Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2001 Chrysler Prowler VS 2001 Dodge Viper Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2001 Chrysler Prowler

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2001 Dodge Viper

Safety Comparison

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Both the Prowler and the Viper have standard driver and passenger side airbags and plastic fuel tanks.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Prowler has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Viper.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics which show that Chrysler vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Prowler gets better highway fuel mileage than the Viper (23 vs. 21 MPG).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Prowler has standard 20 inch rear wheels. Only 18 inch wheels are available on the Viper.

The Prowler has a standard tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure. This system can help warn drivers about low tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The Viper doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Prowler has a standard set of manually adjustable shock absorbers. They allow the driver the manually set the shock absorbers to a stiff setting for amateur competitions and return them to lower levels for a comfortable ride on normal streets. This allows the driver to choose between a comfortable ride or excellent handling during competitions. The Viper’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Prowler’s wheelbase is 1 foot, 5.1 inches longer than on the Viper (113.3 vs. 96.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Prowler is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Viper.

Chassis Comparison

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The Chrysler Prowler may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the Dodge Viper.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Prowler’s driver’s power window has a one touch automatic down feature, especially convenient at toll booths or drive-up windows. Dodge does not offer a one-touch feature on the Viper. The switch must be held the entire time to lower the window completely.

The Prowler’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Viper’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Prowler has standard lighted power window switches so that they are easily found at night. The Viper doesn’t have lighted switches.

The Prowler’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Viper doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Prowler’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Viper doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Prowler has standard a center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Viper doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Prowler has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The Viper doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Prowler owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Prowler will cost $4766 less than the Viper over a five year period.

The Prowler will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Prowler will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Viper.

Prowler

Viper

Four Year

58%

55%

Two Year

72%

71%

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