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2009 Dodge Viper: Annoying Door Release

September 23, 2010

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It seems to me that the Viper's door releases could have been thought out better. They're locatedon the upper part of the doors, which is fine for opening. But because there's no handle, there's no ideal place to close the door without touching the car's paint. Making the problem worse is that the Viper's doors require a significant shove to get them to fully close. A video follows after the jump to show you what I mean.

After a few days with the car, I found pushing against the window was the best way to avoid touching the paint. This might seem like a nitpick, and it would be if this was a regular, $25,000 car. But if I owned a Viper and liked keeping it looking immaculate, I'd definitely be annoyed. I remember the first-generation Viper had little button releases on the door frame. Those weren't ideal either, but I'd chose that design over the current one.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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