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Dodge Sprinter



  • xfilesxfiles Posts: 132
  • xfilesxfiles Posts: 132
    I should be more considerate. Looks nicer in red too. LOL.

    Question for yu.....why is it that my link at the 15 passenger vans forum worked yesterday (Roadtreck link shows a GMC van at 30mph crashing into a wall), yet it doesn't in this forum? Everything was done the same way. I don't get it! This computer has a mind of it's own.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Your 15 passenger van message included the "http://" part of the link - that's the only difference I see.

    Steve, Host

  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    Man, I really want one of these. Short wheelbase and low roof of course. The webpage focuses on the cargo versions, especially the big longer Fedex style van. I wonder why they don't attempt to market and compete with Ford and Generic Motors in the fullsize passenger market.
  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    Edmunds lists the Dodge version, as does the Dodge website, - e=top .

    Not the prettiest van, but really, IMHO, none of the current vans or minivans are attractive. It is kinda growing on me. But I REALLY, REALLY dig that small diesel. Finally, a diesel in a passenger vehicle bigger than a jetta and that isn't aimed at the 6000-lb-horse-trailer-towing-crowd. Too bad it doesn't have a manual tranny also. Any idea of the MPG on one of these?
  • hi, i am from Germany and iam a proud owner of a Dodge Ram 2500 cargo van '97. Me and many of my friends were shocked about hearing that americans will stop producing the Ram-van and start builing 'our' Sprinter and call it Dodge-Sprinter!
    The European and Asian vans are so boring and they make no fun driving them. Ok, the only interesting one is the VW-BUS (you call it vanagon?).
    My company vehicle is a Mercedes Vito '96. I am driving this little van since 7 years, every day ---terrible! Its uncomfortable, small (i am 6'3"), has a loud diesel engine, and something is broken all the time. My boss had a Mercedes V (the luxory version of the Vito, a passanger van). It was the most time in the garage because it didnt worked and Mercedes Benz had to take it back.
    Its a shame that Dodge/Chrysler cant create a modern, american-looking new van.
    Where are the proud Americans? Not in the Chrysler panning office!
    In the net i heard about thoughts of Ford, that they talked about the european Ford-Transit-Van!!!
    Whats happening over there?!?!
    Greetings from Germany
  • mrnimmomrnimmo Posts: 271
    and it's engine noise couldn't be heard at all.
    The vehicle was a few years old and was in the US as a German couple toured Canada and US for a few months. The CDI and TDI engines aren't at all like those horrid diesels that Americans remember from the early 80s.

    I notice that you created your profile for this post. Maybe you are just trying to get our dander up.

    Don't worry. If you want a Dodge Ramvan, there will probably be plenty left over. We'll have them all shipped to you if you want.
  • hi mrnmimmo,
    i am the driver of the vito. that means iam sitting inside, not outside! :-) and inside its loud!
    mercedes diesel sounds terrible like all other european diesels. In our company we have the newest c-class, a-class, vito, and m-class diesel mercedes'. if you hear them comming you think the ups-van is comming!
    greetings from germany
  • i have to be the one to say that this has to be one of the best van i have ever owned. i previously owned a ford e-350. this car blows it away. the steering ratio is cut in half and i get 450 miles per gallon carrying a full load 24/7. The engine has more than enough power and i tow things all the time becuase i am in the construction buisness. it's practically maintinance free ( i put on over 250 miles a day)and so efficient. Quiet, stylish and easy to own AND IT HAS A AUTOMATIC-MANUAL BENZ TRANSMISSION, what more can u ask for?! i suggest you find a local dealer and get info. if you have any questions, please ask me.
    pps. TO HunterMan: there are a million configurations, i had to spend a month choosing what i wanted. i have a medium wheel base, and a jumper seat in the back for when i have to take the kids with me. Its great on fuel...and QUIET
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,284
    Do you really!: "i get 450 miles per *gallon* carrying a full load 24/7. "

    How about 450 miles per tank of fuel? Otherwise, I want one too!
  • marshellamarshella Posts: 11
    Does anyone have any further news regarding the new factory to build the Sprinter? I recently heard of some problems Dodge was having to get a factory built in Canada - plans fell through. I was wondering if that was the planned site for these Sprinters or not. Is there one in the works for USA? I'm so excited about these new vans and can hardly wait to see them!
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    In the past two days, I have seen two "Brown" sprinters on the road. It took a WAG to identify it as UPS has stripped all identifying marks from the van other than the UPS markings. Even the nameplate in the grill has been replaced by a plain brown plate.

