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Old November 14th, 2009, 08:06 AM   #1
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Looking to possibly purchase a 1999 Viper, I am concerned of the cost of maintence etc. Any particular problems associated with a low mile, ten year old car? Older person, no track days, looking for nice driver limited use. Hate to this on this site,BUT, how are maintance costs compard to a vette.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 08:16 AM   #2
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I wouldn't worry about it. Vipers are very reliable and I wouldn't be concerned about cost of up keep. Don't forget to factor in the added cost of maintenance of your pride if you were driving a Vette.

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Cheap to maintain compared to others.
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Can you get collector insurance for them, and what can I expect to pay(Long Island, NY) n regular insurance?
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Old November 14th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #5
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Don't forget to factor in the added cost of maintenance of your pride if you were driving a Vette.
my thought exactly!
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Old November 14th, 2009, 04:41 PM   #6
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ya, i've had a few highly modded vettes, and the viper kicks them right in the nuts. i feel eyes burning holes in me while driving the viper. and the whole corvette "wave" from other passing corvettes, you don't need to worry about in a viper. some prices are comparable, but it is a different world.
i have seen one other viper this year in the portland area. i have seen 4 vettes today, and i havn't even left the fucking house!!

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Keeping it stock the upkeep is nothing to worry about; I have a 99 and love this car because unlike a Ferrari or Lamborghini it is a car that has parts that are affordable and more common if they go out. To upgrade parts might cost a little bit more but you have to be ready to pay to play. The car is also more raw than other cars and is easier to work on.
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A stock Viper is basically bulletproof (even the mod Vipers are reliable, but tend to be driven a little harder, I'd imagine). I have a 94 and have only had a few maintenance items hit me.
Steering rack: $800 installed (when I moved to Maryland, it wouldn't pass inspection because of a small leak, otherwise I would have left it in).
Transmission reverse gear and synchro at 50Kmi: $2700, but I had the clutch/bearing/slave cylinder and some other little items replaced while they were in there. The car kept popping out of reverse so I had to hold the shifter there. Reverse gear was stripped badly.

Tires, figure between $1500 and $2200 a set. They can't be rotated and, for some reason, the tend to spin a lot so you won't be getting 40-60K on them like your Corolla.
Oil: about 9 quarts of synthetic each change.

Like someone said above. You pay to play. A used Viper is probably the best bang-for-your-buck out there and pretty much the only "supercar" you're going to get into for under $50K. You feel like a rockstar when you're driving it. I don't think I've ever filled the tank (which you have to do a lot, by the way) without someone coming up to me to talk about the car. I've been pulled over numerous times and given a "verbal warning" because the cop just wanted to check out the car. Buy it. You won't regret it.
If you want to talk about high maintenance costs, come join me over at the Ferrari owners forum.
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Can you get collector insurance for them, and what can I expect to pay(Long Island, NY) n regular insurance?
You can do a stated value policy with several good companies. My cars are all with Hagerty. Don't take offense to this but chances are, if you are concerned over the cost to insure one of these and the their potential maintenance, you might not be ready to own one. If you're that concerned though, grab a VIN off one and give it to your agent for an exact quote. Long Island isn't bad but I wouldn't ever drive my cars into the city. Taxi drivers bounce off everything and the parking lots issue door dings like they're part of the service they offer.
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The cost is pretty low (in my opinion).

Parts are domestic, you can get them pretty quick. Some cases it's an autozone run.

You can strip the vehicle apart fairly quickly, plenty of room to work and get at components. Most basic operations can be done in just a couple hrs or less(ie clutch). I do nearly everything myself, it's by far the easiest car I've owned to work on.

Insurance for me was lower cost than a vette - apparently statistics back then indicated a higher percentage of vettes crashed than vipers in my age group.

I've beat the piss out of my viper since day 1. In the stock configuration it's never left me stranded. I'm amazed how reliable it is at the track and street.

If you get bored and start adding a couple hundred ft. lbs/tq aftermarket is when you start discovering the weak links.
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A stock Viper is basically bulletproof (even the mod Vipers are reliable, but tend to be driven a little harder, I'd imagine). I have a 94 and have only had a few maintenance items hit me.
Steering rack: $800 installed (when I moved to Maryland, it wouldn't pass inspection because of a small leak, otherwise I would have left it in).
Transmission reverse gear and synchro at 50Kmi: $2700, but I had the clutch/bearing/slave cylinder and some other little items replaced while they were in there. The car kept popping out of reverse so I had to hold the shifter there. Reverse gear was stripped badly.

Tires, figure between $1500 and $2200 a set. They can't be rotated and, for some reason, the tend to spin a lot so you won't be getting 40-60K on them like your Corolla.
Oil: about 9 quarts of synthetic each change.

Like someone said above. You pay to play. A used Viper is probably the best bang-for-your-buck out there and pretty much the only "supercar" you're going to get into for under $50K. You feel like a rockstar when you're driving it. I don't think I've ever filled the tank (which you have to do a lot, by the way) without someone coming up to me to talk about the car. I've been pulled over numerous times and given a "verbal warning" because the cop just wanted to check out the car. Buy it. You won't regret it.
If you want to talk about high maintenance costs, come join me over at the Ferrari owners forum.
This is really great info! Thanks
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I've had mine for a month now, aside from an increase in water bill ( because I've been cleaning the car a lot). The only upkeep I've had to do so far is the upkeep the fuel gauge in full.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:22 PM   #13
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Also a new viper owner here (gen 1). I just bought the car in september and love it. I plan to do all the basic service work myself but i noticed it needs an alignment. Where and how do i go about that? should i look for a SRT certified dealer? or a local speed shop?
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:46 PM   #14
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^ a good local alignment shop should be able to do it fine. just go to a trustworthy place.

i have had mine a month now also. upon every performance car purchase, i like to strip it down first and inspect everything so i can feel confident beating the piss out of it and know i am driving a solid car. mine had 60k on it and was raced alot, so my list of parts has been fairily extensive. but i am a perfectionist also.
some parts are expensive like body panels. but most mechanical parts are shared by other dodge vehicles and can be surprisingly cheap.
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The only real costs above the average costs of owning a Taurus are the oil changes (as mentioned before, 9 quarts required), the tires (as little as 1,200 or as much as 2,200 depending on who you buy from and what kind they are), batteries (this care likes to eat them a lot.....keep it on a tender if you're not driving it), and body panels are not cheap if you fuck up while you're showing off to your friends.

Other than that if you take care of it regularly, its not a very expensive car (for what it is) to keep and maintain.
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full coverage for me is only alittle over $100 a month. Im 28 years old with not the greatest driving record.
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insurance on mine is 450 a month i live in MD
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What tha? What year? Is it insured as a pleasure car?
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insurance on mine is 450 a month i live in MD

WTF I pay 765.00/year in NC ....I am 33 years old... Viper is a 2000 GTS ACR
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