Used Aston Martin Db9
A history lesson…
How do you replace a car like the Aston Martin DB7? A car with some much respect, love and praise; it’s a tough one. Aston, however, took up the challenge, and somehow managed to pull it off with the incredible DB9. Dubbed as the first modern, 21st century Aston Martin, the DB9 represented a huge step forward for the company when it was launched in the early 2000s.
If you like your Astons, then the DB9 is the car for you. It’s beautiful, well-balanced, easy to drive and, above all, powerful. The 6.0-litre V12 is brutal enough to worry most sports cars and the noise it produces will have you smiling for years.
Bang for your buck
For a second-hand buy, the Aston Martin DB9 is pretty good value. You get an amazing amount of attention-to-detail, along with a huge V12 engine and unrivalled build quality. The interior has been dubbed as one of the best ever made for any car, so you can be assured of a comfortable journey every time you hop in.
You won’t get much to the gallon, but who cares?
What you’ll pay
Prices for a second-hand DB9 do vary. You will be able to pick up a 2005 model for around £80,000, while the newer and more updated models will clearly set you back a little more. They are not cheap cars, but they are, without any question, worth each and every penny.
What to check
Aside from the obvious checks, there have been no real horror stories surrounding the Aston DB9. It’s a fantastically well-made car which should last you for as long as you want to keep it. It was made as a properly new car, so the technology and materials are all up-to-date and fresh.
Just make sure those big and expensive alloys are in good nick!
This is where the ownership of an Aston Martin really begins to hurt. Parts for a DB9 are eye-wateringly expensive and there’s just no getting away from it. If you want a car which won’t cost you the world when new parts are needed, get another car.
You’re looking at circa £700 for a service, while tyres are just as expensive – with rears around £450 a pair. Brakes are around £400 to replace, so be easy on them unless you have an ridiculously impressive bank balance.
How it drives
This is where the Aston Martin DB9 really comes into play. Forget the parts; forget everything; just drive. Sure, the DB9 is more of a long-distance cruiser than out-and-out sports car, but it’s still an Aston Martin, so it will happily put its hands down your pants and have a little play whenever the moment takes you. With that incredible soundtrack and 460bhp V12 under your right foot you will have to put the hammer down almost every other corner.
The suspension is firm but supple, and the entire car just feels properly set-up; not too much roll, but enough sportiness to make you enjoy the drive without breaking your back.
If you love driving and you love Aston Martins which don’t give you spinal problems, the DB9 is the ideal partner.