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Old 01-30-2008, 07:31 PM   #46
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Sprinter Forum is a helpful site, I've found:

http://sprinter-source.com/forum/index.php

Mine would/will be a low-roof model with windows, to fill the niche my old VW Bus occupied.
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:52 PM   #47
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The thing is made by Mercedes Benz. My pal Crazy Charles has blinged his "Dodge Sprinter" out with a kit that includes Benz tri-stars for all over the thing... hub caps, grill cover, steering wheel, shift lever and so forth. When he took it to the dealer for service, the service writer chided him on the tri-stars. Charles opened the hood and pointed to the tri-star on the valve cover and asked, "So... you have factory trained mechanics for this vehicle, right? Were they trained at the factory in Detroit or in Stuttgart?"
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Old 01-30-2008, 09:11 PM   #48
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BOURKECO on this site has a killer one, all Mercedes.
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Old 01-30-2008, 09:14 PM   #49
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This one is on Flea Bay - said to be repairable...



They say golf balls are very aerodynamic - that fucker aughta FLY!
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:07 PM   #50
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PM Rockbreaker if you want to know about the newest generation. He has a new high top panel version.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:58 PM   #51
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I own two of 'em, earlier Freightliner-badged models. They're in ambulance service, and each racks up over 100K miles annually. I have a lot of experience and opinions about these units.

First, I wouldn't buy another for commercial duty. That said, I'd consider one for personal use. In contrast to the Fords that comprise the rest of our fleet, these highly-engineered Teutonic wonders are built like spacecraft rather than like trucks. Our guys have battered the shit out of 'em through daily use...sheetmetal is all dented from hands slamming doors, door handles pulled off, controls broken, doors literally falling off the hinges. The Fords get ridden hard, too, but are much stouter and require much less upkeep.

Second, the vaunted Mercedes drivetrains really let us down. Our Fords go hundreds of thousands of miles without problems or major maintenance (well, after we sorted out all the crap E40D trannies in the early '90's). These things both went through complete engines and trannies in the first 100K miles! No diesel should do that, much less a commercial van. These aren't even in front-line 911 duty, either. They clock miles doing mostly long-distance runs...easy duty. Dodge did acknowledge some partial responsibility and cut us a check for a portion of the work.

When things go wrong...little things, like headlights and tail lamps...it's a major PITA to fix them. We feel that they're over-engineered and underbuilt for commercial service.

OTH, they are nicely powered, get good fuel economy (21 mpg pushing a raised top and lightbars fore and aft), handle nicely, turn practically in their own length, and show very nice fit and finish. They are NOT plush at all, but clearly built for commercial service. That's why we've been disappointed in them. Others have enjoyed great success with them, but it's the fleet managers that have the real perspective on these things. Overall cost of ownership, in our experience, has been outrageous. You can buy an awful lot of damned diesel for the price of a new MB 5-cyl turbo diesel and transmission!

YMMV
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Old 01-31-2008, 01:31 AM   #52
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"So... you have factory trained mechanics for this vehicle, right? Were they trained at the factory in Detroit or in Stuttgart?"
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:22 AM   #53
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thanks for the tips all . interesting on the commercial experience. There are two here locally. one a daily driver, hauler and one kitted out for RV. Both are 2 years old and both owners have completely drank the kool-aid..they love em.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:42 AM   #54
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Dodge Sprinter

Thinking about getting one. Gonna get one that is pretty bare and make a toy hauler / camper out of it. DanWife just isn't into the 12 hour (or 22 in one case) marathon rides. And bitches when I leave her home (which is why I won't be at the bugscuffle this month). So what's the concensus.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:46 AM   #55
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Laugh

l think that's a wonderful idea & you should both be very happy,& it will lead to a closer relationship when you have to share a chemical toilet.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:49 AM   #56
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There was a thread on the Sprinter a few months ago....... there was some good info and links.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:51 AM   #57
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What I see as bad:

no manual transmission

no 4x4

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Old 03-31-2008, 08:54 AM   #58
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PM Wagonpilot. Remember, Chris brought his to the Blood Moon Bounce Bash last fall, nice rig!
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:01 AM   #59
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I think sas drives one. I remember a ride report where there weas a breakdown and Sprinter to the rescue.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:13 AM   #60
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talked to Fedex & UPS guys driving 'em . . . pretty good fuel economy (diesel), but finding a dealer that will service them was the complaint . . . . and they are a Mercedes design, so you'll pay M-B prices for parts & such
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