The Viper motor will annihilate the rear tires in first, second, and third, but it's very fun
Check engine light came on for a vacuum leak. Viper tech at Dodge dealership fixed it.
Minor creeks from plastic door panel on driver's side.
Driver side heated seat quit working.
It uses a quart of oil every 1000 miles, but this is normal for all Viper motors I've seen. It uses 10 quarts of Mobil 1 oil.
The Viper V10 valve train is really loud and ticky sounding, but all Viper motors sound like this, there is nothing wrong with the motor.
It sits too high in the back so I ordered a 2" lowering block kit for Dodge Dakota RT, because they don't make a lowering block kit for the SRT 10, because "normal Dodge Rams have the axle under the springs, but SRT 10 and Dakota RT are the opposite. It now sits level. Looks sweet now.
You need a Viper tech to work on the engine; not every Dodge dealership has a Viper tech on staff.
My 2006 Ram SRT 10 is Metallic Black with the 6 speed manual, regular cab short box. All crew cabs had automatics.
I love this Viper motor. I like to push in the clutch around 25 mph, blip the throttle, pop it out and floor it, and the truck "Leaps" forward violently. When I get on it in first, it'll fly, then powershift to second it will actually leave burn out marks in second as long as the ones I made in first.
It has a Dana 4.56 rear axle, which is necessary to turn the giant 22 inch wheels. I think 04's had 4.11 rear ends. 6th gear is still usable on the hwy to pass, but drop it to 3rd and rev the engine a little to keep it from engine braking, then floor it when you let out the clutch, and it'll burst forward and around the car you want to pass.
I have to say this is the most scary hot rod I've ever owned; it is absolutely out of control on launch. Second gear annihilates the rear tires. Slicks or drag radials are a good idea.
If you can keep it pointed straight, it's a phenomenal ride. I highly recommend it if you have no qualms about practicality and just enjoy its freakishness.
This SRT 10 has the optional U-Connect with voice recognition, blue tooth, and navigation. It connected to my cell phone fine, and I can talk through the cars speakers and mic easily. The U-Connect lady's voice is pleasant.
Don't worry about the truck being useful or it's poor gas mileage, just enjoy the "HotRod" that it is. I can get 15 mpg sometimes, but then I let it loose and it has dropped as low as 6 mpg. It has mpg calculator, compass, outside temp, and trip computer.
I love this truck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th July, 2010