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Feb 14, 2007 (6:03 pm)
Dodge Introduces All-new 2007 Sprinter
'Super-sized' Sprinter is Longer, Wider and taller; Offers More Space,
Choices, Features and Innovations
--Increase in maximum width (two inches), interior height (11 inches),
exterior height (13 inches), door opening height (5 inches), cargo area
length (19 inches), vehicle length (30 inches), cargo volume (127 cu. ft.),
and towing capacity (2,500 lbs.)
--Three vehicle lengths (233, 273 and 289 inches) on two new wheelbases --
144 inches, 170 inches or 170 inches extended with 15-inch longer rear
overhang, the longest wheelbase in the segment
--Three interior roof height options: standard (65 inches), high (76
inches) and new mega (84 inches) -- most among full-size vans
--Choice of two all-new engines: new 3.0-liter V-6 diesel or 3.5-liter V-6
--Most best-in-class advantages including cargo capacity (up to 600 cubic
feet), interior compartment accessibility, payload (5,770 lbs.), lowest
side step-in height (19.9 inches), widest rear-door opening (270 degrees),
cargo- sliding door loading width (51 inches), and increased interior
height (up to 84 inches) providing up to 7-feet interior work space
--Three Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) configurations include new
higher maximum (11,030 lbs.)
--Oil change intervals of 10,000 miles and maintenance intervals of 30,000
miles contribute to low maintenance costs
--More than 25 advanced safety and security features represent highest
level of safety and security technology available in the full-size van
--All-new ADAPTIVE ESP(R) takes electronic stability programs to the next
--Unique CARGO PROTECTION(R) system reduces accident risk from shifting
--Unmatched upfit-friendly design
--New standard features include power windows and locks, integrated wide-
angle mirrors, halogen headlamps, 16-inch wheels, tilt- and
height-adjustable steering wheel, CD radio, one-touch triple-flash function
turn signals, and all-new ADAPTIVE ESP for improved functionality and
TORONTO, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Armed with an all-new super-
sized Sprinter, Dodge continues to build on its presence in the commercial
vehicle market. Completely redesigned, the all-new 2007 Dodge Sprinter
breaks the mold of current domestic van offerings and delivers superior
quality, reliability and commercial capability, along with unequalled
attributes that allow commercial customers to do even more.
"The all-new 2007 Dodge Sprinter raises the bar and sets a new
commercial standard in the full-size van market," said George Murphy,
Senior Vice President -- Global Brand Marketing, Chrysler Group. "Targeted
at commercial customers who want to take the performance of their
commercial vehicle and business to the next level, the all-new 2007 Dodge
Sprinter answers the call and continues Dodge's revolution of the light-
and medium-duty commercial vehicle market."
More Versatility, Choices and Features
Dodge's super-sized Sprinter offers expanded versatility and even more
choices and features. Compared to the previous model, the all-new 2007
Dodge Sprinter boasts increases in width (two inches), interior height (11
inches), exterior height (13 inches), cargo area length (19 inches),
vehicle length (30 inches), cargo volume (127 cu. ft.), and towing capacity
(2,500 lbs.). Sprinter is available in three vehicle lengths (233, 273 and
289 inches) on two new wheelbases of 144 inches or 170 inches, or 170
inches extended with a 15-inch longer rear overhang. It also boasts three
interior roof height options: standard (65 inches), high (76 inches) and
new mega (84 inches) - the most among full-size vans.
Powered by a choice of two all-new premium engines, a 3.0-liter V-6
diesel engine with 154 horsepower or 3.5-liter V-6 gas engine with 254
horsepower, three different Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
configurations are offered including a new higher maximum GVWR up to 11,030
lbs. for cargo vans and chassis cabs. With increased best-in-class interior
height (up to 84 inches), both cargo and passenger high-roof models provide
up to 7-feet interior work space.
New standard features include power windows and locks, integrated wide-
angle mirrors, halogen headlamps, 16-inch wheels, tilt- and height-
adjustable steering wheel, CD radio, one-touch triple-flash function turn
signals, and all-new ADAPTIVE ESP(R) for improved functionality and safety
capability. Going beyond the capability of the traditional electronic
stability program, ADAPTIVE ESP takes into account the way the Sprinter is
loaded. Sensors ascertain the vehicle mass, which ultimately determines the
vehicle's center of gravity.
Most Best-In-Class Advantages
The all-new 2007 Dodge Sprinter has the most class-leading attributes
including best-in-class cargo capacity (up to 600 cubic feet), highest
maximum payload (5,770 lbs.), lowest side step-in height (19.9 inches),
greatest interior roof height (up to 7 feet) and widest rear-door opening
(270 degrees). Its new pallet-friendly cargo sliding door offers a
best-in-class loading width of 51 inches.
As the class leader in versatility and operating performance, the 2007
Dodge Sprinter has oil change intervals of 10,000 miles which contribute to
low maintenance costs.
More than 25 Safety and Security Features Set New Benchmark in
Commercial Van Segment
Delivering more than 25 advanced safety and security features -- the
highest level of advance safety and security technology available in the
full- size van segment, the all-new 2007 Dodge Sprinter continues to offer
superior occupant protection. New for 2007 is an all-new ADAPTIVE ESP(R)
system which takes electronic stability programs to the next level. This
standard safety system takes into account the vehicle payload which further
reduces the risk of vehicle skidding and loss of control.
All 2007 Dodge Sprinter cargo vans utilize a unique CARGO PROTECTION(R)
load-securing and lashing rail system allowing straps to be attached at
multiple locations for enhanced cargo and passenger protection.
