I know three people who have the same model as I do. We have replaced the turbo resonator 4 times (3 in warranty). Two years into the purchase and we are hit with a $10,000 transmission bill. Six months later, $3,000 for air conditioning problems. All three friends have also replaced the transmission and have had turbo issues. I would never buy this brand vehicle again.
Get rid of the ceramic turbo resonator and get a more reliable transmission.
I was very hesitant about buying this van. It is my 1st import or diesel vehicle. Bought this vehicle w/650 miles, 144" & std roof. Dealer titled previously. Drove it home on a hwy (150miles) @ ~15F and got 19.7mpg (speed 65mph). Drove it on another hwy trip (300miles) @ ~30F and got 23mpg (speed 55-65mph). No crankcase oil used so far @ 1400miles. Starts unbelievably fast and w/o assist @ 0F (no cords for block heaters, etc. - only 1 battery). No exhaust fumes (completely clear - even in the winter from a cold start), quiet, economical and fast. This diesel van is not like the domestics out there. Some great minds must have come together to build this vehicle. Nice vehicle.
Economy, diesel engine, transmission, reheat/auxiliary electric heat functions, nimble handling/braking, traction control, comfortable seats, very nice front interior, cargo height (great for mobility needs, business, etc.) and superior visability.
Cargo's interior - it would be nice to have the ability to upfit with seats, windows and interior paneling/insulation a little easier from a DIY prospective and some simple dealer/mfg. assistance.
This German Diesel van is one of the finest truck that I have ever driven. Fuel milage is 22 mpg regularly. The hyway handling is more like a car that a truck. In city the 144 is never hard to get through stop & go traffic. The seats don't look like much but w/ many adjustment at the finger tip it is easy to get relocated. Removed the metal divider behind the driver & passenger seats. Now moving to the back doesn't require stopping & going outside to open the side door. Hang a plastic clear curtain behind the seats & the A/C will not work so hard to keep the front cold. Do a lot of cross country driving & the tank range is plenty but could be larger. Stock tires don't get over 30k
The motor is very quiet & full of power.Floor D rings are great.Lower rear windows are a big help.Back doors w/ open locking magnets are neat. Brakes are very strong. Std mirrors are good. Fuel mpg great. Transmission tap brakes & feel the automatic down shift, very nice. Tall cargo area, great.
Increase the # of wiper speeds. Make simpler the lock controls on the dash. Add back up warning beep inside the cabin. Have a full auto open & close intergraded in the window control botton. Larger fuel tank, to 45 gallons. Needs a built in ramp in the rear. Stock tires need more useable miles.
This is an excellent sized van. We bought it as a new leftover for well under invoice. The space and carrying capacity is unrivaled in this class. The seats are quite comfortable and although this is a work van, it can be easily forgotten and feel like we are drving an RV. Prices can be had in the high 20's with this economy.
The styling is what sets it apart. The 3.0 litre diesel is unmatched in fuel economy and performance.
The 3.0 litre diesel is no more than adequate for this job. It could use better than 280ft lbs of torque. THe transmission still has the dreaded "RSN' or Rumble strip noise feeling when it downshifts. Dealer was not able to correct it. Get your options now as it's impossible to add anything later.