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Old 02-13-2020, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

Getting close to replacing my totaled 2003 140wb...

What’s your opinion , engine wise , between:

2002 with 100k

Or

2006 w 180 k

All other things considered equal ...
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

I would get the 06, all things equal. The OM647 has a number of improvements over the OM612, including an easier to work with fuel system, much easier glow plug changes, and more parts availability for things like harnesses.

But 80k extra doesn't scare me. Both may need backlogged maintenance of the cooling system, fan, belt, etc.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

I’d say it will come down to maintenance records and driving history. These are seldom equal...

I think 14 vs 18 years old is a wash, really (both relatively ancient...) but:

- at 180k you’re about ready for a (3rd?) transmission fluid/filter;
- at 100k you’re early for a 2nd change, late for a 1st;
- both likely in need of a brake flush, coolant flush, differential fluid change, etc.
-> what colour/clarity are the existing fluids? (esp. brake fluid reservoir?)

The 2006 has an in-tank fuel pump - you could say goodbye to fuel priming problems;
80k doesn’t scare me either, but if the 612 has been carefully babied and the 647 run into the ground...

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added: parts availability may tip me towards the 2006.

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Old 02-13-2020, 08:18 PM   #4
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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

The fuel pump issue alone would have me steering clear of a 2002 (or thinking about adding a supplementary pump).

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Old 02-13-2020, 08:18 PM   #5
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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

I am not concerned about the diff in 80k either....

The 2002 w 100k looks super clean and the 2006 not so much. A couple grand more for the 2002 also. But not a concern when amortized over the next ten years....

I will be inspecting both next week...

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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

Its whatever makes you feel better. Test drive them both. Personally I would go with the 2006 for the improved OM647. However there isn't a thing wrong with the OM612. Go with your gut instinct between these two.

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Old 02-14-2020, 01:16 AM   #7
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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

The 2006 certainly has some (significant) improvements over the 2002 but if you’ve already intimate with the OM612 you’re already in familiar territory with the 2002. Drive them both and go with the one that feels more solid, but by your description the ‘02 sounds like it’ll be in better shape.
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Old 02-14-2020, 02:18 AM   #8
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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles



Ass-U-Me'ing that both are basically ok, I agree that one is not really heads up above another.

The T1N OM612 5 cylinder 2.7L engine is very reliable, as is the 2nd generation OM647 variation.

A van in better overall condition may be a better choice over one that is even slightly more beat up. Body rust and under body rust one vs the other would be a factor for me. Eg. - steel brake line condition.

There are many, many OM612 powered Sprinters that don't have fuel system problems. The OM612 engine mounted mechanical suck pump vs the OM647 in tank electric pump would not be a deciding factor for me.

Both are old enough that a few years here or there won't matter for resale value, if that is a consideration.

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Old 02-14-2020, 08:14 AM   #9
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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

Good info here on the differences...

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=68308

FWIW I an a retired nurse, RN.

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You roll a mile, you never get it back ever.

I'm a sucker for low miles on vans and people.



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Old 02-14-2020, 01:50 PM   #10
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Default Re: Choices to make..... 2002 low miles or 2006 higher miles

Thanks so much for all the replies.....

Great info on the different engines....

The one that is in overall better running condition engine wise will get a favorable vote from me, then body condition etc. will come into play...

I am looking to keep my next one for a long time to come so resale value is not considered...

I looked at a few a couple of weeks ago that looked great in the pics and the sales guy said “your going to love it, it’s in great shape.” Only to drive the 6 hours with check in hand to find out it is fairly rusty and not even close to what I was expecting....

I might be looking at 3 or 4 that I will be considering , but the 2 that I started this post about have the early priority.....

The adventure continues !!!!!

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