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GaryU_2
I will be coming along too.....

I know what time to be there    [smile]
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johnslynch
Great to meet everyone today. Good to put faces to names.
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David Such
The time may well be in the title of the thread but the title doesn't show in full on my phone!! I did make it on time though 😉
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Prattking
A very good day out. Around 40 cars turned up and for once the sun came out and it was warm unlike some of the summer dates we have had in the past.
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DB PHiL
I made it under my own steam this time!.... Really pleasant day meeting and chatting to everyone.[smile]


Not as bad as it looks!!.....



More Photos Here
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jonm
Good to catch up again - I look forward to the next one!
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Anne
Glad it was a good day.  What was the problem with Ray's car? 

Anne
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filandeb
The expansion tank cap wasn't on properly, it had been held in place by the 'beautification' panel, so it didn't leak very much until it got warm. Drove it all the way from Bournemouth like that. Topped it up and he went to the football in it afterwards. I haven't heard if he got back OK yet.

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360MDB9
I would have loved to have come down to Ace and met members of the forum but did not manage to make it as Stratstone confirmed that my DB9 has blown a hole in the side of the engine after one month of ownership of a car with a brilliant Aston Martin service history (39,000 mile immaculate 2005 TT DB9). Boudica was inspected by not one but two main dealers, one before I bought her and one immediately after I bought her and got a clean bill of health.  I have done less than 500 miles in her (Longest trip was to the Goodwood Revival).  I knew Astons had their foibles (hand built yadiyadiya .... hear that all the time...) but was always told the engines are very robust and durable which gave me the confidence to buy what is a stunningly beautiful car . So far my 360 Modena aka The Beast which I have had for 12 years is mega reliable compared to the DB9. I will post pictures of both when I work out how to do so.... 

I thought I would come to Ace in the 360 Modena but was still smarting over the news that Boudica needs a new engine and needed to go lick my wounds. Obviously the Dealer who sold me the car has to step up as it was plainly not fit for purpose.  Will let you know how the saga continues. 

In the meantime, I would be interested to find out how common it is for Aston V12 engines to blow up in cases other than where you have oil starvation. I have heard of 3 other examples where the engines blew up without it being as a result of oil starvation.
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360MDB9
360MDB9 wrote:
I would have loved to have come down to Ace and met members of the forum but did not manage to make it as Stratstone confirmed that my DB9 has blown a hole in the side of the engine after one month of ownership of a car with a brilliant Aston Martin service history (39,000 mile immaculate 2005 TT DB9). Boudica was inspected by not one but two main dealers, one before I bought her and one immediately after I bought her and got a clean bill of health.  I have done less than 500 miles in her (Longest trip was to the Goodwood Revival).  I knew Astons had their foibles (hand built yadiyadiya .... hear that all the time...) but was always told the engines are very robust and durable which gave me the confidence to buy what is a stunningly beautiful car . So far my 360 Modena aka The Beast which I have had for 12 years is mega reliable compared to the DB9. I will post pictures of both when I work out how to do so.... 

I thought I would come to Ace in the 360 Modena but was still smarting over the news that Boudica needs a new engine and needed to go lick my wounds. Obviously the Dealer who sold me the car has to step up as it was plainly not fit for purpose.  Will let you know how the saga continues. 

In the meantime, I would be interested to find out how common it is for Aston V12 engines to blow up in cases other than where you have oil starvation. I have heard of 3 other examples where the engines blew up without it being as a result of oil starvation.
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Bournemouthboy
filandeb wrote:
The expansion tank cap wasn't on properly, it had been held in place by the 'beautification' panel, so it didn't leak very much until it got warm. Drove it all the way from Bournemouth like that. Topped it up and he went to the football in it afterwards. I haven't heard if he got back OK yet.

Guys

Thanks for all your help.

It was a strange one as I have done over 500 miles without the expansion tank cap on properly, so luckily the best place for it to decide to fail.

I did go off to Wembley for the football and it didn't need topping up. I then sat in traffic for a good hour before driving back to Bournemouth with no issues, so thanks again everyone and look forward to next years meet.

PS Phil I preferred your picture of my car from Brands! 
 
