Does the Viper still excite?

Does the Viper still excite?

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V10 SPM

Original Poster:

294 posts

179 months

Thursday 21st September 2017
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I've owned my Viper GTS since 2001 and in that time there have been massive advances in car performance. Once a bona fide supercar the Viper now sits alongside many executive cars in the performance stakes. Driving the Viper used to create some drama but nowadays it almost seems tame. Maybe I'm just used to the acceleration, the noise and the unique handling characteristics. Do other owners still find their Vipers as exciting to drive as they used to?

sonicbloo

497 posts

78 months

Thursday 21st September 2017
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When I first got mine 2 1/2 years ago I would drive it just for the sake of it - short shopping trips, taking round to show mates, or just getting in it and driving aimlessly with no destination in mind when I had any spare time.

Now I don't feel the need to drive it all the time, and use it maybe once a week - this way it still feels special when I take it out.

Technology has moved on so fast, 510bhp doesn't sound that impressive when I take it shows and park next to more modern stuff. It certainly attracts many fans though, as they have a certain mystique - many people have never seen one apart from on computer games/Magazines/TV etc

It doesn't feel fast anymore, but the figures are still impressive (sub 4 seconds to 60 if they are to be believed) I only appreciate the power of the Viper when I drive my 'slow' car (2003 Mustang GT)

Question is what do you replace them with? For me, the only thing for the same sort of money would be a C7 Corvette. An F-Type would be another alternative, but they are just too plentiful and I like something a little 'different'.


deVAS

26 posts

49 months

Thursday 21st September 2017
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censored yea, its a dodge viper, it stands out like a sore thumb and i for one dont stop grinning every time i get in it.

fatboy18

15,043 posts

139 months

Friday 22nd September 2017
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There is absolutely nothing out there in the market that comes anywhere near the Value of the viper and that also includes servicing costs to,

I love my car, and associate it with all the le mans winning Vipers.
There is Nothing better out there in the market for ME.

altoplanohombre

247 posts

73 months

Saturday 23rd September 2017
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My Gen 4 SRT10 puts a smile on my face everytime I drive it. smile A great world wide club of friendly like minded people.

Change for another car..... no thanks.
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Dr-Bob

6,610 posts

188 months

Saturday 23rd September 2017
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My 09 ACR is great fun .. I've owned it for just 2 years and still look in the garage to see its mine..

Great world wide community as well

V10 SPM

Original Poster:

294 posts

179 months

Thursday 23rd November 2017
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It seems you all appreciate your Vipers as much as ever so it must just be me who feels that nowadays it is a bit tame. Therefore, after almost 17 years of Viper ownership the decision is made to let it go.

Ilovejapcrap

1,867 posts

40 months

Thursday 23rd November 2017
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all I know is the one on ebay for 65,000 looks mean as

deVAS

26 posts

49 months

Thursday 23rd November 2017
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Are you sure weeping

V10 SPM

Original Poster:

294 posts

179 months

Friday 24th November 2017
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deVAS said:
Are you sure weeping
Yes, it still looks great but no point to just hide it away in the garage gathering dust.

deVAS

26 posts

49 months

Friday 24th November 2017
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I dont know, i love going in the garage and seeing the beast sitting their.Would be a shame though, never saw you while in my car but did spot you a couple of times near sprowston fire station, looked great. Well i presume that was you if not i'm a tt, laugh

Ginja

1,008 posts

129 months

Friday 24th November 2017
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Cars have definitely advanced markedly. I was in a Tesla the other day and it was very impressive, I'm tempted to look into one for my daily commute as it will handle the stop go of the m25 for me. I was also lucky enough to be passenger in a Nissan GTR on a driver training day at North Weald last week being driven completely balls out round a course - neither the owner/driver nor I expected it to do what it did and my god the grip and speed was just out of this world!