Showcasing a unibody construction that reduces curb weight and
maximizes payload, other standard safety features include power steering
and brakes, three-point lap/shoulder belts (height adjustable for driver
and front passenger), headrests for all seats, and an available
ParkSense(R) System which uses ultrasonic sensors in front and rear bumper
#992 of 1281 Re: Lights [kenbaker]
Feb 14, 2007 (8:00 pm)
Ken, Mine have all been sylvania. I looked at my record keeping and it was 6 not 5 bulbs blown. 15.00 a pop. Next I would like to see why my real lights keep going out. Tom
#993 of 1281 Car seat tether anchors and/or LATCH system
Feb 14, 2007 (11:17 pm)
Can anyone tell me if the Dodge Sprinter comes with or is able to accomodate tether anchors for car seats? (Or the LATCH system?) If it does not come with tether anchors, are they able to be intsalled later? I need to fit 10 people. 5 are children in car seats. I cannot find this information anywhere. Thanks.
#995 of 1281 Tricks to re-install bench seat?
Feb 18, 2007 (10:28 pm)
I am having a hard time re-installing the bench seats of my Sprinter after removing them. For two seats, the left latches slipped in place (parallel to the floor) with no problem, but the right ones just would not latch back, no matter how hard I push them. I took the seats out and tried again, and it was the same thing. Now the right side of both seats are slightly loose. Please help! Thanks!
#996 of 1281 Re: Car seat tether anchors and/or LATCH system [large_family]
Feb 18, 2007 (10:35 pm)
I bought the Sprinter because I am expecting grandchildren but didn't think that this would become a problem. The last time I used a car seat for my children was 23 years ago; I thought you could just tie it down with the seat belt. Oh, man! One more thing to worry about!
#997 of 1281 Re: Sprinter Woes [kenbaker]
Feb 19, 2007 (10:22 am)
) downshift to save brakes... change trans fluid at 80K and then every 60K (or every 60K including the first one).>>>>
Not so Mr. KenB,Mercedes-Transmission-Fluid-Change recommendation,one life time only at 80K.See Maintenance-Manual at fl-sprinter.com (you need Adobe Reader)
Also a ""full"" Service Information $100 CD is available from Chrylser Publication.
#998 of 1281 Re: Sprinter Woes [kurt6]
Feb 19, 2007 (1:42 pm)
Kurt, 2005 154 I let the fuel tank get real low.After fill the guage still on empty. Seen that before? I am going to run some fuel out and hope sloshing unsticks float?
My personal mail is bsperty2comcast.net
#999 of 1281 Re: Sprinter Woes [kurt6]
Feb 20, 2007 (7:44 am)
I can spout out many of the same owners manual intervals that you mention. I have read the supplied materials diligently and filled out my maintenance log religously... Still I have found that good advice is always welcome!
What I have found through immersion in these forums is that the transmission should be serviced a bit more often than DC or MB recommends. This is of great timing to our forum, as I talked Saturday night to the president of the local Mercedes-Benz Club of America (also a Mercedes-Benz Specialist including sales/parts/service and Harley-Davidson parts/accessories/service/enthusiast/mechanic).
In his opinion, the service interval for the automatic in the Sprinter should be about 40K miles (that is, normal service on any large automatic like a TH350, TH-400, or C4/C6). His friends at the transmission shop in Edmond Oklahoma (I've seen several items on ebay that they have for sale) have a lot of experience with them, and they don't recommend the long intervals (or the single 80K mi. interval).
At $2,500 for a rebuild, they stand to make money if they let you go with the long intervals, but they don't recommend them (how quaint, honest advice that could save you money and keep them from making money). I will get more details soon, as I get back in touch with the Mercedes-Benz chapter president (an old business acquaintance/friend) and I will post his wisdom.
At any rate, we have seen that some of the vibration/noise related to speed changes and near-shift-point shudder can be fixed with fresh in-spec trans fluid on many peoples Sprinters (see the internet forums available, especially on Yahoo Groups!). Yes, it takes very good fully synthetic trans fluid and this could be expensive, but WAY cheaper than a new/rebuilt Trans.
From our conversation with my friend, it sounds like they may recommend a trans cooler, but I am not as sold on that idea (I don't tow, I don't idle in hot weather traffic). But I do run two A/C units in the hottest weather here (around 105 F. in Oklahoma/Texas). Climbing the big hill between OKC and D/FW in the hottest part of summer pushes the engine/coolant temp. up to about 195/200 (fully loaded 6 people and luggage, top gear, 75MPH). After the climb, it also falls off very quickly back to 185 F.
I would really love to know more people with high-mileage Sprinters with varying levels of service and know just what problems they have experienced. That is what I think this, and other, forums can/should become. If you have high-mileage experiences, please chime in!
#1000 of 1281 Sprinter Woes
Feb 20, 2007 (8:31 pm)
I very much like my LWB Sprinter specially the engine (24MPG)and transmission performance.I baby my truck like
only full 100% synthetic oil and filter change every 5K miles etc.
However after 7 warranty trips to the dealer at only 45K miles I'm very disappointed in Mercedes.
1. 3 engine oil leaks.
2. 2 transmission oil leaks.
3. one Mercedes recall.
4. replaced EGR valve including tube going to EGR and intake
air temp sensor.
5. replaced valve mixing chamber including hose.
6. replaced temp sensor again.
7. and on and on.
Without warranty cost for labor and parts approximately $7000
<<<<At $2,500 for a rebuild, they stand to make money if they let you go with the long intervals, but they don't recommend them (how quaint, honest advice that could save you money and keep them from making money).>>>>
If not all the time Mercedes direction is always to the dealer and there product and parts,I do not believe at
100 000K warranty the company like to see your blown up
you transmission,naturally a lot depend on load and how hard you drive your truck.
You can not use any good quality synthetic transmission fluid in your Sprinter at any time,only specially designed fluid from Mercedes at $22 for one quart.Full transmission oil and filter change at FL $440 at Dodge $325.