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#38 of 87 let the healing begin
Apr 18, 2008 (9:42 pm)
hi everyone,I last wrote "i gave up"and "my forehead says sucker"this will be my last post,from february 08 till april18 my sprinter has broken down 6 times,each time it was at the dealer from 2-7 days,twice i picked up my van after hours and it broke down 1-2 miles from the dealership.leaving me stranded 9:00 at night,calling roadside assistance waiting for the tow and having someone pick me up.merrick dodge has gotten to know me so well that they know my phone number and see it come up on there caller i.d.so they dont pick up when i call.When i would call up not 20 seconds later from a different phone they picked up instantly.this is the type of people in their service dept.After picking up my van on another breakdown i noticed my headlights were not working,after investigating and opening the protective cover in the engine bay i found both headlights completely smashed,i guess the certified mechanics were getting fed up with my questioning on why i was having so many problems,it worked out because when i went back, i went to the parts dept asked for two bulbs and told the clerk that keith the service manager was covering them there was no problem they just handed them to me and i walked out.my van has had thousands of dollars of parts changed,it still failed me.I know not all sprinters are like mine but i think i got the worst one ever built and the worst dealer and service.this past monday april 14 it broke down,i had to send home two employees and cancel a 1800 dollar job.they came and towed it back,dodge had it until thursday,i went to pick it up and it broke down 1 mile from the dealer,i called them and they sent two mechanics,they plugged in the scanner and it read out a new problem different from the one that they just fixed for 4 days,i got picked up and left,i went to my local gmc dealer. I am the proud owner of a 2008 gmc 3500 box truck it cost me 35,000.00,they are giving me 17,000.00 for my van,I took it with a smile,Its funny that i cant even pick up my new gmc truck because the sprinter that im using for a trade in is still at the dealer getting fixed.I was at one time so into my sprinter,i was like a salesman, i would push these vans on a lot of people.So here the story ends.I could probably get more than 17,000 for my sprinter it only has 57,000 miles loaded, cruise control,all power, assist computer ,dually,high roof partition, cargo liner,and many more options,im just happy to see her off to some other poor soul. goodbye, lights by jay electric,ny
#39 of 87 egr location on dodge sprinter
May 17, 2008 (1:16 pm)
I suspect a egr valve needs cleaning. where is this located exactly. I would appreciate any advice on where I can get a decent schematic of a 2500 series 2005 sprinter.
#40 of 87 Re: my forehead says "sucker" [jverrelli]
Jun 09, 2008 (8:21 am)
I have 1 sprinter and 3 gasoline chevy vans...One of my chevy vans has 435,000 miles on it, no engine problems at all!!!! I am a FedEx contractor and that van has had the crap driven out of it everyday since 2001. stop and go, stop and go... I have had it since it was new. The fuel pumps are the only weakness of that body style that will leave you walking. I always replace mine with a new GM before they reach 100k miles. 100k is the life of those pumps. pumps from other part stores are junk. Park the sprinter, buy a new GM fuel pump for your chevy if you are uncertain of the miles, and drive trouble free...
#41 of 87 2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500
Jun 29, 2008 (11:18 am)
I have the brake reservoir light on. This only comes on when the brake fluid is low. Well when I did the brakes and toped off the reservoir the light went off. 30, 000 miles later I did another brake job and this time the light stayed on. The sending unit is build into the plastic tank. So I replaced the brake reservoir and the light is still on. Can any body help on this?
#42 of 87 2003 Freightliner Sprinter 2500, 60,000 m, 25 mpg
Jul 03, 2008 (1:26 pm)
If I had as many problems as "jverrelli," I'd have had the van taken back by the dealer as a lemon, not left it on the road to harm someone else. I wonder what the chances are that the mechanics screwed up more than they fixed? Those smashed headlights? hmm...
Our parts and repairs have come through a Freightliner dealer.
The EGR valve was replaced at 35,000+, just under the warranty expiration.
