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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

    £49,950 £49,950

    Variant name:Coupe ,Variant: V12 2dr Touchtronic Auto

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 28209 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    Leven Motor Company-Aston Martin Edinburgh
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  • Aston Martin DB9 V12

    £44,995 £44,995

    About this Aston Martin DB9 V12 First registered September 2007 (57 Reg) this Aston Martin DB 9 Coupe is presented in immaculate Obsidian 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 benefiy of low mileage and fabulous hsitory

    • Mileage: 39600 mi
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  • Aston Martin DB9

    £109,950 £109,950

    £109,950 YEAR: 2017 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 41 TRANSMISSION: Touchtronic 2 POWER: 510 BHP ENGINE SIZE: 6.0 V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Onyx Black INTERIOR COLOUR: Obsidian Black Standard Features Optional Extras Audio System: Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio Brake Calipers: Brake Calipers - Grey Exhaust: Sports Exhaust Facia Trim - Piano Black Titanium Silver Meshes Parking Cameras: Reversing Camera Heated Front Seats Sports Seat - Isofix Seating Arrangement: 2 + 2 Seating Arrangement Wheels: 20Inch 5 Spoke Silver Wheels 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: 2017
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  • 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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  • Aston Martin DB9 V12 Auto Coupe

    £79,995 £79,995

    2013/62; 2+2 Seating; Touchtronic 2; Onyx Black Metallic/Sandstorm Leather; Piano Black Interior Trim; AM 700W Premium Audio; Comfort Suspension; High Line Split; Sports Seats; Charcoal Seatbelts; Reversing Camera; 20” 10-Spoke Liquid Silver Wheels; Black Brake Callipers; Full Aston Martin Service History; MOT due Jan 2018; 11,127 mls only.

    • Year: 2013
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  • Aston Martin DB9 Coupe Touchtronic

    £84,900 £84,900

    Registered 2013 Mileage 6,320 miles Engine Size 5.9l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption 19.8 mpg Registered 2013 Registration LF63FJN Previous Owners 2 Fuel Consumption 19.8 mpg Tax Band M Tax Cost £515 Colour Silver Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Ceramic Grey Doors 2 Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Coupe Mileage 6,320 miles Engine Size 5.9l 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 Garmin Satellite Navigation Electric Lumber Support 2 plus 2 Seating 12 Month Aston Martin Approved Warranty Carbon Ceramic Brakes Xenon Headlamps Reversing Camera Front and Rear Parking Sensors Climate Control Power Wash Headlamps 2014 Model Year Bluetooth Phone Connection 6 CD Autochanger Alarm & Immobiliser Aston Martin Service History Front arm rest with storage compartment Aston Martin Tracking by Cobra Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror Automatic Headlights Bright Finish Front Grille Tyre Pressure Monitoring Clear Rear Lamp

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 6320 mi
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  • Aston Martin DB9 - Manual

    £52,950 £52,950

    Variant name:V12 , We are delighted to offer this stunning and uniquely specified Aston Martin DB9 Coupe. Finished in the exquisite colour combination of Cumberland Grey with Wimbledon Green hides and walnut centre fascia trim, this DB9 is specified with the highly rare 6-speed manual gearbox which less than 5% of DB9 production received. Additional optional specification includes: High Spec Alarm, Black Brake Calipers, Heated Front Screen, Linn 260W Audio System, Powerfold Mirror Assembly, Rear Parking Sensors, Integrated Telephone System GSM, SAT NAV, Heated Front Seats and Optional 19inch 15 Spoke Wheels. Later modifications include the clear rear lamp conversion and i-Pod connectivity. A much cherished car that has covered just 13,450 miles since first registration and benefitting from regular servicing and maintenance by Aston Martin main agents throughout its life, this DB9 is in excellent condition throughout and will be supplied freshly serviced, fully prepared with 12 months MOT and warranty. An unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one of the finest examples of the timeless DB9 with a wonderful specification. Sure to appeal to the Aston Martin enthusiast.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 13450 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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  • Aston Martin DB9 - Manual

