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Old 18 May 2019, 10:01 AM   #1
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DB9 or GTR Experience Sought

I've been loosely playing around with the idea of buying a toy. But really I'm in the research phase.

The DB9 is beautiful, I've heard the 07+ aren't that bad but does anyone have experience with maintaining them? Or general thoughts re owning one.

Same question for the GTR?

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Old 18 May 2019, 10:46 AM   #2
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No experience. But I vote Aston. And I’m a huge fan of the GTR. But def Aston.
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Old 18 May 2019, 11:16 AM   #3
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No experience either, but I think the fit and finish on the Aston is a different level!
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Old 18 May 2019, 11:33 AM   #4
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You couldn't have picked two different cars.

DB9 is beautiful, hand-built, high-quality materials, but still British and expensive to repair. Cruise for days in supreme comfort listening to the symphony of the V12. It was $4k to replace the wiper motor in my 09 DBS, so buyer beware owning an Aston Martin out of warranty.

GTR is the opposite of everything I just wrote.
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Old 18 May 2019, 12:41 PM   #5
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GTR is the opposite of everything I just wrote.
I believe the GTR engine is hand built.
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Old 18 May 2019, 01:06 PM   #6
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I believe the GTR engine is hand built.
They are, in apparently hermetically-sealed factories. I think I heard that on TopGear. Iíd still vote for the lovely V12 but pay whatever amount of money it took to get a warranty.
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Old 18 May 2019, 02:07 PM   #7
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When people say GTR, are you guys referring to the Nissan GTR or AMG GTR?
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Old 18 May 2019, 03:05 PM   #8
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I really like the amg gt (and the SLS) and variants but I was asking about the Nissan; however, now that you mention it...

thanks for all replies will be more responsive tmrw.
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Old 18 May 2019, 03:56 PM   #9
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AMG GTR not even a second or third thought!

They feel like they are built out of a solid slab of granite, SO MUCH FUN, did I mention, SO MUCH FUN?

Most fun car I've had and experienced out of anything in the past 5 years I've owned, including Lamborghini, Ferrari and Mclaren!
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Old 18 May 2019, 04:02 PM   #10
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I'd go GTR. AM is about to go bankrupt, I would avoid at all costs.
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Old 18 May 2019, 05:02 PM   #11
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I'd go GTR. AM is about to go bankrupt, I would avoid at all costs.


Donít worry about that. Aston has gone bankrupt 7 times so far in their history.

Iíve never owned but have been around the DB9 a little. The ones Iíve seen have all suffered with rust. So just have a really thorough check of bodywork.

Iíd imagine the Volvo infotainment system will seem clunky nowadays but Iíd still choose a DB9 over a Nissan any day despite the GTRís ludicrous performance.

Whoever suggested the AMG GTR... I suspect this is a completely different price point.


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Old 18 May 2019, 05:22 PM   #12
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Don’t worry about that. Aston has gone bankrupt 7 times so far in their history.

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Old 18 May 2019, 09:34 PM   #13
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Ive owned an Aston Martin Vantage for about 11 years. It has the automated clutch with paddle shifting. I had to replace the clutch at 40,000 miles. This is fairly common. Other than that, the vehicle has only needed routine maintenance. For a high performance vehicle that's pretty amazing. I don't know about the GTR (Mercedes ?) But a hand built car like an Aston is a special experience.
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Old 18 May 2019, 09:53 PM   #14
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I purchased myself a DB9 (Sports pack) for my 50th with the idea to have the car as a keeper.

I did not enjoy the experience.

The car had no major mechanical issues, but plenty of minor electrical faults which re-occurred time and again that Aston never managed to solve. It also needed to be constantly plugged into a trickle feed charger (apparently common) or the battery would go flat overnight – another issue that the Aston dealer could not resolve.

The car made a fantastic sound and I loved the interior and drive – but the Mrs did not (with hindsight I should not have gone for the Sports pack as the ride is a lot harsher, which she hated)

The final and most major issue that made me decide the car was not a keeper was also a fairly common issue with cars built around 2007:
The car started corroding (not rust, as it is alli but oxidisation) around the door handles and the window seals which AM initially tried not to honour under their 10 year body warranty. I persisted and without going into too many details, they did finally pay for the work – which was over £5000 several years ago.

A friend has had a DB9 Volante for the last 3 years without any issues and six months ago swapped for a new DB11 Volante that has also been trouble free to date.

I still think they are a beautiful car, but I could not live with the hassle.
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