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Andy STi
10-08-2013, 04:50 AM
Just picked it up today. Flew to Seattle and drove it back to Bend, OR this afternoon. Love it!

1/2 Interstate and 1/2 2 lane highway and I got 26mpg - according to the onboard computer. Right around a 360 mile drive.

My main options are the Driver Efficiency Package, Premium Appearance Package, Cold Weather Package, Swivel Seat Package, and the Multifunction Wheel. Have other stuff but those are the main option packages.

Been searching/deciding on a Sprinter for the last 2+ years. I'm on the list at Van Specialties for an upfit when they are ready for it.



10-08-2013, 04:53 AM
That looks really sharp!

I reported in my other thread I was getting 21mpg in a v6, but after running the numbers again I actualy got 25 all city driving, seems these 2014 are getting good mileage.

What is the Driver Efficiency Package?

Andy STi
10-08-2013, 05:08 AM

Driver Efficiency Package is the rear view camera, nav, fogs, cruise control, and locking glove box.

10-08-2013, 09:40 AM

What color did you buy?

Andy STi
10-08-2013, 03:16 PM
The color is Tennorite Grey Metallic. I really like it.

10-08-2013, 06:27 PM
Hi Andy, do you have any mpg numbers calculated from gas tank.... ie miles driven divided by gallons used?

Andy STi
10-08-2013, 06:33 PM
Not yet, tank was full from the dealer and I haven't needed to refill yet. The range is great. I have a trip this weekend so I'll fill it before then and check.

10-08-2013, 07:59 PM
I was really happy with the 37 MPG that the dash on my new Volvo showed on the drive home, until I got it to the station and fuelly.com showed me I was only getting 21 MPG. I had always thought my Hybrid got insanely good MPG until I starting keeping track on fuelly. Just as glad my T1N doesn't have an overly optimistic gauge. Got me an adjustable OBD2 Ultragauge to show me what I am actually getting.


10-08-2013, 08:56 PM

Thoughts behind why you chose to buy from MB of Lynnwood...?

10-08-2013, 10:45 PM
Sure looks sharp....this might be weird but can you get a few pics of the 4 cylinder engine? I gotta admit the steering wheel looks thicker and nicer (from pics I seen) compared to the later vintage. Mine feels like a thin twig.

10-09-2013, 04:09 AM
Is Tennorite darker than Graphite metallic?

10-09-2013, 04:26 AM
I have a graphite on order that's due to arrive oct 25th. We'll compare, but I think Graphite is a brown tone of grey whereas Tenorite is a blue shade of grey

Andy STi
10-09-2013, 05:29 AM

Thoughts behind why you chose to buy from MB of Lynnwood...?

The dealer was recommended by both Van Specialties and Outside Van when I first contracted them about conversions. A year later when I called the dealer I was very pleased with my interactions. Stan, the Sprinter salesman, is super easy to work with. He orders vans with upfits in mind so he tends to have a nice selection of colors and options, not just base model white. My van was already in SC when I claimed it and I don't know if there is anything I'd change had I special ordered it. He picked me up at the airport, we had a nice drive to the dealer and everything went smoothly.

Andy STi
10-09-2013, 05:30 AM
I have a graphite on order that's due to arrive oct 25th. We'll compare, but I think Graphite is a brown tone of grey whereas Tenorite is a blue shade of grey

That sounds about right. This definitely has some blue to it.

10-13-2013, 05:23 AM
Like the color!

10-14-2013, 05:57 PM
Not yet, tank was full from the dealer and I haven't needed to refill yet. The range is great. I have a trip this weekend so I'll fill it before then and check.

Where you able to calculate the mpg from the gas tank? I'm in the market for a new van and was hoping to get some real world numbers.

Andy STi
10-14-2013, 09:16 PM
I was right at 25 when calculating from the tank.

Just drove 430 miles yesterday for a bike race and the computer showed 25ish for the trip.

I think 23-26 is what you can expect. Likely more with all interstate and no climbing.

10-15-2013, 05:20 AM
I like that new bumper cover.

10-15-2013, 05:32 AM
Nice rig, can you set the cruise at 65 on your next tank and let us know what kinda MPG you get? I hear they are supposed to get 30 (take it you have the 4 cylinder). That's what they say across the pond. :dripsarcasm:

Andy STi
10-15-2013, 04:49 PM
I'm never on interstate long enough to get figures like that. At 65 I wouldn't be surprised to see that kind of number.

01-12-2014, 11:15 PM
Bought mine from Stan at Lynnwood. Good guy.

2014 4cyl

01-12-2014, 11:57 PM
Andy, nice pic of your new Sprinter... I've got one coming in about 3 weeks from Medford. I like your CX pics too... I watched the Nats couple years ago in Bend... I used to race CX back in the '60s in Calif. The Sprinter should be a great bike carrier. Enjoy!!!

Andy STi
01-14-2014, 06:01 AM
Thanks Karl,
Where in OR are you. How was buying from Medford? I need to figure out where to take this thing for service.

Can't wait to get it all prepped for racing - going to be so fun!


01-14-2014, 09:51 PM
Andy, I'm in Ashland (just added that to my profile)... Medford dealer has been good... just a couple miles from work, so very handy... only got $500 off but that was my fault for not doing my homework. I'm setting mine up with bed, aluminum cabinets, aux. battery, roof rack / ladder to use mainly for camping and heading south to Calif for warmer winter weather for riding. Should have mine in 3-4 weeks.