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    Engine Size 5.9l Mileage 13,450 miles Previous Owners 3 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 4 Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Cumberland Grey Interior Trim Wimbledon Green We are delighted to offer this stunning and uniquely specified Aston Martin DB9 Coupe. Finished in the exquisite colour combination of Cumberland Grey with Wimbledon Green hides and walnut centre fascia trim, this DB9 is specified with the highly rare 6-speed manual gearbox which less than 5% of DB9 production received. Additional optional specification includes: High Spec Alarm, Black Brake Calipers, Heated Front Screen, Linn 260W Audio System, Powerfold Mirror Assembly, Rear Parking Sensors, Integrated Telephone System GSM, SAT NAV, Heated Front Seats and Optional 19inch 15 Spoke Wheels. Later modifications include the clear rear lamp conversion and i-Pod connectivity. A much cherished car that has covered just 13,450 miles since first registration and benefitting from regular servicing and maintenance by Aston Martin main agents throughout its life, this DB9 is in excellent condition throughout and will be supplied freshly serviced, fully prepared with 12 months MOT and warranty. An unrepeatable opportunity to acquire o

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 13450 mi
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  • 2009 ASTON MARTIN DB9

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    Stratton Motor Company is pleased to offer this Aston Martin DB9. Finished in Obsidian Black paint. Obsidian Black and Sandstorm leather interior with ivory headlining. It also has the B and O sound system upgrade. It was purchased new from us in 2009 Service history- Stratton Motor Company 03/02/2010 - 10,313 miles 03/08/2010 - 20,490 miles 29/06/2012 - 39,988 miles 20/08/2014 - 56,589 miles Any questions or to book a viewing please call Roger Bennington or Jonathan on 01508 530491

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 57300 mi
    For sale
  • Aston Martin DB9 Volante LHD 2006

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    Full Description Engine: All alloy, quad overhead cam 48 valve V12 0-60 mph: Approx. 4.7 seconds Top Speed: Approx. 165 mph Engine: V12, 60 degree, All-Alloy, 5935cc Bore 89.0 mm. Stroke 79.5 mm Compression ratio 10.2:1 Power: 450 bhp @ 5750 rpm Torque: 420 lb/ft @ 5,000 rpm Engine final inspected by Mike Freeman (Aston Martin Lagonda) Engine starts without hesitation from cold. Engine compartment is in overall very good original condition. All parts appear complete, engine cover, heat shields, radiator surround and belt guard etc. all fitted. No coolant leaks were visible. No fuel leaks were visible No brake/steering fluid leaks were visible. All fluids appear clean. Fuel System: Fuel tank capacity: 80 Liters (21 gallons) No visible fuel leaks. Cooling System No visible coolant leaks were observed. Coolant appears clean. Exhaust System Fully catalyzed stainless steel exhaust system with 4 Oxygen sensors / three-way catalytic convertors, exhaust gas recirculation, Evaporative loss purge There are no leaks from the exhaust. Transmission Transmission: Graziano Six Speed manual transmission (6-speed). Switchable sport mode Shifting appears to be normal. Car drives in forward and rever

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 18400 mi
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  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 V12 6 SPEED AUTO WITH PADDLE SHIFT TRANSMISSION 2004

    £34,995 £34,995

    2004 54 ASTON-MARTIN DB9 FAMSH S/ HISTORY ;;A beautiful highly maintained hi spec example. Comes with a comprehensive AM main dealer service history (10 stamps ) Low tax rate car GBP 285.00 per year ;;@ 390 miles / 1039 miles / 4395 miles / 8762 miles / 13369 miles / 18939 miles / 27521 miles / 36811 miles / 41227 miles / 48486 miles ;;Last service was August 2016 mot runs 01.11.2017 all past invoice and mots ;;Tungsten grey met ;54987 miles F.S.H;Jet leather sports seats;Alcantara grey headlining ;6 speed auto with paddle shift transmission ;Professional sat nav with pop up screen ;Powerfold mirrors;Cruise control ;Reverse park assist ;Carbon affect dash ;Heated seats ;Electric memory seats ;Linn 100 hi fi with 6 cd Bluetooth and hands free phone ;Xenon headlights;19 inch Multi Spoked alloy wheels ( recently refurbished );Red brake callipers ;;Body work and interior are lovely and it drives without fault ;;A genuine modern classic with an excellent pedigree and some desirable extras .;;hpi clear with full book pack/ tool kit both keys . ;Comes with 6 months comprehensive 5 star warranty .;GBP 34,995 ( px and down trades on request) ;;Delivery available to your door nationwide.;;Viewing 7 days a week by appointment only please;Similar cars always wanted for stock please go to web site for more details on selling your car

