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#1172 of 1281 Re: Of Course it has problems [kenbaker]
Dec 23, 2007 (10:28 am)
That is my understanding as well.
The 2006 Dodge Sprinter was effectively the leftover models they did not sell in Europe the previous year.
Europe being a much bigger Sprinter market, DC decided to stiff the USA buyers with -new- leftovers so they could keep prices high in Europe and clear the lots easily.
It is only now that we are seeing the vehicle that came out two years ago - with all the options. This is why I waited. If they spent a billion on the redesign something had to be better.
#1173 of 1281 Looking for an 07 Sprinter Wagon
Dec 28, 2007 (10:25 am)
With the birth of our 5th child due Jan 1st it looks like we're going to outgrow our standard 7 seat SUV. Right now we're maxed out on storage space and seating (keeping the more unruley children seperated!) with what we've got. I'm hoping to move up to bigger (and hopefully more fuel efficient) diesel Sprinter sometime this winter. Anyone know of any new or low mileage '07 nine seaters still around?
With the low dollar to euro ratio it seems like the '08 will be a little out of our budget.
Great site and I look forward to chatting with you all about the van you (and hopefully I will) love so well in the future.
#1174 of 1281 Re: Looking for an 07 Sprinter Wagon [orb1]
Dec 28, 2007 (11:19 am)
You probably want a 2004-2006 model. The new ones have crappy mileage compared the old 5cyl diesel, and as with any newly redesigned vehicle, they have problems. There are still a lot of unused old models on the lots. I used TruckTraderonline to find mine. You can have about any vehicle shipped anywhere in the country for $750 or less. Ebay is good, too.
#1175 of 1281 Where to Buy Sprinter Passenger Van?
Dec 29, 2007 (12:22 pm)
We are looking into replacing our old Ford conversion van with a Sprinter for our family of 7, including 5 yr old triplets. We live in NE OH (near Cleveland) and nobody seems to carry these. I suppose we could travel a reasonable distance, but where do we find dealers that carry these? My wife is also concerned about the rear wheel drive in bad weather. Thanks. Tom
#1176 of 1281 Re: Where to Buy Sprinter Passenger Van? [seadad1]
Dec 31, 2007 (5:55 am)
I started looking at Sprinters 2 years ago.I live in Ohio east of Cleveland and went to the dealer in Geauga county. I test drove all of the models and was looking for a passenger van any color but white. The dealer was no help at all, and salesman knows nothing about the vans. I did go there once for engine light on and was very happy with the service dept. I thought I would wait for the 07s, but when they came out, things weren't looking so good. I contacted the dealer and continued to look. I ended up buying an 06 from Roanoke Motors in Illionois in June. They have a web site. They had 20-30 models on the lot. I was able to get a blue, high roof passenger van. They were very helpful and gave me a great deal. So far have 10,000 mi, no problems It handles just as good in the snow and ice as a Ford. I just drove to Colorado to ski and was in storms both ways as well as deep snow in the mountains. It goes through everything as good as my Fords. Been driving Ford vans since 1975 and replaced my 95 with 06 Sprinter. Still have a 2000 Ford for work.
#1177 of 1281 Re: Where to Buy Sprinter Passenger Van? [seadad1]
Dec 31, 2007 (6:36 am)
The combination of ESR/ESP/ABS... (Electronic Spin Retarder, Electronic Stability Program, and Antilock Brake System) are able to cut down on rear drive anomalies on most surfaces that have some traction.
Like any vehicle, the Sprinter cannnot overcome the rules of physics... slower is better in questionable condintions. Also, many people have recommended different tires for Winter conditions (Bridgestone Blizzaks are a commonly mentioned good choice). As in the past, it is best that you don't run the winter tires year 'round as they wear away the tread features that make them so good in the worst conditions.
I prefer the the 2006, and a few are still around, but not so much selection I would think. Less power (but plenty for most people), but (2 MPG) better mileage than the latest model.
#1178 of 1281 Re: Brakes [dontbuydodge]
Feb 02, 2008 (12:48 pm)
Just wondering if you have had any luck with your brakes yet? I have an 06 with 25,000 miles on it and I am taking it in again on Monday to have the brakes looked at. They have replaced pads the 1st time and rotors and pads front and back the last two times. I am about to pull my hair out. They just cna't seem to come up with a fix. I was just curious if you have had any luck yet.
#1179 of 1281 Maint and parts ??
Feb 12, 2008 (8:04 pm)
Anybody know the life of glow plugs,ERG valve, glow plug module,ERG gasket? My engine light (little motor) on the dash comes and goes. So to the dealer I go. they say I need all of them. List as follows, ERG valve 439.75, ERG gasket 5.85, 1 gallon coolant 15.00, labor 165.95, Glow plugs (1 )156.55, Glow plug module 104.84, labor 255.95 and shop supplies 20.00 Labor total 421.90, Total Parts 741.99, Tax 44.51 Total of all $1208.40 I have 92K miles, an 04 got it 12/31/2004. I know that the service writer gets a % of the take. Seems that every time I go there its 5-6 hundred bucks?? Input would help. Thanks, Tom
#1180 of 1281 Re: Maint and parts ?? [2000_valk]
Feb 13, 2008 (9:07 am)
So I guess that you didn't get the 100K mile drivetrain warranty... EGR and glow plugs, and glow plug module?
The happy part is that they only charged you $15.00 for a gallon of coolant, it is special (G05) HOAT and a gallon (undiluted) costs that much (maybe more) at Pep Boys. Otherwise, they didn't put the right anti-freeze in and you now need to change it ALL out.
On this and other forums we have discussed that most of the time the EGR valve actually just needs cleaned when it first malfunctions, but it is not common for a factory mechanic to do this anymore.
As seen in the ebay and other on-line sources that glow-plug was way over priced, the glow plug module is often more though, the labor was way high unless they had to move the engine to change it out.
I think we have talked about getting a local mercedes (non-dealership) mechanic to start working on your van... I think now is the time... you've gotten close to 100K miles and your dealership is not giving you a good feeling about service. If you have time to check out local options in mercedes or diesel mechanics, especially to start a relationship you can trust, you probably should.
MB, like Cadillac, Lexus, Mitsubishi and a few others have a reputation of high parts costs (without being exotic... Ferrari parts are insane). This does not, however, mean that Dodge should be boosting the prices of simple replacement parts... these are trucks, and not high-end cars/suvs.
#1181 of 1281 Re: Maint and parts ?? [kenbaker]
Feb 13, 2008 (5:25 pm)
Hi ken, After hearing the price I refused and was charged 96.00 for the effort. The van was running so off I went. A friends next door neighbor is a diesel mech at a ford dealer and has a pole barn well stocked to work on cars. Today the van started good this morning and the little light was on. After doing a couple jobs and the o/s temp reached about 25 The light went out. So on my first job I started it up and put on the heater ,,,NO MOTOR, Great.. It kicked on after about 3-4 mins??, This afternoon I noticed another head light bulb blew. I think the count now is 7-8, think the van has a mind of its own, Oh by the way I was in target and they sell the bulb for 7.99 All this time I have gone to auto zone or murrys auto and paid 15.75. Also its rusting under the rear door glass, AAHHHHHH. I dont know what to do at this point, Trade it in on another van (american)?? Thanks as always for your expertise, Tom