Well ive wanted one for over 15 years now, (27) when i was 12 i figured i would get a good job and have anything i wanted. Well.. didn't happen. i don't make much at all but i manage it well. with this in mind (and not the wife) il be looking for a 93-95 just because of price did they make them in 92? Well the thought of someone with my salary owning a viper is un-heard of, what i have done the last 10 years is bought cheap cars and paid the loan and traded them for more expensive cars, and more loans. started with a neon srt-4, then got a magnum rt with that, then traded that for a 06 Chrysler 300 SRT-8, with 100k miles. its more than fully loaded. with 100k miles it books 19-22 which is the same as a cheap old viper in good condition... now my issues (other than the wife telling me how dumb this idea is and how impractical it is) the 300 is a NICE car.. i mean the options are endless... navi, 8way leather heated power seats, telescoping gas pedal, tilt telescoping wheel, auto adjust heated mirrors, back up sensors, hid's, sirus xm, built in garage remotes, blue tooth, voice controlled telephone/navi, digital speedometer, it goes on and on... not to mention the 23mpg 470hp 6.1 (chip, intake, exhaust. and the 93ish viper has........ .... ? it looks more than cool. and that makes up for any option to me. + its a viper!!!! my wife only sees loosing all of the options, for a car she can't drive (stick) and hair blowing around which she hates. im just curious... do you guys think its worth a straight trade? id rather have the viper.... wife not so much.. but its not her car.... arg..! not sure what to do.. i guess i need to start with calling my insurance and getting a quote. ? are they bad to insure?, have no tickets, or accidents
I third the Gen II for a DD. You could possible luck out and get a salvage car / high mileage for that (Beware of anything other than fixed body damage on salvage) but the car will always carry those stigmas.. only other option is to get a Gen 1 and a cheap second car… Insurance is not bad considering…
Last edited by daveg; January 29th, 2013 at 06:00 AM.
you are off your rocker. first, you piss off your woman, trade a decent 4 door vehicle for a bare bones viper, probably no AC, no windows, no back seat, V10 gasmileage (let's be honest power is going to be about the same minus the weight difference) and you want it all for wal-mart black friday pricing. I'm guessing your job isn't nearly as good as you think it is. these cars are relatively expensive to insure, daily driveable yes, very, however rain, snow, etc, not in my viper, no way. not happening. if you decide to piss off the woman and do it anyway, your only real option is probably a rebuilt Gen 1 most likely. MBCC is probably going to be your best source for rebuilt vipers and ones maybe in your range.
this is not a car you want as a dd. can it be, yes all day long but thats not why we have a car like this. too much wear and tear. a gen 2 is the car to have. make sure you have a reliable dd for everyday use. im 28 and have ALOT of speeding tickets and 1 crash and with both my cars (viper and my 2000 ford escort as my dd) i pay $107/month. thats full coverage on the viper and liability on the ford. if you own the srt-8 keep it. if you knock your girl up you WILL not be able to keep the viper. lol.
Insurance isn't bad at all on mine. I had a 2004 Nissan 350z and my wife has a 2012 Honda Croastour. Full coverage on both with the 350z going into reduced use (storage) for 3 mths is $1,016/yr. $500 collision/$250 comp.
Now taking the 350z off and adding my 97GTS with same coverage it is only $901/yr
I have a company vehicle as well through my employer. Free insurance, gas and maintenance. They charge me like $150/mth for use.
+1 on driving it on a warm day. It does get hot in the interior but slap on some high flow cats and heat wrap the exhaust and it is MUCH better.
I have a 1988 Acura Integra as a DD. It's better than the Viper because it has cruise control and averages 33+ MPGs. I highly recommend getting one for your wife, then you can get a Viper. She'll be pleased.
I would advise against the purchase. If its a squeeze to purchase the car itself then it is almost guaranteed you will get destroyed on the initial maintenance. Especially on a gen 1 in the 19-20k price range.
Yea man, I bought mine at 27 "28" now but also paid for it cash. Not married either, my dad "retired millionaire never gave me shit" always said if you need to borrow or give something up for a toy aka gen1 your settling for you don't need it. Seriously bro save up your money, keep your dd and your wife. Gen II bud or better. Just my 2 cents from a guy ur same age.
Several things you mention above confirm buying a Viper as a potentially DISASTROUS mistake in your life right now.
If your job sucks now, imagine how much worse it will be when you can't make it into work at all because of a head gasket, water pump, or axle problem that disables your only transportation for several days...
Get yourself more financially set before jumping into a car like this. There will still be plenty around in a few years at rock-bottom prices.
I bought my gen2 recently and am 28. Imo this car is a terrible dd. Its not that it can't be done its because it shouldn't. What about when it rains? These cars are sketch in any kind of water.
When I decided i was going to get a viper the first thing i did was tracked down a good cheap dd. Found a 96 Volvo 850 Turbo that had all the maintenance for 2800. I then started tracking down a viper. So my advice is buy a good beater first maybe save for 6 months then try to trade/sell your srt8. It took me like a yr from start(seriously wanting a viper) to finish(there it is in the garage). Also get a gen2
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wow lots of reply's! lets get this out there asap, am NOT using this as a DD. hell no lol.. i have a beater car already., 4x4, good gas mileage, reliable.. 4 seats.. its a good beater. my job isnt that bad. i was financed the srt-8 no problem. im just not a rich ass. apparently i live next to 1 of 2 viper junkyards in the US and im friends with the owners friend.. had no frekin clue..
In that case it all about what you want. Bare bones or some luxury items like widows,locks,ect.. I would still save up and get a gen II. I've heard Penfed will finance these cars, but I'm not sure since I didn't finance mine. Sell the 300 or trade it in at a dealer for a Viper. Good luck.
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