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Aston Martin DB9/DBS

Aston Martin DB9/DBS Published: 7th Jan 2019 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Aston Martin DB9/DBS
Aston Martin DB9/DBS
Aston Martin DB9/DBS
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See, you can afford an Aston Martin and these Gaydon greats are future classics to enjoy right from the start if you buy well

Let’s be honest – future Astons will never become rare coveted six figure classics like the early DB cars as too many are now being made and enjoyed.

However, the current crop of Gaydon greats are just about as cheap as they are going to get say specialists before prices start to turnaround (witness the fact that dealers are already buying cars back from customers), meaning the time to buy is now while they cost the same as a top MGA or TR6. Be honest, what Ferrari can provide such supercar sensations yet for so little?

Dates to remember

2004

The DB9 launched using new VH Lotus Elise-style composite platform and rear-mounted manual or automatic transmissions and V12, 450bhp powered.

2005

Coupés are 2+2s but Volante is two-seater only.

2007

Famous DBS badge is reissued for harder core DB9 offshoot that replaces the Vanquish, based around the racer and so 60kg lighter than normal DB9 and with manual transmission. Also for 2007 model year, DB9 gains new seats and other upgrades.

2008

Sport Pack chassis upgrade (special lighter alloy wheels, lower ride height plus better springs and dampers – all of which could be retrofitted to earlier cars) with the special edition DB9 LM (Le Mans) made available in a special shade of silver and black leather trim with red stitching; DBS gains superior Touchtronic 2 transmission.

2009

More revises for the DB9 include a touch more power (now 460bhp) aided by an uprated transmission system. Also, a 2+2 DBS is added to the range plus a Volante cabriolet.

2010

DB9 receives added 10bhp and also the two-stage adaptive suspension that’s found on the DBS called the Sports Pack Plus.

2011-12

Short run Virage model sits between the pair: 490bhp, ceramic brakes and a better interior. For 2013, DB9 ups power to 510bhp, looks are sharpened but DBS is dropped.

Buying advice

These are the most complex Astons yet, so an expert check over is nigh on essential; main dealers will do it for around £300. A crowd of past owners points to a bad car. As ever, drive a few to set a datum. There’s a number of recalls concerning electrics, heated seats and wonky handling, the latter due to mis-aligned front subframes (not uncommon).

The complex composite make up means repairs are specialist so you need to check for past accident damage. Also rear subframes are known to gather surface rust, so check. The V12 is known to gulp oil but is very robust; watch for coolant seepage down the block plus poor running is chiefly down to faulty coil packs. Hard driven cars can display sloppy suspension but you must also ensure that the adaptive damping works as it should.

Most are automatics; check for corroding lube pipes which usually cost £2000 to replace. If you want a manual model, bear in mind that the clutches can last as little as 10,000 miles. The ceramic brakes are also costly; if they feel like a brick then the discs are on their way out. Tired trim is not unknown on hard used examples and dear to fix.

What makes this classic so special to drive and own in 2019?

A shared design but different personalities. Those in the know reckon that the DB9 is a vastly better car to the DB7 in every respect, including feel-good factor. The DBS takes it a stage further, upping the ante to a virtual 200mph pace. A traditional manual transmission for this glorious GT adds to the thrills but the Touchtronic auto of 2008 is also highly regarded for sportiness – ZF ’box in the DB9 is very good to use, too. Handling belies both models’ size and mass and the glorious power spread for this V12 has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

Best buys & prices

Along with the Vantage, they represent the cheapest route to Aston motoring although the flip sides are running and servicing costs plus the highest VED levies. A good condition and spec DB9 can be had for around £35,000, a little extra if a Sports Pack or manual ’box is included; Virages will hold most future classic appeal. Some see the DBS as the ‘new’ DB5; and typical residuals of £100K + highlight this, more so the limited edition cars. Ratty cars with price on their side rarely make sense due to repair costs.

From £30,000 target price £39,000



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