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Dodge Sprinter Cargo, Dodge Sprinter, Van
Dec 07, 2005 (5:03 pm)
My 2005 dodge sprinter is Black Blue as they call it. My hood and surrounding areas are chipping severely. I have other people i know with White sprinters and not a chip is on the hood. There are seriously around 80-100 chips and it only has 24k on it. I'm scared to see what it is like at 100k. The dealership says paint chips aren't warranty, and thank you for purchasing the 970$ canadian paint color. It cost 970$ to paint it blue and this is what i get. Sad.
I also get a mean growl out of the brakes coming down from high speeds. Anyone else have this issue?
My turbo seals are already leaking, dealership tried to hide that one. It goes back in next week for a few repairs.
The heater control doesn't work properly, it always blows at your face.
See what happens when you don't buy it from mercedez, they slap some dodge emblems on it and it falls apart!!!
Adam - Ontario, Canada.
#309 of 1281 Re: Sprinter issues [dontbuydodge]
Dec 07, 2005 (6:44 pm)
I saw some bubbles in the paint after I got it. I stopped at a auto paint shop first, he confirmed. So off to the dealer to their paint dept. If I hear the word rail dust again I will throw up. They say they will have to take pictures of it and send them to chrysler. But I have to leave it for the day for the pics. Tom
#310 of 1281 Re: Sprinter issues [2000_valk]
Dec 09, 2005 (8:22 am)
Check for information on "rail Dust" or imbedded impurity in clear coat surface... deposited there after painting is done, but before clear coat become completely set. I would propose that the paint curing process is faulty, not enough UV hardener, or not long enough under UV light to set the clearcoat.
"Claying" is the cure if this is the case. You work over the areas with the clay (see Hog Wash Clay in your browser), then you buff and wax.
Apparently most tru rail dust will rust and this will show as rusty looking pin dots.
#311 of 1281 STARTING ERROR MESSAGE ON SPRINTER
Dec 09, 2005 (10:46 am)
We have owned owned 4 sprinters for about 6 months and we just had one go down with a message on the dash that said starting error. Has been in the shop for 10 days diagnosed w/ a bad module that nobody has in stock. Once the dealer gets the module they have to do some programming or your key won't work. Now our 2nd one is down with the same error. We now are waiting for 2 trucks to be repaired. Certainly I'm not alone on this situation. Anybody else had this problem?
#312 of 1281 Re: STARTING ERROR MESSAGE ON SPRINTER [reinhardt1]
Dec 09, 2005 (2:57 pm)
My question would be: "What are they providing to you as replacements during your down time"?
I read one place where a guy had to have a module or part from Germany in order for his Sprinter to get back on the road.
Both keys supplied with van don't work? Just curious, not that this could be a fix... but what if the keys are going bad?
Please keep us posted. This site seems very helpful to me.
#313 of 1281 service loaners
Dec 11, 2005 (7:50 pm)
If you bought a Sprinter (or four) from a Dodge dealer, and you bought it for a business, didn't they offer you a free BusinessLink membership? It's a Dodge program that guarantees you a free service loaner, priority service bay access, and some special financing. I signed up for it, but haven't had a need to test it yet. Ask your dealer about it.
#314 of 1281 auxilliary heater
Dec 12, 2005 (3:19 pm)
Can anyone explain how the auxilliary heater works? The owner's manual tells how to use it, but not how it functions. For example, why does it use more fuel? Is the mixture richened, or is an artificial load placed on the engine somehow? However it works, it does increase the speed at which the engine comes up to temp, so that it will start to share some heat with you.
I think there is a fundamental difference in philosophy betwen American or Japanese, and German engineers that is apparent here. The American will send heat to the cabin first, and the German is more concerned with bringing the machinery up to temp first. This is also demonstrated by the climate control in my wife's Mercedes. The auto climate control does nothing until there is a certain level of heat in the system, then the fan comes on full blast and turns itself down as the car warms inside.