planning on buying 2006 blue coupe - what to check for.

Discussion in 'SRT10 and SRT10 Coupe Discussions' started by afroz, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. afroz

    afroz Enthusiast

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    Hi All,
    Im am planning on purchasing a 2006 coupe with about 28k miles on it.

    The car is a one owner vehicle with a clean title.

    Before the purchase I would like to do a PPI and I would also like to get input from this forums members on what to look for prior to purchase.

    I would like to know.

    1. what issues are typical and how to spot them
    2. are there any common areas of concern
    3. what are the typical fixes that should have been done on the car already
    4. any recommended first fixes I should plan on doing

    Thank you,
    AK
     
  2. afroz

    afroz Enthusiast

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    Anyone?
     
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  4. FrankBarba

    FrankBarba Viper Owner

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    PM Sent
     
  5. afroz

    afroz Enthusiast

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    Hi Frank
    I am not looking for a transport service.

    It is great that you use this space as an advertising portal - I don't believe that is the intended use case

    I thought my post was clearly asking about the car and what to look for

    Thanks for your PM
    I do not need a transport service

    Good luck with your business

    AK
     
  6. Steve-Indy

    Steve-Indy VCA Venom Member - Great Lakes

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    AF, don't take offense...Frank is a great guy, and has had more Vipers than most...and considerable track experience. What may appear to some a "hawking his business" may be one of the old guard trying to keep a newbie out of some of the many pitfalls found in the car transport business.

    I would be happy to discuss Viper purchasing ideas with you...but, since typing is not my hobby, feel free to call me. 317-402-9013
     
  7. FrankBarba

    FrankBarba Viper Owner

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    Steve. Thank you sir for the kind words
     
  8. bluesilver06

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    My second gen 3 had both same problem with driver door glass not parking right by bcm ,find a dealer or tech that has history so u might be able to contact other viper owners ,the two dealerships in my town suck ,one broke my door panel,other never got door glass to park right.
    Also issuse with radio wanting to cut out
     
  9. Snake3yez

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    As a fairly new owner of a blue 06 Paxton-charged car myself. I've learned many valuable lessons quickly.

    1. Check the obvious for dummy lights being on, and also have emissions done before you buy the car. Many sellers and dealers reset the lights and it takes 50-100 plus miles for them to come back on so it may appear like the lights are fine or not triggered.
    2. Check the engine for the obvious oil or fluid leaks, inspect the hoses, inspect the belts, and spark plug wires in particular. Wires are a bitch to replace on this gen, often requiring you to remove the intake manifold completely. If you ever remove the intake manifold runners, it is a pitta!!! Please, I beg of you to use a strong magnet and account for every single bolt, as they can easily fall into the head runners and cause full engine damage if you are not careful. pull out a spark plug and see when the last time it was swapped. I would also pay someone to check compression and throw the car on the lift to check under the car for damage, leaks, wear and tear, etc. These cars are so low they are very hard to inspect without a lift.
    3. When you go see the car, ask them not to have it running or warmed up. Start the car cold and see how it idles,see how it warms up, etc. Run the car for a good 30 minutes if you can. This will let you test the gears, clutch, any overheating issues. This is also a good time to check the brakes. Do a couple of hard stops to see if its pulling, etc.
    4. Run a carfax if you can. Buy your own, do not trust the one at the dealer (unless you can run it from their site directly to CarFax), but even that may not show everything. Open every door, lower the windows, open the hood, trunk, look under the rear carpet, etc. Check for resprays, repaint, any damage, etc.
    5. As for recommended fixes, it all depends on the mods the car may already have and previous work so its hard to recommend anything. Its a 12 year old car, so a lot of the OEM stuff will be somewhat bridle or worn out, or have already been replaced by previous owners if they care for the car. Location of the car also makes a big difference. Up noth Vipers can have some extra rust on parts because of the salt residue on the roads after winters. In my Viper I had to replace the Idle Air Control Valve (IAC), the Air Intake/Charge Temp sensor (IAT), as well as some hoses. When replacing the IAC you will need to disconnect the battery, reconnect it and do a calibration sequence with the gas pedal before starting it. Otherwise it may idle very high.
    6. Check the tires for wear to see if they need an alignment or just replacing.
    7. Check the A/C and heat, make sure both work.
    8. Check how the windows go up and down. My passenger side window has an alignment issues that many owners report. Not a huge deal but can become a bigger problem if not addressed early. The hood struts are usually worn at this stage, as are the trunk gas struts.
    9. The shifter shaft can be loose often. This is a an easy fix usually by removing the metal ring and boot around it, and tightening the double nut below it.
    10. OEM radio sucks. There are tons of alternatives with double din, single din, etc. I ended going with the Alpine Halo9 and a reverse camera myself and love the huge 9", plus didn't have to cut the dash to fit a double din.
    11. Enjoy it, these cars are so much fun and you will get tons of thumbs up and people taking pics at the light. Hope that helps some.
     
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