My Car

DSC00173I’ve been doing some research to learn as much as possible about my car.  I’m the third owner, and it did not come with nearly any documented history.

I’ve been reaching out to various sources to gather background on the vehicle:

  • I purchased a CarFax report on my VIN prior to buying the car, and it gave me some history to ownership and service history.   Check out my blog post on this.
  • The specialist dealer I bought it from contacted the previous owner and they provided copies of the last AM Dealership service prior to my purchase.  I learned they did a 2yr service and changed a coil pack just before putting the car up for sale (which was great to know).
  • I then contacted the AM Dealership they had it serviced at and asked if they had any more service history on this VIN, and they said it was confidential, but checked anyways and they hadn’t worked on it other than the one time I had the paperwork for.
  • I checked my Owners Manual in the glove box and reviewed the ‘stamps’ for each of the previous 8 years of service.  Most had in fact been done by a specialist and not a main dealer.
  • I posted a question on the Aston Martin Owners Club about what engine number my car should have, and the ‘Registrar of Cars’ at the Aston Martin Heritage Trust provided my engine number based on my VIN (thanks Tim).
  • Aston Martin Heritage Trust LogoI’ve contacted the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and asked them to research the car.  Check out my blog post on this.  In short – the information they have (which isn’t much at all for the Gaydon series cars) matches what I got from the main dealer below.
  • I then finally got some significant information from asking my mechanic at my main dealer if he could generate a report of its original ‘as shipped’ spec, and he was able to supply a some information from the Aston Martin Dealer Communication System (DCS).

As I learn about each element or option I will expand more on it.  Here is what I know about my car so far:


Vehicle Details

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Merlot Red

Model: DB9 Coupe
Exterior Color:  Merlot Red  AST1342 (from the available ‘Fast Track’ color options)
Drive: Left Hand Drive
Gearbox: Touchtronic
Chassis Number: A01906
Engine Number: AM04/10305
VIN: SCFAD01A35GA01906

Vehicle Number 1936
Inspection sticker under LH arm rest pad on door – Vehicle Number 240 1936 (after which this blog is named)

Sales Order No. DB912053
Build Number: 249136
Vehicle Number: 240 1936
Model Year: 2005
Country of Sale:  USA
Original Dealer: Cush Aston Martin of San Diego
Wholesale Date: February 14, 2005  (Valentines Day!)
Warranty Start Date (date of sale to first owner): April 19, 2005
Warranty End Date:  April 18, 2008

Interior Trim

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Black Cherry carpets with LX61 Sandstorm leather lower trim.

Trim Upper Color: LX72 (Iron Ore Red)
Trim Upper Stitching: Color Match to Leather
Trim Lower Color: LX61 (Sandstorm)
Trim Lower Stitching: Color Match to Leather
Seat Outer Stitching: Color Match to Leather
Seat Inner Stitching: Color Match to Leather
Headlining Inner: Ivory (Fast Track)
Carpet Color: Black Cherry (Fast Track)
Carpet Binding: Color Match to Carpet

Options

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Mahogany veneer door capping and LX61 Sandstorm leather

Brake Calipers Color: Grey
Cruise Control: Included
Door Cappings: Mahogany Veneer
Facia Trim: Mahogany Veneer
Guidebook Language: USA
In Car Entertainment: Linn 260W Audio System Limbik 5.1
IP Language: USA English
Primer Color: Light Grey

Linn Limbik 5.1 260 Watt Audio System
Linn Limbik 5.1 260 Watt Audio System

Satellite Navigation: Included
Satellite Navigation Disc: USA
Seat Heating: Heated Front Seats
Seatbelt: Warm Charcoal
Stitching: N4330
Trim Split Line: Standard

 


Service History

Pre-Delivery Inspection

Aston Martin A01906 Pre Delivery Inspection Service Record
Pre-Delivery Inspection Stamp

Performed on: March 18, 2005
Mileage: 65
Performed by: Cush Aston Martin of San Diego, CA
Notes: Dealership was sold in October 2005

 

1,000 Mile Service

Aston Martin A01906 1000 Mile Service Record
1,000 mile Service Stamp

Performed on: June 28, 2005
Mileage: 1,036
Performed by: Cush Aston Martin of San Diego, CA
Notes: Dealership was sold in October 2005, and I think became Aston Martin Kearny Mesa under the new ownership.

