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Old January 19th, 2004, 11:09 PM   #1
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Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

There's seems to be a Migration path that occurs with Car enthusiasts.. F-Body and Mustangs Owners upgrade to Vettes, Vettes owners Upgrade to Viper's, Viper Owners upgrade to a more exotic automobile like a Ferrari or Lambo etc..

I'd like to know what you feel are the Pro's and Con's of going from being a Vette owner to a Viper owner..I used to own a Convertable C5 and loved the car but I was ready for a change.

I'm hoping to take delivery of my Viper within the next 3-4 weeks (I've actually owned the Viper since early November but haven't driven it yet)..So I can't share what my experience has been going from owning a Vette to a Viper but I would like to hear what your thoughts are ..Both Pro's and Con's of the Viper over the Vette.



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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..
Old January 19th, 2004, 11:40 PM   #2
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First post! OK, this thread got me to register, after lurking for awhile. Yes, I'm a Vette-owner. Vettes are fine automobiles, comfortable, quick, good-handling, and my wife loves being taken out on Saturday night and made to feel a little bit special. But, lately, it's just not enough for me. I see an occasional Viper, and always, the feeling is the same: "WOW"! That is a great-looking ride! My Vette seems ordinary by comparison.
I'm about to purchase my first Viper. Within a couple of weeks the deal will be consummated, I believe. The Vette will probably be sold.
That's just the way it is. I'm just hooked. That's all.
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..
Old January 20th, 2004, 12:00 AM   #3
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

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First post! OK, this thread got me to register, after lurking for awhile. Yes, I'm a Vette-owner. Vettes are fine automobiles, comfortable, quick, good-handling, and my wife loves being taken out on Saturday night and made to feel a little bit special. But, lately, it's just not enough for me. I see an occasional Viper, and always, the feeling is the same: "WOW"! That is a great-looking ride! My Vette seems ordinary by comparison.
I'm about to purchase my first Viper. Within a couple of weeks the deal will be consummated, I believe. The Vette will probably be sold.
That's just the way it is. I'm just hooked. That's all.
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..
Old January 20th, 2004, 02:06 PM   #4
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

I currently own both a 2002 C5 Coupe and a mod'ed 1995 Viper. The ownership experience, whether it's taking a Sunday drive or stopping to fuel it up, is night and day. The Vette is a great car, especially when compared to previous generation Vettes, but driving and owning one is nothing like driving and owning a Viper. You'll love it!

FYI - Your sports car evolution theory holds true when applied to me. Old Vette... to newer Vette... to new Vette... to Viper ... to Porsche Turbo and beyond! Only difference is I am keeping my Viper. I just love the car too much to let it go.

Congrats on the new ride.
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Old January 20th, 2004, 02:26 PM   #5
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

The Vette is more streetable of a car. More creature comforts and its more docile. I had an 00 C5 with an LPE 383 Stroker. It was a kitten compared to even a stock viper. The viper turns, heads, the power is just plain BRUTAL, and its more or less unbeatable. The vette is a great commuter car.
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..
Old January 20th, 2004, 03:12 PM   #6
 
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

I guess I skipped the Viper and went straight to the Porsche TT. [img]/images/graemlins/laughing.gif[/img]

I'll fix that in a bit though, an SRT 10 with Twin Turbos is in my near future. I just have to get the Porsche finished first. I only harvest that money tree once per quarter.
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Old January 20th, 2004, 03:14 PM   #7
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

Damn Jeff - I didn't know you have NEVER even driven your car and now your going to have a Heffner TT!!! [img]/images/graemlins/shocked[/img]

Funny - I guess I went the standard progression, Mustang, RT/10, C5 Vert, GTS. Smokin hit the difference on the head.
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Old January 20th, 2004, 03:15 PM   #8
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

Hey NoMercy.

