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Beware of ANYTHING associated with John Hennessey. He belongs in jail for all of the people he has ripped off with his unerhanded business practices. Run a D&B on him and you will see his track record. Also do a search on the www.viperclub.org over the last couple years.


Let the buyer beware!

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I'm impressed Hennesey's reputation hasn't superceded them. :mad:

From Autoweek:
Hennessey's Vipers are fast, but lawsuits say he serves them up too slowly. (Photo by Mark Vaughn)
Ninety-eight percent of his customers love him, John Hennessey says. But a few hate him and some have sued. Hennessey Motorsports in Houston specializes in tuning Vipers, adding more power to what is already one of the most powerful cars in the world. Hennessey’s Vipers have been featured in this and many other magazines and the cars he has sent to us and to other media were impressive performers. Hennessey presents himself well, projecting an image of the consummate Texas good ol’ boy whose reassuring conversational style and howyewdoin’ demeanor put customers at ease. People believe they will get what he says he’ll give them. But not all people do.

According to a lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City, Utah resident Taig Stewart sent his Viper GTS to Hennessey last May for an engine upgrade to 1100 hp along with several other modifications. For that he wire-transferred $142,500 to Hennessey. The lawsuit states the parties agreed the car would be done by mid-July 2001. As of press time the car was still sitting under a tarp in Hennessey’s shop in Houston. Or most of the car, anyway. Stewart’s suit claims Hennessey sold the car’s engine, transmission, wheels, tires and hood. The suit seeks return of the money, the Viper and “no less than $1 million” in punitive damages.

Hennessey claims he’s just slow in getting the work done.

“My side of the story is we’re planning on finishing his car and planning on giving him everything that he paid for,” said Hennessey. As for the parts being sold, “That’s totally false. We’ve got all his parts in the shop except the hood and he wanted to do a lightweight hood.”

Stewart is not the first unsatisfied customer. The longer we dug the more dissatisfaction we found. Here’s a sampling:

On Nov. 14 a New Jersey court entered a final judgement of $133,674 against Hennessey on behalf of Viper owner Gary Dan for a botched conversion.

William Walters said he is out over $22,000 after shipping his Corvette to Hennessey for a head and cam package that was never done; he did have five rods bent and a head gasket damaged on the dyno in Hennessey’s shop during an experiment Hennessey tried with nitrous oxide.

Jerry Johnson said he had to file suit in Placer County Court in California to straighten out registration and engine computer problems on a Viper he bought from Hennessey. n Jon Belinkie said he loves the changes made to his Viper but had to sue in his home state of Maryland, then register the judgement in Texas, to recover overcharges Hennessey made on his American Express card.

Rick Ryan said he had to hound Hennessey for eight months by long distance from Marietta, Georgia, to put the proper wing and stripes on his Viper.

Mark Lublin said he sent his Viper cylinder heads to Hennessey for new valves but when the heads came back he found the “new” valves were actually used; a cam that was delivered to Lublin in a Hennessey box turned out to be a stock Chrysler cam. Lublin was finally refunded $5,715 from American Express but only after nine months of disputing the charge; and he got no money from Hennessey.

Bruce Iannatuono said he ordered $8,500 worth of Hennessey parts for his mechanic in Baltimore to install but was only able to use two-thirds of what was shipped, and then only after haranguing Hennessey for six months on an order that was originally promised in five weeks.

Most of the complaints come from outside Texas. Hennessey, some said, tends to take better care of local customers.

“If you were out of state, man you were fair game,” said Kyle Kent, a former employee at Hennessey Motorsports. When an out-of-state car came in it was sometimes parted out, with the wheels, tires and whatever else looked good going to other cars waiting to be finished or sold outright, according to Kent and others inside Hennessey Motorsports. Then Hennessey would call the car’s owner and try to sell him an upgraded kit. If the customer balked, Hennessey would take parts from other cars in the shop, or just let the job sit.

Kent described one typical disassembly on an out-of-state Viper. “The motor and transmission went into a Durango John was putting together, the brakes went to someone else, the hood went to a guy in Ohio, the rear bumper to South Carolina, man you name it. We had multiple cars like that.”

