Bought the car (a DB9LM) in June 2008 and have done around 12000 miles. I love the looks of the car, feel good when I drive it. I use it regularly for the school run and on to the office. My son fits comfortably in the back up to now but he just turned 11 and it will be a bit too cramped for him soon. The car drives very comfortably around town but it doesn't take much effort to up the pace on less busy roads. It is quite a low car so those with back problems may struggle to get in and out elegantly. I used to think the brakes were good until I got a car with carbon ceramic ones (see below) now I'm afraid I'm spoiled for all time, and the Aston's brakes feel unresponsive by comparison. Also with the long front overhang it is not the easiest car to manoeuvre in town, but that's about the only bad thing I have to say about driving it.
I get 12mpg round town, 14mpg on average at each fill up, but got 25mpg on the run from St. Malo to Milan. It has had two reliability problems in nearly three years, only one requiring a lift back to the garage. Have had five corrosion spots removed under the bodywork warranty.
All in all I'm very happy with it (despite the brakes); its a keeper, even thought its recent stablemate is a Ferrari California. it is a hard choice in the morning ...
Its looks,sound and performance are unequalled. It isnt perfect, but then no car is. Its flaws ( relatively heavy steering, slightly firm ride on bumpy roads, and relatively higher road/wind/tyre noise at high speeds), relatively low fuel consumption and relatively high maintainence costs (£1800 for last service) are a small price to pay. Like most diamonds it is slightly flawed, but its a diamond nontheless.
I've always wanted an Aston since my school days. In fact my then favourite was the original (77 on) V8 Vantage so for my 40th I was give the (well near) ultimate gift, a driving experience in a DB9 and it didn't disapoint.
What a fantastic car, great sound with the radio off! Handled very nicely, touchtronic very smooth, I found the cabin very comfortable, felt really at home and a part of the car
So you can guess what I want for christmas (here's wishing)!
I've driven my DB9 Coupe now for almost a year.
I've put 7000 miles on the clock. I've floated down motorways and autobahns. I've blasted it through country roads and mountain passes. I've let it sing its V12 battlehymn to me through the firewall and it has delivered every ounce of it's promise... again and again.
If you find the exhaust note 'very, very loud' then buy a Fiat Panda. If you can't afford low 20's fuel averages, then don't buy a car that costs over 100,000 pounds.
If you get your car serviced at the Works Service Centre at Newport Pagnell then you'll be treated like a gent and have your car back to you spotless and fixed by someone who probably knows every nut and bolt by their Christian name.
As Clarkson puts it: "If you don't want one, you're probably dead". I'm smitten. I love it. Brrrmmmmm!
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