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#1098 of 1281 Re: 2007 Sprinter Colors [punter1]
Jul 23, 2007 (6:42 am)
The dealers have no imagination, so WHITE is the SPEC color if they are just ordering to have some on hand... perhaps MB or DC has a say in such matters?
You've probably heard the term spec-home... built on specs (specifications) and to the common denominator of sell-ability. In the post-war years, it meant liberal amounts of particle board, cardboard wall panels, minimal insulation, even using manufactured housing parts in a supposedly craft-build home.
For automobiles, think vanilla... nothing to offend or keep the majority of buyers from considering the vehicle to buy... except, none of the really great options (no rear speakers in by passenger van? puhh-leasssse!). Also a safe bet that the dealer won't be stuck with a high-value product that they can't get sold off the lot. Not alot of call for safety-yellow vans (unless you really need one), so some colors are just not likely, but Arctic White only is pretty bad selection.
I get the feeling that this great van is an item for which the US market is competing against the rest of the world for availability and production volume... being across the big pond puts us at a disadvantage as well. Our one advantage may have been remaining on the second generation for a few months longer while the european union countries broke in the new version and our supply kept coming (probably from an existing factory line).
I am lucky to have wanted a white van... unlucky to have wanted rear speakers. Otherwise, the van I got had a good array of options for our climate.
Did you look at the MB dealer in your area for the colors (they should be MB colors, not Dodge colors).
#1099 of 1281 Re: 2007 Sprinter Colors [minicoopers]
Jul 23, 2007 (11:18 am)
In April 06 I ordered a Flame Red 2500, took delivery in October 06. Six month delivery time, but I picked the options I wanted instead of the dealer picking for me. Factory red was around $352.00, dealer said they could paint for $2500.00. Now have 16K miles.
#1100 of 1281 Re: Physical Problems, Hip, Back etc. [woodjoe]
Jul 23, 2007 (3:28 pm)
I got it on ebay. Just type in backup camera and it should go to it. If not, It is by a company called Intercept Investigations. (1-425-313-1776) The 5 inch color monitor will accept 2 cameras. You only get one. It has sound and what I think can hook up to a DVD. It has night vision also and will light up real nice with your backup lights. I use it every day. The second best thing I got for the van except for GPS. I paid 247.49. Tom
#1101 of 1281 Re: 2007 Sprinter Colors [ddailey]
Jul 23, 2007 (6:30 pm)
Perhaps you could share a photo and option list since you ordered it? I always order my vehicles too, so this time won't be any different.
#1102 of 1281 Re: 2007 Sprinter Colors [kenbaker]
Jul 23, 2007 (8:19 pm)
Actually, more than 90% of these vans are sold for commercial use, and white is the standard color. I looked for 6 months to find a non-white used passenger van with low miles. Ended up buying a '03 140 shc 2500 with 20k for $26k. It wasn't my first color choice, but piedmont red is better than plumber white!
Ford has a VERY similar product that it sells in Europe called the Transit, and I'm surprised that they aren't testing it on the US market yet. Nissan and VW also have similar products. Look up UK vans and see what's available over there, you'll be shocked when you see that the Sprinter ISN'T the best thing going.
#1103 of 1281 Air Bags for Sprinter
Jul 26, 2007 (9:04 am)
Anyone out there ever see a Sprinter with air bags, the kind needed to make a kneel down van. I have a Sprinter with a wheelchair lift and am considering replacing the lift mechanism with a kneel down system, using a ramp rather than the lift. Anyone using such a system yet?
#1104 of 1281 Re: Air Bags for Sprinter [purplehaze2]
Jul 27, 2007 (2:54 am)
FULL air suspension VB certified ISO compliant Mercedes Sprinter can be used .
The question is are you prepared to commit to approx six thousand dollars fitted.
Side ramp electronic available from the UK rear is too awkward to arrange for the US sprinters as too a major cut and shut of metal work on the Sprinters due too live axle rear ends, as opposed to Ford and Fiat which have front wheel drive. Rear air suspension involves spring changover as well this is the only unit that will enable you to have full ESP capabilty.
#1105 of 1281 Re: Air Bags for Sprinter [altered3]
Jul 29, 2007 (11:10 am)
Thanks for the information. Who could I contact if I am willing to put the money into such a side lift system? I have resources in Germany, if I know what to ask for. Installing such an air/hydraulic system would eliminate the need for a lift, also costs about $6,000. Using a ramp with the kneel down system would also be safer. Yes, if you have a point of contact for such a system, please provide. Or give me a product name to search in Europe for a source. Thanks again.
#1106 of 1281 Re: Air Bags for Sprinter [purplehaze2]
Jul 29, 2007 (2:09 pm)
The company is Euro based Vb air systems Denmark
they will export world-wide, but you need a certified ,or qualified person to install there are companies in the states that install air ride for local units ! so you need to find one who will take the project on as it needs to be certified for US roads, Installation that is.
The product has a full ISO rating, this exceeds local safety regulations and or is similar so there is no problem with this, it also is the only unit that Mercedes-Benz endorses.
You will have to join this link sprinter-source.com it's a US forum but has the faculty's for email and picture format that will clearly show what you would be purchasing
My suggestion is to join the forum and ask for Altered Sprinter! or start a separate thread, I would find this inside of 24 Hrs as to myself being in Australia, time frame differences.
Although there appears to be a link to place a picture in this forum , damed if I can work it out
#1107 of 1281 Re: 2007 Sprinter Colors [minicoopers]
Aug 01, 2007 (4:54 pm)
Sorry, I must have skipped school on the day they covered attaching a picture. Dennis">