    • Mileage: 54987 mi
    • Engine size: 5.935
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  • Aston Martin DB9 Coupe Touchtronic

    £95,950 £95,950

    Registered 2015 Mileage 6,180 miles Engine Size 5.9l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption 19.8 mpg Registered 2015 Registration RE15FGG Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption 19.8 mpg Tax Band M Tax Cost £515 Colour Silver Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Ceramic Grey Doors 2 Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Coupe Mileage 6,180 miles Engine Size 5.9l 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 1 Owner Vehicle Memory Front Seats Heated Front Seats Electric Lumber Support Carbon Ceramic Brakes 2 plus 2 Seating Clear Rear Lamps Reversing Camera Full Aston Martin Service History 2015 Model Year Front and Rear Parking Sensors Supplied by

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 6180 mi
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  • 2005 Aston Martin DB9

    £39,995 £39,995

    This beautiful Aston Martin DB9 has covered 60,000 miles from new and comes with a full service history. The car was supplied new by Aston Martin of Mayfair and they carried out the first service at 1890 miles. Stratstone Aston Martin in London serviced at 4411 and 7891 miles and at 12144 a marque specialists carried out a service. Lancaster Sevenoaks Aston Martin then took on maintenance servicing the car at 22767, 29887 and at 49640 in 2013 another specialist serviced the DB9. The most recent two services have been via main dealers JCT600 and Aston Martin Leeds. At 60,000 the Aston has had eight services and has been exceptionally well looked after.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 60000 mi
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  • 172 - 2005 Aston Martin DB9 Coupé

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    The sleek superformed aluminium body of the DB9 was initially designed by Ian Callum but had also been significantly influenced by the next director of AM design, Hendrik Fisker. It was powered by a third generation version of the now familiar 6.0 litre, V12 and has a top speed of 186mph. The DB9 was the first of what was to become a long line of production Aston Martins to use VH architecture; using superformed parts in the chassis and footwell as well as the body panels. The individual die-cast, extruded or stamped aluminium elements of the VH platform are bonded with strong adhesives and self-piercing rivets to make a lightweight but stiff backbone. The DB9 body shell weighed 25% less than that of the DB7 but has double its torsional rigidity. This process also allowed Aston Martin to retain high levels of engineering accuracy in producing a car at a higher volume, ensuring chassis performance to match the engine power. Aston Martins have always made the interior of their cars to be very special places. The fine detail of finishing is typified by the starter button made of glass and sand etched with the Aston Martin wings logo. This righthand drive example presented in Lightenin

    • Year: 2017
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  • 219 - 2005 Renault Sport Clio V6 255 Phase 2

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    At the time of its launch in 2003, the upgraded Phase 2 Clio V6, 3 litre was the most powerful serial produced hot hatchback in the world with 255bhp. Based upon the Phase 1 engine, its extra performance was helped with assistance from Porsche. Although based on a utilitarian hatchback, the Clio V6 is not a practical family car. The loss of the back seats and most of the boot space, due to the engine placement, results in a severe restriction in luggage space - there is only a small space in the front where the engine used to be, suitable for a holdall or weekend groceries, a small netted area behind the seats plus a small stash area under the bootlid. The Clio V6 Phase 2 gained even more weight, but offset it with an additional 25 horsepower resulting in the 255bhp. This resulted in a reduced 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 153mph. We are delighted to offer this modern classic supercar that is finished in the attractive Illiad Blue metallic finish with contrasting dark grey leather upholstery. Externally, this Renault Sport includes specially designed aerodynamics and body styling that includes body coloured rear spoiler, titanium coloured side air intakes and is fi

    • Year: 2017
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