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#1272 of 1281 Remote Keyelss Entry and Rust 2007 144WB High Top
Feb 02, 2010 (10:00 am)
I washed the truck this morning, and noticed some small red dots, about a half dozen of them on the rear doors.
2007 High Top 144 WB White.
My 2000 Chevy Astro, also fleet white, even with lots of paint CHIPS has yet to show a single spot of rust.
Is Mercedes going to call this "driver error" or "abuse" or US air "defective" ?
What is the experience of Mercedes stepping up to the plate?
Is there history of the 2007 and up vans developing rust?
Also, the keyless entry is abysmal, in a FEW ways:
1. What with the lack of a keyhole in slider, and the remote disabled when key is in ignition, I am unable to use this van as a commercial vehicle in a way that allows me to secure it while doing service calls. I am a locksmith, so work from van, but do not want someone hopping in and driving off when I am working on a client vehicle ).
When I inquired, the Dodge dealer was pleasant enough, but not too knowledgeable as the the possibility the behavior of remote may be programmable by dealer. I am fairly sure it is not programmable via steering wheel buttons.
Perhaps there is an EXPERT here that can chime in.
2. Remotes incredibly week, even if I am within 3 feet of vehicle. Batteries fresh, all 4 remotes the same... unlock of driver door is decent, but not for the remaining doors, and intermittently poor for LOCKING.
No chime or churp is also a royal pita... can NOT see the all-ways lights flash in sunlight.
If I had transponder chip keys w/o remote, I would put in after market product, as this factory system is inadequate. Are these to be made available ?
Love the vehicle for the height, but the basics need some attention...... ok vehicle, not quite a
#1273 of 1281 Re: Remote Keyelss Entry and Rust 2007 144WB High Top [autolocksmith]
Feb 02, 2010 (10:42 am)
Regarding rust,my 06 long &tall has the same problem.The rust spots started showing up the first year.It is almost like the metal was rusted before they painted it.
The rust is coming out all over the place.Tiny spots .
I have been noticing other Sprinters around and same problem.
I have been spot painting it up until now and will have to have it completely next summer.
It is now just over the warranty ,so obviously ,they will not do nothing for me,and even if they did,it would probably only be a patch up job.
Good machine but very poor metal.
#1274 of 1281 3yr engine warranty is a fraud on RV's
Jul 14, 2010 (1:08 pm)
Just had my auto air conditioning go out on my Dodge chassis (Roadtrek RV). The time since purchase is up August 15th 2010. But Dodge counts the time the Sprinter Van was delivered to Roadtrek for van conversion as the SALE date! One year went by for van conversion and time on my dealers lot-warranty is therefore up according to Dodge Corp. So if there is a way around this I would be most grateful to hear how I can avoid this $700-to-$800.00 repair. Thank you! Nick email; n55bl10yahoo.com
#1275 of 1281 Re: 3yr engine warranty is a fraud on RV's [nicknow]
Jul 14, 2010 (1:23 pm)
Mercedes Sprinter dealers are authorized to do warranty work on Dodge Sprinters. You may want to ask one about it, I have heard that they will adjust for your situation. They want the long term business.
#1276 of 1281 Aftermarket tethers?
Jul 19, 2010 (9:28 pm)
We are purchasing a used 2004 Dodge Sprinter for our family of eight. I have five children still in carseats. We know there is no latch system and no tether system in the Sprinter and that LATCH cannot be installed aftermarket. However, I am trying to find out how to get tethers installed aftermarket. Would I contact a MB dealer?
The safety of installing carseats with the seatbelt is equal to that of LATCH, but tethering should be used with FF carseats to increase safety. I dont' really care how much it would cost, just that I can get it done.
#1277 of 1281 Transmission will not shift from PARK with brake depressed
May 01, 2011 (9:53 am)
I have an 05 Sprinter carrying an 06 Winn View.... after a long trip last month the transmission would not allow shifting from park, unless I depress the latch within the shifter area with a pencil. So I have been driving the RV this way.
I have now found out that the cruise control will not release after depressing the brake peddle as well.
I have been advised there is a small switch on the brake peddle that allows a contact closure to release either the gear shifter from park and releases the cruise control... Is this true.... I took the Sprinter to the Dodge dealer they advised to correct the problem would cost $670.00, they did no tests to see if the problem was a control module or the brake switch. Any one experience this problems before... Thanks SR Brazil Ft. Lauderdale, FL
#1279 of 1281 Looking to purchase
Apr 25, 2012 (8:08 am)
I am in the market for a sprinter rv but am concerned about the issues with the diesel engine. I am looking for at least a 2010 and have been looking at the dodge era Mercedes 3.0 diesel.the new Roadtek is a little out of our price range. I'm also concerned about what owners think about the 2500 compared to the 3500. I am looking at the 24 footer
#1280 of 1281 Re: Looking to purchase [gag1]
Apr 25, 2012 (3:37 pm)
If you are not in a hurry, I would wait until Ford rolls out the full-size Transit next year.
It is just as big, will probably be cheaper and could be serviced at any Ford dealer.
If you are in a hurry, I lack useful advice. Try sprinter-source.com
#1281 of 1281 05 Freightliner sprinter transmissions
Jul 10, 2012 (6:24 am)
I am looking at buying an 05 Freightliner sprinter motorhome conversion. When I test drove it, the transmission did not shift from gear to gear. It started in 1st and I had to manually shift up to each gear. After stopping and turning off the vehicle and restarting, it showed in drive and shifted fine. Has anyone experienced this?