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Old 11-30-2019, 02:23 PM   #21
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So the posters in this thread are really saying MB cant manufacture a van that is only intended to be driving lightly? My Sprinter is an RV and is only driven lightly. RVs are not a daily driver. Unfortunately MB does not make a 3500 van with a V6 gas engine. It would be nice if they did.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:15 AM   #22
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As I mentioned earlier, I have driven my Ford Transit Ecoboost wagon for 4 years now and have enjoyed it. Its a "sleeper" that actually tempts me to drive it a bit more aggressively that is necessary at times. Is the Transit Ecoboost fun? Heck yeah! One reason I went with the Ford over Sprinter in 2014 is the same engine. The Sprinters at the time, as I recall, offered nothing with near the power. The Nissan NV had a V8 that appeared to be reasonable on paper, so I drove one. My wife did too, and we were really disappointed by the performance of the NV. We had just driven a used Chevrolet Express with a 6+ L V8 gasser, and that was a very lively van to drive. Unfortunately, my kids uniformly despised the interior and vetoed the Chevy/GMC vans forever after. The Ford Dealer let me drive an Ecoboost Van, and we were sold. Now, my wife loves the Sprinter and will not stand for the Transit. The reasons are listed in this thread, above. The Sprinter's 2019 turbo 3.0L diesel engine is relatively slow off the line, but once its on the highway, its a dream. No more sleeper though. The Sprinter finally has me driving like a grown-up, and that is an improvement.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:30 AM   #23
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One other little observation from a drive on CO-115 today. It was gusty, and the Sprinter pulled and swayed suddenly with blasts and bursts. This driving challenged me despite the stabilization system. I am not saying that the system did not inspire confidence - it did. After it had repeatedly activated, I took the hint slowed from 60 mph, the speed limit, to 45 - 50 mph. Slowing solved a lot of the drifting issues and jerks, but I never recall slowing in the low-roof Transit Wagon for wind. The laws of physics favor the shorter Transit low-roof in windy conditions, though it can still be a handful to control when the gales pound...and no stabilization system for sway that I can discern.
Now walking around in the Sprinter is delightful - no more hunch-back maneuvers as the short Ford demands. But all of that headroom does come at a price.
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Old 12-01-2019, 03:17 PM   #24
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One other little observation from a drive on CO-115 today. It was gusty, and the Sprinter pulled and swayed suddenly with blasts and bursts. ...
Not that you asked...

Do a search in the forum for how to find the best tire pressures for your rig. Tire pressures can make a difference. New tires often are a bit squirrely. If the tires are new it takes some time for them to seat in, for lack of a better term.

Sometimes people over correct with steering. There is an inherent looseness in the suspension. The body can rock a bit, but the truck will still track properly if not over steered.

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https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...d.php?p=602231

The above said, slowing down is often the prudent thing to do.

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I also would prefer a high roof Sprinter to a low roof Transit.
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The resemblance is remarkable!!

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Any idea when the AWD transits are available to build?
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Any idea when the AWD transits are available to build?
If you want to know more about the AWD Transits go to the Ford Transit USA Forum. Here is a good place to start. . .

https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/.../#post-1031743
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You can order AWD transits now. I believe they will start delivering Q1-2020. Big customers are getting theirs in February? With general stock starting a few months later?
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