2006 Dodge Viper
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- Ride quality is surprisingly good, 0 to 60 in low 4s range, styling, 500 watt stereo
- Poor fuel economy -- I fill it up 3 times per week from city driving. Has to get like 6 mpg
Pin you to your seat acceleration, wicked good looks turn heads everywhere. I've even had people take my photo at stoplights. Everyone wants to ask questions. This is not the car for you if you don't like attention. You will feel like a celebrity every single day. 1 Viper will get more attention in the parking lot than 20 Vettes and 911s on a truck on fire.
Now, for the not so vain, it is a great all-around sportscar. I was afraid to buy this car originally due to the reports of it being difficult to drive as a daily driver. I'll admit is a difficult car to drive slow esp. in stop and go traffic. I'm not the best manual transmission driver in the world and I'll probably wear out my clutch well before its time, but the car rewards even bad drivers with great performance and a relatively easy drive.
Cornering and handling are second to none. Switching lanes is basically flick of the wrist. I've never been able to maneuver through traffic as easily in any other car.
The 500 watt stereo has a subwoofer between the two seats. On every other car I've had, I've had to set the bass to the highest possible setting to feel it. On the Viper, at +2 out of +8, the bass is stronger than any other vehicle I've been in.
Exclusivity is another reason I purchased this car. Every other car is a dime a dozen on the streets. Think of how many Boxters, Corvettes, 350Z's, etc. you see on a daily basis. Now, think of the last time you saw a Viper. Personally, I see 1 or 2 a year. To own a car that's as rare as a Ferrari or Lamborghini is an incredible feeling. Not only that, the current body style is likely to last through 2012, so the current style will be current for many more years.
Price: The price of the Viper is comparable to many of today's luxury cars. A used 500SL Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW 6 or 7 series, Lexus 460, Porsche Cayman S, Corvette Convertible or Z06 will all cost about the same as a new Viper. Not only that, a search of Autotrader.com shows that even Vipers made 15 years ago (1992) are still selling for $30K or more.
That's about it. I can't say enough about this car. The only cons are the fuel economy. I have to fill up twice a week, whereas in my old 350Z, I only filled out once every two weeks, so this gets quite expensive. Insurance costs are about the same on the 350Z and Viper, surprisingly enough. The other con is the car is so rare, that you feel awkward driving it to anything, but the best restaurants and stores. You feel a little silly driving a Viper to Wal-Mart.
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