40k is considered high miles nowadays? That's kind of scary. For a 20 year old car that's only 2,000 miles a year, which seems in line for what I might expect of a fun summer car. The good thing is that Vipers are built very well and put up with miles pretty great compared to most other high end exotics and supercars. I'd rather see a car driven and exercised to keep it in working order than sitting in a garage for years at a time only getting started and idled every couple of weeks.
I bought my 97 viper 3.5 months ago with 40k on it.
I greatly enjoy the car for sure, but I’m convinced it is 20-30% low on power. Mine won’t even break loose the tires unless I try to (with quick clutch release or doing a donut).
And while it is faster than ‘anything else’ on the road (that I’ve yet encountered), I barely won a drag race with a big diesel pickup truck.
My car feels about the same (by memory) of a 1990 mustang 5.0 that I had 30 years ago- plenty fun and fast but not exhilarating.
Last year I had a 2006 corvette (automatic trans) base model- it was exhilarating. That LS3 engine amazed me every time I dug into the gas pedal. It had great pulling power at every position on the tachometer, and the higher it revved, the harder it pulled.
And it did burnouts like a madman: many many times I just floor it and steer while it did 80’ burnout before shifting into 2nd gear and then continuing impressively. Granted it had 6-7 year old tires, but so does my Viper.
A 40k mile boring car is very different than a 40k mile awesome car. Think about how many accumulated minutes have been wide open throttle on a Viper compared to a boring car.
WOT wears out things- piston rings, drive train, valve seat efficiency, etc.