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
Drives nice, love the room
Never buy anything from across the pond we use a different fuel blend here.
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.
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.
Headroom in box, fuel economy, quiet engine, traction and stability control
Heater is bad, make service reminder light owner-resettable, improve electrical reliability.
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.