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Sorry about the title folks - I should have said; "Don't Shun Me Because of My Hennessey Mods". Better?

I'm new to this site and a newbie CTS-V owner, but multiple Cadillac owner. It's an honor to join your site and I do thank MagClare for her help and for referring me to your site.

All of you here are probably familiar with John Hennessey, and hopefully my new indirect association with him is overshadowed by my new indirect association with another man you've probably all heard of: Joseph Riddick "Rick" Hendrick III.

I recently became the owner of a rare CTS-V; a "Silver Frost" 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. General Motors painted 100 CTS-Vs with this Limited Edition paint run and if you haven't seen it in person, then you won't appreciate its beauty.

I live in a suburb of Kansas City, which is home to an amazing Buick/Cadillac dealership owned by Mr. Hendrick. It seems the folks at Hendrick felt this particular CTS-V just wasn't quite perfect and contacted Hennessey Performance Engineering to have the car modified a bit. Please have a look and tell me what you think. I'll apologize in advance for the limited, low-quality pictures, so I've included the YouTube video link where you can see the exact car. The Escalade also featured in the piece was sitting next to my V in the showroom, and still is. If any of you are interested in a 575 Hennessey Escalade just call and talk directly to Ryan Munziak at Hendrick Buick Cadillac - an absolutely delightful guy to work with (the entire team there is amazing).

It's nice to be here and hope you'll receive me with "open arms".




 

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Welcome! Love the Silver Frost.
 

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Welcome from Dallas and congrats on the car! I've seen 2 silver frost V's in person and they look really nice. My only worries on the color were maintenance and price, but it definitely looks cool and really stands out.

The thread title is funny, but may end up being true... Hennessey isn't necessarily perceived the same way here as it is in the general public. I've got nothing against him, but there are so many other shops that can make power for less $. Hennessey is a very well known name in the industry though and has been around for a while, so more power to him. It is a business after all :)
 

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But hasn't Hennessey ripped many people off (besides overpriced mods)? Stuff like......

Yea he is a fraud! He takes the old parts and sells them. He sold a dudes wheels and hood when the guy was only getting engine mods. He yanked a motor for his durango. The guy is good at squeezing out performance, but a horrible business man and a terrible person.
http://www.viperalley.com/forum/anything-goes/46842-announcement-my-nutswingers.html

Hennessey has a very bad reputation in the Viper community.

There are a lot of folks with horror stories about him.

(Work not done, money not returned, parts from one customer's car being put in another car, etc. etc. etc.)

I've never had any experience with him, and I never will.


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?”

here's the link from autoweek:

http://autoweek.com/cat_content.mv?...t_code=04383484


Sorry to sidetrack the thread, but the title asked for it!! Haha. I never had dealt with him myself but have heard nothing but bad. The general public seems to not know about all the negatives and see this big name and high priced stuff and thinks it is the only route to go.
 

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I was hoping this thread would not turn into this. I had a bad dealing with Hennessey way back in the day when this stuff was going on. I won't get into it. I just HATE Hennessey!!!

I also won't take it out on people who own his products. I just disagree with everything he does.

Congrats again on the awesome car!
 

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Gorgeous car! Welcome from Mooresville, NC If you think this group may be jealous over the car, not likely. Run a low 10 and I'll be jealous though.
 

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This is a good group on here. This welcome may not be so warm though. :) congrats on the car and don't let this scare you off. LOL

I do think though, the best analogy one can give with Hennessy is that he's the Bernie Madoff of the tuner/builder industry. Sad, but true.

Lots of bad from them, but certainly you shouldn't receive the brunt. But, from your title, I think you anticipated a little hesitation from everyone.

Again though, congrats on the ride and welcome to the forum.
 

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But hasn't Hennessey ripped many people off (besides overpriced mods)?
Yea... I was trying to be subtle about all that! Lol Didn't want to rain on the new guys parade; but it is important that people know of his past before making their decision.

Don't worry new guy, im sure your car is making great power and was put together correctly. If you decide to further the upgrades you might be better off going with a different shop though.
 

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But, from your title, I think you anticipated a little hesitation from everyone.
Haha! JayC you nailed it! It's not a "don't hate me because I'm beautiful" kind of title...it's a "don't hate me BECAUSE she's Hennessy" kind of title.

He's very aware of the hesitation most owners on here have...we actually talked about it extensively. However with the video produced and publicized (attached to his original intro) I'm hoping they did a stellar job with this particular car.

Talk about bad press if the car ends up running like hell though...I bet some of us could take that YouTube video of theirs and destroy them with side commentary.
 

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I agree with all the negative on Hennessey as it is all deserved. Those of us that live in Texas and have been gear heads for many, many years are on to him.
 

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Haha! JayC you nailed it! It's not a "don't hate me because I'm beautiful" kind of title...it's a "don't hate me BECAUSE she's Hennessy" kind of title.
Being that I personally get hated on all the time for being so beautiful, I just assumed that's what he was implying.

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Welcome from Katy! I won't hate you for your Hennessey V. I'll find other reasons to hate you! J/k
 

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Welcome, welcome! Beautiful ride, congrats! Glad to see you got your V in the second best color, now you just need those polished rims!! (Just don't hate me for getting it right!):cool:
 

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Welcome from KY!!
 

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Interesting, do the Hennessey 700's come with different exhaust options, or with cutouts? Yours sounds a lot quieter than others I've seen in YouTube.
 
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