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Dodge Sprinter

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  • nescosmonescosmo Posts: 453
    Sonnywood2....Now is when you are finding out how free is the US and how backward we all are. The only thing that I can suggest in to park it on the side of the house or the back yard or in to a friend house or family and if worst con to worst you will have to rent a parking space in one of those warehouses like Uncle bob's. Make sure that you live that van all day long in your house and take it and store it at night. and hope that the sucker died of cancer.
  • hawk8hawk8 Posts: 31
    I meant Dual Wheels.
  • nescosmonescosmo Posts: 453
    MY friends.. Some times as much as I love my Sprinter I wish that I never bought one. the county is doing their best to put me underground with the strike of a pen. I build the must beautiful fence that you can think, with a footer and it was 8'8" high. To park my van in the back yard that they said it was ok.(away from the eyes of peaple)well now the inspector told me that the fence have to come down or I have to cut 8" off because is not according to county code. I said to him you do it. well I am with a lawyer now to see what happen; so far this is costing me with fence and lawyer $7000.00. Thanks Dodge with you European van.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,602
    Well I don't think you can blame Dodge. You bought it and although unexpected, it's not their fault that it's too tall to satisfy your local codes.
  • hawk8hawk8 Posts: 31
    This might be crazy, but how about digging out 8" to 12" where the Sprinter is going to be parked and shorting your fence by 8". if that pass then you can have a sign made saying what you think of your County Inspector and his Sister.
  • hawk8hawk8 Posts: 31
    Hi Ken,
    Sorry it took so long, the Hoppy # is 46255, the SKU is 7997646255. i haven't installed it yet.
  • punter1punter1 Posts: 50
    or build a garage
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    or move someplace where the laws are not so dumb
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    you might be happier with more space farther out from the city too
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    but blaming Dodge or wishing evil upon the inspector is
    wrong and satan's puppet wrong, respectively.

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  • earlwearlw Posts: 8
    Reading this forum I get some questions answered and I see some that need answered. So here I go. First my owners manual for 2004 model Sprinter DOES NOT any where in it tell me what type of engine oil to use. This is true also for a friends Van. It also doesn't show the location of the oil filter. When I call the 1-800 customer help number I am told to go to the dealer. We have since got this figured out after much research. It is no longer a problem. Second my local authorized Sprinter dealer is a hour away. But I no longer want to use them after being charged 4 hours labor for the first 10,000 mile service. Which was oil change, filter, tire rotation and toping of any fluids that were needed. Now I have a problem that requires warranty repair. The rack and pinion is leaking oil. The local Dodge and or Mercedes dealers 5 minutes from me but not a Sprinter dealer is not authorized to do the work. The next closet dealer is 3 hours away. They have a back log of 3 to 4 days. Also this Sprinter is a Class B motor home. And when traveling and I have a problem I have been told I HAVE to go go a authorized Sprinter dealer for service. Even though I am in a town that has a Dodge dealer. They are not concerned about how far away I am or how inconvenienced I am. Because of this I am becoming unhappy with my Sprinter Van. And when asked how I like my Sprinter I TELL THEM.
  • punter1punter1 Posts: 50
    In Europe where the Sprinter is huge they have thousands of service centers and you can get service 24 hours a day. Here only a small percentage of Dodge dealers have them ( I think they have to be considered "5 star" or "businesslink" dealers to sell the Sprinter). They could only import 20000 a year at their old factory but now for 2007 they can import 30000 a year at the new one and they have expansion space if needed. Hopefully with the greater quantity there will be better service. Also, the mercedes techs could probably work on the engine since it is the same one that goes in the mercedes cars but they probably would not want to work on a lowly Dodge even though it is really a Mercedes. Strange situation.......
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  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    Steve in Ohio...
    It occured to me that you might want to look into a "squatting system". At rest, or maybe in parking lot/smooth pavement situations (like driving into your garage you could have the squatting system lower the van to enter and park.

    Squatting systems are used on limos, handicap vans/buses, and such in order to reduce the step-in height.

    I think I still owe you or another user an opinion on options we recommend... If so, sorry I have been slow... vacation in Alaska and tons of work have made me too distracted to complete the task.

    KenB :shades:
  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    The roof unit is run from the engine mounted compressor... a second compressor at that (one for front, one for roof unit). If you want 120V. A/C, then you need a roof mounted RV-style unit instead of the stock Sprinter Roof -mount A/C unit.

