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Aston Martin DB7 (1994 - 2003)

Last updated 29 January 2014

 
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Buying Guide

Good

  • Lovely, clean design.
  • Nice compromise between handling and ride quality. Excellent 335 bhp supercharged 3,239cc six-cylinder engine with healthy 361 lb ft torque.
  • Supplemented from Spring 1996 by convertible Volante and from Spring 1999 by 6.0 litre V12 Vantage version offering 420 bhp, much praised by English motoring writers.

Bad

  • Expensive compared to XK8 (but Vantage comparatively 'reasonable' at £92,500).
  • Cabin spoiled by cheap and nasty 'parts bin' switchgear. Hood of convertible does not fold away.
  • Most six-cylinder cars fitted with old-fashioned four-speed automatic gearbox which is difficult to override manually and changes gear half way round corners.
  • Production ended late 2003 when replaced by V12 DB9.

Watch

  • For rich English people, chosen over XK8 for exclusivity of Aston Martin name. Must have top notch service history. Don't expect this car to be 100% niggle-free.
  • Fuel tank lifter pump problems common.
  • Wheels running 35 profile tyres (on DB7GT) have been known to crack.

Recalls

  • 10/1/2000: 140 DB7 Vantage Coupes and Volantes recalled because of insufficient welds to front damper lower mounting brackets. Brackets to be replaced if not welded on all three sides.
  • 9/10/2000: 478 DB7 Vantage models recalled for replacement of Power Train Control Module because original ignition software could result in misfires.
  • 4/6/2001: DB7 coupes and Volantes recalled because steering column lighting switchgear cabling can become trapped. Switchgear to be replaced.
  • 24/3/2003: DB7s recalled because PAS hose may contact LH exhaust manifold and burn through.
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