First time Viper owner in SoCal

Rexius

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What's up peeps,

My name is Brian and I'm super stoked (and still in shock) to be able to say that as of March 19, 2016, I am the proud owner of a new (slightly used) Adrenaline Red 2013 SRT Viper GTS!

Growing up I, like many of you, had countless posters and toy models of the original Dodge Viper. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be a Viper owner. For 2 reasons:

1. I never thought I'd be able to afford one, EVER! Let alone at the age of 23.
2. Although it made a great poster and toy, as a young adult I never thought the Viper was very good compared to the competition.

I've spent a lot of time at the race track in shifter karts, race spec Porches and I have also spent a lot of time on and off the track with cars like the Corvette, GT-R, M3, Audi R8, etc. In my opinion the Viper just never held a candle to any of those cars. But the reality was, I never gave it a chance. I always based my opinion of the Viper from watching reviews of it online or reading articles on popular automotive publications. I currently own a highly modified 2008 Dodge Charger R/T and I still remember getting into a heated argument with Ralph Gilles and the entire Chrysler executive panel at the Spring Festival of LXs a few years back about why the Viper would never appeal to someone like me. That I'd always choose the Corvette or the GT-R over it.

Well, a few weeks ago I set out to buy a Charger / Challenger Hellcat and my girlfriend said, "If you're going to spend that much ridiculous money on a car, don't get a Hellcat. Everyone has one. Spend a little more money and buy something special...why don't you buy a Viper?" I scoffed at her.

Long story short, I came across this Adrenaline Red 2013 SRT Viper GTS while looking at a white Challenger Hellcat. I asked the dealer what the story was behind it and it turns out it used to belong to one of the sales managers at the dealer. I spent over an hour talking to him about the car and his experience with it. Then, after checking my credit to make sure I was serious, they let me drive it. All I can say is, that's all it took for me to understand it all. It all made sense. Nothing can describe the excitement and joy I felt after driving it. I HAD to have it.

So I bought it! (After having my good friend who is a Master SRT Tech give me the blessing)

Anyway, I know this is a long introduction so I apologize. I come from the Mopar world of LXs where, to be honest, a lot of the community is full of negative energy and immaturity. I've walked away with only a handful of friends. I'm hoping the Viper community is a lot more mature and welcoming. I'm here to make friends, learn and enjoy all things cars and all things life and just have a genuine good time with good people. I hope you welcome a young first time Viper owner!

Cheers!

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v10viperbox

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I got my first Viper around your age as well. From one not so young guy to you, take the car to the track and do some more DE days with it. I came over from a GT3 to a Viper back at your age and even with a lot of track time the Viper took some getting used to. Not bad but just different. Were about are you?
 

Rexius

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I'm definitely taking it easy, despite my track experience. And yes, I plan on getting it out to the track ASAP so I can get to know it more intimately. Anyone here know anything about the SRT experience? Is it worth the money?

I'm currently daily driving it about 50 miles a day as well so I can get used to it.

And I'm in Los Angeles.
 

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Congratulations! And, welcome!. If you ever have any questions about Viper Club of America, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 800-677-4321.
 

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How much did you pay for your beautiful viper if you don't mind me asking? Im also in the market to purchase.
 

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Great choice. And congrats, at 23 and owning 2013 GTS. This one looks like a line of track package GTS equipped cars.
 

Rexius

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Great choice. And congrats, at 23 and owning 2013 GTS. This one looks like a line of track package GTS equipped cars.

Thanks! How can I tell if it has the track pack? I don't have the 2 piece Stop Tech rotors but I do have the 2 mode suspension and 4 mode stability control.
 

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Thanks! How can I tell if it has the track pack? I don't have the 2 piece Stop Tech rotors but I do have the 2 mode suspension and 4 mode stability control.

You can look up the build sheet on Dodge's webservice. If you don't want to go through the hassle, pm me the last eight of the VIN and I'll look it up for you
 

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You can look up the build sheet on Dodge's webservice. If you don't want to go through the hassle, pm me the last eight of the VIN and I'll look it up for you

Submitted a request myself just now. Will post back with reply when they answer!
 

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Here is their response:

Dear Brian,

Thank you for contacting SRT Premium Care.