    KenB :shades:
  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    All CAPS not so good... yes shouting is implied, but that is not a bad as the intermittent lower-case things (like "I") where people hit shift and the general improvement when people use proper case and proper sentence structure.

    KenB :shades:
  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    ASSYST is the correct count down to change, not a hard-and-fast 10,000.

    Dealer price is way high and is not necessary if you have accurate records that your vehicle was maintained per specs.

    Remember that fully synthetic oil, that meets the applicable service levels (MB or DC criteria), are required in order for the ASSYST system to be reliable. Other oils will void the warranty.

    My dealership also continues to send out reminders for 3,000 mile service intervals even though the Sprinter is on 10,000 mile levels. My first (only) oil change so far was at the dealership, for free due to other service department hassles on early warranty work, and the engine was not filled properly (low after only 1,000 more miles).

    I topped it off with the proper MOBIL-1 (while hot) and it has not dropped any more in about 5,000 more miles. Proof that they did not completely fill the oil. I suspect that they did not add oil for the filter housing, and of course they did not check after running the engine (oil pressure stabilized).

    From now on I will be doing my own oil changes on schedule. My dealership will do an oil change even when the ONE Sprinter Tech. is gone, but everything else is on hold... but the result was NOT good.

    Aways check your OWN oil level after someone changes your oil!!!

    KenB :shades:
  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    Dodge is not making any friends, are they? D-C needs to get their act together before they lose more market share for vans... I know that there ARE Dodge and D-C reps on this forum. Please let D-C MGMT know what we think.

    Thanks,
    KenB
  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    In case you don't see it said elsewhere, you could install a "squatting System" like limos and handicap vans use.

    KenB :surprise:
  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    My 2004 owners manual does tell me what to use, in two different places in at least two types of language: MB spec and by the name Mobil 1 0/w40. Others are also allowed, but I can't remember all of the specs/numbers. It does not require diesel engine oil due to the tight specs and low blow-by products.

    Synthetic is considered top-shelf due to its low volatility and resistance to all types of breakdown. Therefore, any brand of engine oil (diesel or non-diesel) that meets the latest API/ASTM specs, is fully synthetic, and meets the viscosity (or viscosity range) specs for the temperatures you will be driving in will meet the required specs (even with ASSYST).

    Without ASSYST, you could rely on the dino oils that meet the other requires that are listed above (ltest API cert., correct visc. for temp range).

    KenB :shades:
  • kx200kx200 Posts: 3
    I think some place it says the 10,000 mile oil changes are when you are using ulsd fuel. Higher sulfur fuel will shorten that some. Any time you bring up an oil topic on any forum it will go on for a long time. 2 stroke dirt bike oil forums will suck you in like a black hole. 24/1 32/1 40/1 50/1 let alone all the brands available. My son’s 06 VW TDI has to use 505.01 oil if not they make it sound like they will void your warranty. If you are worried send an oil sample off and get it tested.
  • Does anyone know where I can get a copy of, or download, the owners manual for a 2003?
  • earlwearlw Posts: 8
    No Dodge is not making any friends especially with RV's that are built on the Sprinter Van. Winnebago, Airstream, Roadtrek,and a whole long list of RV builders are using the Sprinter. One of the big selling points is the economy. Where is the economy when the dealers charge $230.00 for a oil change. I say $230.00 because this is what a dealer in Texas charged and what a dealer in Virginia said he would charge. I used to have a Freightliner truck with a Caterpiller engine in it. It would cost between $180.00 and $230.00 for a oil change. This was 30 quarts of oil, oil filter and two fuel filters. The little Sprinter engine costs as much to service as my big Cat engine. Go figure. Also the word will spread around with RV type people about the inconvenice of a problem while traveling and being forced to go to a authorized Sprinter dealer for a repair. Most Dodge dealers have mechanics or techinicans that could could take care of most of our problems while traveling. I don't understand having to find a Authorized Sprinter dealer hours away when I am in a town that has a Dodge dealer. I travel for weeks at a time living in the class B motorhome. When I had a problem the Sprinter dealer was hours away and had a back log of 3 days. This cuts into my travel time and fun of enjoying the Sprinter Van. Maybe D-C MGMT will see this forum and get some good ideas.
  • punter1punter1 Posts: 50
    Is it difficult to do your own oil change?
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    I would think it would be easy since you probably do not need to raise the vehicle.
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