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Sprinter should I buy one

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Our Sprinter has been great. Go for it!!

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  • Mitch_5
    Mitch_5 Member Posts: 102
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    Sprinter should I buy one

    I have a Chevy cut van box truck. 110,000 miles and needs alot of work.

    Thinking of the 140", high top diesel sprinter they cost abut 8K more than a regular small box truck what do you think.

    Mitch S.

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  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291
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    Ask yourself this question

    Where are fuel prices going to be 2,3 or 5 years from now?

    The Ford/Chevy/whatever will bring you 10-14mpg, the Sprinter will get 19-22.
  • tim smith
    tim smith Member Posts: 2,752
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    sprinter

    I just figured out on one of my sprinters that we are saving over 200.00/mos on fuel for one of our service men. His bill usually was about 450.00/ per mos with standard 3/4 ton van and now about 240.00. Our oldest sprinter has 25000 on it with no real problems except having brakes done. I like them, some people have not been so happy although.
  • singh
    singh Member Posts: 866
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    NO!

    Now that DiamlerChrysler is no longer.
    What do you think will happen to the Sprinter line?
    Do you think Benz will still import that for the new Chyrsler?
    What about getting repair parts?

    I'd wait to see what happens to Chrysler over the next few years.
    My .02 cents.

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  • Uni R_2
    Uni R_2 Member Posts: 589
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    Daimler still owns Freightliner

    And Freightliner sells Sprinters - I wouldn't worry about the aspect of changes in ownership (unless you have a Chrysler pension).
  • singh
    singh Member Posts: 866
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    Freightliner

    Then buy Freightliner.
    Eventually Mr.Z will think, why sell the same model to a company
    they no longer own.
    That's like Mc D's making burger's for Wendy's.

    Either way I like the Sprinter's, gas milage alone seems a plus, just
    wish I could afford one.

    The irony, is me pitching high end European boiler to clients, with higher upfront costs. : (

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  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,541
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    Daimler

    still owns 19% of Chrysler. How about a Chevy or Ford Diesel box truck?

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  • Nick S
    Nick S Member Posts: 62
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    Ford

    If you want a Ford van with a diesel engine you better hurry, because the 08 models will be gas only.
    As far as the Sprinter's go, all I can tell you is what I have heard. Actual mpg doesn't live up to the hype, expensive to repair, unstable on the freeway, and incredibly gutless. The company I used to work for bought two of them and they said they will never buy sprinters again. Like I said, this is just what I have heard, I have never driven one.
  • Unknown
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    my neighbor

    my neighbor does refrigeration and his boss bought him a sprinter. he's been very happy with it, says he gets great gas mileage & plenty of power up hills, he says cruises @ 75 mph like nothing. i'd like one but @ a starting price of $40K i'll stick with my 97 VW transporter, you wanna see gutless... ;)
  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291
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    Actual numbers from the real world

    Our sprinter is the high roof, medium length, 3/4T model. We have a tad over 46K on it and it's ready for it's first brake job. New pads all around and brand new front rotors are going to cost $428.00 at the local service station. (The sprinter dealer is about double that for the same stuff) I had one issue with fuel getting into the electrical system and shutting the vehicle down. Even though it was past the warranty period they covered the cost, which was substantial on both parts and labor. I just filled it up this morning with 401 miles on the trip odometer and it took 18.46 gallons. That figures out to about 21.5 which is pretty routine for us. All stop and go driving in the city and you'll be in the 18-19 range and I've seen as high as 23.5 for highway driving. I smile every time I go past a gas pump. The power is adequate for the intended use of the vehicle under any sane conditions and maintenance schedule is out to 10,000 miles.

    Some folks that have had power issues have found out that the EGR valve will plug up and cause a severe loss of gitupandgo. It's a fairly simple thing to check and clean and we have it looked at whenever it's in for routine service. The tall model has the aerodynamics of a barn door and you will definitely feel some push from a good cross wind. I can't say however, that it was any more or less than the 1T Chevy cube van I used to drive.
  • schiller
    schiller Member Posts: 60
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    we have 2, 1 reg gas and 1 diesel. the diesel seem to have have more get and go. brakes are a bit more costly and from experance I say do not misplace the keys !!! a $129.00 and 2 day mistake. if they are still around when we get another new van we'll get one
  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291
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    Ummmmmm

    Where did you get one with a gas engine?
  • Josh_10
    Josh_10 Member Posts: 787
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    Don't know what adding a box will do but our Diesel van gets 20-23 MPG. Same as a Sprinter. We paid $25K for it.
  • schiller
    schiller Member Posts: 60
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    upon further review I miss spoke (typed) I was thinking of the chevy. The 2005 sprinter was diesel also and it had a few issues we went thru 3 o2 sensors and it had trans leak. I still like the product. they handle the winter weather great.
  • schiller
    schiller Member Posts: 60
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    upon further review I miss spoke (typed) I was thinking of the chevy. The 2005 sprinter was diesel also and it had a few issues we went thru 3 o2 sensors and it had trans leak. I still like the product. they handle the winter weather great.
  • RICK_64
    RICK_64 Member Posts: 20
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    DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My company bought 2 Sprinter 3500's (the duellie with the
    baby front tires). Do not buy this vehicle unless you drive it on roads that are as smooth as glass. We drive the roads of the NY metro area and it feels and sounds as if you are trapped inside Keith Moon's drum kit during an old Who concert. The slightest bump you are unfortunate enough to drive over will send you and the contents of the van into a violent shake that seems un-ending. You may circumvent this problem by suspending yourself and your cargo in mid-air or
    by covering the entirety of the van in 3" of rubber padding
    and by wearing noise cancelling ear plugs! This is just the
    tip of the iceberg in the description of the ride.
    The locking system(keyless entry) was designed by a sadist,
    the climate control is a joke..............do you want me to continue????????????
    The only reason my bosses opted for this vehicle was that they are diesel and get better mileage (approx 17mpg) than my favorite old Ford 350's.
    Where oh where is my 350??????????????????

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