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Old 01-31-2010, 02:55 PM   #106
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That's absolutely correct. Sprinter and VW LT / Crafter share the same platform.
maybe I'm talking last generation; Crafter does look like a Sprinter, true. earlier LTs rather not
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:03 PM   #107
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You mean those LTs?


They were built till 1995.

After that they came up with the Mercedes / Vw version (Sprinter/LT/Crafter)
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:10 PM   #108
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VW Crafter:


got its design from his big brother:

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Old 01-31-2010, 09:37 PM   #109
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never seen or heard of the big brother; VW never ever made something bigger than the LT;

there must be some rebranding remix in some markets
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:31 PM   #110
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VW always worked close together with MAN trucks.

VW truck division is a part of MAN now.

The trucks are available on the south american markets.

VW Constellation


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Old 02-01-2010, 11:37 AM   #111
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googled a bit; heavy trucks in south america only; seems to have been sold to MAN - though VW owns appr. 30% of MAN - and bought a majority in Scania in 2008. edith : 205

it looks like in 2006 there's been a model change in LTs - new one def. a rebadged sprinter, though I didn't find enough to tell on pre-2006. Some Websides are down - or may be Turkish Censorship servers got a hickup- and I got a help my girl with the homework
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:37 PM   #113
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Just got the word from the Dodge shop: one of our Sprinters needs a new engine. Shit.

Both of our Sprinters (2001 and 2002) lost their engines AND transmissions at about 100K on the odometers. This one now has about 290K on it and it needs a repower.

There's a reason that MB started putting a different engine in these things after the first several years. We are so utterly disappointed at what expensive headaches these beasts have been. Everything I see tells me that the later models have sorted out all these gremlins. I'll never find out....
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:46 PM   #114
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Merc's are great...when they are not falling over.

Ford Transit drives much better though. It's heading to the USA soon apparently. We couldn't let you run about in your soggy old vans any longer. It made us sad.

We might even send the transit sport..if you are good and eat all your broccoli.


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Old 02-17-2010, 04:07 PM   #115
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Ford Transit drives much better though. It's heading to the USA soon apparently. We couldn't let you run about in your soggy old vans any longer. It made us sad.

We might even send the transit sport..if you are good and eat all your broccoli.
We once had a president who wouldn't eat broccoli.

He was an idiot. Send the vans.
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:59 PM   #116
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Just got the word from the Dodge shop: one of our Sprinters needs a new engine. Shit.

Both of our Sprinters (2001 and 2002) lost their engines AND transmissions at about 100K on the odometers. This one now has about 290K on it and it needs a repower.

There's a reason that MB started putting a different engine in these things after the first several years. We are so utterly disappointed at what expensive headaches these beasts have been. Everything I see tells me that the later models have sorted out all these gremlins. I'll never find out....

To set the record straight: In the US, there was no 2001 model. They began importing with the 2002 model.

",,,MB started putting a different engine in theese things after the first several years". Again, in the U.S., the same engine was used from '02 through '07, more than "several years". And in Europe, this engine was used pre-'02, but I don't know for how many years.

There are many '02-'07 Sprinters on eBay with 400,000+ miles on them, selling for $10K and up. Try that with you Dodge Ram van or Ford E-150!!!

Sorry you're having such a bad time of it.

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To set the record straight: In the US, there was no 2001 model. They began importing with the 2002 model.

",,,MB started putting a different engine in theese things after the first several years". Again, in the U.S., the same engine was used from '02 through '07, more than "several years". And in Europe, this engine was used pre-'02, but I don't know for how many years.

There are many '02-'07 Sprinters on eBay with 400,000+ miles on them, selling for $10K and up. Try that with you Dodge Ram van or Ford E-150!!!

Sorry you're having such a bad time of it.

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Yes, sorry...both 2002 Freightliner-badged Sprinters. BOTH lost engines and trannies at 100k! Both have been saddled with innumerable electrical gremlins, sliding side doors falling apart, door hinges and latches falling apart...the list goes on and on. I can't tell you the number of times that we've been in touch with corporate DB/Chrysler/Freightliner, had "experts" flown out from Florida, etc. It's been an unfortunate experience indeed.

Our Ford diesels run for many hundreds of thousands of miles with few problems, whether engine, tranny (after they got rid of those awful E40D's), driveline, or body.

We really, really wanted to love the Sprinters. No joy.
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Yes, sorry...both 2002 Freightliner-badged Sprinters. BOTH lost engines and trannies at 100k! Both have been saddled with innumerable electrical gremlins, sliding side doors falling apart, door hinges and latches falling apart...the list goes on and on. I can't tell you the number of times that we've been in touch with corporate DB/Chrysler/Freightliner, had "experts" flown out from Florida, etc. It's been an unfortunate experience indeed.

Our Ford diesels run for many hundreds of thousands of miles with few problems, whether engine, tranny (after they got rid of those awful E40D's), driveline, or body.

We really, really wanted to love the Sprinters. No joy.
Wow, what a bummer! I have an '02 Freightliner with only 88,000 miles and so far so good. No problems really, except tie rod ends, but that was probably a result of driving the Trans-Labrador Highway, 600 miles of really rough dirt road!
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:54 AM   #119
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Question any updates...I am considering a used one....

I am thinking of buying a sprinter used any wisdom out there?
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I am thinking of buying a sprinter used any wisdom out there?
get an e350. cheaper to run in the long term. do not get much worse milage then a sprinter. 16 to 18 mpg. some tuning a fresh O2 sensors 20 to 21mpg. out of a gas motor at 65 to 67mph .. KB supercharger... you got something to go down the road with. for a third of the cost out lay to buy a sprinter.
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