2015 Dodge Viper GT: Recalled for Service
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on March 2, 2016
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles voluntarily recalled a batch of the current-generation Vipers, which included our 2015 Dodge Viper GT, for an oil contamination and consumption issue. There was also another recall for the radio software that affects a whole bunch more Chrysler products.
The R28 recall sounds the most serious and thankfully our Viper did not fall under it. That issue involves the engine block becoming contaminated with abrasive debris that could possibly result in engine replacement. Ooooof. That's gotta hurt.
Our Viper did undergo the R29 recall service that addresses oil being forced into the Make Up Air Hose (MUA) in high-speed, high-rpm right-hand cornering at light throttle. The fix amounted to a new oil management system with a new valve cover assembly and relocated MUA fitting and baffle.
The R40 recall sounds a lot less critical on the surface, with a description of "reprogram radio software," but it is actually far more disconcerting. This service hopefully closes a security vulnerability in the software that enabled hackers to take control of some of the car's systems. This gap could have allowed minimally-equipped hackers to control the engine, brakes, locks and steering. Scary stuff.
The car is already back in rotation and the only difference we're noticing is the clutch, which probably shouldn't have been affected by these service campaigns. I noticed it as soon as I rolled out of the parking space in our garage. It seems better than before with the friction zone now slightly easier to predict. It's a small thing that most people won't notice.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 17,555 miles