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My db9 2006 has covered 15,000 miles. It was serviced at 9,000 miles 22 months ago. On a routine motorway journey the engine blew up. A new engine is required. The car apparently has lost 5-6 liters of oil in 22 months and 6,000 miles. The engine oil light on the dash is a pressure light NOT an oil level light. Whilst driving, if the light comes on its 'game over' ! Which one of you db9 owners have experienced or heard of this issue. How much oil is being used per 1,000 miles on your V12 engines. If the car is to be serviced every 12,000 miles or yearly should the engine be topped up every 1 litre every month or 1000 miles. Is this acceptable and normal. I am about to launch a legal and media campaign and need some feed back.
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My db9 2006 has covered 15,000 miles. It was serviced at 9,000 miles 22 months ago. On a routine motorway journey the engine blew up. A new engine is required. The car apparently has lost 5-6 liters of oil in 22 months and 6,000 miles. The engine oil light on the dash is a pressure light NOT an oil level light. Whilst driving, if the light comes on its 'game over' ! Which one of you db9 owners have experienced or heard of this issue. How much oil is being used per 1,000 miles on your V12 engines. If the car is to be serviced every 12,000 miles or yearly should the engine be topped up every 1 litre every month or 1000 miles. Is this acceptable and normal. I am about to launch a legal and media campaign and need some feed back.
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What a nightmare. This forum seems a bit lacking in the reply department. I suspect that most would tell you that confirming the oil level is your responsibility. But, I was under the impression that these engine were way less finicky than many other exotics. I suppose your experience could happen to anyone, in any car, but wow..I wish your wallet a speedy recovery.
 

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I don't think you'll get anywhere with your complaint. You hadn't checked the oil level in your engine in almost 2 years!? Even if you don't drive that much, contaminants (such as condensation) will form in your engine's oil and at an absolute minimum you need to change the oil at least once a year. Seeing as your car is worth well over $100k, I can't see it being a problem to have an oil change once a year. Most all high performance engines will burn oil, especially on start up and until the engine warms up and the internal components heat up and expand to fit precisely. It also depends on whether the engine was broken in properly.

I'm sorry that your engine blew. I hope you're able to get it repaired and back on the road soon.

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There are far too many variables in this situation to effectively blame the service station, at this point "anything is possible".
Many European manufacturers recommend changing oil every 12k and indicate consumption of "1qt per 1k" to be "normal". I personally have only seen that sort of oil consumption happening when the oil is very old or when there is a failure somewhere.
Either way I tell all of my customers whether it's an Audi, Ferrari or Aston 5,000mi or every 12 months which ever is first is the ideal window.
 

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There's definitely a difference between "having the car serviced", and .. checking the oil, which is something that should be done each time you refuel. In my experience, some performance engines have looser tolerances in certain areas to reduce friction within the engine (and thus improve output).. One of those areas is the piston rings which, then obviously allows more oil to pass.. Time to stock up on Mobil 1! :)
 

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My observation is that most Aston Martins have very low mileage, which means they are driven infrequently and/or for short trips. I think under such driving I would change oil much more frequently than once a year, more like twice a year or 3000 miles whichever comes first.
I have not seen the internal clearance specifications for Aston Martin motors. They may be a bit looser than say for a Ford, but modern motors generally have much tighter specs than motors say of the 60s. My guess is that the Aston Martin motors are not significantly looser than other high performance motors. Whatever, it is simply prudent to be kind to any motor. Avoid any spirited driving until the oil is fully warmed, and the clearances tighten. This usually takes at least ten driving miles, no matter what the coolant temperature indicates.
I think it is also prudent to monitor your oil level. It is so easy to do. I do it when the motor is cold after an overnight park. That way I have a more consistent readout than reading oil level when filling with gasoline. It takes some time for all the oil to trickle back down to the sump. Periodic oil checks will keep you appraised of your oil consumption rate, so you can plan.
If the oil light ever illuminates, don't waste time wondering what the problem is as you have very little time before the game is over. Coast to the side of the road and call for a tow.
I note that Mercedes and BMW have eliminated the dip stick and gone to an electronic oil level indicator. While this is partially a good move, but retaining the dip stick as a back up makes more sense to me.
 
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