the DB9 takes the inevitable turn skyward…

    • Year: 2005
    For sale
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