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Old December 2nd, 2018, 08:53 AM  
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2005 Vipers Reliable? Common Problems?

The prices of 2005 vipers are getting quite low and I would love to pic one up. I was wondering if they had major issues or if they can be driver often without trouble. Would love to get one. I am pretty good at working on cars but only have exp. in Gen 1s. Thank you.
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Old February 11th, 2019, 03:51 PM  
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Forget working on a Viper, unless its a battery or spark plugs, or air filters LOL , not even oil change is easy. I can work on my other 6 cars but the Viper gen 3 is diff beast. You must I say must do the MAINTENANCE scheduled stuff, try to find a local Viper expert, I live in So Cal and have one here and i avoid the dealers, as they are &*^%^&(*)))((***(++ idiots. I drive mine every other week along the So Cal coast just to charge the battery, lol, Also they like to burn oil by nature and you must check oil on regular basis and must use oil that they say to use no compromise at all.
Do not do burn outs, hot dogging, typical teenage stuff and you will be fine. Do not get RUN FLAT tires as they will give you problems with traction control as there is none in Gen 3 Vipers. Do not drive it in the rain, just pull over and wait till it dries, we dont have that problem here in So Cal lol.

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Old February 12th, 2019, 09:05 PM  
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They are all just cars

Gen2 or 4 seems to be the way to go or 2006
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Forget working on a Viper, unless its a battery or spark plugs, or air filters LOL , not even oil change is easy. I can work on my other 6 cars but the Viper gen 3 is diff beast. You must I say must do the MAINTENANCE scheduled stuff, try to find a local Viper expert, I live in So Cal and have one here and i avoid the dealers, as they are &*^%^&(*)))((***(++ idiots. I drive mine every other week along the So Cal coast just to charge the battery, lol, Also they like to burn oil by nature and you must check oil on regular basis and must use oil that they say to use no compromise at all.
Do not do burn outs, hot dogging, typical teenage stuff and you will be fine. Do not get RUN FLAT tires as they will give you problems with traction control as there is none in Gen 3 Vipers. Do not drive it in the rain, just pull over and wait till it dries, we dont have that problem here in So Cal lol.


Minus the comment on avoiding run flat tires, this is all the exact opposite of my experience.


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Old February 13th, 2019, 06:07 PM  
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From what I can tell there was a mandatory TSB on all Gen3's to swap the hood out for a Gen4 hood...
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The biggest issue you will have window regulators. Vipers Gen1-3 are easy to work on. As long as they are driven regularly and maintained like a normal car they are fine.


Regimended mods if keeping close to stock.

BC coilovers (stock shocks suck)
De-cat (reduced side sill heat)
New NON-RUN-FLAT tires (Nitto Invo is my vote)
3.55 gears
Roe billet TB
Tune

Then call it a day.
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Minus the comment on avoiding run flat tires, this is all the exact opposite of my experience.


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I agree with this. Vipers are analog cars. Oil change hard??? Filter and drain plug oh so easy to get to. Iím no mechanic but I can even work on it.


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Old February 18th, 2019, 09:25 AM  
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Gen 3 Viper is only hard to work on if the only tools you own are a screwdriver and a scissors. It has to be one of the simplest cars around these days unless you are buy something that doesn't have an ECU.
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My car has been trouble free since day one and regular maintanence is no problem. While plugs and wire replacement took me a while it was pretty straight forward. New serb guy sounds like an idiot. Pm'd about my car and I ignored him. Sounds like someone not worth getting involved with.
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Only thing hard is changing plug wires. It sucks because you have to take off the intake manifold and that’s kinda a PITA because it’s big, heavy and you must use a 1/4” extension to get between the runners.
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