There is still nothing like twisting the key in the ignition nor pushing the button on that big V10 though. Sure, its not as quick as some other cars on the road but is that what its all about? I don't think I'll ever tire of sitting at a junction or in traffic (cause that's what a lot of driving is now!) and being bucked about by the lumpy idle or setting car alarms off as you rumble by. Or the surprise on passengers faces as they realise how wrong the misconceptions are about American cars, or little children (and quite a few men) pointing and mouthing 'Viper' as you drive by. Or that lovely solid feeling as the T56 slots into gear and you feel the clutch bite as you raise the pedal (no clutch delay valves here!)

I was a bit reflective this week and was looking through my photos. I found pictures of us going round the Nurburgring during the Rudolph Carraciola event - what a blast that trip was (feeding out of the paddock onto a live race track while 300,000 people watched!), going round and round the top gear track time and time again and filling in while the Ferrari's cooled down, the Lambo's got dragged away by the AA and the GTR's and McLarens went for their 3rd tank of fuel. Being an on the track spectacle at CarFest, being at countless Sporting Bears events and making friends for life, the countless Goodwood breakfast clubs that I have been put in the prime spots for. And then there is the other static shows, Wheels Day, American Speed Fest, Silverstone, the recent Horsham Americarna - the Viper is almost always instantly recognisable and yet unusual even at big shows.

You can do all that in a Viper and to top it all I even take it to work every now and then - 70 miles each way round the Surrey section of the M25 and when I do that I wake up before the alarm because after 10 years I'm still excited to drive the car, whatever the journey is smile

And what has that cost me? All in all, its really nothing. The car is appreciating and this so far has covered the insurance, fuel and maintenance over the last 10 years. While I anticipate costs as they get older so far I've only really spent money on oil and fluids. Sure, I've changed a few things out - reverse switch, temperature sender, PS pulley and bracket, number plate but that is pretty much it tbh, for now anyway...

People change, life moves on and 16 years is a long time to own anything but I bet you have no regrets! And for those who are debating a purchase, you could do far worse than a Viper. It took me 2 years to take the plunge and even then I was nervous but I would never want to change that decision, it changed my life and gave me experiences I wouldn't even have dreamed of.


Edited by Ginja on Friday 24th November 21:20

Ilovejapcrap

1,867 posts

40 months

Friday 24th November 2017
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I just want you to see pictures of your vipers now

fatboy18

15,043 posts

139 months

Friday 24th November 2017
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Gives me a Hard on every time I walk into the Garage cloud9





Edited by fatboy18 on Friday 24th November 23:38


Edited by fatboy18 on Friday 24th November 23:43

deVAS

26 posts

49 months

Saturday 25th November 2017
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fatboy18 said:
Gives me a Hard on every time I walk into the Garage cloud9





Edited by fatboy18 on Friday 24th November 23:38


Edited by fatboy18 on Friday 24th November 23:43
Glad we only got pictures of the car then, i did wonder what was coming, pardon the pun...yikes

sonicbloo

497 posts

78 months

Saturday 25th November 2017
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Great write up Ginja, it will be hard to part with your car with all those memories for sure.

You want pictures? Always happy to show mine. Fnarr Fnarr











Also got my car in print recently



Edited by sonicbloo on Saturday 25th November 12:55

V10 SPM

Original Poster:

294 posts

179 months

Saturday 25th November 2017
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deVAS said:
I dont know, i love going in the garage and seeing the beast sitting their.Would be a shame though, never saw you while in my car but did spot you a couple of times near sprowston fire station, looked great. Well i presume that was you if not i'm a tt, laugh
Yes, that was me. But in 17 years I have never seen another Viper on the road...

NoPaddleShiftForMe

120 posts

25 months

Saturday 25th November 2017
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Ilovejapcrap said:
I just want you to see pictures of your vipers now
Here you go.









Edited by NoPaddleShiftForMe on Saturday 25th November 17:21

V10 SPM

Original Poster:

294 posts

179 months

Saturday 25th November 2017
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Ginja

1,008 posts

129 months

Monday 27th November 2017
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Coming off the track with a passenger at Carfest South last year (what an awesome weekend that was!) smile