View Full Version : looking at 2006 118wb passenger

02-18-2013, 05:12 PM
I'm going to look at a 2006 118wb passenger van in a few days. Its a long way for me to go to look at a van so I want to look it over and decide to buy it or walk away right on the spot. Can anybody give me any particular things that I should look out for? I've seen pictures and rust looks to be reasonable/minimal. The seller says it has a new glow plug and glow plug adapter and two new power steering lines.

Thanks in advance,


02-18-2013, 05:46 PM
Read up on black death and how to spot it.
One guess is that the power steering lines reflect a lot of in town driving. I used to think that was a bad thing. I recently saw an engine torn apart at 530,000m. It still had the honing marks on the cylinder walls. It was all city driving.

02-18-2013, 06:08 PM
Where are you located? Maybe there is someone near you that you can talk to (or let you see some things on their Sprinter).

02-18-2013, 08:45 PM
I'm in Southern Minnesota. The van has just over 100k miles on it and is located in the Rockies so I was going to make a ski trip out of it.

02-18-2013, 08:55 PM
Definitely check for "BLACK DEATH". If you don't, you'll be sorry.

02-18-2013, 09:45 PM
Lots of good info here:

02-19-2013, 12:46 PM
Best thing You can do is take it for a drive if it moves and make it more than 10 miles using everything it comes with, look underneath it later and check for leaks and damage/play, there isn't much You can do beyond that on the mechanical part and if You like it buy it.

02-20-2013, 11:52 AM
Oil in water ?
Water in Oil ?

Critical oil cap and radiator cap checks

Light brown or milky sludge colour = :(