Armrest and Lower Console Removal ('06+ Vantage)
Removing pieces of the interior can be terrifying. Things are often easy to scratch and break, and replacing things in an Aston isn't generally cheap. Luckily, this is a very easy job. Here's a quick video showing the whole process on my '07 V8 Vantage. The newer interiors with the updated arm rest have a slightly different process with additional screws in the armrest. You'll see an extra step for removing those in the guide below. (Huge thank you to Mike M. for sending me the pics needed for the updated armrest!)
DISCLAIMER: As always, follow all safety protocols. Don't undertake this task if you aren't comfortable with it and fully understand it. You are ultimately responsible for anything you do. Neither Redpants, LLC or myself is responsible or liable for anything that may occur.
20 Torx bit with driver or ratchet*
rim removal tool*
*These tools are required for the armrests in the updated interior ('08+). Step 2 covers their use.
Remove the carpeted parcel shelf behind the seats to expose the screws along the aluminum bar. Remove those screws and set the aluminum bar aside. If you have an '06-07 car, skip to Step 3. If you have an '08 or newer car, continue with Step 2.
f you have an updated interior ('08+), you need to remove two additional screws. Use the trim tool to remove the leather cover by carefully prying from the leading edge (closest to the front of the car). The panel looks like this when removed:
Now use the T20 Torx bit and ratchet (or driver) to remove the two screws under that panel.
Pull back on the leather armrest to remove it. You may need to lift up on the rear edge a little while pulling back. This will expose two screws at the rear edge of the lower console panel. Use the Philips-head screwdriver to remove those two screws.
Lift up on the rear edge of the lower console panel to expose the plugs for the buttons on the console. Unplug each of them and work toward the front of the panel. As you disconnect each plug, you can lift the rear end of the panel higher to get better access to the plugs moving forward.
When you get to the shift knob, press down on the knob and then twist it counter-clockwise (righty-tighty, lefty-loosey) to free the shift knob, then lift the knob straight up to pull it off of the shifter arm.
Before you pull the console free, disconnect the plug for the Bluetooth indicator at the leading edge of the console panel. Once disconnected, the console panel is free to be removed.
And that's it!