Used Car of the Day: 2005 Dodge Viper

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We haven't featured Dodge Vipers in the space often, for a variety of reasons, but it's always cool when one comes up for sale.

This 2005 Dodge Viper is Race Yellow and it's on its second owner.


The car has 35,000 miles and change on the clock and the seller is asking $54,000 for it. The seller claims the car is in good condition save for some minor exterior issues, such as paint chips from normal driving and underbody scrapes from driveway entries.

This Viper appears to be stock, including in terms of navigation and radio, save for a Corsa exhaust. The seller claims the car was never raced and that the tires and battery are new.

Check it out here.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Apr 06, 2023

    This is probably worth consideration. Although I am not personally in touch with the market for these, a dear friend picked up a '94 last summer under 20K otc for 44 and change - and the first generation has a removable hard top only in lieu of true convertible while also being totally impractical as a DD. This one can at least put its roof back up if you're out and about and rain appears.

    Another fun fact about these I learned is the tires are some odd size which only exists for Vipers (on the gen 1 at least) and thus they are pricey as can be. If I recall it was something like they were hand made custom orders or something to this effect, so good tires actually are a real selling point vs saving you a few hundred bucks.


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    • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Apr 09, 2023

      You can get Michelin Pilot Sport 4S today in the correct front tire size and only 10 mm wider than stock in the rear. It'll freak out the purists but it will fit and work fine.


  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Apr 09, 2023

    Corsa exhaust? The V10's ugly UPS-truck sound is the worst thing about the Vipers that came with roofs from the factory. Why make it louder?

    • 2ACL 2ACL on Apr 09, 2023

      If I ever spot the Viper I rode alongside two days ago, I'll be sure to ask its owner. I don't know what kind of exhaust he had, but I'm familiar enough with Vipers to know that it wasn't stock. From idle to ~45 mph, it emitted the most godawful sound I've heard of any vehicle seemingly in good mechanical condition.


  • EBFlex At the summer property putting boats in the water, leveling boat lifts, cleaning the lots for summer, etc. Typical cabin stuff in the most beautiful place on the planet
  • Lou_BC I've I spent the past few days in what we refer to as "the lower mainland". I see Tesla's everywhere and virtually every other brand of EV. I was in downtown Vancouver along side a Rivian R1T. A Rivian R1S came off as side street and was following it. I saw one other R1S. 18% of new vehicles in BC are EV'S. It tends to match what I saw out my windshield. I only saw 2 fullsized pickups. One was a cool '91 3/4 ton regular cab. I ran across 2 Tacoma's. Not many Jeeps. There were plenty of Porches, Mercedes, and BMW's. I saw 2 Aston Martin DBX707's. It's been fun car watching other than the stress of driving in big city urban traffic. I'd rather dodge 146,000 pound 9 axle logging trucks on one lane roads.
  • IBx1 Never got the appeal of these; it looks like there was a Soviet mandate to create a car with two doors and a roof that could be configured in different ways.
  • CAMeyer Considering how many voters will be voting for Trump because they remember that gas prices were low in 2020–never mind the pandemic—this seems like a wise move.
  • The Oracle Been out on the boat on Lake James (NC) and cooking up some hella good food here with friends at the lake place.
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