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View Poll Results: Would you recommend a sprinter van...if not why.
YES all the time there great vans 353 50.36%
On ocassions 141 20.11%
Rarley if ever 19 2.71%
NO 105 14.98%
Maintence and parts are too exspensive 141 20.11%
Overly complex control systems 112 15.98%
Lack of qualified service centers and mechanics 146 20.83%
Aftermarket support small 63 8.99%
Not built for heavy duty service 36 5.14%
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:11 PM   #21
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With reservations. I love the room and the mileage for such a big van.

I would not buy it again - I'd have spent the (less) money, putting my 1989 VW Vanagon back to 100% condition.

That said, the Vanagon had some similar foibles - German cars have gotten so they are complicated "just because they can be".

My first (1960) VW sedan, and subsequent air-cooled Kombis were the soul of simplicity.

As soon as they got away from their air-cooled roots, unnecessary complexity began to set in.

It's like they have to prove that if something can be done simply - they can make it complicated and more expensive.

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Old 11-11-2011, 10:27 PM   #22
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yes, but I've only had it 5 months
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:07 PM   #23
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Most certainly, they are game changing vehicles that will fit a variety of peoples needs!!
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:48 PM   #24
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Mine's a love / hate relationship. When it's good - it's great. And that is 99% of the time. Problem is the other 1% seems to happen when I'm in the middle of nowhere. Two small issues became major headaches. Both were very simple to repair - once someone finally figured them out. If I was only driving locally, I'd be positively enamored with the vehicle. As it is - when I leave home for a long trip (which is what I bought it for), I pray fervently for travel mercies. Wish it was a more simple machine.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:50 PM   #25
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Mine's a love / hate relationship. When it's good - it's great. And that is 99% of the time. Problem is the other 1% seems to happen when I'm in the middle of nowhere. Two small issues became major headaches. Both were very simple to repair - once someone finally figured them out. If I was only driving locally, I'd be positively enamored with the vehicle. As it is - when I leave home for a long trip (which is what I bought it for), I pray fervently for travel mercies. Wish it was a more simple machine.
Out of curiosity, what were the "small issues"?
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:14 PM   #26
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Well, If I didn't have 7 kids, I wouldn't have this van. But, now that I have it, I do like it, but it is a bit of a labor of love. My circumstances are a bit unique in that I bought used, totaled withing 6 hours of owning and then fixed. I would say that I ahve not had any major issues, yet have had a number of issues that I have fixed with the help of the forum and luckily I am a very hands on guy when it comes to vehicles.

I know several other large families in my area that own these vans and they work pretty good. I have never been stranded, but then again, I prepare and try to keep the van in shape. I'm guessing that outside of commercial use, I am a pretty high mileage user - we are looking at 30-35K miles per year on this van. Currently at 152xxx and fully expect to get up near 400K 10 years from now.

I've taken 4K+ and 3K+ miles trips in the van, alone and pulling a pop up camper. Will probably do a 5K+ trip with the camper in the summer of 2012. In some sense, I consider this a work van - a family work van. Right now, my wife does most of the driving (she is pretty much a professional driver for the kids) and she loves driving the van. We get 22 mpg summer around town and around 20 mpg winter (use the ESPAR more).

One thing I would really love to see is the proce of diesel fuel revert back to the "old" prices where it was in fact cheaper than gasoline. I don't believe that is going to happen due to the worldwide demand for diesel and the fact that we export a bunch of it from the US.

If you have the correct need for the van, and you are willing to be proactive on taking care of it and fixing things, then this is the van for you. But if you don't want to touch it, then you need more $ and have to be aware that issues could arise which modify your use and plans for driving.

Overall, a great choice for us as a family as we will probably put close to 300K miles on it before we hopefully sunset it in another 10 years (I try to get 15+ years out of all my vehicles).

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Old 02-06-2012, 01:04 AM   #27
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I HAVE ONLY HAD MY SPRINTER FOR 5 DAYS NOW SO WHEN I SAY
I LOVE IT , I MAY FEEL DIFFERENTLY IF MAJOR PROBLEMS ARISE .

FOR ME , IT IS THE PERFECT SIZE IN BETWEEN A FULL SIZE VAN
( FORD E SERIES , CHEVY EXPRESS ) AND A REAL TRUCK TRUCK .

MY SPRINTER IS A PASSENGER MODEL THAT I BOUGHT USED WITH 275,000
MILES ON IT . IT IS IN REMARKABLE SHAPE FOR THE AGE & MILEAGE .

I INTEND TO DO ALL SORTS OF FAMILY TRIPS WITH IT .
I WILL BE PUTTING A HITCH ON IT SOON SO I CAN PULL A TRAILER .

THIS WILL BE PRETTY LIGHT DUTY TOWING , NO MORE THAN 2000 POUNDS
AND FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN SO FAR , THE SPRINTER CAN DO THIS EASILY .

THE 5 CYL HAS PLENTY OF POWER ! IT PULLS LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN .
JUST A 2.7 ? REALLY ? IT FEELS LIKE A LOT MORE TO ME BUT THIS IS THE
FIRST DIESEL I HAVE EVER OWNED .

I AM ALSO IMPRESSED WITH THE MILEAGE . IN 1000 MILES OF DRIVING ,
IT HAS GOTTEN ABOUT 24mpg . THAT IS SIMILAR TO WHAT WE GET WITH
OUR TAURUS STATION WAGON WHICH IS ONLY 1/3 THE VEHICLE .

I RECOMMEND IT WHOLE HEARTEDLY SO FAR .............
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:23 AM   #28
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i have only had my sprinter for 5 days now so when i say
i love it , i may feel differently if major problems arise .

For me , it is the perfect size in between a full size van
( ford e series , chevy express ) and a real truck truck .

My sprinter is a passenger model that i bought used with 275,000
miles on it . It is in remarkable shape for the age & mileage .

I intend to do all sorts of family trips with it .
I will be putting a hitch on it soon so i can pull a trailer .

This will be pretty light duty towing , no more than 2000 pounds
and from what i have seen so far , the sprinter can do this easily .

The 5 cyl has plenty of power ! It pulls like a freight train .
Just a 2.7 ? Really ? It feels like a lot more to me but this is the
first diesel i have ever owned .

I am also impressed with the mileage . In 1000 miles of driving ,
it has gotten about 24mpg . That is similar to what we get with
our taurus station wagon which is only 1/3 the vehicle .

I recommend it whole heartedly so far .............
why are you always yelling(caps)??!!

This is very difficult to read.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:54 AM   #29
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Nope I would say get any other vehicle BUT a Sprinter. When I bought mine I thought I could put up with the 100 mile one way service trip, now I hate it. Also I thought the Sprinters would be popular and other dealers would pop up. I was wrong, in fact they have even less dealers than when Dodge had them.

Hold off till Ford comes out with the Sprinter Clone this year.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:15 PM   #30
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This thread seems about 50/50 for or against. In my mind that isn't a great ratio for a prospective buyer..
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