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Dodge Sprinter Cargo Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 154 hp @ 3400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 0/0 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo

  • While pricier and less powerful than Ford and GM's full-size vans, the 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo is a modern take on this utilitarian class of vehicles and delivers class-leading interior space, more body configurations and superior maneuverability.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Multiple large body styles, walk-around interior, good fuel economy, superior maneuverability, Mercedes-Benz build quality, standard stability control.

  • Cons

    Higher initial cost than competitors, doesn't offer the power and towing capacity of a V8.

  • What's New for 2008

    An electric sliding-door option has also been added to the 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo, and the 3500 can now be had with the standard roof.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Total pita to own

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Sprinter Cargo

Total pain to keep running. I have 48,000 miles and the engine light has been on most of its life taking it in for the 2nd EGR valve replacement next week replaced glow plugs still need a very expensive GP module

Great van when it works

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Sprinter Cargo

This is my third Sprinter and it is by far the worst. The old 5 cylinder got much better mileage with the same power. Repairs take forever because lack of parts and experience with them usually only one master mechanic per dealership I found. In 50k miles had 2 glow plugs go bad, the pads are crap and where the rotors out $2200 for all 4, leaking power steering rack $2k, bad power steering pump, had the shifter spring break twice leaving it stuck in park or in drive $750 then $1500 to replace the shifter, the volume knob on the radio does not work for some reason anymore and the transmission needs a special dipstick to check the fluid level. My advice is buy a proven more reliable work van.

Would buy again, but needs

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Sprinter Cargo

Love the van, hate the price paid, and dealer service stinks. As a result, I do my own repairs and farm out the dirty jobs to locals (oil changes, brakes). Repairs are reasonable this way. Van eats light bulbs and brake pads. Has had a series of small but annoying problems throughout ownership but has never left us stranded. 1 glow plug dead, driveshaft carrier bearing sometimes makes squeaky noise, can't reset oil change reminder without dealer diagnostic equipment (which fortunately we own). Other than that, it's a phenomenal van. No roadie-walk when moving around in the box. Still turns heads 2 years later. Drives like a car. I'd buy another.

Like it

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Sprinter Cargo

We own 2 Sprinters. Wish they were not so expensive but ours appear to be holding up well. Outstanding fuel economy compared to our gasoline vans.Almost double. One unit has 60,000 miles, the other around 30,000. The only weak point we have found is the brakes are quite small and wear out quickly, about 20-25,000 miles. Figure on replacing pads every 20,000 to avoid having to replace rotors.

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If you know whats good

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Sprinter Cargo

What can i say the van looks good, drives good and the fuel economy is good for a vehicle of its size. I suggest leasing and giving them back. You have to be a millionaire literally when they start to break down. If there are electrical problems like i had only the dealer can fix it and it took them almost 3 weeks. The part also took 1 week to arrive.I can't even imagine they plan on people buying these things to make a living with and it takes them 1 week to get one stupid part. These things are electrical nightmares. Makes no sense to me why they would put all this crazy electronics in a work van. Useless.Van loses power all the time.Check engine light causes this.Never buy one again

Good vehicle, needs some work

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Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Sprinter Cargo

2007 3.0 liter Sprinter. Love vehicle except repairs. Two glow plugs had to be replaced, rack and pinion had to be replaced because of fluid leaking out. When raining parking assist does not work, it shows fault, dealer can't fix. Radio would not hold same station after ignition is turned off, dealer can't fix it. Some time engine looses power, you have to pull over shut engine off wait 5 minutes and when it rides OK. Currenty have 65,000 miles MPG is between 16-18 depending on the load. Brakes don't last but 20,000 miles. Overall fun to drive, love inside height.

Full 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo Review

What's New for 2008

An electric sliding-door option has also been added to the 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo, and the 3500 can now be had with the standard roof.


The union between Mercedes and Chrysler ended up being an unhappy marriage that recently ended in divorce, but Dodge at least got a decent chunk of alimony in the form of its 2008 Sprinter cargo van. Sure, a huge cargo-carrying van may not seem like a prize worth coveting, but the Sprinter represents the lone modern offering in a segment that ceased any engineering innovation during the Nixon administration. While the Ford and GM competition have made continual updates over the years, the Sprinter was completely redesigned last year and represents a significant evolutionary step thanks to its Mercedes engineering and unique body styles.

The 2008 Dodge Sprinter van's clear advantages are in the realms of cargo capacity, available body configurations, fuel economy and driving dynamics. It doesn't take long to realize how different the Sprinter is -- a mere glance will suffice. Its sloping front end, long wheelbases and two tall body styles give the impression that a strong breeze could make it tip over like a boozed-up co-ed. It's actually just as wide as the GM and Ford models, but handles more like a midsize SUV than a plumber's van. Also, Mercedes says it engineered the stability control system to compensate for the taller center of gravity and shifting cargo loads.

