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Old 06-08-2018, 07:48 PM   #151
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NCV3 2013 hosting a Winnebago Era 170A. Bought with 80K miles. CEL came on about 500 miles into first trip (from dealership in FL). Drove it the rest of the way in limp mode, which still allowed about 65mph on the flats. Took it to a Sprinter specialty shop. Initial diagnosis pointed to swirl valves, but those were fine. Ended up being a wiring harness deep in the bowels of the intake. Part had to come from Germany, so long wait. The Sprinter is still in the shop as I type this. We are going crazy and are wondering if we indeed purchased a Sprinter/RV a month ago...
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:26 PM   #152
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NCV3 2013 hosting a Winnebago Era 170A. Bought with 80K miles. CEL came on about 500 miles into first trip (from dealership in FL). Drove it the rest of the way in limp mode, which still allowed about 65mph on the flats. Took it to a Sprinter specialty shop. Initial diagnosis pointed to swirl valves, but those were fine. Ended up being a wiring harness deep in the bowels of the intake. Part had to come from Germany, so long wait. The Sprinter is still in the shop as I type this. We are going crazy and are wondering if we indeed purchased a Sprinter/RV a month ago...
That sucks!
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:13 PM   #153
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2012 2500 170 inch wheel base
120,000 mile
I was given the sprinter in fall of 2015 with 92,000 miles by a relative.

I outfitted the van as a camper. Happy with this application and we use it a bit as a daily driver since my truck died last winter and for longer getaways. Mostly highway miles on it from us.

However we have replace the DPF twice in two years, the turbo just a couple of weeks ago (which was what took out DPF #2 - #1 was due to a broken flex hose). Also had to replace the catalytic converter when the DPF went the first time. Had to replace the seals on the air conditioner. So our free van repairs are now up to about $14,000 (plus another $15,000 invested in the conversion).

What's up and I am going to ask this question on the forum.

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Old 11-24-2018, 05:17 AM   #154
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2011 3.0 170" with extended rear. Purchased at 193k with all highway miles (even original brake pads). Seems like if you're running all highway (and take care of it) these things will go till around 195-200k without any serious problems.

As soon as I purchased it I replaced the EGR (bucking/power dropouts between 1800-2000 RPMs) and front brake pads. Within 1000 miles the CEL was on. Dennis @lindenengineering replaced mass airflow sensor, intake temp & pressure sensors, and did a forced re-gen on the DPF. Not even 50 miles down the road the DEF and CEL lights came on (with tank full) shortly followed by a 9 starts countdown. I turned around and went right back to Dennis who's mechanic Devlin helped me reset the light and start count. $1400 later and 3 days wasted I was back on the road. CEL back at 196k, replaced downstream nox (because front had recently been replaced) and with continuous CEL problems I eventually replaced the DPF at 200k miles. Since the DPF replacement my CEL has stayed off (knock on wood) and with the exception of a torn inlet seal I haven't had any other major problems so far..but yeah all this added up to over $5,000 and a lot of stress.

Currently 245k miles and running strong with 8k interval oil, oil filter, & air filter changes. I also try to do fuel filter, EGR cleanings, and manual re-gens every 20-30k to keep the emissions system happy. Oh yeah and and always keep the DEF tank full..unless its cold.

Love this van more than anything! I'm certainly dreading the repairs to come...but even still, I honestly can't see driving anything else.

-Mike

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Old 11-24-2018, 04:41 PM   #155
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Purchased a 2008 Dodge 2500 170"wb with 129,XXX miles from Minneapolis. One owner, maintained at the Dodge dealer, and traded in after 10 years to upgrade to a new Promaster.

On my drive back home to Northern Virginia, I experienced a leaking power steering fitting. I flushed that system with new fluid when I got home because I had used a non spec PS fluid to get me home. ($40 in fluid)

I had NO issues between 129k and 139k, but soon after started to experience issues. At that point I started smelling diesel in the cabin, and upon a start one morning heard chuffing. Diagnosed and fixed a leaking injector seal. I broke a leak off line fitting in the process. I also replaced the turbo inlet seal at this point and had a rusted through flex pipe in the exhaust replaced. (Maybe $300 for all of that?)

That's when I started experiencing a recurring CEL related to the EGR system. Cleaning the valve and sensors has always resolved these without needing to clear the code. I now clean the EGR valve and sensors at every oil change.

Driving through Aspen, CO, our passenger side brake rotor broke around the hub requiring a new caliper, set of rotors, and pads. Bled my brakes at the same time obviously. ($600-700)

I've had to replace the parking shoes, cams, springs, and other hardware as well. ($80)

We are currently at 156k and are in the process of replacing our timing chain. This is a big job and I've been having a fair amount of trouble with it. After buying tools and parts, I have spent ~$800.

I also just replaced a set of struts while working at the timing chain. ($450)

I've been able to do all of these repairs myself while traveling, which has saved us thousands.

Owned the van for 10 months and 27,000 miles. Despite our issues I'm glad I bought the van. We've driven from VA to Alaska without any major issues in that time and live out of it full time. I wouldn't buy the vehicle if I couldn't do the work myself, because as a 25 year old without a job that would make the ownership costs too high for me.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:11 AM   #156
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NCV3: 2007 high top 170 wb cargo
Miles: 89,500
Months: 8.5
General Opinion: Glad I bought it; wouldn't sell it
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:03 PM   #157
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2015 Sprinter 3500 170 high top
Mileage 36950
Purchased 06/20/2018 at 29000
Vehicle was up-fitted when new as a mobile pet grooming salon by Wag'nTails Mobile Conversions, Granger, Indiana.
Opinion: The jury is still out on this van. It has gone to the dealer for a DEF issue that set the CEL, DEF Nozzle was clogged and replaced under warranty. A nonth later the CEL illuminated again, made another dealer appointment, but the CEL went dark and is staying the way. A faint odor of diesel fuel can sometimes be detected on the cabin. No leaks found anywhere. Other than those issues the vehicle is economical to operate over our three county service area.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:41 PM   #158
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I had similar issues with our 2013 Sprinter. We happened to see smoke coming from under the hood when we stopping in a parking lot. There was a pin hole in one of the two hose that are on top of the engine under the assembly on top of the engine. It was spraying diesel on the back of the engine. We drove it straight to the Mercedes dealer. Once the engine was turned off and then the restart for the tech to inspect it the pin hole was no longer spraying diesel.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:20 PM   #159
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On my third Sprinter, I always order what I want. Current is a 2018 144" Low roof with lots of options. My vans are business use and they're well maintained, never had any major issues.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:37 PM   #160
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2008 Sprinter 2500 144 WB, High Roof diesel, 30K miles. Absolutely love it. After driving the 144 in town, we are very glad to have this size.
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