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Hi All,

Just bought a 2014 DB9 with 13000 miles. I hoping to tap into the hive mind collective wisdom.

I'll be using it as a daily driver year around in Chicago area. Buying older depreciated sports cars and driving them daily has been my MO. Hard to beat the value. So, a few newbie questions.

Is there a go-to Aston Martin specialist in the Chicago area that isn't the dealer? I have a great indie shop but they know German cars well. A good specialist knows the issues that typically crop up and how to deal with them.

Tires: I usually put on summer tires and snow tires but it appears no snow tires are available. Continental has an extremecontact DWS 06 plus all season. Anyone have this tire or an alternate suggestion?

Dash leather - a little sun fading and just the beginning of shrinkage. The fading I'm sure can be airbrush dyed. What's the go-to product to prevent shrinkage or peeling (no jokes please). Is there a good known guy to do the touch up work.

GPS - The electronic screen works but the GPS view is fuzzy and unreadable. Not that I'll be using the GPS, but is this a known issue with a known fix?

Finally, are there other active Aston Martin forums that I should tie into?

Thanks All,

Phil
 

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Hi Phil,

Yes there is another forum: AMOC.org (Aston Martin Owners Club.org) which is comprised mostly of folks who live in the UK. However, they more than others really know these cars and you'll be able to acquire a lot of great information about your vehicle there as well. I subscribe to both forums as I'm a 'gearhead' and really love cars and work on them as well. I own a 2003 DB7VV stick shift 3 pedal which I love. Since not many stick shifts vehicles are out there the law of supply and demand kicks in and they seem to be appreciating more than the paddle shifted models, IMHO. Good luck the winters can be brutal in Chicago, as I went to SIU in Carbondale, and after graduating worked in Chicago for four years before moving to SoCal.

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Hi All,

Just bought a 2014 DB9 with 13000 miles. I hoping to tap into the hive mind collective wisdom.

I'll be using it as a daily driver year around in Chicago area. Buying older depreciated sports cars and driving them daily has been my MO. Hard to beat the value. So, a few newbie questions.

Is there a go-to Aston Martin specialist in the Chicago area that isn't the dealer? I have a great indie shop but they know German cars well. A good specialist knows the issues that typically crop up and how to deal with them.

Tires: I usually put on summer tires and snow tires but it appears no snow tires are available. Continental has an extremecontact DWS 06 plus all season. Anyone have this tire or an alternate suggestion?

Dash leather - a little sun fading and just the beginning of shrinkage. The fading I'm sure can be airbrush dyed. What's the go-to product to prevent shrinkage or peeling (no jokes please). Is there a good known guy to do the touch up work.

GPS - The electronic screen works but the GPS view is fuzzy and unreadable. Not that I'll be using the GPS, but is this a known issue with a known fix?

Finally, are there other active Aston Martin forums that I should tie into?

Thanks All,

Phil

Saw your post and thought I'd give you a shout. I'm in Lake Geneva, WI and have owned a few Aston Martins over the years. Currently I have a 09 DBS (6speed). You're absolutely right about the value of these very lightly used cars out there. Especially since a damn ordinary pickup truck is nearly 100k. I also have a Ford Raptor as my daily driver because of the weather we can get.

Hit me up if you ever take a road trip up past the "cheddar curtain". I'd love to meet up and check out your ride. I also have lots of experience with maintenance and I do most myself. I've tried many different aftermarket exhaust systems and have a bunch of it laying around still if you're interested.

Either way.. Congrats on your purchase!

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Saw your post and thought I'd give you a shout. I'm in Lake Geneva, WI and have owned a few Aston Martins over the years. Currently I have a 09 DBS (6speed). You're absolutely right about the value of these very lightly used cars out there. Especially since a damn ordinary pickup truck is nearly 100k. I also have a Ford Raptor as my daily driver because of the weather we can get.

Hit me up if you ever take a road trip up past the "cheddar curtain". I'd love to meet up and check out your ride. I also have lots of experience with maintenance and I do most myself. I've tried many different aftermarket exhaust systems and have a bunch of it laying around still if you're interested.

Either way.. Congrats on your purchase!

Eric
Thanks so much. Will do. After driving this car a bit, which is for my wife, I think I might need to replace my 911 turbo with a 12 cylinder Aston. The DBS is the 6 speed version?

Another silly question. What do you do for a cupholder?
 

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Thanks so much. Will do. After driving this car a bit, which is for my wife, I think I might need to replace my 911 turbo with a 12 cylinder Aston. The DBS is the 6 speed version?

Another silly question. What do you do for a cupholder?
My 2010 DBS volante has a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shift ability. That model is also available with a six-speed stick shift. Sadly the stick shift options are rare here in the USA and used examples are demanding a significant premium at the moment. There is a holder for two cups in the center console but it is shallow, unstable and is inconveniently placed at the front of the center console/arm rest. A 7-11 big gulp will end up in your lap as soon as you take off. A smaller, low center of gravity travel coffee cup will be OK if it is sized right, but will be in the way of your right arm.

I adore my DBS. It is an incredible car and the 6.0 liter V12 makes an amazing sound and is jet turbine smooth. Of course there are faster and more technologically advanced cars out there now but none have the style, sophistication and panache of the Aston Martin. Mine turns heads everywhere I drive it. Enjoy!
 

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Yes..Definitely very hard to find in the U.S. I had a 6speed DB9 for many years and then kept an eye on the DBS (manual) market for a good time to grab one. I am so glad I did as I prices are skyrocketing now..not that I would sell mine. I've had all the brands and models but this DBS is by far my favorite.

A couple pictures of the armrest/console in my car. I also was able to locate the optional alloy storage cup.
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Yes..Definitely very hard to find in the U.S. I had a 6speed DB9 for many years and then kept an eye on the DBS (manual) market for a good time to grab one. I am so glad I did as I prices are skyrocketing now..not that I would sell mine. I've had all the brands and models but this DBS is by far my favorite.

A couple pictures of the armrest/console in my car. I also was able to locate the optional alloy storage cup. View attachment 1917 View attachment 1918 View attachment 1920 View attachment 1921
That's gorgeous. I love the alloy manual shifter in these cars. I was looking on line for a manual just out of interest today. A dealer in Texas has a 2009 DBS stick with 13,000 miles listed for $209,000. That's crazy!
 

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Thank you for the compliment.

Depending on the color of the DBS in Dallas, that certainly doesn't sound to outta line. A Casino Royal car will fetch a premium versus a Lightning Silver car (for example).

I think quite a few loyal enthusiasts (like me) aren't happy with this new generation. I can say with 100% certainty that I'll never own one unfortunately.
 
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