purchaqsed the vehicle for retirement
travel and insulated it to reduce the
box noise. added 2 side and 2 rear
windows which are available from after
market vendors. added 2 very
confortable passenger seats and a XM
radio receiver with amplifier and
speakers for good quality sounds.
there still room for my raft/motor and
fishing gear. added decals on sides
and rear of a fisherman with rod in
one hand and a can of beer in the
other. it cruises very well up the
mountains of no. ca., not good in the
dirt. became the family and friends
favorite method of transportation.
dealership could do the 10000 mile
service quicker. very happy with van.
So far, with 90K miles, the Sprinter
has been very impressive. Fuel economy
is over 20 mpg with a 3500 version with
dual rear wheels. 10K service
intervals for oil changes are a life
saver, but pricey due to full synthetic
oil being recommended. Only real
annoyance is excessive front tire wear
due to the factory alignment specs.
Other than that, this vehicle is
comfortable, nimble, economical, quiet,
surprisingly powerful, and so far
bulletproof. If you can live with the
looks, and the fact that it won't fit
in the garage, it is well worth the
price premium over anything else on the
road that thinks it can compare for
both passenger and cargo service.
I picked the vehicle up in Arkansas and drove it home to NC. The Sprinter was too inviting to cruise @ 82MPH(the preset limit). With a new engine I averaged about 20-21MPG and expect that to increase with seasoning. The family loves it! It's big enough to fit all the kids, their friends, strollers, etc. and make all the soccer moms drool. The Sprinter is easy to pick out anywhere (parking lots, highway, field of SUV's, city streets) If you buy one for non-commercial duty be prepared to answer many questions from inquiring minds. The questions are a whole lot better than rants and protests if this were a gas guzzling SUV of equal proportion. Perfect for biodiesel after warranty expires
I bought this for my family, and so are many other people now... but my dealer wants this passenger van to be a commercial vehicle and for me ot believe that rattles (mis-adjusted doors mostly) are normal. I fixed some of the problem myself after they told me it couldn't really be expected not to bang and rattle. Also had the common transmission leak (TSB was issued), and central locking system was beyond quirky and had to have the central locking timer module replaced (now is quirky, but according to the way the owners manual says it should be). Over all, this van is great!!! Roomy, quiet, comfortable, solid, peppy, and frugal on fuel. 20 miles per gallon of diesel, better when broken in.