 

First Annual Service

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Second Annual Service

Aston Martin A01906 2 Year Service Record
2 Year Service Stamp

Performed on: January 31, 2007
Performed by: Aston Martin Kearny Mesa
Notes: 2 year service performed

 

 

Third Annual Service

Aston Martin A01906 3 Year Service Record
3 Year Service Stamp

Performed on: June 4, 2008
Performed by: Automotive Excellence in San Diego, CA
Mileage: 7,907
Notes: 1 year service performed including:

 

  • Oil and Filter changed

Fourth Annual Service

Aston Martin A01906 4 Year Service Record
4 Year Service Stamp

Performed on: September 14, 2009
Mileage: 10,212
Performed by: Automotive Excellence in San Diego, CA
Notes: 2 year service performed including:

 

  • Brake fluid flushed/changed
  • Antifreeze/coolant flushed/changed
  • Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
  • Air filter replaced
  • Oil and filter changed

California DMV Emissions Test

Performed on: March 12, 2011
Mileage: 12,730
Performed by: California Inspection Station in San Diego, CA
Notes: Passed

California DMV Emissions Test

Performed on: April 15, 2013
Mileage: 14,829
Performed by: California Inspection Station in La Mesa, CA
Notes: Passed

Fifth Annual Service

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Sixth Annual Service

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Seventh Annual Service

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Eight Annual Service

Aston Martin A01906 8 Year Service Record
8 Year Service Stamp

Performed on: July 18, 2013
Mileage: 15,111
Performed by: San Diego European Motor Cars Ltd.
Notes: 2 year service performed including:

 

  • Brake fluid flushed/changed
  • Antifreeze/coolant flushed/changed
  • Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
  • Air filter replaced
  • Oil and filter changed
  • Differential Oil changed
  • Wiper Blades changed
  • Installed shorter engine oil dipstick per FSA-165
  • Changed Spark Plug and Coil Pack on Cylinder 4 (misfires on other cylinders were noted)
  • Programmed Misfire Corrections
  • Reflash firmware in door modules per FSA-137

California DMV Emissions Test

Performed on: November 12, 2013
Mileage:
Performed by:
Notes: Passed

Brake Service

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Changing the Rotors and Pads

Performed on: February 15, 2014
Mileage: 17,340
Performed by: Me
Notes: Front and Rear Rotors and Brake Pads were replaced. New AM factory rotors and caliper bolts. Porterfield R4-S performance street compound pads were fitted.

Tire and Wheel Service

Performed on: February 17, 2014
Mileage: 17,347
Performed by: Neillo Maserati of Sacramento
Aston Martin DB9 Road WheelNotes: All four tires replaced with new Bridgestone OEM spec tires purchased online from TireRack. Wheels alignment was checked and adjusted.  Wheels were balanced. All four wheel rims where resurfaced to remove road rash from previous owners curb scuffing.

Unscheduled Vehicle Service

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Leaking Transmission Oil Cooler

Performed on: March 4, 2014
Mileage: 17,467
Performed by: Neillo Maserati of Sacramento
Notes: Transmission Oil Cooler Leak Repaired (common issue). Transmission oil cooler, lines and fluid changed with updated design parts.

Ninth Annual Service

Performed on: December 8, 2014
Mileage: 20,606
Performed by: Neillo Maserati of Sacramento
Notes: 1 year service
Four Wheels Balanced

California DMV Emissions Test

Performed on: February 20, 2015
Mileage: 21,841
Performed by: Smog ‘n’ Go California Start Test Inspection Station in West Sacramento, CA
Notes: Passed

Tenth Annual Service

Performed on: November 27, 2015
Mileage: 23,721
Performed by: Me
Notes: 2 year Annual Service – well documented on this blog and on video, this was the service event I decided to use to start this blog.

Wheels Balanced

Performed on: November 27, 2015
Mileage:
Performed by: Les Schwab Tires, Sacramento, CA
Notes: Old tape weight residue completely removed.

Unscheduled Vehicle Service

Performed on: January 17, 2016
Performed by: Aston Martin of Walnut Creek, CA
Mileage: 24,362

Aston Martin DB9 Front Timing Cover Oil Leak- Before Repair
Oil Leak on Front Timing Cover

Notes: I scheduled with dealer to update all the ECU firmwares to latest for Engine, Transmission and other various modules. Engine ECU software was updated to version D8B2915FACR and Transmission software to version 001906AF.  An oil leak was found coming from the front timing cover (common issue apparently) and the front timing cover gasket, seals, thermostat and coolant were changed.