    I might mention that the UPS regional facility is just down the road from us so we see lots of UPS trucks around here.
  • dmarteldmartel Posts: 1
    I am a Electrical Contractor and do service work. I also own a Ford E350 extended van (1989)the BEAST, and get 8 mpg. Can't wait to get rid of. I live in Florida (no hills) I carry 2-2,500 pounds of material with shelving units. Including 10 foot lengths of pipe. The total weight of the BEAST is at 7,200 pounds. Everyone at chevy and GMC tells me to get the 6.0 motor 3/4 ton ext.van. They say the Sprinter will not do the work I need it to do. I also tow a 2,800 pound 19' boat (every weekend) or when the fish are biting! I need a vechile really soon! Other than spending $9,000 more for the Sprinter (I know you get what you pay for)I test drove a Sprinter (No load) it was awesome! (Quiet, turning radius real sharp) I really value your comments and waiting your reply. Thank You! "dmartel"
  • georgesrgeorgesr Posts: 4
    I started a thread about towing with a Sprinter over a year ago on the Casita Club forum:
    I'm wondering if anyone on this forum has considered a Sprinter to tow a 2500 pound trailer?
  • bushmabushma Posts: 1
    I am looking at buying a passenger version of the Sprinter Van for my large family (7 children). I want to get some feedback from those who have owned and currently have a Sprinter. Your feedback is appreciated.
  • Does anyone know if there are plans to sell this van in Canada in the passenger version? I sent an email to DC's Canadian office but they basically told me they couldn't let me know because of a variety of factors including industry competition. Gotta love customer, well potential customer, service.
  • I am trying to get a new Sprinter in the next couple of weeks. 140" high roof with no windows, a little hard to find around here (Chicago). Anyone who has driven the full size Chevy, Ford, Dodge Ram and the Sprinter knows the Americans need to go back to the drawing board. Have a 2000 G3500 Chevy cargo van bought new. I was using a 73 VW bus for service work (I am a plumber) before but needed something larger after 6 years. I missed the VW's efficiency, build quality, and driving characteristics. It had 293,000 miles on it and felt tighter than my Chevy does at 23,000. The Chevy gets a pitiful 7mpg city, 10 highway. Not to mention the crawling around in the dimly light cargo area, laughable build quality, and the fact that it is as much fun to drive as a living room couch. With comparable options, the Sprinter is not much more, not to mention the fact that it will save me $350 a month in fuel costs. Finally we are no longer forced to buy a lumbering, gas eating, poorly made American van.
  • Armchair - it was nice of you to tell us all of the good features of the VW van and all of the bad features of the Chevy van. In fairness you should mention that the VW used the drivers knees as the first line of defense in an accident, didn't have enough power to get out of its own way, and was substantially smaller on the inside than your Chevy van.

    With regards to the Chevy, you are dealing with a 1-ton chassis, a much larger and more powerful engine, and substantially more hauling capacity. I will admit that 10mpg is low and is actually lower than most people that I know get with a Chevy van. I am guessing that either it had problems or you had the 7.4l motor in it which means great power but lousy mileage.

    I am not a Chevy apologist, I just don't like one sided stories.

    I think that the sprinter will be a great van for you and if you get the diesel motor you should get much better fuel economy. Be a little careful in the wind with its high profile and it should serve you well.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Why doesn't this board appear when you use the "browse by vehicle" list on the left and select Dodge for make and Sprinter for model or Dodge and "Sprinter Cargo."
    I created a new board because there appeared to not be an existing board.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Should work now (although we may have to wait for the server to reindex).

    Glad you found it!

    Steve, Host
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    I saw a Freightliner van today. It seemed to have a number of similarities to the Sprinter. Are these two vehicle related in any way?

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    dustyk, they're both Daimler-Chrysler vehicles, and yes, they are very much related! If you click here, there's an interesting article that explains the relationship.

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Jamie Kitman in the Nov issue of Automobile has a great article on his new Sprinter. He feels it is a world apart from the previous Dodge Ram Van. He further said that since the big 3 seem to wait 20 years between redesigns of their vans that these Euro style vans would be easier and less costly to introduce in North America. He stated that he saw a couple of Opel vans at a GM test facility in the US.

    That said, I see so many Sprinters here in the Boston area. Of course, FedEx was the first, but UPS now has them and I see on a daily basis many outfitted for tradespeople, florists, and general delivery.
  • last week. It looked pretty cool ... very functional with lots of space. It was a short wheel-base with the low roof. Very boxy though, but that's OK with me.

    Its too bad that we only get the "regular van" models here.
    I've posted links here to the other models that we can't get in North America (including the flat-deck truck with folding sides) but my posts seem to dissapear. Is it because no one wants to know that their "Dodge" van that was shipped to NA by Mercedes was actually built by VW?

    Here's a link to the UK site:

    Mercedes renewed their agreement with VW to purhase vans for another 8 years, so we'll have access to these great German trucks for years to come, although in a round-about way.

    BTW: VW have 35% market share in Brazil for heavy trucks (which has the same population as the US) and VW is opening a heavy truck plant in Mexico in 2004, which is also classed as "Domestic production" per NAFTA, although I don't believe they plan to sell any into the US.
  • The "Dodge/Freightliner" versions of the VW LT vans do have Mercedes engines in them, not the VW engines of the vans referred to in the link in the prior post.

    In fact, VW claims a 158 HP diesel option in their vans, which I would guess is the Mercedes engine. VW & Mercedes swap production all the time ... some VW car engines are built in Mercedes plants, etc.

    And VW vans all take Mercedes wheels ... even my wife's Eurovan, because the passenger vans are also sold by Mercedes (with a Merc engine) in Europe. You cannot fit VW wheels onto a VW van!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I saw a white one about 6 weeks ago, and it really was boxy. I was a bit disappointed in the looks in fact; hopefully they'll look a bit better in the window versions.

    btw, posts don't disappear around here absent the rare server glitch. If one is deleted for some reason, you'll get mail. Unless your email in your profile is wrong?

    Steve, Host
  • Has anyone heard of any companies doing (planning) motorhome conversions? This is such a great platform. I have some links to English and European conversions. In England this platform was voted the best "caravan" conversion platform available!
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