The Sprinter is the only full-size van to offer a choice of factory roof heights. Should Kareem Abdul-Jabbar require a full-size work van, the mega roof option provides an impressive 7 feet of interior height. For someone to walk upright in an Econoline and Express/Savanna, they can't be taller than 4-foot-4. This not only makes the Sprinter a superior cargo-hauling van, but also a viable and comfortable work space. When the mega roof and extended-length body are paired, there are a gargantuan 600 cubic feet of space inside -- zookeepers take note.

A choice of two engines are available. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 is standard, and this torque-rich mill provides excellent fuel economy and ample torque for urban and suburban uses. An optional gasoline V6 (a $2,000 credit option for the 2500) is preferable for more highway-going drivers or those who would struggle to find a diesel pump. Neither engine provides the power of several GM and Ford power plants, so Sprinters are incapable of towing the same loads. The Sprinter tops out at 5,000 pounds, while its competitors can lug upwards of 10,000.

Overall, though, we think the 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo should be an appealing choice for many full-size van buyers. Despite being a little underpowered and pricey compared to V8-equipped GM and Ford vans, the Sprinter's multiple large body styles and quality construction make it an excellent choice in this segment. With Chrysler and Mercedes no longer together, there's no telling how much longer the Benz-sourced and German-built Sprinter will wear its Dodge badge. For the time being, however, commercial customers should give this automotive alimony a chance.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo is a full-size van. Body style choices are numerous, with 2500 and 3500 models available in two wheelbases (144 and 170 inches), three body lengths (233, 273 and 289 inches) and three roof heights (65, 76 and 84 inches). There are also several optional cargo bay partitions and driver seats, including a suspension seat.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, automatic climate control, a sliding passenger-side door, keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cloth upholstery and a CD stereo.

Although there are numerous options packages available, everything is available a la carte as well. Optional items include alloy wheels, rear seating, rear compartment windows, a sliding driver-side cargo door, power mirrors, an auxiliary battery, cruise control, bi-xenon headlamps, foglamps, numerous cargo area partitions and upgraded front seats. Also available is a fixed cargo-area skylight or dual sunroofs, a front auxiliary heater, rear area heater ducts, heated driver and/or passenger seats, front and rear parking assist, a rearview camera, motion-sensor cargo compartment lighting, a six-CD changer and a 74-mph speed limiter.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo comes standard with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 making 154 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It gets fuel economy in the mid 20s, which is dramatically better than its competition. A 3.5-liter gasoline V6 is a cost-reducing option on the 2500 model, producing 254 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come standard with a five-speed automatic with an automanual mode. The 3500 model has dual rear wheels. Properly equipped, the Sprinter can tow 5,000 pounds.


All Dodge Sprinters come standard with stability control, traction control and antilock disc brakes. The Sprinter's stability control system is calibrated to compensate for shifting cargo loads and the vehicle's tall center of gravity. Optional safety equipment includes front-seat side airbags, front side head curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear parking camera.

Interior Design and Special Features

With the exception of the Dodge logo on its steering wheel, the Sprinter's interior is identical to the Mercedes-Benz version sold elsewhere in the world. Build quality is therefore far better than anything else in this class and actually superior to most other Dodge vehicles. Four front seat styles with multiple adjustments ensure decent comfort, and overall ergonomics give the impression of driving an SUV instead of a gigantic van. The old model's city bus steering column has been thankfully replaced with a new tilt/telescoping setup.

With so many body styles and a maximum 600 cubic feet of available cargo space, the Sprinter Cargo is the most versatile work van on the market (and larger than some New York City apartments). Its high and mega roof options -- 76 and 84 inches respectively -- make it possible for drivers to use the Sprinter as a work space while walking upright. Plus, its rear doors that open to 270 degrees, low step-in height and optional dual sliding doors assure unmatched accessibility. Maximum payload is a class-leading 5,770 pounds. Full-width partitions that separate the cabin from the cargo area include full metal, fixed and sliding windows, sliding doors and a C-pillar partition that allows for an extra row of seats.

Driving Impressions

With its huge windshield and truncated front end, piloting the 2008 Dodge Sprinter Cargo feels pretty similar to being behind the wheel of a tour bus. And at up to 24 feet long and up to 10 feet high, it could be one, too. Thankfully, that feeling is dispelled by a reasonably carlike driving position and handling. Quite simply, this is the easiest and least cumbersome full-size van to drive -- no surprise considering it was designed to navigate Europe's cramped streets. Around town, the turbodiesel engine offers more than enough power, and only when passing at highway speeds does it start to run out of steam. With its superior gas mileage and ample torque, we'd stick with the diesel engine over the optional gasoline-fueled power plant.

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