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I'm just starting a search for an Aston Martin. I have a couple Cobras, an Audi A7 daily driver, and a 2001 BMW 325Ci that I'm looking to replace with an Aston Martin.
 

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Nice! What Cobra's do you own? My dear old pal, the recently late Frank Rizzo, had CSX2021. He actually raced it wheel to wheel. No lame garage queen!



He also had a few Shelby's over the years, '66 & 69 as I recall.. We did a lot of vintage racing together.

What Aston are you looking at? All are superb drivers, even my lowly DB7...;)
 

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Hi! I have a Superformance 427 S/C and just finished an ERA street 427.

The Aston is to replace my wife’s BMW. She’s been struggling with vertigo for the last several weeks and I offered to get her dream car to be a light at the end of the tunnel when she regains balance and can drive again. I’m thinking a DB9, but that was before I realized the backseats are even smaller than the BMW.
 

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The DB9 rear seats are small like the Porsche 911–pretty useless except for smalll kids. Look seriously at the Vantage. The Vantage is “Road-going Art” in it’s timeless design. I have a 2008 Vantage 6-speed Stick. I suppose your Wife may want an automatic, in which case go for a much newer model Vantage as the early automatics suck! (I’m so glad I have a Manual). With that said, I would start my search by visiting Robbie Martin an independent Aston Mechanic in Burlingame—Peninsula European. He’ll steer you in the right direction for your search, maybe knows of local cars for Sale and can do a Pre-purchase inspection for you. Tell him Dick Keenly sent you. Good Hunting.
 

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The DB9 rear seats are small like the Porsche 911–pretty useless except for smalll kids. Look seriously at the Vantage. The Vantage is “Road-going Art” in it’s timeless design. I have a 2008 Vantage 6-speed Stick. I suppose your Wife may want an automatic, in which case go for a much newer model Vantage as the early automatics suck! (I’m so glad I have a Manual). With that said, I would start my search by visiting Robbie Martin an independent Aston Mechanic in Burlingame—Peninsula European. He’ll steer you in the right direction for your search, maybe knows of local cars for Sale and can do a Pre-purchase inspection for you. Tell him Dick Keenly sent you. Good Hunting.
Dick,
Thank you! There are only two of us, but when our kids or visitors are in town we will take the BMW convertible out for short trips weather permitting. The backseat in the BMW 325Ci is pretty small, but it works for adults on short trips with the front seats moved up so everyone is scrunched in. I was hoping the DB9 Volante would be similar, but it sounds like the DB9 rears are even smaller. I need to get to a showroom and see some of this stuff for myself, as web surfing only answers some questions.

Will reach out to Robbie. I've been looking for an independent mechanic in parallel with my car research as that was the saving grace for me when I owned my 2000 XJR in Portland, more for convenience (it was a mile from my house and they would pick up/drop off) than the cost compared to the dealer. Burlingame is a ways from where I live, but will check it out. Thanks for the tip!

Evan
 

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Robbie is a pretty long way from my house, since I live in El Dorado Hills. My son lives in Menlo Park, so it gives me a chance to visit him. My main reason for suggesting that you contact Robbie is he can steer you away from Aston Models that could be trouble prone. BTW, my 2008 Vantage has been totally trouble free after getting some repairs during the warrantee period—Its just crossing 40,000 miles.
 

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Well my wife and I looked at a 2014 DB9 Volante yesterday. As much as I like the idea of the car, the nonexistent backseat is a showstopper. Off to look for an M4 convertible I guess.

The AM makes sense as a replacement for my Cobra, but then I might as well get a roadster rather than the DB9. I'm not ready to part with my Cobra just yet, though.
 

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You really need to spend some time in an Aston. I've driven a few kit "Cobras", as well as the real thing, and there's no comparison. I suggest driving both a DB9 & a V8 Vantage.
 

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You really need to spend some time in an Aston. I've driven a few kit "Cobras", as well as the real thing, and there's no comparison. I suggest driving both a DB9 & a V8 Vantage.
Not saying they are even close other than somewhat impractical two-seaters. I only really have room in my life for one 2 seater at a time.
 
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