And the Crew van is shipped whole from Europe to North America just like the Passenger van is avoiding possible glitches due to break-down and re-assembly.For my needs, I found that the Crew van was cheaper, since more of the stuff I wanted came as standard. These items would have been options on the Cargo.
Did you order your Spinter from his dealership?Dave "The Sprinter Guy" at the Georgetown MB Dealership outside Austin has been a huge resource for me. I have ordered two a 2012 and now a new 2014 and he's been very helpful in finding out what options are available.
Another point on ordering the crew van as opposed to the cargo: the cargo van, after being built in Germany, is "knocked down" into shipping packages-body in one package, chassis in another (not sure if the engine/driveline is packaged separately-Sailquik probably knows). The packages are shipped to the MB facility in Ladson, S.C. and reassembled there. This does not happen with the passenger van or the crew van (which for tax/import purposes is considered a passenger van). Thus, you will receive the vehicle that much sooner by not having to await reassembly.CVO -
For my needs, I found that the Crew van was cheaper, since more of the stuff I wanted came as standard. These items would have been options on the Cargo. Your needs will be different.
I ordered both of mine from him, I live in Detroit and the two Sprinter (MB) dealerships here were less than friendly when I wanted to special order a van that would take 4-6 months to get. They pretty much wanted me to take what was on the lot so after searching here I was turned to Dave and after a few quick calls I made my order in 2011 for a new 2012 and then again in August of this year I ordered a new 3500 2014 and I took the quick flight down to Austin, he picked me up and away I went.Did you order your Spinter from his dealership?
I also live in Metro Detroit, and work in Detroit two miles from one of the three Sprinter dealers in the entire state of Michigan.I ordered both of mine from him, I live in Detroit and the two Sprinter (MB) dealerships here were less than friendly ........
I was turned to Dave and after a few quick calls I made my order .....I took the quick flight down to Austin, he picked me up and away I went.
Definitely, but back in the Fall of '08 there was a HUGE inventory on the lots, and ordering wasn't even really entertained by most of the Dodge Sprinter dealers of the time.When plans include up-fitting a cargo or crew van, pre-ordering the privacy (dark tinted) glass from MB factory is a no-brainer. The price is very fair.
I ordered as I wanted and agree this is best way IF you don't mind waiting 4 months (maybe 3 on the east coast).Having bought 3 Sprinters "off the lot" with whatever the dealer ordered them with,
and 1 2014 custom ordered to my specifications, I probably will never take another
Sprinter "off the lot".
It's so much better when you get everything just the way you want it.
Hope this helps,