2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Let's See the Engine
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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Let's See the Engine

May 12, 2010

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I pulled up to my buddy's house in our2009 Dodge Viper the other day. "Oh, man," he said, "This thing is awesome. The hood is gigantic. Let's see the engine." I fumbled around in the cabin for a couple of minutes looking for the hood release before I remembered.

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There is no hood release inside the car. It's tucked away in the front grille of the Viper. To me, this sort of thing is whatcar ownership isabout. The unique elements that make a car special to its owner. There are model-specific examples like this one, or say, thefuel door release hiddenbeneaththe center armrest ofour C5 Z06.If you don't own it, you probably don't know about it.

There are also car-specific examples. Maybe it's thehidden fuel cutoff switch you installed in your Pontiac Sunfire. Or maybeit's the rear door of your handed down Crown Vic - - the door opens just fine,so long asyou lift it up and simultaneously tilt ata 15-degreeangle. We all have examples ofquirks in cars that we've owned. Some we lived with because it gave our car character and others because we had no choice.

What are some examples from cars you've owned?

Take the jump for the fruits of my labor.

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Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 6,828 miles

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