Well I've been searching the site trying to find if there are any common problems with Vipers, and have not come up with much. I mostly read that they are expensive to fix. Are there any common issues which a prospective buyer should be on the lookout for aside from obvious racing abuse etc? I am looking to get a 1997 or later GTS, and I intend to drive it regularly. It WON'T be a garage queen. Thanks!
Minor repairs are not terribly expensive, but body work, paint, and major components can get expensive. If you find a good dealership, they can even find the identical part off a different vehicle (e.g. they reused parts off cheaper cars) and save you a bunch of money. For example, I think the RT/10 gas cap is something like $75, but it's identical to the ones on the Ram and if you order that, it's only about $12.
They're fairly trouble-free for having such low production numbers. I wouldn't hesitate to jump in mine and take a 1500 mile trip in any weather.
Chuck is probably in the 100,000 mile range on his 98 RT/10. A few people here use them as daily drivers, or very nearly so. I was using mine that way on and off the first couple years I had it.
If you're the kind of person who can drive a car like that on a regular basis and enjoy it, the car can definitely handle it. They're loud and basic. Not necessarily uncomfortable, although the AC is a little sub-par in the hotter climates, but from a reliability standpoint, I wouldn't worry about it at all.
What about the broken wires in the door hinges, sagging doors that need alignment every so often, misaligned hoods that have inconsistent gaps, exhaust drone at certain rpm etc. Maybe a handful of dealers around the country that can really service them. That's all I can think of for now.
But I love my car and wouldn't trade it for anything.
Exhaust drone can be fixed. If nothing else, I always take it as a sign that I need to accelerate.
I can't say I've ever heard of broken wires until just now, but I don't do the .morg so that probably plays into it. Sagging doors seem to be an occasional problem at worst, and from the techs I've spoken with, it seems to afflict those who slam their doors, rather than closing them as if they were made of plastic and fiberglass... I've heard of a few cases, that's it.
I'm not trying to say you're wrong, but I suspect you're getting into rare problems, not things a potential new owner needs to actually worry about. I think this guy is worried more about major maintenance issues. I'd say as long as the car had the steering rack recall done, the only other major Gen II issue worth being concerned about is the plastic impeller thing, and I gather there were few of those.
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