I was browsing through the various articles on the website and read your post about buying a private plate. I’ve not mentioned this before but I also succumbed to buying a private plate shortly after buying Aston 2209 and the number I got was X005AML.
As I’m now retired that now makes me an “X” engineer !!! [Although engineers never retire they just get more grumpy]
I might have been able to get 007 but a plate with that number for an Aston Martin would have cost more than the car !!!
AML of course as we all know – Aston Martin Lagonda
One of the most common maintenance items on any car, the DB9 and Vantage included, is servicing your brakes. When your service includes either changing the brake pads, the brake rotors, or both, it is necessary to properly ‘mate’ the two components together for optimal performance and, in the case of an Aston Martin, to reduce or eliminate brake squeal. Continue reading “Bedding in OEM Brake Pads on an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage”→
Since buying Aston 2209, my DB9, in April of 2017 I
have always thought that the interior cabin lighting was a little dark. My wife
Barbara despite having Satnav in the DB9 and Google Maps on her phone still
likes to use a paper map so she also agreed with me that the reading light
could do with some improvement.
With the arrival of LED technology options are now available for us to
replace existing lamps (bulbs) with LEDs. The good thing is that LEDs are a win
win technology using less current and providing a brighter light.
I set out to investigate what was available to me searching Ebay and Amazon under “W3W LED Bright White Car Bulbs” and found that there are many manufacturers available making any number of LED lamps to suit our Astons, however the search only came back with W5W fitting. I not saying the W3W fitting bulbs are not available but my search at the time kept coming back with only W5W and that is what I bought.
In the video the lamp is installed from the back and you must
make sure the
angular offset of
the mount is pointed to the centre.
However if you
install without removing the rear view mirror or the centre roof lining
as I did in the video, the slot arrowed in the head lining ensures the correct
orientation of the lamp so the offset is towards the centre. The orientation
slot is not there for other lamps.
settled on what I considered to be an excellent manufacturer, “Osram”, since
most of the items on offer did not give clear indication of the manufacturer.
[They’re all made in China anyway!]
can see they offer a 6 year guarantee, not that they cost much, I paid £13.83
(approx USD17.00) for two lamps in the pack, however if they give a 6 year
guarantee it should be a while before I have replace them.
Power consumption is stated as being 1 Watt each, which is less than the original lamps that are rated at 3 Watts each. I must admit I was a little concerned when I ordered the lamps particularly in respect of the fittings. However they fit perfectly and I’ll now buy more for the rear cabin lights, the footwells and the boot (trunk).
I wanted to have a “white” light as I believe it
gives a modern look – other light colours are available such as Warm Light and
Here is a video of the installation of the bulbs for your information.
A great line proclaimed by ‘Franco’ (played by Raul Julia) from one of my favorite campy car movies or all time ‘Gumball Rally’. Totally worth watching if you are a car guy/gal since the cars are real and some of the footage is just great. 427 AC Cobra, Jag E Type, Ferrari’s, Porsche’s and more. You can watch it online from many streaming services like Amazon and YouTube (for just $2.99 USD), etc.
Anyways, back to today’s post on removing the rear view mirror. Ripping it off like Franco probably isn’t the advisable way to tackle this in an Aston Martin DB9 and I wanted to share how I did it. There could be any number of reasons to remove it, but for me it was that I wanted to loosen the Alcantra covered ‘Front Heading’ trim piece that spans the width of the front edge of the headliner so that I could remove the entire headliner to be re-upholstered after it started to sag. You can check out that whole process in my other article here.