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DOGMOBILE
01-13-2010, 05:11 PM
A friend is looking at buying a 2006 2.7L cargo Sprinter 140 wb w/ 33,600 miles. I have 2007 passenger. I believe the 2007 was a revamp of the earlier model (and I routinely have to take my 2007 in, mainly for EGR issues).

Can anyone comment on the 2006 model? Better to go with a later model?

Thanks.

encinitas
01-13-2010, 05:45 PM
my 06 158" has been great, rear end issues but due to accident. make sure to have engine compartment fully worked up before purchase - by EXPERIENCED sprinter tech.

Hit The Road Jack
01-13-2010, 06:26 PM
A friend is looking at buying a 2006 2.7L cargo Sprinter 140 wb w/ 33,600 miles. I have 2007 passenger. I believe the 2007 was a revamp of the earlier model (and I routinely have to take my 2007 in, mainly for EGR issues).

Can anyone comment on the 2006 model? Better to go with a later model?

Thanks.

2006 'Roadhouse' Sprinter here...:clapping:...if it works, don't fix it...:professor:

sikwan
01-13-2010, 07:13 PM
I have a 2006 T1N 140. I haven't run into any problems and it's now at 36k miles.

The 2006 gets better fuel mileage, but the interior is not as modern as the 2007. The 2006 is also easier to work on if that's consideration. The 2007+ has more power.

If you have more details, like price & condition, on that specific 2006 T1N, we could help a little more.

ches
01-13-2010, 09:27 PM
We have the '06 118" with 52,000 mi. and no problems. We change the oil at 9,000 mi., keep the air filter clean and drive very moderately. Getting 28+ mpg. Great vehicle and since we travel in Mexico we don't sweat the ultra low sulphur fuel. '06 is the way.By the way my wife and I have been living in it for 2 1/2 years.

rlent
01-13-2010, 10:24 PM
Can anyone comment on the 2006 model?
Arguably the best Sprinter ever made (IMHO) - the ergonomics are not nearly as nice as the '07's and later - but the '06 had the latest revisions to all the pollution junk (EGR, cylinder head, etc.) and it seems to work well.

I have 248K+ on mine with only relatively minor issues, and I'd buy another (low mileage) '06 in heartbeat. I do have to say that I have a friend with an '04 (I think) that is approaching 500K miles (all highway) with pretty much only normal maintenance - except that he finally had to replace the transmission at around 450K, IIRC.

Better to go with a later model?
Depends on what you want - the big draw to the '07's and later in my estimation is the human ergonomics, power (engine seems to have a little more butt) and vehicle handling. I think the '06 T1N is a rock-solid platform tho', in terms of the mechanicals.

Aqua Puttana
01-14-2010, 03:40 AM
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I believe the 2007 was a revamp of the earlier model (and I routinely have to take my 2007 in, mainly for EGR issues)....
Better to go with a later model?

First let me extend a hale and hearty welcome to the forum.

FWIW. It is not necessarily better to go with a later model. I can't believe nobody has yet to point out the obvious. The NAFTA 2007 is definitely NOT a revamp continuation of the NAFTA 2006 model. It is more a re-design.

The 2006 OM647 engine is the last model year of the NAFTA Sprinter model with an in-line 5 cylinder diesel.

The 2007 is the first model year of NAFTA Sprinter with a V-6 OM642 diesel engine. The body and trim had significant modifications between the 2006 and 2007 and newer model years.

From what I've learned since owning my 2004 cargo model, I can't argue with the positive comments so far about the T1N's . I would only add that if a DPF Diesel Particulate Filter is in the mix it may be a real reason to go with a good condition 2006 NAFTA Sprinter. The DPF may reveal itself to be an Achilles heel ($$$) as time passes.

Then again, what do I know? AP/vic

ECU
01-14-2010, 05:13 AM
I purchased my 118 2006 with 293000 miles and have had very little issue. Glad I did.

nicollet
01-14-2010, 11:59 AM
Arguably the best Sprinter ever made (IMHO)

Couldn't have said it any better.
I got mine in September of last year, with 38k miles. Put 7000 miles on it so far without a problem, getting about 23 miles/gallon with my heavy foot.
tk

Hit The Road Jack
01-14-2010, 12:10 PM
We have the '06 118" with 52,000 mi. and no problems. We change the oil at 9,000 mi., keep the air filter clean and drive very moderately. Getting 28+ mpg. Great vehicle and since we travel in Mexico we don't sweat the ultra low sulphur fuel. '06 is the way.By the way my wife and I have been living in it for 2 1/2 years.
Very interesting ches, would you mind elaborating on your full-time venture?...interior pics of your living quarters?

stp57
01-14-2010, 12:45 PM
That is low mileage, what is the price?. My 2006, 140 has 90K. I had some issues while under warranty, such as a leaky rack & pinion (replaced), cruise control module (replaced twice), leaky transmission (new seal). Since then, the van has been a dream.
Steve

A friend is looking at buying a 2006 2.7L cargo Sprinter 140 wb w/ 33,600 miles. I have 2007 passenger. I believe the 2007 was a revamp of the earlier model (and I routinely have to take my 2007 in, mainly for EGR issues).

Can anyone comment on the 2006 model? Better to go with a later model?

Thanks.

ches
01-15-2010, 03:05 AM
Hey Jack, Sorry I don't have any pics but I will see if we can get some. I insulated and used 1/4' A/C ply for paneling. We basicly have a very simple set up with a bed taking up most of the space with storage underneath and a large overhead bin for clothes in the rear section. No extra electrical or propane set ups. The bed is designed to fold up into 2 bench seats with a center table but interestingly we never use as such. We do all our cooking outside so we are very weather dependent ( currently in Sonora, Mx.) When we sold our house 2 1/2 yrs. ago I only had 2 weeks to set up our cargo van and having lived in it so long ( much longer than expected ) I would now go with more of a setup like the VW campers with a fold down back seat. Seeing Jim Lawyers conversion really has me excited about redoing the whole thing over when ever I get a shop again. Thanks for your interest and sorry to get off topic.

Aqua Puttana
01-25-2010, 01:08 AM
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I would only add that if a DPF Diesel Particulate Filter is in the mix it may be a real reason to go with a good condition 2006 NAFTA Sprinter. The DPF may reveal itself to be an Achilles heel ($$$) as time passes.

Then again, what do I know? AP/vic
Anyone reading my comment above should also read this thread started by HappyFamilyVan "DPF/EGR issues post H44 recall?". It should provide information about NCV3's which is better than my casual observation. AP/vic

http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9484