Daybreak Express
01-16-2014, 07:17 PM
Love reading about the '14-I just ordered one, to be delivered late March/early April. Crew model, 145 w/b, 3.0 v-6 (will be doing a mix of local and highway driving). Velvet red. F & R aux. heaters (coolant heater in front), to be upfitted as hvac service truck. Can't wait!

01-16-2014, 07:43 PM
Daybreak Express,
Umm I think you meant to say you are getting the 144" wheelbase....right?
Can you explain why you need the 3.0 liter V6 with the 5 speed vs the 2.143 liter 4 cylinder 2 stage turbo with the 7 speed?
The V6 costs more initially and costs more to operate, just so you know.
Hope this helps,

01-18-2014, 07:12 PM
Sense Daybreak Express is new and hasn't got his sprinter , I think he/her might say ...

The 6cy is a nice running engine, and a option that MB has had for 8 years in the US, with no indication of it going away.

And then there's this.

... size matters if you are driving on a grade that is steep enough to limit the top speed of the 4 cy to 60mph , the greater power output of the 6 cy will pull away from the 4 cy by 7MPH. http://vimeo.com/80270887


Daybreak Express
01-18-2014, 07:34 PM
Thanks for all the feedback-great site, and I can tell it will be very useful. CJPJ-yes, I have not yet got it in the driveway, I'm expecting delivery late March/early April. Sailquik, you're right-144" wb. I decided on the v-6 for the following reasons; I do a fair amount of highway driving and from what I've read various places on the web acceleration and passing-especially on hills-can be an issue. Also, from time to time I haul a boat trailer (2200 lbs. + weight of trailer) and a utility trailer for work (refrigeration equipment, boilers, a generator, or whatever). Lastly, the v-6 is a known, proven engine/drivetrain; for the money I'm spending, I don't want any surprises. My current van-a Chevy Astro-gets around 19-20 mpg on the highway; the new Sprinter will do better than that from everything I've read on the subject-and has far more room.

By the way-Sailquik-are you by chance a sailor?

01-18-2014, 08:08 PM
You did read the entire thread on the Advanced RV "acceleration test"....right.
I made the point at the time that if they drove both Sprinters as they said they did, then their results were inconclusive at best... completely bogus at worst.
You simply cannot hammer the throttle pedal to the floorboard in a Sprinter, and leave it there, and expect to get maximum acceleration.
Sprinters do not work that way!!
I even offered to drive to wherever they are and run my 2014 4 cylinder 2.143 liter 2 stage turbo OM-651 7 speed against their 2014 V6 5 speed.
No one took the bait, and I remain completely unconvinced, but I guess they are selling a lot of V6's (why I sure don't know)... guess they like using
more fuel.
There was another test in this thread:
Have a look at this magazine test:
http://www.trucktrend.com/roadtests/van/163_1311_2014_mercedes_benz_sprinter_2500_first_te st/
Very different results in a much more controlled test environment!!
I have lots of satisfying miles in NCV3 Sprinter equipped with the OM-642 + NAG-1 (5G-Tronic) 5 speed and I agree, it's a very smooth and
sweet running engine. The trans could definitely be improved by having it downshift quickly @ 80% engine LOD vs very slowly, @ 100% LOD
after a lengthy time period.
The only thing it did not have going for it was fuel mileage.
In my 2012 OM-642 V6 5 spd 519 (3500) 170" wb High Top Short Back DRW 4.182:1 rear gear, I consistently got in the ~ 19 mpg range.
With the new 2014 OM-651 2.143 liter 4cylinder speed 516 (3500) 170" wb High Top Short Back with the same 4.182:1 rear gear OM-651-7G-Tronic (7 speed) I'm getting ~23 mpg with ~12,000 miles on it.
The 7 speed downshifts quickly and crisply, at ~80-85% engine LOD, and the little 4 cylinder revs to 3,600 with good power all the way from 2000 RPM which seems to be the best mileage RPM.
If you need to pass someone, I don't think it will take any longer with the 4cyl/7speed than it did with the V6 5 speed.
If you manually downshift the 5 speed, get the revs > 2700 it might be a little better, but if you just jump on the throttle, without downshifting manually the 4 cylinder 7 speed will get up to speed noticeably quicker because it will make the necessary downshift for you.
Hope this helps,

01-18-2014, 08:19 PM
Daybreak Express,
I will be very surprised if you get >20 MPG with your new Sprinter.
What rear end ratio did you get?
Is your new van a (319) 2500 (single rear wheel) or a (519) 3500 dual rear wheel?
For towing anything I find the DRW (wish we could get the super single option here in the USA) to be far
Yes, I'm pretty much a windsurfing instructional Guru (www.sailworks.com...www.star-board.com) and I've had
a lot of experience racing sailboats Sabot/El Toro/Kite/Finn/National/Hobie 12/Cal-20's/Pearson 32.
Not so much anymore.....I'm getting older and don't sail/teach as much.
So, I guess you could say I'm a sailor!

01-19-2014, 03:02 AM
Daybreak Express. If you think you'll get at or more than 20mpg as you stated with the V6 in a loaded van, you're in for a big letdown. You can expect 16-18, maybe 19 on a good day with the wind blowing the right direction and not climbing hills.
Our van, converted to an RV, that weighs right at 9200 lbs. at it's lightest, gets 15 to 18, and I know how to drive the V6 as it should be manually downshifting/upshifting to keep the LOD where it should be for best power & economy. I rarely drive over 68 mph on the highway.
I've got 2 V6 Sprinters worth of experience here with the same results on both......