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#1200 of 1281 Re: Purchase of a 2006 Sprinter [russ457]
Jun 25, 2008 (4:34 pm)
I traded in a 2003 Ford E250 van for an 06 Sprinter back in Jan. 06. This is the best decision I have ever made for several reasons. (1) I knew that the Dodge dealers claim of 660 miles/tank is pure horse hockey, however I am currently getting 450- 500 miles/tank, with a fully stocked van for Electrical construction. Most of my traveling is around town, and the 03 Ford, with the same load and driving habits maxxed out at 300-- not 301, 300 miles/tank. (2) I can basically fit anything in the Sprinter, including a 28' extension ladder. I can also stand up (hunched over) in the back. Believe me-- the wear and tear on your knees from being in a normal van is alone worth the cost of a Sprinter. (3) Ok --diesel costs more-- my last fill-up cost about $120 (23 gal $5.19). The time previous to that was about two weeks. The Ford used to take between $85 & $100 every FOUR days!!!! (This is when you could get gas 2.99- 3.19 / gallon, in 2005). (4) I have had the truck long enough that it brought me business-- as a novelty with customers, or through other contractors who would ask me about the truck. (5) 10K oil change intervals... my last cost $120 with full synthetic oil. My Ford would have had three $60 changes in the same period.
I have not had any problems mechanically with the Sprinter, knock wood, and just hit 22,000 miles. If I did however, I would not go to Dodge. I am not comfortable with their service people---but I also have a Toyota and wouldn't go to Toyota service either.
I would not hesitate to buy these trucks--- they are trucks, not vans. The ride isn't as comfortable as the Ford was-- but the benefits I have received are definitely worth it.
#1201 of 1281 Re: Purchase of a 2006 Sprinter [bobselectric]
Jun 25, 2008 (5:26 pm)
Thanks for the input.......anyone else? This site is just filled with so many problems that I am very nervous.
Bob, I thank yopu for taking the time and giving me your input.
#1202 of 1281 Re: Purchase of a 2006 Sprinter [russ457]
Jun 26, 2008 (6:09 am)
Hello Russ.Most people that post are people with issues/problems.Don't forget there are thousands of Sprinters out there and groups such as this one are mechanisms
to help us solve problems mostly.
I purchased an 06 long and tall for my electrical construction Co. now with 55 K on same with not even a whisper of a problem.I do have a bit of a whine noise in the tranny at 2000 RPM but that is common for the 5 cylinder automatic Sprinter.
I travell across the Western Canadian prairie provinces for my work ,so needless
to say the average 25 MPG that I get is quite nice.I carry a stocked warehouse so to speak with me,approx 2500 lbs,and it performs very well,uphill,etc. and at speeds of
65 to 70 mph.I did get 28 mpg at one time and if I am careful with my driving ,I know I can achieve it again.
This beats my Ford 1 Ton hands down.
I did install a set of overloads ,because of the constant weight.
I also have the deluxe seats and I find it comfortable,more so than my old Ford.
My suggestion would be to get a history of service if possible on this unit you are looking at.
They are fantastic machines as far as I am concerned.
Go for it !
#1203 of 1281 Re: Purchase of a 2006 Sprinter [sprinterman]
Jun 26, 2008 (7:51 am)
What a great site. This is what I initially thought...then in my research, I was getting all bad stuff. Nice to hear good stories. Thanks for taking the time out of your day to help me. Nice to know good people still exist!
#1204 of 1281 Re: Purchase of a 2006 Sprinter [russ457]
Jun 26, 2008 (3:43 pm)
I also have a 06 with 16,000 miles. I checked this site often before I bought. Looked at them for 2+ years. I thought the same thing. I test drove many times over that time at the local dealer. I replaced a 95 Ford 250. We use it for a passenger/travel van. Always get at least 20 mpg, sometimes a little more on long trips. Thats almost 2x more then my Ford. I live in ne Ohio and had no problems with snow, ice, etc. I was going to change out the stock tires, but ended up running them through the winter. I've been to the dealer 2x for oxygen sensor, and thats it. I was holding out for a 07, but thought I should wait till I see more feedback on them, so decided to go with the 06. I bought it new from a dealer that advertises on the internet. This site is great if you have an issue.
#1205 of 1281 Re: loud groaning when you turn on front A/C [sarrerab]
Jun 26, 2008 (3:57 pm)
I have a 06, and every time I turn on the rear air the same thing happens. It sounds like the engine is going to fall out. I figure it is the compressor kicking on, because once the groan stops the air works fine.
#1206 of 1281 Re: replacing fan belt [santoman]
Jun 27, 2008 (11:49 am)
has anyone replaced the fan belt --if so what did you use and how do i get one
Jul 01, 2008 (2:31 pm)
My husband and I bought this beautiful big black 2006 Freightliner Sprinter in Aug 2007.We love the space but unfortunately it has a problem . This particular truck, I don't know about the rest , has a problem with the immobilizer - part # 5135344 AA - , so what happens is the engine doesn't recognize the key .
It's the second time it happens in seven months and we bought it brand new here in South Florida. It's a real shame because it's a beautiful truck and I love it.
My question is : Has anybody ever heard of this problem happening this often? :
First the computer went ,now it's something else related to the key.Please if anybody had similar problem ,please let me know .Thank you.
#1209 of 1281 Re: Purchase of a 2006 Sprinter [russ457]
Jul 09, 2008 (8:12 am)
Hey Russ. You should definetely get this truck. My dad has had an F-150, Chevy Express 2500 and this van is by far better than all of them. The ford we had would break down almost every month and the chevy was a gas guzzler. We use this van for construction and it withstands all the abuse. It gets great gas mileage and does not suffer pulling heavy loads with its small engine (3.0 vg diesel). We had the van completely full of drywall almost to the roof and it barely dropped and it drove like there was nothing in the back. Trust me this van is a good investment and outperforms anything out there. This van is also very easy to drive but its a pain in the ass backing up if you have no windows.