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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

    £99,000 £99,000

    Used condition, Franchise approved,

    • Mileage: 4500 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
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    £99,000 £99,000
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  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 V12 2004

    £34,995 £34,995

    27,000 warranted miles .Outstanding Tungsten silver V12 sequential DB9 , with unmarked jet black nappa interior , Full main agent Aston Martin service history from new 10 services , Newly refurbished 19” Aston Martin alloy wheels tyre condition excellent ( run flats ) , Linn Dolby pro-logic II multi speaker sound system with CD player , Blue-tooth telephone preparation , Satellite navigation UK and Europe , Multi point electric driver and passenger front seats with bolster , Cruise control , Rear acoustic parking aide , Power assisted steering , Traction control / sports mode , F1 style paddle shifts , One touch electric windows , Chrome exterior package , Rain sensitive wipers , Adjustable steering column height and rake , Aston Martin kick plates , Rear seats with Isofix child seat anchorage points , Category 1 alarm and immobiliser , Stunning fresh unmarked DB9 throughout as would expected with a very low mileage , 2 x Keys and fobs , Fully stamped up service record 10 stamps , Will be supplied with a fresh 12 months Mot and 12 months sensible premium parts and labour national warranty . Stunning drive , Wonderful exhaust note , A credit to its previous keeper , Plate not with the vehicle , Any inspection welcome , Competitive finance available on this vehicle . All major debit cards accepted.

    • Mileage: 27000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.935
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  • Aston Martin DB9

    £114,950 £114,950

    Variant name:Coupe GT ,Derivative:GT ,Variant: V12 GT 2dr Touchtronic Auto NATIONWIDE DELIVERY INCLUDED. Aston Martin Edinburgh presents this very low mileage 2016 model year - 66 plate Aston Martin DB9 GT finished in the very striking Diavolo Red metallic with a beautiful two-tone Obsidian Black and Ivory leather interior. This car was sold new by ourselves and has only one keeper. This vehicle comes with the full balance of Aston Martin warranty and roadside assistance until September 2019. Contact the team for more information on this vehicle.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 890 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £114,950 £114,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £45,495 £45,495

    Variant name:Convertible Volante ,Derivative:Volante ,Variant: V12 2dr Volante Touchtronic Auto We are delighted to offer this beautiful low mileage 2005 Aston Martin DB9 Volanted. Presented in Metallic Blue. This car is in exceptional condition throughout and benefits from a great specification list including, Projector Headlights with Washers, Multi Spoke Gloss Silver Alloy Wheels, Silver Aston Martin Brake Calipers, Dual Exit Exhaust System, Reverse Parking Sensors, Electronic Folding Roof, Paddleshift, Push Button Start, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Cruise Control, Trip Computer, FM Radio, Full Colour Satellite, CD Player, Air Conditioning, Heated Front & Rear Screen, Sport Mode, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Full Leather Dashboard, Cruise Control. To discuss this excellent DB9 in further detail please don't hesitate to give us a call on the number as shown above.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 24800 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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  • Aston Martin DB9

    £49,995 £49,995

    FOR SALE A thoroughbred Aston Martin DB9 with full Main Dealer history and 10,920 miles. EQUIPMENT Extruded aluminium crumple zones, xenon projector headlamps, Passive Anti-theft System, LED rear lamps, dual stage airbags, satellite navigation, reversing sensors, heated seats, folding mirrors, work load monitor, cruise control, climate control, ten-way electric adjustable seats, boot-mounted umbrella. Factory Options: Heated front screen, Linn 260w audio system with CD autochanger. Dealer Fit: Parrot Bluetooth. EXTERIOR This Aston Martin is immaculate finished in traditional Grigio Titanio Silver and the paint work is silky smooth to touch and has an outstanding mirror gloss finish. Designed by Henrik Fisker and an instant classic with understated elegance, harmonious proportions and a ground-hugging stance. The distinctive grille and ‘swan-wing’ doors are immaculate and Main Dealer number plates are fitted front and rear. Advanced production technologies such as aerospace-specification bonded aluminium structure to offer enormous rigidity, lightness and responsiveness all add to the appeal. With one private owner from new and pampered garage storage this truly outstanding example is for the individual seeking perfection. INTERIOR The Savile Row of sports car production with luxurious and indulgent full grain leather finished in Caspian and Shark Blue. With such low miles the leather is soft and supple and displays no wear and the cabin is hand trimmed in the finest quality materials all pristine in appearance and function. Wonderful detail extends to the beautiful starter button made from clear class and entry sills proudly stating ‘Hand built in England’. The single piece cuts of Walnut along with the electroluminescent displays blend tradition and modern features perfectly. The boot area is spotless and houses an unused Aston Martin umbrella. Exquisite in every respect. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION An all alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve 5935cc V12 engine produces 450bhp and effortlessly propels this GT sports car to a top speed of 186mph and 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. The engine growl is incredible and this example, despite the low warranted mileage, has been annually serviced at Aston Martin. The desirable and rare six-speed manual gearbox with the innovative propeller shaft manufactured from carbon fibre for lightness and improved refinement is the perfect combination. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Lightweight aluminium alloy wheels with Aston Martin metal centre caps are virtually unmarked with one tiny blemish to a front wheel. All four corners are shod in matching Bridgestone Potenza 235/40 ZR19 front and 275/35 ZR19 rear tyres with ample tread. 355mm diameter discs at the front and 330mm at the rear are ventilated and grooved and radially mounted four-piston monobloc calipers finished in optional red provide great stopping power with a firm yet progressive pedal feel. HISTORY FILE The DB9 was the first Aston Martin to be produced at the companies world headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire and this immaculate example was first registered on the 29th June 2005 to Lancaster Aston Martin before being sold to Mr Evenden who remained the registered custodian. The amazing history file includes the Approved Aston Martin Specification Sheet when the car was advertised for £110,000 and the subsequent invoice to Mr Evenden for the purchase. Conscientious and perfection seeking buyers will be satisfied with the full annual Aston Martin/Jaguar service history. Despite having only covered 10,920 miles a total of 15 service entries have occurred with corresponding invoices for the privilege. All handbooks, spare keys on Aston Martin leather key fobs and sales brochures are included. The Tracker security documentation folder is also present. An astonishingly low mileage, low owner and impeccably maintained example suitable for the discerning enthusiast. MOT August 2019 and HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/0h9jnJpovso To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/albums/72157699712789785 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 10920 mi
    • Engine size: 6
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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. This car has just had it's major service carried out by ourselves with front and rear pads and discs replacement. The wooden interior trim can easily be changed to gloss black. 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: 38367 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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    £46,950 £46,950
  • Aston Martin DB9

    £40,995 £40,995

    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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    £40,995 £40,995
  • 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
    For sale
    £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