Originally Posted by greginportlandor
Me73 -- I finally found an Aston Martin DB9 that was local to me and checked it out. Quite a nice car. The one I looked at was a 2005 with 17,000 miles and it looked like a new car. The materials hold up well. The interior was super nice and would fit two small kids in the back.
I prefer the exterior look of the Evora over the DB9, though. The closest aston martin dealer to me is 200 miles away but there's a Lotus dealer in my city. I'm scared off by the potential maintenance of the DB9 as if something goes wrong it seems like it's possible to get a $10k or $20k repair bill. They are nice cars though and if I had a local dealer and could get one of the Aston Martin warranties (sounds like they can cover up to a 10 year old car) I'd be tempted to pick one up.
I'm definitely not going to tell you that your fears aren't justified. Every car is different, some have problems and some don't. Not having a dealer or someone who will work on Astons local would be a problem. I'm lucky in that respect. I won't use the dealer, but there are several exotic mechanics in my area if I run into something that I don't want to handle myself. My Vantage, however, has been EXTREMELY reliable. There are of course horror stories, but most people on the Aston board seem to have reliable cars like me.
Aston was owned by Ford in the mid 2000s and used many Ford, Jag and Volvo parts. Which, for some reason people seem to think is a bad thing but it's absolutely not. As we Lotus owners know, there's no downside to your low volume car using parts that have been tested and proven at high volume. It also makes parts shopping less painful when you know that $500 alternator is actually the same $50 part from a Ford pickup.
The factory Aston warranty can be applied to any car that is less than 10 years old with an inspection and continued on a car with a warranty in perpetuity. If it's older than 10 and doesn't have one already they won't give it one.
Like I said, there's really no nicer place to be than an Aston's interior but there are alot of other alternatives to look at. If it were me, between DB9 and an Evora, I wouldn't even look at the Aston. But I am normally looking for a sports car instead of a GT.
Have you ever driven a 944 or 968? Fantastic driving cars.