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Old June 3rd, 2020, 08:16 AM   #1
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First Time Gen II GTS Buyer - Need Advice

Hi all,

I’m brand new here and looking to buy my first Viper. On the hunt for a Gen II GTS both for future investment purposes and because I’ve always loved the car. Primary use will be sunny day cruising and showing - No tracking.

In my research, I’ve come across a 26k mile 2001 red w/white stripes and a GT2 style wing on it (couple pics attached). The seller is the 2nd owner and has had it since 2006, which I like. But he also informed me that he’s done some mods to it. According to him, at around 18k miles, it was lightly emitting some blue smoke so he put new stock heads on it and a slightly bigger cam while it was opened up (haven’t obtained the specs yet). He also threw on long tubes and an intake along with some lowering springs (again didn’t get the brand but the drop is about 1.25”).

The car sounds like it’s in amazing physical condition and, personally, I don’t mind a few mods. Love that it has LTs actually, but I’m not 100% on how I feel about the internal work.

Would love some seasoned folks’ opinions on this particular car, given the information provided. Do you think the mods will have a negative impact on future values (given that it’s not stock)? Should I have any concerns about reliability given the engine’s been opened up and it has an aftermarket cam?

Any insights you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
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Old June 3rd, 2020, 09:25 AM   #2
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Buy it or tell me where to get it!!!
Haha... Yeah, I’m kinda feeling like I should snag it. Just get a little nervous when an engine has been opened up. Never know if it was done right.

Plus, again, I want to make sure mods like these won’t negatively impact future values. I wouldn’t think so but would like opinions from the more informed enthusiasts in this community.
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Depends on what they are asking for it. Need more pics too. Engine, interior.
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Depends on what they are asking for it. Need more pics too. Engine, interior.
The guy is asking $48.5K. Also just learned it has Gen 3 heads that were installed at the same time as the cam, at 18k miles. More photos attached.
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Old June 3rd, 2020, 06:51 PM   #7
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You said you're looking at it as an investment? In that case I'd pass.

That driver's side SEAT looks a little worn for a 26k car. What does the clutch pedal look like? Stock came with red decals not white. The stripes are not stock, they did not go through the NACA duct. Of course the wing is not stock. The air box is not stock.

GenIII heads reportedly flow better but are a deal breaker for a stock "investment". Blue smoke at 18K??? That's a warning sign.

Not sayin' it is a bad deal, but not great either. For $48K I'd keep looking.
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Did not get the OEM 18" Silver BBS for GTS/ACR/GT2 (GTSR????) for 2001??
It's dressed with poser badges. Not meaning to offend, just stating the facts.
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You said you're looking at it as an investment? In that case I'd pass.

That driver's side door looks a little worn for a 26k car. What does the clutch pedal look like? Stock came with red decals not white. The stripes are not stock, they did not go through the NACA duct. Of course the wing is not stock. The air box is not stock.

GenIII heads reportedly flow better but are a deal breaker for a stock "investment". Blue smoke at 18K??? That's a warning sign.

Not sayin' it is a bad deal, but not great either. For $48K I'd keep looking.
Great feedback - Really appreciate it.
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You said you're looking at it as an investment? In that case I'd pass.

That driver's side door looks a little worn for a 26k car. What does the clutch pedal look like? Stock came with red decals not white. The stripes are not stock, they did not go through the NACA duct. Of course the wing is not stock. The air box is not stock.

GenIII heads reportedly flow better but are a deal breaker for a stock "investment". Blue smoke at 18K??? That's a warning sign.

Not sayin' it is a bad deal, but not great either. For $48K I'd keep looking.

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Great feedback - Really appreciate it.
I meant the driver's side seat, not the door.
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Thanks for all of the input, everyone. I’ve now come across a bone stock original owner, 26k mile b&w 1997 GTS for $44k - Feeling like this is a much better move. Probably going to pick it up next weekend.
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Thanks for all of the input, everyone. Ive now come across a bone stock original owner, 26k mile b&w 1997 GTS for $44k - Feeling like this is a much better move. Probably going to pick it up next weekend.
THAT sounds like one worth looking at.
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