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Old 12-05-2013, 12:39 AM   #51
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Anyone have any info on what interior options will be available on the Transit? As soon as I know, it will allow me to go ahead and wait for it, or go ahead with a 2014 170 extended cargo Sprinter that I have already priced out.
I would wait to see the Transit for a couple reasons, Mercedes dealers are not very user friendly
for your average Joe, their parts/service departments leave alot to be desired for a Sprinter owner and for a 25% upcharge for diesel fuel in most of the country makes the economy factor negligible.

Thats only a couple reasons, I have a lot more but they have been mostly covered by the folks here.
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:17 PM   #52
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These points have already been covered, but allow me to chime in as the service manager of a large Ford dealership. Obviously because of that I am biased.

To start with, the Mercedes is an excellent vehicle.

Ford parts are significantly cheaper and service is more readily available. For the 3.2 diesel there still aren't a ton of certified Ford techs, yet. That doesn't mean they won't fix it, they can and will, but because there are no 3.2 experts out there repairs may be somewhat slower.

Both vehicles have a ton of sensors that will put the vehicle in limp mode or shut it down to prevent catastrophic engine failure. The down side to this is that it can strand you in the middle of nowhere for something that turns out to be a minor issue. An example of this would be an exhaust temp sensor that malfunctions, showing an engine overheating when it actually isn't, leaving you on the side of the road. This is common to all modern vehicles, sadly.

Both the Transit and the Sprinter are effective birth control devices, meaning you'll never pick up chicks based on your ride.
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But if you get lucky and do, they'll quickly get spoiled by that roomy back seat and never ever go back to a guy with a mere coupe.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:13 PM   #54
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[QUOTE=Matt8888;319912]as the service manager of a large Ford dealership. Obviously because of that I am biased.

there are no 3.2 experts out there repairs may be somewhat slower.

Both vehicles have a ton of sensors that will put the vehicle in limp mode or shut it down to prevent catastrophic engine failure. The down side to this is that it can strand you in the middle of nowhere for something that turns out to be a minor issue. An example of this would be an exhaust temp sensor that malfunctions, showing an engine overheating when it actually isn't, leaving you on the side of the road. This is common to all modern vehicles, sadly.

"there are no 3.2 experts out there repairs may be somewhat slower."
Wow no experts for your own diesel? That should be awesome.
An honest comment from Ford. Thank you.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:00 PM   #55
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First recall by Ford - http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2014/08...cargo-van.html

Brake line leak and sliding door problem in the 21st Century, ouch. Luckily Ford got it in control early.

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Old 08-19-2014, 02:57 AM   #56
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A few years ago, the Sprinter was the #2 vehicle to "do it" in. #1? Volvo wagon, for some reason.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:47 AM   #57
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I just test drove the Transit, this will now be a when not an if purchase. It rode MUCH better over rough roads. The doors are SIGNIFICANTLY heavier. There is a 5 year rust thru warranty, and it is way cheaper. There are significantly more Ford Dealers. The sway bar on the "show" truck was too small but, a lot larger than the one that wasn't on the for purchase unit I drove.

The only minor gripe I found was the window buttons weren't real convenient - too far forward for me. There will be no seat upgrade but, the basic seat wasn't awful. One might even able to bolt a Sprinter deluxe seat into the Transit.

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Further bad news for the Sprinter, last Saturday I saw to Fedex delivery trucks and they were both Rams.....
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:45 AM   #58
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larry8061: This is great news for MB Sprinter division, that means they have to go back to the drawing board and come back stronger in 2016!!

They still take the crown in MPG. I doubt that transit can pull 700 miles per tank like my 06 can.

Why mess with trying to find suspension seats that are impossible to find from a wrecked sprinter, Mercedes won't sell just the seats unfortunately have already checked into it... just bolt one of these in and be done with it.

https://www.recaro-automotive.com/fi...eisliste_d.pdf

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Old 08-20-2014, 05:50 AM   #59
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A few years ago, the Sprinter was the #2 vehicle to "do it" in. #1? Volvo wagon, for some reason.
Grabbing a some volvo s80 seats perhaps that will ad some charm
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