Thanks for the guidance gents.
How can one tell if the coils are going out? I presume it will throw a check engine light and give a code indicating coils?
Are the replacement coils better, or will changing them be a regular, (if infrequent) procedure?
I've only driven one of these cars. It was intoxicating enough that I'm continuing to give it thought. From first impressions I liked the short/low dash. The visibility forward seemed good, making it easy to drive. I imagine the newer V8V and DB9's would be a touch more challenging to pilot around town.
I also liked the touchtronic automatic. Shift times were a bit slow but positive. I'm curious how a manual would compare.
As for handling it tossed around a bit on rougher roads but none of the bang and crash of pure sports cars. No squeaks and creaks either so the chassis must be reasonably stiff. The quick steering ratio was enjoyable too.
And finally the sound of the engine, not surprisingly one of the best features.
Hmm, it seems I'm talking myself into this.
If the coils are failing it will throw a misfire code(s) and indicate which cylinder(s) are failing.
It may also show similar codes when one of the two fuel pumps starts to go or fails, best to check fuel pressure at the rails before assuming its one or the other.
As Brendan mentioned A/C non functioning can be a problem, mine was in-op when I purchased, but was fixed by charging with 3 cans of Dura-Cool refirgerant (it slow leaks from the compressor front seal), I just add refrigerant occasionally.
I have a manual 6 speed Volante, it a quick car and seat of the pants feels as fast as a pre-production manual DB9 and Vanquish (old model , non S) I had also driven.
The DB9 manual is probably ultimately the faster car by a tenth or two , but back to back the skill of the driver would come into play 0:60.
The autos are quick also , but manual is the way to go for ultimate driving fun and performance, and the redline on the manual is higher (7000 rpm) as is top speed (on coupe) 185 mph instead of limited 155 mph on auto coupes and Volantes.
Driving the DB7 Vantage delivers more of an old school performance feel, akin to the Ferrari Daytona's of the '70s and AC Cobras, If you need more luxury /driver aids the DB9 is the way to go.
Autos don't have expensive clutch to wear/replace (or release slaves that leak/fail) are more relaxing to drive in traffic, and easier to drink coffee in.
Structure wise , the DB7 isn't as rigid as the DB9 , on a rough road you can feel the car flexing around, but I wouldn't say its excessive.
Engine definitely sounds better with a factory sports exhaust , modded or aftermarket one, the standard exhaust is very quiet for a performance car.
Don't discount the Volante , on a hot day with the top down it delivers a great driving experience, and gives an enhanced impression of speed.