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Old 08-02-2012, 09:59 PM   #7454
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Originally Posted by mjd4277 View Post
^^^ It's true.
If you broke that fiberglass hood it cost $10,000 to get a brand new replacement!!
The OEM hoods had a defect within the chemical mixture the hoods were made of: they wouldn't fully cure fast enough. So they'd load up a truck full of them and by the time the pieces got to assembly they'd have drooped and/or warped. It was also the largest single piece of fiberglass at that time.

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Originally Posted by mjd4277 View Post
... Chrysler's rules stated that you had to have technicians certified specifically to work on the Viper in order to be certified to repair/maintain them.
It's still like that. No Chrysler Certified Viper Tech; no service! It's as much a protection for the customer as the dealerships.

A friend of mine had a '94 taken in to the local Dodge dealer for a rough idle... it turned out a gasket had a pinhole leak the regular tech didn't find. When they reassembled it (and flogged it = 3rd gear drop burnouts, exceeding 100mph with the cheap top and ripping it off) the leak was much worse! They hydro-locked the engine, and it had to be sent out of town to a properly credentialed shop. The guy sued and won $50k for the headache and that dealership can't work on, sell, or order any vipers to this day.
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