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I'm holding out for a passenger Sprinter.
It's being imported this summer. Narrow and tall, like a Eurovan. Diesel engine gets 30mpg+. See
The site only shows the ugly tall roof vans, but low roofs will be made after the plant fills the large order from Fedex.
And rumors are that Vito will replace the Caravsparetrannyvan/Voyager/T&C. We can only hope...
Bigger vans has remained the domain of the Detroit3. There is no reliable and (relatively) economical bigger van on the market. I wondered how long it would take for Toyota to enter the market. Or VW to make a serious attempt. It seems ChryslerBenz will be the first.
I started a Mercedes thread, but no one seems interested.
Funny, I wasn't aware that Caravans could tow themselves around for more than 30,000 miles without requiring new tranny. Tow with one of those? No thanks.
Seriously, there's more to towing ability than horsepower and (especially) torque. Brakes, size of the tow vehicle, coolers (tranny and engine), and many other factors all are important.
Of course, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that the manufacturers cheat a little.
Folks here seem to be considering or trying to buy Eurovans. You may be better served by talking to the folks who already own Eurovans on the list at:
Those folks may be able to tell you how well you can tow with a Eurovan.
Personally, I would try not to tow unless it was significantly less than the rated towing capacity, by that I mean half or so. Most people forget that towing capacities are listed for empty vans, yet most people tow with a van full of family members, luggage, and vacation gear. Those oversized American butts seated in your vehicle further decrease your the amount of weight you can tow behind your vehicle.
Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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