Another common practice was putting stock parts on what was supposed to be an upgraded car.

“One customer spent $130,000 to $140,000 and that guy thought he had purchased a Venom 650R package which he thought came with the stroker motor,” Kent said. “John told him he was getting a stroker. He was just getting heads and cams.”

Hennessey denies any wrongdoing.

“I’ve got probably 3000 customers,” he said. “I’ve built over 300 cars and out of that I’ve had a handful of people that I’ve had some sort of a delivery problem with and I’ve had some of them who have sued me. So is that some sort of a trend or is that par for the course?”
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dang...exactly why is he/they a supporting vendor...this is exactly how people on these forums are going to get ripped off. shouldn't vendors be screened before letting be actually sponsors of the forums...

i mean that's kinda shady. sooner or later, no one's really going to know who to trust & actually buy stuff from.. :confused:

thanks guys for looking up all this info!
 

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Looks like my recent signature change is very appropriate here, I remember that autoweek story, could,nt remeber if it was Henessey or an un named vette tuner.
 

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I just wanted to post to introduce myself. My name is Anthony Waller and I am President and Owner of Hennessey Performance Wheels.

I have been a car enthusiast all my life and I have been passionate about aftermarket wheels since I put a set on my first Mustang. I have been a long time customer of Hennessey including my current Viper Venom 700R+.

Our new wheel company utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and techniques to create the finest 3-piece forged aluminum wheels. We have a focus on the Dodge/Chrysler SRT line of cars and trucks including the Viper, Ram SRT and SRT8. I personally have ordered an SRT8 and look forward to contributing to this forum and offering wheels for the entire 300C line.

I personally stand behind everything we do and our policy is not bill a customer for a stock wheel until they are shipped.

Please don't hesitate to contact myself with any questions.

Thanks,

Anthony

Hennessey Performance Wheels
713-466-3420
www.hennesseywheels.com
 

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Hello Anthony,

Thanks for posting. Just to clear up the confusion, is your shop associated in any way with John Hennessey? And if so, what is the degree of the relationship.

Likewise, What are our current option for the rims you offer for 300C (including style, size, weight, price). I am only able to find a photos of the 6R and 7R styles.

Likewise, what are your strengths and competitive advantages over such companies as IForged or HRE, which are similarly priced and will do a custom offset. (I contacted iForged for a price quote for a set of 20X8.5 frotns and 20X10 rears and was quoted a price of 3200.00 for the set)

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Very nice wheel. Looks ALOT like an HRE wheel.

What would a set of 22 x 9.5 with a 15mil offset run ? For a 2005 300C.

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yeah...they kinda do look like that HRE's.

i also have a family member the works over @ iforged, i'd definately be all over the swift rims. but i'm trying to get sponsored from another company.
 

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Welcome! Thanks for supporting the forum!
 

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stinasaurus said:
dang...exactly why is he/they a supporting vendor...this is exactly how people on these forums are going to get ripped off. shouldn't vendors be screened before letting be actually sponsors of the forums...

i mean that's kinda shady. sooner or later, no one's really going to know who to trust & actually buy stuff from.. :confused:

thanks guys for looking up all this info!
I believe that everyone deserves a 2nd chance and talked to John before taking him on as a vendor at SRT10forum.com -- He has been a supporting vendor there now for about 8 or 9 months and the userbase there is very happy.

http://www.srt10forum.com/

As always, before making any purchase with any vendor, do your own research prior to purchasing and make sure you are comfortable. You should do this before making any purchase, anywhere actually.
 

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The site is updated so you can access the 300C/Magnum drop screen. The price for four rims is listed on the site is 4,750 plus shipping.
 

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I should add that these are polished (aluminum?) three piece rims, the one I looked at was the Venom 7R Wheels 20x9.5 F / 20x10.5 R for the 300C/SRT. I wonder how much it would cost at a GP price, or if they would be open to a GP.
 

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hawaiian lava said:
The site is updated so you can access the 300C/Magnum drop screen. The price for four rims is listed on the site is 4,750 plus shipping.
Ouch, almost 15% of the price of my C, they sure look nice, perhaps if I win the $155 million in the Powerball Saturday.
 
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