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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:Convertible Volante ,Derivative:Volante ,Variant: V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic Auto NATIONWIDE DELIVERY AVAILABLE. Aston Martin Edinburgh presents this full Aston Martin approved 2007 DB9 Volante finished in Onyx black with a stunning Sandstorm leather interior. This car has passed it's Aston Martin "Timeless" check and comes fully approved with 12 months Aston Martin warranty, 12 months MOT and has just been serviced by ourselves. Service intervals are as follows: 2008 @ 6,510 miles, 2009 @ 8,831 miles, 2011 @ 16,038 miles, 2012 @ 19,637 miles, 2014 @ 21,860 miles, 2017 @ 24311, 2018 @ 24921. Contact our team for more information on this timeless classic. 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: 2007
    • Mileage: 24985 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
    £49,950 £49,950
    Leven Motor Company-Aston Martin Edinburgh
    0131 442 2800 View contact number
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £139,950 £139,950

    Variant name:Db9 Coupe Special Edition Bond Edition ,Derivative:Bond Edition ,Variant: V12 Bond Edition 2dr Touchtronic Auto NATIONWIDE DELIVERY INCLUDED. Aston Martin Edinburgh presents this 1 of only 150 build DB9 GT Bond Editions. In celebration of Aston Martin’s long-standing association with James Bond, and to mark the release of the new film Spectre, 150 DB9 GTs have been placed on special reserve for the creation of individual DB9 GT Bond Edition models. Each Limited Edition comes equipped with an exclusive specification, featuring unique 007 badging and bespoke Bond themed accessories. With 540 brake horsepower at its disposal, the 6.0-litre V12 engine is capable of accelerating the Limited Edition model to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, urging towards a 183 mph top speed. Matched to the sculptured lines of the hand-crafted body, the DB9 GT Bond Edition is its own testament to charismatic presence and the potential of phenomenal power. GT badging, exclusive Bond Edition front fender badges and Sterling Silver Aston Martin Wings are signature marks of this special model. Each of these unique exterior features are enhanced by the entirely bespoke, limited edition Spectre Silver paint.The Obsidian Black fluted leather sports seat with Galena Silver stitch and Argento Grey welt exude a classic elegance perfectly befitting of the Bond Edition. Unique sill plaques adorn the tread plates, each individually numbered and featuring the iconic 007 logo. The rear environment divider showcases a beautifully stitched Bond Edition gun barrel and the bespoke start-up screen welcomes the driver. This specific example comes with an unopened special handover case in blue box-grained leather with a Jacquard lining, containing a 16GB B&O USB drive, a bottle of Bollinger Champagne and an exclusive special edition watch (Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m James Bond Edition) - which all 150 Bond Edition owners received. Contact our team for more information on this beautiful car. IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO SELL YOUR ASTON MARTIN WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE VISIT WWW.WEBUYSPECIALISTCARS.COM

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 1735 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £139,950 £139,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £37,950 £37,950

    Variant name:V12 ,Variant: V12 The DB9 was designed by Marek Reichman and Henrik Fisker, and is made largely of aluminium. The chassis is the VH platform whilst the engine is the 5.9-litre V12 from the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. The 2013 model year version saw many improvements to the design, the engine and the overall driving experience. It now had 510 bhp (380 kW; 517 PS) and 620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft) of torque from the engine and came with carbon ceramic brakes as standard. It has a top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph) and a 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) time of 4.5 seconds. Our particular DB9 has had only 3 previous owners and is finished in Titanium Silver Metallic with Iron Ore red leather and parchment headlining. Blue tooth phone and music streaming, satnav, outside cover, battery conditioner genuine AM brolly etc. 42,200 miles with full Aston Martin service history just having had a full service complete with brake fluid, air filters, powered steering fluid and coolant New mot until 10th May 2019 Upgraded locking with the later mirror fold built in the car has two 40 leaf folders full of bills and all recalls have been carried out The body work has had a full Aston Martin refurbishment and full respray from the roof down so no stone chips, wheels refurbished by Aston Martin and TPMS units replaced ariel unit replaced in the boot lid, in fact if it needed it it got it bills to prove. Full finance facility available. Part exchange welcome Please call Fraser on 07880 554460 or 01279 813907 for more information. **viewing by appointment only**

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 42000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
    £37,950 £37,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £84,950 £84,950

    Variant name:Convertible Volante ,Derivative:Volante ,Variant: V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic Auto NATIONWIDE DELIVERY INCLUDED - Aston Martin Edinburgh presents this one-off DB9 Volante finished in Lightening Silver with Lords Red leather interior. This fully approved Aston Martin comes with 12 months Aston Martin warranty including European roadside assistance. This vehicle was sold new by ourselves and comes with a full Aston Martin service history. Contact our team for more information on the car. IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO SELL YOUR ASTON WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. PLEASE VISIT WWW.WEBUYSPECIALISTCARS.COM

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 31400 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £84,950 £84,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £48,495 £48,495

    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
    For sale
    £48,495 £48,495
  • 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

    £39,450 £39,450

    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
    £39,450 £39,450
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £48,250 £48,250

    Boss Motor Company are delighted to present this very low mileage 2007 Aston Martin DB9, having covered only 23,000 miles from new.Fitted with the rare Aston Martin Sports pack and finished in Onyx Black with Contrasting Iron Ore Hide Throughout. Impressive Aston Martin & Aston Martin Specialist Service History - Will come with a NEW ASTON MARTIN Main Dealer Service. Specification Includes:Aston Martin Navigation, Ivory Rocona Headlining, Iron Ore Carpets, Steering Wheel in Obsidian.Fitted Options Include: Memory Seats, Heated Seats with Lumbar, Power-fold Mirrors, Alarm Upgrade - Volumetric & Tilt Sensor, Aston Martin Premium Audio, Brake Calipers in Grey, Wood Veneer Fascia Trim, Bright Finish Grille, Front Park Sensors, Seat Belts in Black, Sports Seats, 19'' Sports Pack Alloy Wheels.

    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
    For sale
    £48,250 £48,250