2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Thirsty for Oil
July 27, 2010
I checked the tires and oil in our long-term 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 yesterday. I'd never actually opened the hood of the car before, and after feeling around for a hood release and finding nothing, I acquainted myself with page 81 of the owner's manual -- a whole page devoted entirely to opening the hood.
Once the hood was open, reaching the dipstick was easy in spite of the car's super long nose and super north-south V10 layout. The oil registered low (below the "safe" zone on the dipstick), so I needed to add. And it just so happened I was 2 blocks from a Chrysler dealership.
The 2009 owner's manual stipulates full synthetic 0W40, suggesting you buy Mobil 1 or a comparable oil. At the dealer parts counter, though, I was handed a quart of European-formula Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic 5W40 with the assurance that the regional Viper tech now prefers this particular oil for the Viper. It was $9.49 plus tax -- $10.42 total.
I added just under half a quart -- without a funnel, thanks to the well located oil filler mouth.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,027 miles