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Bud Van Deusen
09-09-2013, 01:52 AM
Ready to buy 05 -06 2500 158" passenger van. Looking for less than 150K miles. Nice forward cab, aux air conditioning. To use as long distance family hauler. Can I find one for under $25,000? What to watch out for? Thanks Bud Van Deusen (BVD)

09-09-2013, 03:36 PM
Things to watch out for:

1) Used Sprinters :D

Get one with maintenance records and look for black death. Probably other generic things like rust, sacked springs, odd noises, and leaks, but I'm not the expert.

09-09-2013, 04:00 PM
You should be able to find a good one for much less than $25K. I paid less than that for my 04 140 with 9800 miles. Not as fully equipped as your spec, though. It was an empty tin can. I'd avoid rear (roof) air like the plague, given the issues reported.

I trolled eBay motors for months before I found mine. Be prepared to move fast if your number comes up.

09-09-2013, 07:33 PM
Personally, I would go for a 3500 SHC 158". The dual rear wheels will handle a heavier load and it has better stability on the highway. If you want a low mileage, with a not seen very often color, here's your new Sprinter.


Good luck! Sprinters with mileage this low are hard to find. Plus, it's not white.

Bud Van Deusen
09-10-2013, 12:00 AM
Hey folks, thanks for the info/encouragement. I will follow up with education on 'black death. Move fast is right! Today a 05 2500 pass. Came on market. 104,000,clean Midwest vehicle. Well equipped, $21,000. I put a deposit on it. Wish me luck! Bud

Aqua Puttana
09-10-2013, 12:24 AM
..I will follow up with education on 'black death. ... Bud
That is fairly easy to inspect.

Have you stumbled upon this thread?