2005 - Boston

Garandman

Member
Greetings to all, been doing research the last week here.

Just purchased a well-maintened 118” standard roof van. 146,000 miles and well maintained by a Porsche mechanic who seemed very “up” on problem areas and addressed thrm. One rusty spot but corrosion elsewhere is much less than expected.

In the next month or so I’m going to want all the fluids changed: engine, transmission, differential, brakes, etc. Do I need to go to a specialist garage? Or can any competent shop tackle that? We are in Boston proper.

Well a Mercedes dealer sell parts etc for a Dodge-branded 2005? Not even sure where the nearest Dodge dealer even is.
 

Garandman

Member
Well, it was listed as a 2005 turns out it’s a 2006.

Bringing it in for mechanical services to tomorrow. Replacing all fluids, checking suspension et
 

Garandman

Member
Did that. Sort of interesting, didn't know I had outside temp sensor and wood floor.....Not a lot else.
 

Garandman

Member
Here’s a “duh” question. There is a light in the headliner, and two on the sides in the cargo bay. They have three switch settings: off, on, and on with door. But all three light up with “On with door” even though all the doors are closed!

Presumably the front works withthe front doors. Do the back lights work with both the slider and rear doors?
 

Garandman

Member
Shapin’ up! All the body panels have been welded in, primed ready for paint. They pulled the windshield today to clean up that area.





 

autostaretx

Erratic Member
Full service manual here: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference/2006-VA-SM.pdf
(and lots of other stuff at that site: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference/ )

The "interior lights on" speak of either a loose wire causing the brown-with-white-stripe to be touching frame metal,
*or* one of the "rubber booties" on the door-sensing buttons to have worn through (making that button think the door ain't closed)
Look for the buttons near the bottom of the B pillar, and on the D pillars,

--dick
 

Garandman

Member
The lights work fine, as it turns out: they were simply shut off. I've ordered LED's to replace the bulbs.
 

Garandman

Member
Final laps at the body shop. Both sides are repaired and prepped. They pulled the windshield to repair any rust.

 

Garandman

Member
We had it done at DGC Automotive in Medford, MA. They have done a lot of work for us, and have repaired other Sprinters and vans. 5 star reviews on Yelp, which is amazing given how people are these days.

However you’d literally be driving past 100 shops to get there. I’d think there have to be some good shops in Nashua, for example. But these guys did a great job welding in all the repair panels.

In the “Small World” Department, I lived in Amherst in the late 70’s, when ai worked at Nashua Corp.
 
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Garandman

Member
Gotta start ordering the other materials: should pick it up Thursday from the body shop, though it still has some mechanical maintenance due.

DGC did a great job, and found some areas that would have been problems later. They had another Sprinter for work while mine was there.



 

Garandman

Member
The under hood insulation seems to be sagging. I assume that is not the correct shape.

1. Part still available?

2. Will standard Butyl rubber / aluminum foil covered sound deadening hold up if applied under the hood.



 

Garandman

Member
Installing L track. Put this tape behind it to help minimize the thermal bridging from outside.
 

Garandman

Member
Ordered GDE tune. The governed speed goes away, I assume?
 

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