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#138 of 1281 Central Locking system
Apr 02, 2005 (2:36 pm)
I have a 2003 Sprinter which I purchased used from a Dodge dealer last July. It has Central locking on it. This is a very nice feature, but it seems to be more trouble than it's worth. I've had the van back twice for system reset. They tell me it's very sensitive and uses the same system as the SRS system. It will stop working when the van thinks it's been in a wreck. This is to prevent the occupants from being locked in. I was told hitting a pot hole or backing into a loading dock was enough to "trip" the system out of operation. Well, this one seems to just quit on it's own. No major bumps or anything and the system is off line. It's a real pain to have to take it to the dealer to have it reset each time it decides to quit working. I use this thing in my business and don't have time to take it in every week so they can reset it. Anyone have any ideas on this? Is there a way to reset it using some sort of scan tool? Thanks for your help.
#140 of 1281 Tariffs
Apr 06, 2005 (3:47 pm)
How does DaimlerChrysler Vans avoid the truck tariff? In order to be exempt from the 25% tariff, the vehicle must have 62.5% local content, meaning that percentage of the vehicle's component and assembly costs must be from the NAFTA region.
Simply rebuilding a German knockdown in the U.S. would not acount for 62.5% of the cost. Does anyone know how they avoid this?
#142 of 1281 Re: Pick your poison [gagrice]
Apr 13, 2005 (8:30 am)
Great article, but it must be from Benz themselves because it doesn't mention VW.
"This van is popular all over the world. They have sold 1.2 million of them so far, under different names. "
Of the 1.2 million, are those just the ones with a M-B badge, or is that the VW-LT, MB-Sprinter and Freightliner badges combined?
MB's original contract with VW was for 6 years. The PR when they renewed it for another 6 years was very positive from Benz. With only 2 years left, it looks very likely that they will continue to buy these trucks from VW.
Here's the UK site with the broader lineup, including the cab & chassis versions.
There was also a 5th-wheel transporter version that looked really cool, but I don't see it on the site now...
#143 of 1281 procees with caution!
Apr 14, 2005 (4:36 am)
I had to have a Splinter,bought a 140 shc passenger model.Paid a high price and did not listen to my wife.I knew fuel was going up,and after all it was a Mercedes!!!I swapped for a 05 Ford Freestyle yesterday.I'm in a 12 step program so I will not burden you with any of the self pity.I just had to have a Splinter
,read the hype and traded a nearly new vehicle to get it.
It was the most unpleasant purchase of my car buying life.The Freestyle is my 39th new vehicle.The Splinter averaged 20mpg,oil change was $120,wipers are $60 at the dealer and I had several small problems,but I had major problems that I have never experienced in a vehicle before.When my dealer offered less than 1/2 for a trade in price,I shopped the van from Tx to Ohio.The wicked witch is gone,the breakdowns,noise,and rough ride and rough engineering showed up before the first payment.
Please,BUY AMERICAN,because you are one.
#144 of 1281 Re: procees with caution! [mrlizzzard]
Apr 24, 2005 (4:21 pm)
You sound somewhat unhappy.
I don't think this was a wise match.
The Sprinter is a serious 1.5 ton truck.
The people that are happiest with it are those who are replacing a gas guzzling 1-ton cargo van (as in 8 MPG in the city).
Compared to the cargo van, it probably handles better, uses much less fuel, and has a smaller turning circle.
But compared to a car ... well, its a truck!
I'm sure you'll love your freestyle. We just test-drove a Ford 500 a couple of hours ago (freestyle without the SUV styling or 3rd row sear) and it is a European car built in Detroit (much like the Chrysler 300). The Chrysler is a Benz e-class, and the 500/freestyle is slightly bloated Volvo. They will be immensely successful.
But don't blame the truck for riding like a truck!
#145 of 1281 Re: Pick your poison [dieselbreath]
Apr 24, 2005 (8:41 pm)
How do you know that VW did not buy the vehicle from Mercedes?
#146 of 1281 Still made in Germany?
Apr 26, 2005 (7:14 am)
Just two questions...
Is the Sprinter still made in Germany? and
What is the body structure? Frame or Unibody??