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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

    £95,000 £95,000

    Used condition, Franchise approved,

    • Mileage: 13000 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
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  • Aston Martin DB9

    £46,950 £46,950

    Variant name:Convertible Volante ,Derivative:Volante ,Variant: V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic Auto NATIONWIDE DEIVERY INCLUDED. Aston Martin Edinburgh presents this beautiful Aston Martin DB9 finished in Celeste Blue with a beautiful Caspian Blue leather interior. Contact our team for more information on this very desirable volante. Tailored finance packages available. IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO SELL YOUR ASTON WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE VISIT WWW.WEBUYSPECIALISTCARS.COM

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 38332 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £46,950 £46,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £41,500 £41,500

    Variant name:Convertible Volante ,Derivative:Volante ,Variant: V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic Auto We are delighted to offer this wonderful 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante. Presented in Metallic Grey with Black Full Leather Interior. The specification is as followed, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Diamond Cut Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels, Gloss Red Brake Calipers, Projector Headlights, Dual Exit Exhaust, Fully Electric Adjusting Seats, Memory Seats, Paddleshift, Multi Functional Leather Steering Wheel, Electronic Adjusting & Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Cruise Control, Electronic Folding Roof, Air Conditioning, CD Player, Sat Nav, FM Radio, Trip Computer. To discuss this wonderful DB9 in further detail please don't hesitate to give us a call on the number as shown above.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 60700 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £41,500 £41,500
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £89,950 £89,950

    Variant name:Db9 Coupe Special Edition Carbon ,Derivative:Carbon ,Variant: V12 Carbon 2dr Touchtronic Auto NATIONWIDE DEIVERY INCLUDED. Aston Martin Edinburgh presents this beautiful Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Edition Coupe. Finished in Carbon Black with Obsidian black leather and red brake callipers, this car is a must see. This car has just been recently serviced and has 4 brand new tyres fitted. Please contact a member of our sales team for more information on this low mileage example. IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO SELL YOUR ASTON WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE VISIT WWW.WEBUYSPECIALISTCARS.COM

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 6585 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £89,950 £89,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £34,990 £34,990

    Iron Ore Full Leather Interior, Mahogany Wood Interior Trim, Satellite Navigation System With Folding Screen, Telephone Connectivity, Electric Seats, Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Heated Front Windscreen, Cruise Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Parking Sensors, Aston Martin Aluminium Sill Plaques, Black Brake Calipers, Electric Folding Mirrors, Upgraded Audio System, ** JUST ARRIVED PLEASE CALL FOR FULL SPEC ** , Full Aston Martin Service History This very sought after Aston Martin DB9 is in an outstanding condition both inside and out and with only 40000 Miles and a Full Aston Martin Service History the car really is one of the best in it's class currently for sale in the UK. The car is finished in arguably the best colour combination of Metallic Onyx Black with a contrasting Iron Ore Full Leather Interior. This isn't just a standard car as it was ordered from Aston Martin with £6995.01 of Factory Options including Satellite Navigation System With Folding Screen, Telephone Connectivity, Mahogany Wood Interior Trim, Electric Seats, Memory Seats, Heated Seats, Heated Front Windscreen, Cruise Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Parking Sensors, Aston Martin Aluminium Sill Plates, Black Brake Calipers, Electric Folding Mirrors and an Upgraded Audio System. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire an iconic Aston Martin DB9 with an outstanding Service History and to invest in a car that has every possability of becoming an appreciating asset in the future. ** ALL CARS NOW SUPPLIED WITH 12 MONTHS AA BASIC BREAKDOWN COVER, 5 DAYS FREE INSURANCE (TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY), A NO QUIBBLE PARTS AND LABOUR WARRANTY, INCLUDING FAILURES CAUSED BY WEAR AND TEAR, 12 MONTHS MOT AND A MULTI POINT PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION REPORT **

    • Mileage: 40000 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
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  • Aston Martin DB9

    £37,445 £37,445

    Variant name:Coupe ,Variant: V12 2dr Touchtronic Auto Here at Prestige we are happy to offer this 2006 Aston Martin DB9 Automatic. Presented in Gloss Black with Creme Leather Interior. The specification on this DB9 is as followed, Reverse Parking Sensors, Dual Exit Exhaust, Projector Headlights, Trip Computer, Multi Functional Leather Steering Wheel, Fully Electric Seats, Memory Seats, Paddleshift, Electronic Folding & Adjusting Mirrors, Electric Windows, Cruise Control, Push Button Start, FM Radio, CD Player, Air Conditioning, Heated Front & Rear Screen, Full Colour Satellite Navigation, Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels, Grey Aston Brake Calipers. To discuss this fantastic DB9 in further detail please don't hesitate to give us a call on the number as shown above.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 40500 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £37,445 £37,445
  • 2012 (62) ASTON MARTIN DB9 COUPE 5.9 V12 2DR AUTOMATIC

