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Old 04-03-2017, 08:46 AM   #1
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Default Looking for an opinion on used sprinter options

Hi! I'm in the market for a used sprinter to camperize for full time living.

Question - I currently have a choice between the two options in my price range - an older mileage 2006 or a newer 2010/2011.

Any thoughts on which would be a wiser choice? I've looked at the following:

1. 2006 2500, 159,000 miles, $10,000 (pretty much one owner)
2. 2010, 50,000 miles, $18,000 (dealer purchase)

No maintenance history for either, but the one owner option was garage stored and well kept.

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-03-2017, 01:02 PM   #2
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I like the 2006
what is the wheelbase ?
Let me know if you don;t get it
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Old 04-03-2017, 02:26 PM   #3
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Default Re: Looking for an opinion on used sprinter options

I currently own a 2006 and I've looked at newer models in my process of first buying. Definitely bipartial to 2006s! They don't have all the electronic gadgetry for emissions that the newer 2007+ models have. As much as 159,000 sounds like high mileage, that's relatively low for an 06. Mine has over 215K and I paid over a thousand more for mine in 2015 with 189K on it at that time.

Is the one that was garage kept the 2006?

Further, an online poll of Forum users has weighted heavily a preference for 2006s...if it's truly in good shape (body, motor, transmission) then, in my opinion, is a solid buy. Plus you save $8,000 for the build!

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Old 04-03-2017, 05:32 PM   #4
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Thanks! If I dont decide on the 2006 I can send you the details Nice guy!
Yes the 2006 was garage stored, it has light rust but was oiled regularly to prevent. The seller bought at 5k and has used since. He doesnt have maintenance records available but seemed like he took good care of the vehicle and was open to an inspection and me calling the shop where work was done. He also seemed like an honest guy. In comparison the dealer 2010 has no maintenance records and the guy seemed shady

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Old 04-03-2017, 05:47 PM   #5
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Hmm, go with your gut.

With the 06, at least you know who has owned it, and can continue to pick his brain on specific questions (ex: has it had symptoms of the "black death"? Also, any issues with the transmission? i.e., does it shudder under heavy loads while going uphill - a test drive will help determine this. Also, any rust around the windshield - is it the original windshield?).

That newer Sprinter grabs me a little funny. You may want to run a VIN check on that first before proceeding. And a good idea with the 06 as well. Find out if that correlates with the guy's story.

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Old 04-03-2017, 06:19 PM   #6
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As an NCV3 owner-- based on the prices and information you've provided, I'd recommend that you go with the '06 unless you have a compelling reason to get the newer chassis (I needed the extra 3.4 inches of headroom).

2010 is the year that the DEF system was introduced, and that brings with it a long list of additional potential headaches.

(Edit: there are two kinds of Sprinters.. pre-rusted and rusting soon. why pay a premium for a short delay in the inevitable?)

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As an NCV3 owner-- based on the prices and information you've provided, I'd recommend that you go with the '06 unless you have a compelling reason to get the newer chassis (I needed the extra 3.4 inches of headroom).

2010 is the year that the DEF system was introduced, and that brings with it a long list of additional potential headaches.

(Edit: there are two kinds of Sprinters.. pre-rusted and rusting soon. why pay a premium for a short delay in the inevitable?)
I've heard from a mechanic at the dealership that he continues to have job security working on all the newer Sprinters - especially the ones with DEF systems! He says he does not see too many T1N's as it seems many owners can do most routine maintenance themselves thanks to this Forum! As to the RUST issue, it seems that NM and AZ Sprinters can avoid most of those headaches for decades! Be aware that good Sprinter mechanics are few and far between - Dennis in CO and Dr. A come to mind although many other Forum members are also very good and helpful with problems and fixes! Buying a few specialized tools such as a flywheel lock, transmission dip stick, fan clutch tool and torx bits is necessary as an owner. As all my driving is open road driving, I have a bull guard to protect the front end and to hook up a 10k Blue Ox tow bar if ever necessary to get to the nearest town. I had one also for my VW Westy, and fortunately have never used either but it gives some peace of mind and is "insurance" for the many great empty spaces in the Southwest!
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Old 04-04-2017, 05:53 AM   #8
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Hey, Im buying remotely so I wont be able to test drive bit I would pay for an inspection. I asked the guy for pictures of the rust. You're right its around the window. Is this too much or par for the course?


QUOTE=aldsmith3;542473]Hmm, go with your gut.

With the 06, at least you know who has owned it, and can continue to pick his brain on specific questions (ex: has it had symptoms of the "black death"? Also, any issues with the transmission? i.e., does it shudder under heavy loads while going uphill - a test drive will help determine this. Also, any rust around the windshield - is it the original windshield?).

That newer Sprinter grabs me a little funny. You may want to run a VIN check on that first before proceeding. And a good idea with the 06 as well. Find out if that correlates with the guy's story.

Cheers,[/QUOTE]
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Old 04-04-2017, 05:58 AM   #9
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Thanks!
Unfortunately Im not very mechanically inclined so I would need to get most required work done by a mechanic. Is the 2006 still a good option? :p
Also I would mainly be travelling in the sw US. My current mechanic recommended I get a t1n because he said that more mechanics can work on them and because newer models need to go to a dealership. Is that true? Or am I still going to run into issues of mechanics not knowing what to do. I used to own a vw westfalia and I still remember the pain of being stranded 100,000km (a long tow!) From the closest mechanic who'd work on it!



OTE=kjg912;542512]I've heard from a mechanic at the dealership that he continues to have job security working on all the newer Sprinters - especially the ones with DEF systems! He says he does not see too many T1N's as it seems many owners can do most routine maintenance themselves thanks to this Forum! As to the RUST issue, it seems that NM and AZ Sprinters can avoid most of those headaches for decades! Be aware that good Sprinter mechanics are few and far between - Dennis in CO and Dr. A come to mind although many other Forum members are also very good and helpful with problems and fixes! Buying a few specialized tools such as a flywheel lock, transmission dip stick, fan clutch tool and torx bits is necessary as an owner. As all my driving is open road driving, I have a bull guard to protect the front end and to hook up a 10k Blue Ox tow bar if ever necessary to get to the nearest town. I had one also for my VW Westy, and fortunately have never used either but it gives some peace of mind and is "insurance" for the many great empty spaces in the Southwest![/QUOTE]
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I do believe that the T1N's are easier to work on and that more mechanics are capable of doing the work. The Sprinter Van has basically two types of owners - those who absolutely love them or those who hate them! I am on my second T1N and have put over 82k miles on them and I believe that they are exceptional! Very few vehicles fit that classification in my book and can be run for decades and up to a million miles with care and maintenance (and in a low rust environment!) As an aside, I lost a cotter pin on an '85 Westy near Red Mesa, UT and then lost the rear tire and rim as it rolled by me! I worked a deal with someone in the area with a trailer to get me and the VW home, replaced necessary parts and it is still going strong as a 32 year old camper! I hope and expect many a T1N will be around for many, many years to come! If you really need and expect a mechanic around every corner, then the Ford Transit may be a better - yet expensive alternative!
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