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2008 Dodge Viper Convertible

2dr Conv SRT10

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2008 Dodge Viper Convertible

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Dodge Viper Convertible

Acceleration, grip, handling, and braking are the 2008 Viper's game, along with flamboyant styling and a raucous engine sound. This is a car for those who value performance and styling above comfort, and want to be noticed. With all the mechanical improvements, performance promises to be better than ever, and this year's new interior colors and trim bring a much-needed fresh look to the cabin.

What's new for 2008?

After a one-year absence, Dodge's iconic, V10-powered sports car is back for 2008 with extensive mechanical changes, along with changes to the hood and front end. Most notably, the Viper's V10 engine has been expanded to 8.4 liters and now makes 600 horsepower--90 more than in the previous version. Also, the six-speed manual transmission has been improved, and there's a new speed-sensing limited-slip differential. The run-flat tires have been replaced with Pilot Sport PS2 performance tires and a new wheel design.

Model Strengths

  • Overall performance
  • raw and unruly character
  • attention-getting design.

Model Review

The Dodge Viper gets some significant mechanical improvements for 2008 that bring its performance up to a new level. Its aluminum-block V10 engine has been increased to 8.4 liters and now includes variable valve timing, along with a new two-piece intake manifold and dual electronic throttle control. The engine now gets an oil system adapted from competition engines, for improved oil pressure during high revving and hard cornering.

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Flash Drive: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10

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At 35 degrees with summer performance tires, the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 is a real handful - rain or shine. With 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque on tap from the 8.4-liter V10, it takes a light touch with the right foot to not spin the tires at every stoplight. Ironically the new engine was developed to meet EPA emission regulations but the end result is more horsepower, a smoother idle and a quieter, cooler exhaust that makes the Viper easier to live with day-to-day. As much of a handful as the Viper is on the street, it's a total blast on the track. At tire-warming temperatures the Viper feels like a 600-horsepower Miata if treated with the proper level of respect. Careful throttle inputs are still required, but the brakes are awesome, the steering is direct and the throttle can be used to steer the car. My recommendation: Park the Viper on cold winter days and head straight to the track in the spring. - Mike Meredith

If ever a car was named correctly, this one is it. The Viper is scary, temperamental, and if you don't pay attention, it will bite. The interior is very basic -a radio, air conditioning, power windows and that's about it. But that's not why you buy a Viper. The reward for this purchase starts with the sound that emanates from those big, side-mounted pipes when you push the start button. The eruption is enough to scare small children. And that's nothing compared to the fury of full-throttle driving. With 600 horses on tap, acceleration is ferocious - and with no electronic safety nets, driving a Viper requires your full attention. This is not a car for the timid or inexperienced, but there is certainly nothing like it on the road today. - Perry Stern

In the flesh, the Viper looks insanely low, wide and menacing, with hood creases so sharp you'll think twice before leaning on it. The steering is razor sharp and provides stellar feedback. The obscenely wide rear tires tramline at the slightest invitation, and this expanse of rubber makes for rattled nerves on mottled pavement. Once you get some heat into those massive Michelins, on a smooth stretch of (preferably deserted) pavement the grip and thrust levels of the Viper are astounding. Acceleration is brutal, and does not let up even when leagues north of posted limits. With a muscle-building clutch and shifter, the Viper is a no frills machine (Heated seats? Cruise control? Go cry to your mama...). The form-fitting buckets grab you, the top is easy to drop, it makes great bellowing noises, and you've the power of a hydroelectric dam under your right foot. The Viper is hardly for anyone, but those few will love it. - Paul Seredynski

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Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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