Unfortunately, on reading the other "owners" reviews, it is obvious that many have not driven, let alone owned a DB9.
Firstly, up until the very latest model, the DB9 hasnt come with a temperature guage at all, so, to Andrew, I fail to see how it could go faulty. As for Benedict's review, (strangely the 3rd 911 'owner' of the reviewers), it literally is impossible for the fan to pop out of the fascia, as it is behind a solid piece of wood, the whole dash needs to be removed to take the front of a fan off.
This is my 2nd DB9, I bought a Volante for my wife, my car has been perfect, not a single problem, a rough ride at low speeds is to be expected in every single supercar capable of 200mph, yes, even the 911. It is the high speed handling that matters as this is a GT after all, not a taxi! Anyway, top of the range Linn system is good, a bit base heavy on default settings however.
For the engine size and performance, the DB9 is a very economical car, especially when cruising in 6th gear, The service is excellent at Newport Pagnell, and much cheaper than I expected (if you complain about service costs or fuel economy, dont buy a proper car kids!!)
I have a DB9 5.9 V12 coupe. I agree that Aston Martin aftersales and customer service isn't that good. My car has failed to start due to battery being drained by 'faulty door modules' which have subsequently had a software upgrade.
It had to break down twice though before they told me about the fault. I have paint flaking off in a few different areas on the car, supposedly made good by dealer, but when it returned from repairs at paint shop, it had even more new areas where paint was flaking off, yet they still tried to give me it back! They have agrees to take it back to the factory to examine the paint finish.
It has also needed an audio software upgrade, and two new centre consoles due to paint flaking off that too. They have sorted the squealing brakes, but unfortunately it still squeaks badly. There's also a constant annoying rattle from rear parcel shelf, so it went to dealer to be sorted. When it came back (having been apparently sorted) it was the same as it was when it went in!
Now I can't get the handbrake warning light to go off. I should have bought the Bentley!
The DB 9 is a really great looking car, and its V12 engine sounds delightful, but if that's the only criteria on which you will spend £115k, then don't read on. Sadly, it seems Aston has let buyers down with poor quality workmanship, design faults and reliabilty problems.
I bought a new DB9 in July this year, and so far it has spent six weeks in the workshop for a long list of problems, several of which have had to be repeatedly repaired. Some problems were a result of design faults, which did Aston only reluctantly agreed to change the parts after several complaints.
My car has had problems with the brake sensors, the gearbox software which required the CPU to be changed, differential problems, squealing brakes, the amplifier was replaced, there were faulty wipers, blotchy paint and a chorus of rattles and squeaks which are still driving me mad. Also, the temperature gauge in the car is out by four degrees celcius and Aston Martin thinks that's within tolerances - my old Golf did better than that!
Aston Martin's customer service leaves little to be desired - so far they see nothing really wrong and expect their DB9 owners to put up with miserable relaibility.
Anyone thinking about spending this amount of money on a car needs to rethink. The DB9 is the worst high-end car I have ever owned. And mine is for sale for anyone who doesn't believe this.
i have just brought the Aston Martin DB9 5.9 V12 coupe - it is very good for the price. I also have the Ferrari F430 which gives me more perfomance than the Aston, but the Aston has more luxury components to it - so if it is speed you are after, forget the Aston and go for the Ferrari.
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