Pricey aircon hose
When you run an Aston Martin, you have to expect that parts for the odd repair are going to be a bit pricey. This 1997 DB7 was in the workshop to have its air-conditioner regassed. One might question the need for air-conditioning in a convertible, but it must be remembered that using the aircon to demist the windscreen does dry the air and thus fulfils a more efficient function.
This DB7 is not used a great deal and the last time the air-conditioning was recharged was three years ago. At that point, it needed a replacement condenser, so this time the owner was hoping no further problems would occur.
When attempting to regas the system, we discovered that the valve was faulty and wouldn’t hold the pressure. The valve is built into the short pressure hose between the condenser and compressor, so a new hose was needed. There was no problem obtaining this from our local Aston Martin dealer, but it did come with a £517 price tag! Plus VAT, of course!
The valve is built into the short hose and has a big price tag.