Do not buy this car unless you only want it to decorate your driveway. I have owned a DB9 and a Vantage on my company and have now sold them!!! The main problem is the very very loud exhaust noise which after only just a few miles becomes tiresome boring and a great source for a thumping headache. The loud exhaust is a 'manufactured' noise achieved with an automatic valve on the exhaust which opens at a fairly low speed to allow the silencer to be bypassed. All Aston Martins now apparently use the exhaust bypass system which is a 'clever' means of circumventing the road noise laws set by the DoT, but beware the law is being tightened and such systems will soon be illegal. On the plus side, the 'kids' on the pavement will 'admire' you for making such a 'wonderful' noise!!! If you get you kicks that easily buy an Aston Martin.
i really really hope that the new dbs will be what the old db9 and vanquish never could be, and there owners perceptions of them. I hope that aston wil sort out all the glitches, owners will know these so i need not explain, and it hopefully will have the noise speed and acceleration that the db9 and vanquish never quite managed, i also hope under new ownership aston can seriously sort out its service, which is incredibaly bad, and stop the use of cruddy ford bin parts which were on the vanquish, and which parts still reside on the db9
I recently went for a short 10-minute drive in a DB9, and the best thing about it was the noise and the speed. It makes the best noise in the whole world, and you can definitely forget a Ferrari, it just isn't competitive.
It is competitive, however, when it comes to the driving ability. The steering is accurate, but isn't particuarly light either. When you want a bit of fun on twisty mountain roads, the car changes. It is a very good GT car, but not a good sports car. It's too big, and the V12 is more at home on the motorway than on country roads. The Ferrari's F430 4.3 V8 is much more agressive and puncy, and is keener to rev.
I'm not saying the DB9 is a bad car, because it is by far the best GT car in its class, level with a Ferrari 612, and I would buy one, but it's beaten my Lamborghinis which are much more fun, Ferraris, Maseratis, and Porsches.
I had a Porsche Turbo convertible. I traded it in on a whim for the DB9 convertible. My Porsche was a six-speed version, and I loved it with no problems.
However, this car immediately had a stink from the clutch and was overheating. I have driven a manual car since I was 16 years old (I'm 38 now) - I insisted the dealership replace the clutch.
Please help me and tell me if this is a very temperamental car. Is this a highway car and not a city one? I'm really regretting the trade, with 300 miles on my new car and a new clutch. I'm starting to smell the smell again when I'm in stop-and-go traffic.
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