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johnslynch
360MDB9 wrote:
I would have loved to have come down to Ace and met members of the forum but did not manage to make it as Stratstone confirmed that my DB9 has blown a hole in the side of the engine after one month of ownership of a car with a brilliant Aston Martin service history (39,000 mile immaculate 2005 TT DB9). Boudica was inspected by not one but two main dealers, one before I bought her and one immediately after I bought her and got a clean bill of health.  I have done less than 500 miles in her (Longest trip was to the Goodwood Revival).  I knew Astons had their foibles (hand built yadiyadiya .... hear that all the time...) but was always told the engines are very robust and durable which gave me the confidence to buy what is a stunningly beautiful car . So far my 360 Modena aka The Beast which I have had for 12 years is mega reliable compared to the DB9. I will post pictures of both when I work out how to do so.... 

I thought I would come to Ace in the 360 Modena but was still smarting over the news that Boudica needs a new engine and needed to go lick my wounds. Obviously the Dealer who sold me the car has to step up as it was plainly not fit for purpose.  Will let you know how the saga continues. 

In the meantime, I would be interested to find out how common it is for Aston V12 engines to blow up in cases other than where you have oil starvation. I have heard of 3 other examples where the engines blew up without it being as a result of oil starvation.


Sorry to hear your news. I have heard of a few one is on you tube a USA car.

I believe the early cars had an oil starvation problem.
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360MDB9
Thank you. I will be looking further into this blown engine issue....
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duncan_wd
360MDB9 wrote:
Thank you. I will be looking further into this blown engine issue....


What exactly has happened to the engine? Blown engine to me means total catastrophe, pistons through the block etc. Has that really happened? Also pause for a minute. A dealer will tell you it needs a new engine if the plugs need changing. I would be taking it to an independent specialist first. Mind you if the seller agrees to pay for everything, get a new engine. Believe that only when the moneys in your bank account.
Good luck and very sorry that this is your first Aston experience. I've had mine for seven years, a few bits and pieces have been done but basically it's never missed a beat!
Lifes not a trial run. Do it don't wish it!

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360MDB9
Many thanks for your reply. You are right it was a total catastrophe as something, I assume Pistons etc has made a hole in the side of the engine block.  If you have watched the Youtube video of the DB9 in America with a blown engine, mine  sounds the same. Particularly disappointing as the car was inspected twice, serviced correctly all its life at a main dealer and has an immaculate service history.  From the limited research that I have done it looks like the early DB9s had a design flaw with the engine which can lead to oil starvation and a very expensive engine rebuild or new engine.  Unfortunately this is more common than appears on early DB9s and that is apparent the more you look into it.  It would also appear that Aston has been aware of this issue for a while and has done nothing to rectify it on the early cars (however they appear to have rectified the design flaw on later cars).  I understand an oil pump or something which better circulates the oil around the engine combined with toughened pistons etc  (rather than the stock Modeo pistons on a GT with supercar performance) would solve the problem.

Unfortunately the engine is toast, it would either need to be rebuilt with one needing a new lower half of the block (uneconomical so I am told) or one would need to change the entire engine. I am still in discussion with the seller but as I had Boudica for one month and had basically driven her 4 or 5 times and less than 500 miles, it is obvious as a matter of law that the car was not fit for purpose. Watch this space for more.

I hope this all gets resolved amicably and Boudica gets fixed or the sale is backed out.  What concerns me more is that even if Boudica is fixed I will seriously consider getting a specialist to make appropriate modifications to the engine to avoid this sort of issue occurring again. I love the car but this is a case of shoddy workmanship with the early engine during Ford's watch.... very far from impressive. 

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filandeb
This is veering fairly drastically off topic. If you want to discuss this subject more (and attract the attention of others who might have an interest in the subject, including me), can you please start a new thread, suitably titled, for it. As it is a DB7 you are discussing, I would suggest starting it in the Bloxham section.
Thank you
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360MDB9
Will start a new tread. 
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rcfurse
In the DB9 section NOT Bloxham!
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filandeb
For some reason I thought it was a DB7 Vantage. I remembered later, old age I guess.


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vlad
Woops. Missed it again.
Been absent from forum for some time, so completely forgot.
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