1999 Dodge Viper GTS 8.0L V10 from North America
If you can afford this $100,000 (Canadian Funds ) bad boy, and like fast cars... go for it
I had to replace the head gaskets at 75,000 Kilometers.
Fan belt went at around 90,000 Kilometers.
That is about it other than usual maintenance.
This car is simply a BEAST!!
With the big, wide tires on the back that come stock, this car takes off the line super fast. This car is so fast I'm afraid to even put it into 4th gear, considering it will do around 50 mph in first!!
The look of the VIPER GTS itself is mind blowing, and the performance as I described before, will give you an extreme adrenaline rush. The only thing I don't really like about the VIPER is that 10 cylinder engine, it SOUNDS like a TRACTOR! Even with a High Performance Muffler it sounds bad.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th February, 2003
If you hate the 10 cylinder engine so much, why did you buy the car? It's a viper, what do you expect it to sound like, a civic!!
I have to agree with him. The Viper and most V-10's are anemic sounding. Listen to the difference between F1 cars when they had V8's and V12's. Now they sound like a pissed off zipper. The GTS is the best pruduction American sportscar ever, but sounds like crap.
Why would anyone complain about the sound of that v10? It is a big engine that spins a relatively low rpm. All Big low revving engines sound like this. I love that sound personally, but I drive a '71 Challenger with the 440 six pack. There's just nothing else like an exhaust loud enough to shake the ground!
I have been in the presence of an idling Viper a few times, and I agree that the engine note is a little odd. It does not have quite the burble of a V8 nor the smooth, almost V6-like whine (not a bad thing) out of a V12. When the guy revved it up sitting, it made a very strange roar. He then slowly accelerated to about 15MPH and floored it; I lost sight of the thing in its cloud. I prefer the V8 rumble, but the Viper has a very distinctive noise.
I have never owned a viper, but I have heard them and I will say they sound amazing. They sound mean as hell and that's why I like them.
I have never owned, or seen a Dodge Viper in real life, but I currently drive a Cadillac Fleetwood with a 4.5 liter V-8 that, when idling, has the glug glug sound of a truck, which I personally love. If I pulled up to a Viper, I would probably shut my engine off so that the driver knows that I have serious RESPECT for a 8.0 liter 450HP V-10.