When did you order your TT? I ordered in Nov and have a Feb build date. Haven't been assigned a date or VIN yet though.
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Old January 20th, 2004, 04:39 PM   #9
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

ive never owned a vette but did testdrive one prior to buying my 99 viper in 99. ive also been fortunate enough to have access to lambos and the like prior to being able to afford them so i applied that to my decision when i went looking. my opinion;

viper is the total package (looks, power, handling, performance, cost, etc)

now that i can basically buy any vehicle i want...i still want a viper [img]/images/graemlins/supergrin.gif[/img]

oh, and a JOTA lamborghini but i cannot seem to find one
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Old January 20th, 2004, 06:55 PM   #10
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

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Damn Jeff - I didn't know you have NEVER even driven your car and now your going to have a Heffner TT!!! [img]/images/graemlins/shocked[/img]
Actually its even worst than that Anthony..I haven't even seen the car [img]/images/graemlins/laughing.gif[/img]
I bought it sight unseen. I had another Viper owner in NY check it out for me.

Had it shipped directly from NY to Heffners Shop in MD.



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Old January 20th, 2004, 10:11 PM   #11
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

For me it was Camaro , vette , Viper RT-10 , then Viper GTS
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Old January 21st, 2004, 02:11 AM   #12
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

I went through the car food chain from Mustang convertible to Vette convertible to Viper R/T10, and it was quite a difference at each step.

The Mustang was a nice car. Reasonably quick and practical, plus cheap to run and reliable for me.

The Corvette got a lot more attention, had more amenities, and was clearly more purpose-built for speed, with better handling and acceleration with less effort. The mods were more expensive than the Mustang, but still reasonable.

The Viper was more of a dream for me. Having wild styling and more power than my modded Corvette from the start. With enough money you can readily make a Corvette (or even a Mustang) as quick as a stock Viper, but little can prepare you for the experience of driving the Viper.

If you are a shy, introverted person, who doesn't want to attract attention, the Viper is NOT the car to buy. As after a few minutes you immediately notice that everyone is either staring at you, or trying not to stare. And people come out of the blue to start up conversations about the Viper, kids go nuts and scream and wave, and people regularly take pictures of the car as if it were some celebrity sighting.

Certainly cars like the Porsche Turbo and Ferrari 360 are farther up the money food chain, but you have to move up to a Lamborghini or an Enzo to get the level of attention that the Viper brings with it. Like it or not.

I drive my Viper every day, and commuted with it daily for the last 2 years. Generally the Corvette (and Mustang)are more comfortable, and would be better choices for long commutes and putting tons of miles on the road.
But one of the reasons that I got the Viper was to own a "supercar" and still enjoy it every day, as opposed to a car like the Ferrari that would make me nervous at putting over 2500 miles a year on the car.

Enjoy your Viper beast Jeff, and tell us what you think about it after you have had some time behind the wheel.
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Old January 21st, 2004, 09:48 AM   #13
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

well both cars are nice but the viper does get quite a few more looks. the only mistake i made was going from a vert to a gts, i wish i would have gotten a rt-10. now, im on a mission to find an srt. jeff cant wait to see ur car.

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The Vette is more streetable of a car. More creature comforts and its more docile. I had an 00 C5 with an LPE 383 Stroker. It was a kitten compared to even a stock viper. The viper turns, heads, the power is just plain BRUTAL, and its more or less unbeatable. The vette is a great commuter car.
Don't listen to Jason, he only liked the Vette because he could reach the pedals without putting blocks under them like he does for his Viper. the Vette especially the Z06 is a great car. For the money and everyday use it is the ticket. Now for a car you do not see everyday and is raw unrefined power, then the Viper is for you.
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

925 RWHP?!?! Good Lord. How do you keep it under 100 MPH?? and on the road.
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Old January 21st, 2004, 02:20 PM   #16
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Re: Question for Viper Owners that used to be C5 /Z06 owners..

Thanks for the feedback guys ! I'm looking forward to enjoying my new ride , sounds like I won't have any regrets :clap:



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