Unscheduled Vehicle Service

Performed on: July 2-4, 2016
Performed by: Me
Mileage: 25,961

Aston Martin DB9 Coil Pack Change in Progress
Changing the Coil Packs, Spark Plugs, Injector O-rings, Intake Manifold gaskets and PCV valves.

Notes:  The car’s lumpy idle had been getting progressively worse for the past several months, and it was clear via the OBDII data that the Coil Pack for Cylinder 5 was going bad, and the others had some minor signs of beginning to fail as well.   Replaced all 12 spark plugs, coil packs, fuel injector o-rings and new intake manifold gaskets with new Dealer supplied parts.  Also took the time to replace the PCV valves (changed the entire octopus of hoses including the valves) since there was some oil build up in the intakes.  Afterwards recalibrated seat positions, window auto-drop, reset clock, stereo presets, and relearned Misfire Correction Factors.  This service is well documented on this blog.

Unscheduled Vehicle Service

Performed: July 2016
Mileage: 26,000 ‘ish
Performed by: Me and Award Interiors of Sacramento
Furstrated with the Sagging Headliner on my Aston Martin DB9Notes: On a hot 110°F Sacramento day I got into my car and discovered the beautiful Alcantara headliner fabric had sagged, the glue failed and released it from the shell.   I did the labor to remove the sagging headliner, and three other dash panels that I discovered the glue holding the leather was also starting to release.  I then took all the bits to a highly regarded upholstery shop here in Sacramento where they stripped off the old glue and reglued it as new.   I then reinstalled good as new.  A future blog post will detail how.

Eleventh Annual Service

11th-annual-service-mileagePerformed on: November 26, 2016
Mileage: 27,372
Performed by: Me
Notes: 1 year Annual Service – Changed the engine oil (Mobil 1 0W-40), filter, drain plug, LH throttle body o-ring.  Changed the brake fluid.  Changed the left and right side marker lamp housing that were yellowing.  Checked tire pressures, lights, etc. according to service schedule.

Super Exterior Detailing

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All shiny!

Performed on: November 27/28 2016
Mileage: 27,372
Performed by: Me
Notes: Snow foamed the car and washed.  Claybared all external surfaces including Window Glass.  Used Meguairs DA polisher with separate passes and buffing of Meguairs Compound, Polish and Wax.  Used Black plastic restorer on side mirror surrounds and tires.

Unscheduled Service

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My tire got screwed!

Performed on: December 27, 2016
Mileage: 27,800
Performed by: Les Schwab Tire Center, Sacramento, CA
Notes: Managed to collect a screw in the right rear tire.  Removed the wheel and took to my local tire shop for repair.  They had previously balanced them a year ago, and took pity on me and removed the screw and applied a proper patch to the inside of the tire for Free [Thanks Guys!].  Good as new!

smog-check-2017California DMV Emissions Test

Performed on: February 25, 2017
Mileage: 28,732
Performed by: Smog ‘n’ Go California Start Test Inspection Station in West Sacramento, CA
Notes: Passed

Unscheduled Service

Performed on: June 6, 2017
Mileage: 29,918
Performed by: Safelite AutoGlass, Sacramento, CA
Notes:  My windshield took a rock hit while driving on the Freeway a few months back, and proceeded to crack across the passenger side.  My insurance covered the replacement.  Good as new! [Future Article coming on this]


Ownership History

Aston Martin A01906 Pre Delivery Inspection Service Record
Pre-delivery Inspection

First Owner

Name:  Unknown (Please contact me if it was you to just say hi and fill in some details)
Type of Owner:  Corporate
Purchased:  April 19, 2005
Length of Ownership: 3 years exactly – April 18, 2008  (the day the warranty expired)
Mileage Driven: 7,502 miles

Second Owner

Name: Unknown (Please contact me if it was you to just say hi and fill in some details)
Type of Owner: Lease
Purchased: June 5, 2008
Length of Ownership: 5 years and 7 months
Mileage Driven: 7,943 miles

Third Owner

cropped-capture.jpgName: Me!
Type of Owner: Private
Purchased: November 15, 2013
Length of Ownership: Ongoing….
Mileage when purchased: 15,445
Mileage Driven: 13+k miles so far and counting….