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05-04-2018, 11:55 PM
can any one tell me the best turbo cartridge to buy

i would like to know the best

i would to know the next to best

i would like to know the worst

i have a 2005 2500 sprinter

05-05-2018, 12:23 AM
"turbo cartridge" ???

Do you mean the resonator? (or the turbo itself, or the actuator, or???)

Assuming "resonator":

i would like to know the best
"best" ... in terms of "will never die" (but may drive high-frequency-noise-sensitive passengers nuts):
i would to know the next to best
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i would like to know the worst
Original MB (before "Q5" update, and even then...)

--dick (who chose the Dorman)

05-05-2018, 01:16 AM
the turbo itself

05-05-2018, 03:11 AM
"turbo itself"

best: genuine MB (keyed to your VIN), comes with new actuator.

2nd best, but at a distance from "best": genuine Garrett, but getting your (or an) actuator to properly link to it can be a problem

worst: Chinese copies.

--dick (there have been long threads on this...)

05-05-2018, 08:14 AM
He means something like this, to rebuild the insides of the turbo: https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=6687628&cc=1434747&jsn=10

I too wonder if this is a good idea, if a genuine cartridge could be sourced I'd be tempted to change it out preemptively to avoid catastrophic engine failure due to turbo failure.

05-05-2018, 11:56 AM
Just bought a dorman from rock auto.Seems to be the only cartridge made in the USA.Putting it in today.Let you know how it works,but don't see there should be any issues.The exhaust side is pinned for location.Mark the old intake side and replicate that mark on the new cartridge.

05-05-2018, 08:40 PM
Put it in this morning,went for a 80 mole ride.No problems,ran great.You should disassemble yours first to be sure there is no damage to the housings. Don't know you skill level,but as long as you clean all your taped holes and don't force it together you should be fine.The best part is you have a $1000 to spend on something else.