1995 Viper with 66k miles

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  1. pieceofchum

    pieceofchum Enthusiast

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    Hello,

    I am looking at purchasing a 1995 Dodge Viper with 66k miles on it. I wanted to see if anyone could advise me on what to look out for with the car. I also wanted to find out what I should pay for it 66k is a lot of miles but the car seems to be very well maintained and in very good condition and is original other than the stereo with the original windows and top.

    Thanks
     
  2. steve e

    steve e Viper Owner

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    95 was a good year for the gen1 cars, I had one, never had a problem. I have heard some needed head gaskets. I beat the hell out of mine and was fine.
     
  3. Free2go

    Free2go Viper Owner

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    Maybe worth $26k
     
  4. MoparMap

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    Yeah, unless it looks like it's been through the ringer, I wouldn't worry about mileage. I have almost 109,000 on my 04 and it still runs like the day I bought it. Sitting around is typically harder on a car than driving it regularly.
     
  5. pieceofchum

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    Yes I get concerned with extremely low mileage vehicles because they still need to be maintained and I worry about someone not doing an oil change for like 5 years and then driving the car and damaging the engine. How can I check the head gasket what should I look for on the engine? I think one way might be to see if the oil temp is very high with the gauge in the car but figured I would ask.
     
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  6. broomrider

    broomrider VCA E-Member - Gulf States Region

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    When a car sits for long periods of time it can cause a number of issues. I would worry less about mileage and look at body fit, engine bay
    etc.
     
  7. pieceofchum

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    Yes I am going to do that. Going to check out the car this Sunday. I have to find a knowledgeable mechanic in New England to inspect it if I like it.
     
  8. MoparMap

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    On the early cars your best best is just looking for coolant dripping down the sides of the block. They had paper style head gaskets that would soak through with coolant over time and can start leaking. Doesn't mean they are leaking into the cylinders or "bad" in the same sense as a blown head gasket necessaryily, but it makes good sense to replace them. If you do end up buying it, I would just change all the fluids as your first item of business. I swapped all the oils (engine, trans, diff) and put new plugs in my car after I bought it just so I knew where I was starting so I could begin my records from that point.
     
  9. pieceofchum

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    I checked this car out tonight and there were a few issues. The price is firm at $24,900. The tires are bald and need to be replaced right away. The leather is cracked on the side bolsters of the driver's seat. There are some paint chips and a couple of minor body imperfections. The black coating on the inside of the trunk is pealing off and is quite bad not sure how that can be fixed. Everything else is very good not sure though that the value is there for the price. I think for a 1995 Viperr with 66k miles where the owner is asking 24,900 that it would be in just a little better shape and have tires with at least some tread. Looking for thought from others on the price with these issues. Also there was a layer of grease all over the engine I wonder if this is a sign of gasket failure. I did want to find out if anyone knows anything about corrosion on the brake booster I have a picture of that from the car I am looking at that shows it.

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    I also noticed the following pealing in the trunk and wanted to get some feedback on it.

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    Any information on these issues would be helpful and much appreciated thanks
     
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  10. ViperDefender

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    I bought a '94 with 33k miles for $28,000 and some change (and I'm in Maine, hi neighbor). My trunk is doing a little bit of the chipping here and there, but not sure about the brake booster...mine is actually quite clean. Maybe it was left out in the rain, was somewhere moist? Northern east coast isn't always the best on cars

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