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Old May 16th, 2017, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone, I'm a new member of this community and I'm taking the plunge and buying my first Viper!! ( and driving it back to Houston, don't know if that's a good idea??)

1.) Buying it from Ultimo motorsports in Westmont, Illinois near Chicago. It's a 2003 Viper with LOW miles



and looks super clean. I'm having them send it over to the Dodge dealer ( Jack Phelan Dodge of Countryside ) to check the hoses and belts and double check the fluids. Anybody have any experience with these folks? So far everyone has been great to deal with.

2.) Is there anything I should specifically check on a 2003 that you guys would pay special attention to before driving it back to Houston?

2.) Any of you guys ever drive from Chicago to Houston? I can't decide on the best route. I'm not familiar with the toll roads in Illinois, but in Texas you have to have a electronic tag and many roads don't take cash. Any route or toll road advice would be helpful.

3.) Is this even a good idea? I've driven a Lotus Esprit a pretty good distance and everyone knows how reliable those British makes are. I had good luck in the Lotus but even the Esprit had a spare tire!

Thanks in advance guys!!

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2.) Any of you guys ever drive from Chicago to Houston? I can't decide on the best route. I'm not familiar with the toll roads in Illinois, but in Texas you have to have a electronic tag and many roads don't take cash. Any route or toll road advice would be helpful.


You won't have any plates on the vehicle so blow right through the express pass lane, you won't have a problem at all.


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You won't have any plates on the vehicle so blow right through the express pass lane, you won't have a problem at all.


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My friend owns a car lot and he does that weekly when he buys something. Hell, he doesn't even have tags.
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Hi Everyone, I'm a new member of this community and I'm taking the plunge and buying my first Viper!! ( and driving it back to Houston, don't know if that's a good idea??)

1.) Buying it from Ultimo motorsports in Westmont, Illinois near Chicago. It's a 2003 Viper with LOW miles



and looks super clean. I'm having them send it over to the Dodge dealer ( Jack Phelan Dodge of Countryside ) to check the hoses and belts and double check the fluids. Anybody have any experience with these folks? So far everyone has been great to deal with.

2.) Is there anything I should specifically check on a 2003 that you guys would pay special attention to before driving it back to Houston?

2.) Any of you guys ever drive from Chicago to Houston? I can't decide on the best route. I'm not familiar with the toll roads in Illinois, but in Texas you have to have a electronic tag and many roads don't take cash. Any route or toll road advice would be helpful.

3.) Is this even a good idea? I've driven a Lotus Esprit a pretty good distance and everyone knows how reliable those British makes are. I had good luck in the Lotus but even the Esprit had a spare tire!

Thanks in advance guys!!

Peter
If its anything like FL you just run them and they send you the bill, used to be electronic tags or you had to stop and pay, now its what they call toll by plate
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Sounds like a fun trip and congrats on the car.

I think the only additional things, on top of fluids, I would want checked on a used car that I'm driving that far is the age of the tires and battery. I'm sure the tread is good on the tires but those tires could theoretically be 14+ years old if they are original. I wouldn't want to road trip on them especially that long of a distance. Battery could be getting old as well and I wouldn't want to risk that on a road trip.

I'd also suggest to make a road trip out of it vs just a drive back. Take 2-3 days and make some stops along the way. I forget the guys name but someone in the Gen V forum just did this and had some great stories and cool pictures from their trip.
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Sounds like a fun trip and congrats on the car.

I think the only additional things, on top of fluids, I would want checked on a used car that I'm driving that far is the age of the tires and battery. I'm sure the tread is good on the tires but those tires could theoretically be 14+ years old if they are original. I wouldn't want to road trip on them especially that long of a distance. Battery could be getting old as well and I wouldn't want to risk that on a road trip.

I'd also suggest to make a road trip out of it vs just a drive back. Take 2-3 days and make some stops along the way. I forget the guys name but someone in the Gen V forum just did this and had some great stories and cool pictures from their trip.
That's great advice. I'll have the shop check the code on the tires. I know they are not the original runflats, but yeah a 14 year old tire wouldn't be something I'd want to drive on.
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If its anything like FL you just run them and they send you the bill, used to be electronic tags or you had to stop and pay, now its what they call toll by plate
Highway theft more like it lol
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Yeah, I hear this is the ideal car to do it in
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I wonder if his Dodge has all its parts?
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