Hi guys, long time lurker, the Viper has been my dream car since a I was a kid. The time is finally upon me, and I just want to know what I'm getting into. Keep in mind I'm looking for a 1st generation, and this will be driven on both the road and track. So a few questions: 1. I'm 6'8", small waist though. I know that there are seat lowering kits, and a kit to move the clutch back a bit, but I'm hoping (but nothings in stone) to get a GTS, which means hard top. Is there headroom? And more importantly, helmet room? 2. How is maintenance? One of the reasons the Viper appeals to me is that it uses Dodge's truck engine, which is basically a Magnum V8 with 2 more cylinders. The Magnum family are good reliable motors. So I'm hoping parts aren't crazy expensive/rare. Thoughts? 3. Are there many hidden "exotic car" costs that come along with owning a car like this? I'm guessing fenders and such are expensive. I know that many fall into getting in over their heads because they didn't realize how expensive it is to not only buy, but OWN an exotic. 4. Is anything in particular known to be problematic with the 1st gens? I saw a comment once that the transmission is iffy, no idea how credible that is though. Anything I should definitely check when I go to check one out besides the usual (leaks, alignment, fluid levels etc)? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.