    £66,995 £66,995

    DESCRIPTION We are proud to be able to offer you this outstanding example of the Aston Martin DB9, which is 2012 / 62 Registered, In Ceramic Grey and Obsidian Black Interior, having covered 31,280 Miles by 5 Owners. EXTERIOR The exterior is presented to you in Ceramic Grey. In an excellent condition all around. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in Obsidian Black with Match to Welt Stitch throughout, also in an immaculate condition. SPECIFICATION The already huge specification of the DB9 is highly enhanced by the following options: Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio Brake Calipers - Black Facia Trim - Piano Black Touchtronic 2 Reversing Camera Seatbelts - Warm Charcoal Headrest Embroidery - DB9 Logo Sports Seats 2 + 2 Seating Arrangement Comfort Suspension 20" 5 Spoke Graphite DT Wheels HISTORY The Service History is as follows: 03/12/2013 - 7,461 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (JCT600) 28/11/2014 - 19,122 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (Leeds) 20/10/2015 - 28,385 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (Leeds) 08/12/2016 - 29,742 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (Leeds) 07/10/2017 - 30,577 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (Leeds) The car sits on Pirelli P-Zero Tyres all around. Tyre Sizes: Front: 245 x 35 x ZR20 (95Y) Rear: 295 x 30 x ZR20 (101Y) Tyre Depths: Front Right: 7mm Front Left: 7mm Rear Right: 7mm Rear Left: 7mm We have the original Owners Guide, 2 Keys and other Reference Material. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663777. Viewing strictly by appointment. The Aston Martin DB9 is a 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 Henrik Fisker, is made largely of aluminium. The chassis is the VH platform, also found in the Aston Martin DBS. The engine, on the other hand, is the 6.0L V12 from the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. It has a top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph) and a 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) time of 4.1 seconds. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 31280 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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  • Aston Martin DB9

    £47,495 £47,495

    Full Aston Martin Service History, Satellite Navigation, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning, Electric Folding Mirrors, Parking Sensors, Heated Front Screen , Paddle Shift, Sport Mode , CD Player, Steering Wheel Controls , Computer, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Traction Control, Multiple Airbags, Anti-Theft System, Remote Alarm, Premium Cloth soft top, Power Hood, Push Button Start, Bluetooth, Upgraded Audio, 19'' Alloys, Full service history Finished in Meteorite Silver with Obsidian Black Leather, Full Aston Martin Service History, Satellite Navigation, Electric Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Air Conditioning, Electric Folding Mirrors, Rear Parking Sensors, Heated Front Screen, Paddle Shifters, CD Player, Bluetooth, Upgraded Audio, Steering Wheel Controls, Electric Windows and Mirrors,, Push Button Start, Traction Control, Computer, Remote Locking, 6 Month Warranty Included.

    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
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    £47,495 £47,495
  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 V12 2004 Auto

    £35,000 £35,000

    ASTON MARTIN DB9 V12 finished in Black (Auto), 43,000 miles with black leather interior only 1 previous owner from new.Lancaster and Harwoods service history. Sat Nav, Climate Control;All our cars come with an RAC warranty, which can be extended for up to 2 years at additional cost. We welcome your car as part exchange and will always help you find the best way to finance your purchase. Andrew Shipp Autos are based 5 miles south of Horsham in West Sussex. Please contact Andrew on 01403 865645 to arrange a viewing and test drive

    • Mileage: 43000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.935
    For sale
    £35,000 £35,000
  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 2006 Auto 66000 Petrol Black V12 VOLANTE

    £34,950 £34,950

    WE DELIGHTED TO OFFER TO THE MARKET A SUPERB DB9 CONVERTIBLE JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING, WHICH HAS RECENTLY BEEN SERVICED WITH ALL DISCS AND PADS RENEWED. THIS CAR HAS BEEN KEPT EXTREMELY WELL AND HAS ALWAYS KEPT TO THE ASTON MARTIN SERVICE SCHEDULE ALL BY ASTON MARTIN DEALERSHIPS. THIS IS IN THE BEST COLOUR COMBO WITH THE UP TO DATE REAR LIGHTS. PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO CALL IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU MAY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS OR ANY OF OUR OTHER CARS. VIEWINGS CAR BE ARRANGE AT EITHER OF OUR SUSSEX OR SURREY BRANCHES. PART EXCHANGE WELCOME, FULL DEALER FACILITIES AND FINANCE AVAILABLE.

    • Mileage: 66000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.935
    For sale
    £34,950 £34,950
  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 2005 Auto 24000 Petrol Silver V12

    £37,950 £37,950

    We are delighted to offer to the market a superb 1 owner db9 which is in absolutely outstanding condition, this car really is a credit to its former keeper. The car comes complete and up to date with a superb service history an drives extremely well. The car has also had very recent new tyres all round which are michelin pilots. The body work on this car is completely outstanding and original. PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO CALL IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU MAY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS OR ANY OF OUR OTHER CARS. VIEWINGS CAR BE ARRANGE AT EITHER OF OUR SUSSEX OR SURREY BRANCHES. PART EXCHANGE WELCOME, FULL DEALER FACILITIES AND FINANCE AVAILABLE.

    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.935
    For sale
    £37,950 £37,950