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Dodge Sprinter Cargo, Dodge Sprinter, Van
#767 of 1281 Re: Sprinter Van [earlw]
Aug 10, 2006 (8:06 am)
In Europe where the Sprinter is huge they have thousands of service centers and you can get service 24 hours a day. Here only a small percentage of Dodge dealers have them ( I think they have to be considered "5 star" or "businesslink" dealers to sell the Sprinter). They could only import 20000 a year at their old factory but now for 2007 they can import 30000 a year at the new one and they have expansion space if needed. Hopefully with the greater quantity there will be better service. Also, the mercedes techs could probably work on the engine since it is the same one that goes in the mercedes cars but they probably would not want to work on a lowly Dodge even though it is really a Mercedes. Strange situation.......
#768 of 1281 Re: Newbie to forum and Sprinters humbly asks advice [tandembiker]
Aug 10, 2006 (8:47 am)
Steve in Ohio...
It occured to me that you might want to look into a "squatting system". At rest, or maybe in parking lot/smooth pavement situations (like driving into your garage you could have the squatting system lower the van to enter and park.
Squatting systems are used on limos, handicap vans/buses, and such in order to reduce the step-in height.
I think I still owe you or another user an opinion on options we recommend... If so, sorry I have been slow... vacation in Alaska and tons of work have made me too distracted to complete the task.
#769 of 1281 Re: Sprinter Aux A/C unit questions [harryn2]
Aug 10, 2006 (8:57 am)
The roof unit is run from the engine mounted compressor... a second compressor at that (one for front, one for roof unit). If you want 120V. A/C, then you need a roof mounted RV-style unit instead of the stock Sprinter Roof -mount A/C unit.
#770 of 1281 Re: SPRINTER SURVEY, WHO IS OFFENDED BY ALL CAPS. [bsperty]
Aug 10, 2006 (9:08 am)
All CAPS not so good... yes shouting is implied, but that is not a bad as the intermittent lower-case things (like "I") where people hit shift and the general improvement when people use proper case and proper sentence structure.
#771 of 1281 Re: reset maintenance asst [sonnywood2]
Aug 10, 2006 (10:28 am)
ASSYST is the correct count down to change, not a hard-and-fast 10,000.
Dealer price is way high and is not necessary if you have accurate records that your vehicle was maintained per specs.
Remember that fully synthetic oil, that meets the applicable service levels (MB or DC criteria), are required in order for the ASSYST system to be reliable. Other oils will void the warranty.
My dealership also continues to send out reminders for 3,000 mile service intervals even though the Sprinter is on 10,000 mile levels. My first (only) oil change so far was at the dealership, for free due to other service department hassles on early warranty work, and the engine was not filled properly (low after only 1,000 more miles).
I topped it off with the proper MOBIL-1 (while hot) and it has not dropped any more in about 5,000 more miles. Proof that they did not completely fill the oil. I suspect that they did not add oil for the filter housing, and of course they did not check after running the engine (oil pressure stabilized).
From now on I will be doing my own oil changes on schedule. My dealership will do an oil change even when the ONE Sprinter Tech. is gone, but everything else is on hold... but the result was NOT good.
Aways check your OWN oil level after someone changes your oil!!!
#772 of 1281 Re: Sprinter Van [earlw]
Aug 10, 2006 (10:47 am)
Dodge is not making any friends, are they? D-C needs to get their act together before they lose more market share for vans... I know that there ARE Dodge and D-C reps on this forum. Please let D-C MGMT know what we think.
#773 of 1281 Re: hight over 96" [sonnywood2]
Aug 10, 2006 (10:49 am)
In case you don't see it said elsewhere, you could install a "squatting System" like limos and handicap vans use.
#774 of 1281 Re: Sprinter Van [earlw]
Aug 10, 2006 (10:57 am)
My 2004 owners manual does tell me what to use, in two different places in at least two types of language: MB spec and by the name Mobil 1 0/w40. Others are also allowed, but I can't remember all of the specs/numbers. It does not require diesel engine oil due to the tight specs and low blow-by products.
Synthetic is considered top-shelf due to its low volatility and resistance to all types of breakdown. Therefore, any brand of engine oil (diesel or non-diesel) that meets the latest API/ASTM specs, is fully synthetic, and meets the viscosity (or viscosity range) specs for the temperatures you will be driving in will meet the required specs (even with ASSYST).
Without ASSYST, you could rely on the dino oils that meet the other requires that are listed above (ltest API cert., correct visc. for temp range).
#775 of 1281 Re: Sprinter Van [kenbaker]
Aug 10, 2006 (6:47 pm)
I think some place it says the 10,000 mile oil changes are when you are using ulsd fuel. Higher sulfur fuel will shorten that some. Any time you bring up an oil topic on any forum it will go on for a long time. 2 stroke dirt bike oil forums will suck you in like a black hole. 24/1 32/1 40/1 50/1 let alone all the brands available. My sonís 06 VW TDI has to use 505.01 oil if not they make it sound like they will void your warranty. If you are worried send an oil sample off and get it tested.
Aug 11, 2006 (7:28 pm)
Does anyone know where I can get a copy of, or download, the owners manual for a 2003?