The "loss of power" was clearly due to the fuel filter which I just replaced. I had to drive it for a short while in that condition while finding the filter, directions for replacing it, and something else to drive while hunting. A useful owner's manual would be nice. I've downloaded a free pdf of the Service Manual. That'll do.
I can say that it started fine throughout and never just quit altogether. That sounds like another issue.
The passenger side door neither responds to the key signal nor to the lock switch. Since that happened simultaneously and all the other doors work properly, I think it's probably the door's motor that's out. Does that sound logical? Any other ideas?
Otherwise, the Sprinter is a pleasure to drive and use
#43 of 87 2003 sprinter dies & will not start
Aug 01, 2008 (7:17 am)
I have a 2003 sprinter with 150,000 mi It will not start in the mornings without using starting fluid and will run for 2 hours and then suddenly die ( usually under acceleration or on a hill ). It will restart with the starting fluid. I make deliveries for 2 to 4 hours a day and leave the truck running all the time.
The dealer has replace 1 glow plug and the "module" with no success.
Anyone have any ideas?
#44 of 87 Re: 2003 sprinter dies & will not start [breadman1960]
Aug 01, 2008 (8:28 am)
Sounds more like it's not getting fuel....have you had them check the fuel filter or fuel pump? When the van dies do you smell fuel? When you first try to start it in the morning, do you have electrical power (dash lights, etc)? We have a 2004 for sale here in Arkansas if you're looking for an upgrade.
#45 of 87 New owner of used Sprinter
Aug 06, 2008 (7:00 pm)
I just bought a used 2003/144WB tall roof with the idea of converting it to a camper.
Reading your posts I got scared. Did I do the wrong thing?
The vehicle has some problems. After running for 1/2 hour did not want to start, I
waited for 20 minutes and it run fine. Looks that this is a common problem.
I need help/suggestions/opinions on the following:
1.-I downloaded a manual that has all the DBR III codes but found out the price of
a DBR III reader, I can not afford it so can someone please advise if a I buy a
CAN-BUS OBD-II would it read the codes? does it have to be Mercedes or any
CAN OBD-II? ther are some made in China for $35
2.-Problem. When I drive at speeds of 40-50-60 MPH runs fine, the transmission
shifts nicely both manual and auto, but when I go to a STOP and it slows down
with the engine, not the brake, at 25 MPH a horrible vibration occurs below
somewhere around the transmission. I looked under and tested the driveshaft
shaking it Up and Down and sideways, there is a small click around the bearing
that holds and connects the two shafts. Could this bearing be the problem?
has someone experiewnced this problem?
Dear people your response will be greatly apprciated.
#46 of 87 To All Sprinter Owners.......To Be Cont'D............
Oct 18, 2008 (6:56 pm)
Hi,I have a 2006 Dodge Sprinter and have Stalling issues that has seen the local five star dealers about 6 times(stalled 10 times) and still no cure.This has been ongoing since I had bought it in 2007,it was brand new with 0 miles.In fact,it had Stalled while i was Test driving,but they had told me that it had "stalled" because it was low on diesel.Anyways i contacted an Attorney and are looking for others i can possibly refer to the Attorney for a possible Class Action Lawsuit,because right now,they are trying to settle for a small sum and i'am suppose to keep the lemon van.I figure if i can get at least 20 - 30 People with similar Issues,then we should be able to have a good case.Also,my brakes have been squeeking since purchased.This may be another claim,not sure.Once i get enough people to file with,then will see.Ask anyone with a Sprinter and get the word around,cause together we will have a Loud Bark.
#47 of 87 Re: I gave up!!!!! [kenbaker]
Nov 02, 2008 (9:17 am)
the brake rotors on sprinters are designed to be replaced and are not able to be machined,they only have 3 mm of alowable wear before they are at there min. thickness.crazy germans!the sensors on the brake pads are a simple ground wire that rubs on the rotors and compleats the circut that turns on a warning light,these sensors were redesighned in '04 but they still dont work verry well,they do need to be replaced if the plastic has been worn off because the contact is now exposed and can complete the circut.