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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Routine Maintenance, Pt 2

September 10, 2010

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No sooner did we post that our 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 was at the dealer than the phone rang. "You're Viper isready for pick up."

Our Viperwasat Glenn E. Thomas Dodge less than2 hours. That is good service in my book. And especiallyconsidering wetold them we'd come back to get it in the late afternoon. I attribute this to our service advisor,Roger. A small portion of the credit also probably goes to the dealer wanting tomake up for our last, less impressive visit. Thumbs up.

We spent just over our estimated cost for the service.

Total Cost: $309.96

Total Days out of Service: None

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 16,137 miles

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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Routine Maintenance

September 09, 2010

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We dropped our 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 off atGlenn E. Thomas Dodge in Long Beach for service this morning. Yep, these are the same guys we've usedbefore.We opted for a new service advisor this time and expect it will make a difference.

Based on mileage, the Viper fallsbetween the 12- and 16,000-mile service intervals. That makes itdue foroil anddifferential fluid change. Edmunds Maintenance Schedule estimates it will costabout $288.

We'll let you know how it goes.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 16,137 miles

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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Thirsty for Oil

July 27, 2010

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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.

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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: DC Performance Follow Up

May 20, 2010

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DC Performance is the real deal. Our 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 was ready earlier than expected and, somehow, came up $30 less than they originally quoted. The only thing they could've done better was make it free or surprise us with a reflash or upgraded exhaust...What a dream world that would be....

The Viper took 10 quarts of synthetic Mobil 1 0w40 at a cost of $92.50; an oil filter that ran $13.50 and then $33 for labor on the oil change-- the inspection was free.

Add tax and the total comes to $149.34.

And while the Viper did sit out a night, that was due to our scheduling and was no fault of DC Performance or the Viper.

Follow the jump for another picture of their shop and a few stories from when I called local Dodge dealers to check on prices and availability for service....

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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10: Service at DC Performance

May 19, 2010

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"When you guys need service-- or get tired of only 600 horsepower-- you gotta hit DC Performance in LA." This guy was a viper owner we met when we picked up the car at the Long Beach Grand Prix. A long day of racing and potato salad means we're not sure if he's the one who left the party with a smoky burnout, but we hope it was. Because, if you'll remember, we've done some smokey burnouts with our Viper and now, at just over 6,000 miles, it needs its first service.

DC Performance, run by Dan Cragin, has factory trained Viper specialsts, does high-performance tuned snakes (they're known for their test-n-tune abilities), charges less than the Dodge dealer we spoke with, is on our commute home, has some 12 Vipers in the shop and was referred by a guy who does burnouts at picnics; it's perfect.

Dan and his team said they would need about a day to get this done, dropping it in the mornig would get our car back by 5. Unfortunately, that didn't fit our scedule so we dropped it off yesterday afternoon and will pick it up today.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Dodge Viper in VA is:

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