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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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25 reader reviews for Aston Martin DB9 Coupe.
  • 5.9 V12 Auto 2dr

    michael robertson Date: 12/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have an Aston Martin DB9 Coupe 5.9 V12, which cost just over £113,547 - so not at all cheap, but worth it. It is an 05-reg and has 5000 miles on the clock.

    Before the DB9, I had an Aston Martin DB7 GT and before that a Merc CL55 AMG, and before that a Bentley Turbo Mulliner, and before that a Ferrari 355 F1 Spider. So I've had my fair share of cars in my time, and the Aston has been great.

    My next car will probably be either a Bentley Continental GT or a Rolls Royce Phantom. The most speed I've got out of it was 189mph.

  • 5.9 V12 Auto 2dr

    James Burke Date: 20/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have to agree with Mr Marsh.

    I have had my DB9 for 6 weeks, 5 of which have been spent in the workshop.

    The car looks and sounds great, but everything else is a disaster.

    The car has had a series of electrical glitches, a blown clutch (after only 200Kms of city driving). Worse, it was delivered with bad scratches on th2 centre console and trim which the AM agent was very reluctant to fix, fearing they would make it worse.

    The car has horrible juddery steering, very poor ride/handling, terrible seats, poor visibility, awful drive by wire throttle, . . the list goes on.

    Every time I drive it I am genuinely surprised to find something else really badly made or designed.

    I also got a new Carrera S - the AM is for sale. Possibly its headed for the scrap yard, which is where it belongs.

  • 5.9 V12 Auto 2dr

    Michael Adler , Collier . Date: 07/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased a new DB9 a few days ago, trading in a new Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa.

    The DB9 is without a doubt is one of the world's greatest cars. I have driven Maseratis and Ferrari 360s but for sheer luxury, you cannot beat the DB9. Yes, the 360 may get to 60mph in a fraction of a second quicker but who cares?

    I would rather have the luxurious interior of the Aston over the 360 any day. The exhaust is glorious, it sounds beter than a Ferrari, the navigation system is wonderful, the sound system is better than the Lexus, the sheer beauty of the car surely competes with the Lambo Gallardo and the Ferrari 360 or 430.

    I love it!

  • 5.9 V12 450 2dr

    Benedict Marsh Date: 19/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Like everyone else, I was lured by beauty and a spine-tingling engine note when you press the starter button... it was all downhill from there. I had the DB9 for six months during which time it spent six weeks in the garage repairing: engine failures, juddery steering, replacing the stereo (3 times) and attempting to stem a loud chorus of rattles and creaks.

    The handling of the Aston is easilly unsettled over bumpy surfaces (i.e. 98% of Britain's roads), the rear grip is treacherous until the tyres are warmed up and the steering is overly heavy. The nose is also very long and low ruling out most multi-story car parks. My last moments with the car sum up my experience - my car was being returned from AM's main service centre on a low loader, as the truck drew up I was again wooed by the DB9's sleek lines; I started the engine and was greeted by that gorgeous growl, Iwas going to miss this car. I reversed precisely eight feet before a front air vent popped out of the fascia.

    Aston Martin's level of service is abysmal, by the way.

    So I guess you notice that I was not a happy bunny. Aston Martin is the most over-rated brand in the car world, it is not just that the DB9 is suffering from early gliches, as I drove a Vanquish the other day that refused either to select 3rd or downshift properly. I replaced the Aston with a Carrera S which is twice the car for half the money.

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