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Survey - '02 RT/10 or '13 SRT?

Discussion in 'Generation V Discussions / SRT Coupe, GTS, GTC, AC' started by STL RT/10, May 9, 2014.

  1. STL RT/10

    STL RT/10 Enthusiast

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    I know that opinions will vary, but I'm considering selling my '02 RT/10 and getting a '13 SRT. What do you think about pros and cons? I haven't won the lottery, so money is a major consideration. This will be a $40-$50k upgrade. Worth it? Input appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. plumcrazy

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    as far as being a much better car, its worth it. i wont spend your money but id do it if i could
     
  3. Indy

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    Well, obviously the genV will be a much more refined car. If you want modern tech, I say go for it. I'm sure the '13 will be fantastic!
     
  4. Bobpantax

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    The only factor I can see that would cause you not to do it is going from an RT to a coupe. Other than that, there is every reason to do it and no reason not to do it aside from the money. The Gen V is a whole different level of car. Its performance, fit and finish, and design are superior. It is also a much, much safer vehicle. I say this based on comparing my former 1999 GTS, that was before my former Gen III, to my current TA. Although your RT does have ABS. Just think of the benfits of having a new warranty!!
     
  5. Stealth

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    You might want to check with some dealers/auto trader on the value of your trade, etc. as your upgrade price seems a bit low. Of course, I hope you have found the perfect private party buyer and seller to make any change happen for even less!
     
  6. ViperJohn

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    Agree that your upgrade price is probably about 20K low...

    As far as what to do...if you enjoy the open air driving your RT/10 gives you, you probably will miss it and never get it from a coupe. You could wait and see if a convertible happens? Having seen the rendering back in 2012, I would wait for that if open air driving is important to you.
     
  7. STL RT/10

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    Thanks all for the input. My upgrade cost may have been conservative, but my '02 is immaculate and has only 7k miles. Not sure how I'd equip the SRT, so pricing may differ there too. I do enjoy the open air, but when the top is on the RT, it is a bit noisy as most are. Thinking of a change to a coupe anyhow.
     
  8. 09 Venom

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    absolutely take the plunge!
     
  9. Zee

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    I love the targa experience. But for a gen v, I would have to say take the plunge. I can't wait to get in one in the next year or 2.

    They really just need to create this: [​IMG]

    ^not my creation but major kudos to who did it
     
  10. 05Commemorative

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    Simple solution, just go test drive one. Our opinions are, well, just opinions.

    For me, in your shoes, no brainer move to get the new car, but not sure I would have said it until I saw one in person and drove it. I will say, after having a month now, the car is even better than my test drive and initial experience. So, just go drive one.
     
  11. STL RT/10

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    I have driven a Gen V, but only for 5 mins or so and nowhere over about 3,500 RPM. Gave a good taste, but it was almost so refined, I don't know. There is an attraction to the hot cabin, rumble, etc. of my '02 for me. Pedal location on the Gen V is much better vs. all the way to the left. I think I like my black on white '02 gauges better. No doubt the stereo and infotainment are better in Gen V. An extra 190 HP in the Gen V is obviously a major plus. Just scratching my head thinking - is it worth wha would equate to TWO Gen 2s? Opinions still appreciated. Thanks!
     
  12. wikkid

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    Just hols on to what you have. The deals are going to get even better shortly. As SRT completely dropped the ball on the new car.
     
  13. mblgjr

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    I still don't get why everyone wants to cut the roof off.

    Race cars are fixed roof structures for stiffness. Period. (and safer).
     
  14. 05Commemorative

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    Gotcha, but just remember all the power is above 4000rpm. Not sure it will seem so refined and tame at that point. But my point was more about it is a passion purchase, not logical. If logical, you would be looking for a car with room, got good mileage, was comfortable, etc.

    So, if it drives your passion, get it and you will forget your Gen2 quickly. If it doesn't, keep your G2. Or, if you can pull it off, keep both.

     
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    Please share more insight to why the deals are going to get even better shortly? Also, I assume your statement on SRT is about marketing, etc, but not the actual car, correct?
     
  16. Bobpantax

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    If you analyze the April sales figures released by Chrysler LLC, you will see that Viper sales signifigantly increased since 97 were sold in April. As of two weeks ago, before Apriil ended, total U.S. inventory of 2013 Vipers was approximately 275 out of the 803 or so produced for U.S. distribution. With the dealer cash that was given to the dealers by Dodge ( a large hint of what was to later happen to the SRT brand since Dodge gave the dealers the money), there are great buys available. The best time to get a Viper is right now while there is some selection left.

    My guess is that when the plant is reopened in June, it will only process any pending orders, if any, for 2014s that were ordered by customers. I doubt that there will be any dealer inventory orders other than maybe some very special cars for someone like Woodhouse who had the only Gen IV ACR convertibles specially made for them. Then the plant will shut down as previously stated publicly until it reopens later in the summer.

    I do not know how many 2014s are in the nationwide dealer inventory but it has to be in the low hundreds, if that much.

    Bottom line. If you do not get it now, your selection possibilities are going to become more and more narrow as time goes on.

     
  17. Zee

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    Not everyone is all about a "race car". With the way technology is you can make a beast of a car (both track and street ready) and still enjoy the top off cruising down PCH. The new z06 seems to have hit that mark.
     
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    I don't think you drive it enough to own either. 2002 with 7k miles. Seriously?
     
  19. pathoguy

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    Had an 02 and 06 coupes. My driving skills are average at best and not interested in racing of any kind. So I like these cars because of the look, how they feel even at the speed limit, and of course the exclusivity. I don't need 640 hp and never tapped into the 505 hp of the 06. After 2000 miles with the base with track pack, the power difference is huge, not marginal....huge. I never lost control in the Gen 3 but have in this one. Only traction ctrl etc saved me.....twice. This one is so much easier to drive that it is my almost daily driver.

    I did not push the 2 and 3, because I understood there were no nannies and I really have no skills. Knowing this one has the nannies, gave me enough fake confidence to get myself in trouble. No accidents, just heavily bruised ego and reminder that this car has over 600 hp and I am not a race driver.
     
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  20. RSNAKE

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    I just made a choice similar to the one being considered. I have a '99 RT/10 that I have owned since '02. I just bought a '13 GTS. I traded in another vehicle on the GTS.

    If I had to make a choice between the two today, I would hands down choose the Gen V.

    For me there will always be something special about the Gen II's. Even now, if I had to let one sit outside it would be the Gen V. The Gen II just somehow feels more delicate and special. Probably just my own sentimental feelings. However, in almost every way, the Gen V is a far superior car and a lot more enjoyable to drive on a far more regular basis.

    I am sure my sentimental attachment to the Gen V will grow over time too.
     
  21. STL RT/10

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    Thanks for the thoughts. There is something special about the Gen II.
     

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