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Jul 16, 2004 (7:02 am)
Does anybody know if any manufacturer is considering a diesel minivan?
#2 of 144 Re: Diesel MiniVans [pusterracing]
Jul 16, 2004 (11:13 am)
I believe Daimler Chrysler is considering selling their minivans with a diesel engine. I think it would be a smart move on their part. I would buy one in a flash. They are already available in Europe and elsewhere with the diesel.
#3 of 144 Diesel MiniVans
Jul 16, 2004 (11:52 am)
I've also heard talk of Chrysler considering a diesel option. However, I don't think we will see one until the 2007 model year when ULSD is the norm.
#4 of 144 Re: Diesel MiniVans [mike91326]
Jul 16, 2004 (3:05 pm)
I also hoping that when VW returns their MiniVan/MicroBus (whatever they are calling it) that they will option it with the 1.9 or 2.0 diesel (I already own an 04 Jetta GLS TDI). I haven't heard much about the Minivan/Microbus, and nothing about whether it will have a diesel option.
I would also jump at a Grand Caravan with a diesel (providing it is not TOO much more expensinve that it's gasoline counterparts), I'm hoping that the Chrysler rumor is true.
#5 of 144 Diesel Mini-van
Jul 21, 2004 (8:23 am)
I would LOVE to get ahold of one. I think they should shoot for 160ish HP and 275+ft-lbs torque, ~30mpg highway and ~23 mpg city, be able to tow 4000+lbs (strengthen sub-framing a little). All with a starting price of under $30k. Someone SHOULD be able to make it. I WILL buy.......
#6 of 144 Mercedes diesel vans available in US now
Jul 23, 2004 (8:21 pm)
A mercedes diesel van is available right now which is rebadged as either a Dodge Sprinter or Freightliner Sprinter. It comes as either a passenger van or cargo van. I have driven them and they are great. If you have seen any of the new small UPS vans, they are the Dodge Sprinter 140 inch wheelbase with the high roof. There are two shorter wheelbases available.
#7 of 144 Dodge Sprinter clone of Mercedes Diesel minivan
Jul 23, 2004 (8:49 pm)
Answers the question in posting # 1 of this forum.
Question: IS a TALL van like the Dodge Sprinter still considered a minivan?
Jul 25, 2004 (1:33 pm)
I group them with full size vans myself. The FedEx driver I quizzed months ago didn't like his Sprinter but maybe the smaller versions drive better.
There wasn't a lot of interest in them over in Dodge Freightliner (Mercedes Sprinter).
#9 of 144 Re: [steve_]
Jul 25, 2004 (2:08 pm)
I saw one the other day made into a conversion camper. Real nice and 22-25 mpg. They are underpowered though. I think I could live with cruising slower in a camper to get that kind of mileage, maybe.
Jul 25, 2004 (3:43 pm)
Neat - I heard that conversions were available.
I have a guide friend in Anchorage who could use one for shuttling kayakers if there's enough oomph to pull a trailer full of sea kayaks or rafts.