We are pleased to provide vehicle build information for your 2013 DODGE
SRT VIPER GTS

According to our records, your vehicle was equipped from the factory
with the following:

*DL Sabelt - Premium Leather Seats
-VX Black/Sepia
APAS Monotone Paint
ASV GTS Laguna Interior Package
BADS 180 Amp Alternator
BCES 600 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
BCSS Battery Run Down Protection
BNUS 4 Mode Electronic Stability Control
BRFS Anti-Lock 4-Wheel-Disc Brakes
CBFP Premium Leather Wrapped Dr Trim Pnl
CDRS Cup Holder Insert
CF3S Child Seat Upper Tether Anchorage
CGDS D/P Seat Belts w/Preten & L Limiters
CG3S Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags
CHEP Alcantara Headliner
CKBS Floor Carpet
CKNS Cargo Compartment Carpet
CKPS Trunk Dress-Up
CLLS Viper Carpet Floor Mats
CM5P Premium Leather Wrapped Flr Console
CTNP Pass Grab Handle - PL w/ C Stitching
CVFP Laguna Leather Shift ****
CV6P PB Handle - PL / Contrast Stitching
DEC 6-Speed Manual TREMEC Transmission
DMDS 3.55 Rear Axle Ratio
DSAS Limited Slip Differential & Rr Axle
EWG 8.4L V10 SFI Engine
GAPS NVH Enhancements
GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass
GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass
GFAS Rear Window Defroster
GNDS Driver Side Sun Visor
GNKS Rear View Auto Dim Mirror
GNLS Passenger Side Sun Visor with Mirror
GTKS Power Mirrors
GXWS Keyless Entry w/Immobilizer
GX4S Keyless Enter and Go / Passive Entry
HABS Air Conditioning w/Auto Temp Control
HGAS Hood Insulation
JACP Premium Leather IP, Accent Stitch
JATS Instrument Cluster w/Display Screen
JAVS SRT Performance Pages System
JBDP Instrument Panel Satin Silver Bezel
JBKS Graphite Instrument Panel Bezel
JCNS 220 MPH Primary Speedometer
JFCS Fuel/Oil Press/Volt/Coolant Gauges
JFHS Tachometer
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
JJAS Cigar Lighter
JJBS Dual Note Electric Horns
JJJS 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
JKAS Power Locking Glove Box
JKDS Remote Fuel Door Release
JKKS Inside Emergency Trunk Lid Release
JLNP GPS Navigation
JLPP GPS Antenna Input
JNAS Black Shift Bezel
JPCS Key Fob Trunklid Release
JPHS Speed Sensitive Power Locks
JP3S Pwr Front Windows, 1-Touch,Up & Down
JTDS Power 6-Way Driver/Passenger Seats
LAGS Warning Chime
LAKS Headlamps On Warning Chimes
LAPS Shift Indicator Warning Lamp
LARS Message Center
LAXS Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
LAYS LED Tail Lamps
LAZS Vehicle Information Center
LBGS Front Reading/Map Lamps
LMCS HID Headlamps - Metallic Graphite
LMGS Automatic Headlamps
LSCS Premium Security Alarm
MCBS Black Rear Accent Applique
MDAS Front License Plate Bracket
MGVS Bright Chrome Viper GTS Sill Badge
MG4S SRT Brand Badging
MH1S GTS Hood
ML3S GTS Front/Rear Fascias
NAS 50 State Emissions
NESS Dual Side Sport Exhaust
NFZS 16 Gallon Fuel Tank
NHAS Engine Oil Cooler
NHMS Cruise Control - w/ SW Controls
NHNS Electronic Launch Control System
PR7 Adrenaline Red
QR7S Adrenaline Red
RA4S Uconnect 8.4 NAV
RCA Harman Kardon High Performance Audio
RDHS 900 Watt Amplifier
RDLS Integrated Window Antenna
RDZS Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Ctrls
RE8P HD Radio
RFLP 8.4" Touchscreen Display
RSDP SiriusXM Satellite Radio
RSFP Media Hub (SD, USB, Aux)
RSMP SiriusXM Travel Link
RSPS Uconnect Voice Command w/Bluetooth
RSSP SiriusXM Traffic
RSWP Uconnect Access Via Mobile
RSXP Remote USB Port
RS7P Uconnect Access
R04P All VP4 Radios
SBAS Power Rack and Pinion Steering
SCGP SRT Steering Whl, Premium Stiching
SDYS Dual Mode Touring/Sport Suspension
SUAS Tilt Steering Column
TXMS P295/30ZR18 P355/30ZR19 BSW Tires
TZPP Pirelli Brand Tires
WLZC All Aluminum Wheels
WP9 18X10.5 19X13.0 Venom-Hyper Whls
XACS ParkView(TM) Rear Back-up Camera
XAPS Power Adjustable Pedals
XARS Sport Pedals
XFPS Tire Service Kit
XGDS Universal Garage Door Opener
XGMS Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
XG4S Structural X-Brace
XJMS Capless Fuel Filler
XLNS English/USA Language
XPYS SRT Track Experience
XRBP Integrated Voice Command w/Bluetooth
XSPS Red Brake Calipers
XVRS O/B Refueling Vapor Rec Fuel Syst
X8TS Body Panel Parts Module
X81S Instrument Panel Parts Module
X88S Tire & Wheel Parts Module
 

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You have a smart girlfriend, keep her. She is exactly right, too many hellcats, Viper stands out anywhere you go. I own a 911 turbo as well, love it, twice as much $ as my Viper but does not stick out like the Viper.
 

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