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View Poll Results: Sprinter 4x4 is reliable and the best option for remote trips?
love mine and wouldn't have it any other way 77 66.38%
Mine has been good, wouldn't change it, but have had issues 22 18.97%
I've had issues, might reconsider if I did it again 8 6.90%
wouldn't do it again 4 3.45%
just because of fuel I'd look elsewhere or am considering a change 5 4.31%
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Old 06-08-2017, 04:09 AM   #11
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Are you a cargo or crew van? I think there is a leaf spring option (used by default on the passenger vans) that can tame the stiffness.
I am a cargo van. It rides like a forklift on a dirt road!

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Old 06-09-2017, 06:52 AM   #12
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I am a cargo van. It rides like a forklift on a dirt road!

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LOL, you might want to consider an upgrade to the rear spring the passenger van uses. Maybe someone else can verify this because I don't even own one yet, but I do recall reading about that.
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:26 PM   #13
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Drive line noise for me. The first time they put loctite in to take up the space in the splines it failed pretty quickly. Then I took it back and they said Mercedes had updated to a better loctite. So far it seems good. Still not convinced this is going to be a long term solution.
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Old 06-23-2017, 09:20 PM   #14
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LOL, you might want to consider an upgrade to the rear spring the passenger van uses. Maybe someone else can verify this because I don't even own one yet, but I do recall reading about that.
Unloaded passenger van is no different. Put 1000lbs back there and it rides REALLY nice....for a commercial van ;)

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You can't use any diesel engine (ford or MB) south of the border without taking into consideration the emissions system.
Not any new one anyway. My 95 powerstroke would run on clean motor oil mixed with gasoline, or atf fluid or bio diesel or pretty much anything with enough lubricity and octane points.

ULS Diesel will not be increasingly hard to come by. Probably just the opposite.
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Old 10-09-2017, 05:31 PM   #15
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There is plenty of diesel south of the border... and increasingly more ULSD...not sure who told you diesel is hard to find...

We have a 2015 4x4 with 25K trouble free miles...coming from a land cruiser guy who is used to 250K "trouble free" miles, I understand operating cost will most likely be much higher for our sprinter...hell oil changes are 300 bucks...and we are factoring/budgeting 2500.00 a year for repairs/maint...

Would I do it again...heck yeah...there is nothing I have owned that does it like the Sprinter...comfort, hauling capacity, 4x4, style...
We live in a town with good dealer support so that is nice...
According to this site (https://www.dieselnet.com/standards/mx/fuel.php) stating december 2018, all of mexico diesel will be ULSD (less than 15 ppm).

Currently 11 major metropolitan areas already are on the ULSD standard.

Patience is the name of the game...
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:13 AM   #16
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I see plenty of late model Sprinters in SE AK (SIT, JNU) where I work...no dealer support there and costly to ship/ferry for service...is there a MB sprinter service in ANC?
Trailercraft is a freightliner dealership in Anchorage with a small shop in Fairbanks. MB dealership in Anchorage doesn't handle the Sprinters. Everything goes to Trailercraft. They have a huge facility on 92nd st.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:36 PM   #17
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Flagster - I'd love to see your build-out next time you're through Flagstaff. PM me if you're cool with it.

Ours is still in queue. Ordered it in March, hoping we get it by March of '18, then the real fun begins.
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Old 10-28-2017, 03:55 PM   #18
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I spoke to a dealer last week and he said we wonít see a new model till 2020. Iím also in the Sprinter vs Transit camp. I do not agree with Sprinters being cheaper at all especially with rebates from Ford, but I really want the Sprinter. One advantage to the Quigley system is shift on fly.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:38 PM   #19
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Our Crew 144 4x4 has 4300 miles and is in the shop for
1. Key wont turn- apparently steering wheel lock is bad. Glad this happened in our garage and not on a trip.
2. Above mentioned thunk when shifting-MB is installing a new transfer case.
3. Door locks sometimes stick- passenger or sliding doors sometimes don't unlock, actuator makes noise but doesn't push up lock knob.---no fix as of yet

Very happy with the van although these problems with so few miles and 3 months old is somewhat alarming.
I will say the V-6 engine runs great, set the cruise and go, it doesn't downshift or lose speed on inclines.
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Old 11-18-2017, 05:41 PM   #20
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We have a 2016 4x4. Had a complete build out by a professional outfitter. Picked it up last December. Our dream- bucket list almost complete.had 200 miles on it when picked up.

Now have 10,000 miles

The story now starts. Noted knocking sound and lack of power around 9000 took to dealer, they informed me that trans was 1.5 qts low. As we all know there is not a dip stick to check so we have to rely on the factory. This was obviously original assembly and lack of QC. Not a dealer issue ( dealer has been great to deal with).

The splines were repaired with the addition of lock tight . So we think we are good to go. Took out the knocking.

Another road trip still noted power issue. I pull into my driveway- step it to transmitting fluid all over steps and under truck- was told defective seal. Again dealer took care and also did a complete under body detail of all residue.

Still notice lack of power- take back: now it gets good and glad have warranted repairs.
1. Replaced ERG as it was all carboned out. Interesting as most mileage is on freeway.
2. Drop transmission- replace torque converter. With all the labor to perform.

I am not new to diesel trucks and the EGR issues even survived a ford 6.0 powerstoke with its history put 190,000 on rig so I understand that issue and most important the maintenance - stay on it.

I along with the rest of this fine group take ral good care of their rigs as we all have a significant investments.

Still love the rig , just a little concerned with the early problems.

Heads up guys
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