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2009 Dodge Viper Convertible

2dr Conv SRT10

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  • $88,755 original MSRP
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2009 Dodge Viper Convertible

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Dodge Viper Convertible

As Dodge's flagship sports car, the Viper continues to offer a lot of performance for the dollar. Available in both coupe and roadster configurations, it's a car for those who value all-out performance over daily comfort. It's equally at home on the autocross track or the drag strip, and its 600-hp 8.4-liter V10 offers both brutal power and throaty sound through its side-exit dual exhaust.

What's new for 2009?

The Dodge Viper SRT10 gets slight changes for 2009, including optional 6-spoke forged aluminum wheels, revised center console bezel and recessed power window switches. An ACR package is available, as is a new VOI 10 Special Edition package. New options include several instrument and shifter bezel finishes, a new tan leather interior and GPS navigation. Four new exterior colors are offered: Anaconda Green, Diamond Black, Graphite Metallic and Viper Bright White. Bright Blue stripes join the 5 other colors previously available.

Model Strengths

  • Unmistakable design
  • blistering acceleration
  • excellent performance for the money.

Model Review

The Viper's 8.4-liter engine remains unchanged from 2008, with Chrysler's unique variable valve timing offering 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Dodge claims under 4-second zero-to-60 times, with a 200-mph top speed. A Tremec 6-speed manual remains the only available transmission, and a twin-disc clutch and limited-slip rear end help wrestle the Viper's power to the ground. A special swinging oil pickup helps keep oil flowing even under hard acceleration and tight cornering.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com has researched all the latest road tests and reviews of the 2009 Dodge Viper to bring the most useful excerpts. Plus, experts from TheCarConnection.com have driven the Viper and bring you their expert opinions right here, so you can make a smart car-buying decision.

The 2009 Dodge Viper has a lot to offer sportscar fanatics. With harsher CO2 and fuel economy regulations coming into play, as well as uncertain corporate futures, however, it may not be long for this world.

The Viper has always been more of a morale-booster than a practical ride--it's been the stuff of dreams for countless teenagers over the years. Its long, curvy hood and bubble-shaped roofline still look the part. Changes to the Viper's outward appearance are minor overall, as the vehicle continues to benefit from a slight redesign in 2008. At that time, it got a larger hood scoop for better induction and aggressive-looking louvers for improved cooling.

Just last year, for 2008, the Viper's V-10 engine was pushed out to a super-sized 8.4 liters, for 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque; it trimmed the 0-60-mph time to well under 4 seconds. For 2009, the Dana rear axle of the Dodge Viper picks up a new speed-sensing, limited-slip differential for better traction. To match the engine, the 2009 Dodge Viper has a new six-speed manual with a wider range of ratios, improved synchros, and reduced shift-knob travel.

Thanks to Brembo dual opposing-piston calipers front and back, the 2009 Dodge Viper can now brake from 60 mph to a stop in less than 100 feet, and go from zero to 100 and back to zero in just over 12 seconds.

While those numbers are all amazing, the Viper isn't as much of a thrill to drive in traffic on the daily commute. The gearbox, which feels just right on the track, comes across as stiff and somewhat clunky on the street; the ratios of the gearbox are also tall, meaning that when you're driving around your neighborhood, you'll probably be in second gear as opposed to trolling streets in fourth as you might in more mundane cars. The big V-10, which smoothes out and develops an off-beat growl on hard acceleration, is lumpy at partial throttle, adding to the rough experience when moving slowly with traffic. On the street, the Viper's suspension feels stiff and bouncy, but at the track, these settings enable the chassis to put all of the Viper's power to the pavement. Catch the theme? Drive the 2009 Dodge Viper daily and you'll need a chiropractor, but it sure is fun for track day.

The Dodge Viper offers more finishes and customization options than it did just a few years ago. Previously, Vipers came in little more than basic black inside, with a kit-car feel brought on by parts-bin components and non-matching surfaces.

Assembly continues at the Chrysler Group's Conner Avenue assembly plant, appropriately located in the heart of Detroit. The plant builds three versions of the 2009 Dodge Viper SRT10: a convertible roadster, a coupe, and a fully track-ready ACR Coupe edition that is race prepared.


The Bottom Line:

Though by no means a pick for daily driving, the 2009 Dodge Viper is a fantastic-looking sportscar with winning performance.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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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

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