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Dodge Sprinter



  • Since delivery my 2006 2500 140 high top has a rumble at twenty two mph.

    It sounds like the rear tires but has more vibration and grind seemingly than that.

    Occurs when the vehicle is gliding down to that speed not on the way up.
  • My sprinter is a 140" cargo hightop.

    I have Assyst and at 5,000 miles it was indicating 6870 till oil change

    For the record on this forum, here are the IRS rule regarding deductability of a van above the $25,000 level.

    Exempt Vehicles Not Subject to the $25,000 Section 179 Limitation.
    Exempt vehicles that meet any of the following criteria are not subject to the $25,000 Section 179 limitation if they are:

    Designed to have a seating capacity of more than 9 persons behind the drivers seat,
    Equipped with a cargo area of at least 6 feet in interior length which is an open area or is designed for use as an open area but is enclosed by a cap and is not readily accessible from the passenger compartment, or
    Designed with an integral enclosure, fully enclosing the drivers compartment and load carrying device and does not have seating rearward of the drivers seat and has no body section protruding more than 30 inches ahead of the leading edge of the windshield.
  • This is a typical problem with the Sprinter automatic transmission.It sounds like a rumble strip noise.
    There is apparently a fix for it according to the Yahoo
    Sprinter group people.
    I have experienced it myself with my 06,158" cargo.
    The best way to avoid it is to downshift.I usually use the
    down shift option,always being carefull not to over-rev,
    and I don't experience this noise anymore.Besides,downshifting
    can save on the brakes also.
    I also have what has been labeled as a fuel line vibration.
    I don't think that it is a fuel line vibration at all,it just sounds like it could be.This noise is at approx.1800 to 2100 RPM and on the acceleration mode as opposed to the
    rumble strip noise that manifests on the deceleration mode.
    Note to Altered Sprinter,send me an e-mail.Lost your e-mail.
  • Thanks for the Section 179 info- we purchased the last 118" standard height on the lot yesterday at Frahm Dodge. What a world of difference going through Fleet Sales- it took less than 2 hours and we were outta there. Engstrom of Sweden has their U.S. distribution center nearby in El Cajon, CA, we're probably going to have their new sliding door installed. :)

    Already I'm happy with the "short bus", as we're referring to it....
  • I wonder what they are waiting for......
  • bhmetbhmet Posts: 8
    Hello, A couple more trips to the dealer on this problem.
    The work covered under warrenty was 2 sensors and 1 resonator and one sensor not covered by warrenty ($20.97) and it ran great for 50 miles than the same problem. I talked to the service manager about this and he brought in a specialist to look at it and he found a hole in the intercooler (rock?)(non-warrenty!) have yet to pickup and drive it. Even with these problems my driver loves the truck, I'm not as loving! :cry: bhmet
  • kenbakerkenbaker Posts: 239
    Well bhmet,
    that may confirm my father's assertion that you should have a screen installed behind the grill to keep debris out of the very fine fins on the newer cars...

    It would save the rock damage to intercoolers as well.

    What sensor would NOT be covered by the same warranty that covered another (at low miles)? was it physically abused (damaged)?

    KenB :surprise:

  • Hello Sprinterman
    I'll send an email to-nite
    sorry for not picking up on this sooner been having a busy time overseas back home now
  • Hi Richard,I tried to send you an email but it gets kicked back all the time.Can you please send me your email.
    Sorry for the off topic, group members,just trying to stay in touch with my Sprinter friends.
    Guy ( Sprinterman )
  • rstmsrstms Posts: 3
    I have 2003 Sprinter. Lately have been experiencing low battery fail to start after only 1 week or so. (this is a recreational van for use so not driven every day.) After charging starts fine. Charging seems to be complete, as charger amperage settles to almost zero. I have discovered that even with switch off there is approximately 1.5 amp draw on the battery. It is mostly isolated to 1 of the fused circuits connected to the + battery terminal, but I can't find the source of the load because of my socond question. Has anyone experienced this? Perhaps I just need a new battery.

    Second question. I purchased a CD which contains the factory service manual. I can not find a complete wiring diagram on this, just small sections scattered about. Does anyone know of a complete wiring diagram available for download.

  • earlwearlw Posts: 8
    I have a 2004 Sprinter recreational van that in the last 6 months has developed the same problem. There are two batteries for the rv and one for the motor. All three batteries will go down after about a week to two weeks not being used. There is a battery turn off switch for the rv side. When I check the solenoid that works with this switch it shows the voltage goes to zero volts. If you come upon a answer please post it. Where did you find the CD factory manual?
  • I think I have the same CD, purchased from Ebay. The wiring diagrams are complete, just VERY difficult to follow. If someone could come up with a wiring diagram that is like the ones in the Hayes or Chilton repair books, it would be helpfull. The shop manual on CD (2003) doesn't even tell you the location of the fuse blocks or compenents; just "fuse block 2" or another name, it's up to you to deduce which componet is which.
  • rstmsrstms Posts: 3
    Do all your batteries discharge even if the RV disconnect switch if turned off? Got CD from Ebay.
  • earlwearlw Posts: 8
    Yes. Even with the disconnect switch turned off all three batteries will discharge. I have checked using a volt meter while someone turns the disconnect switch off and on. With it on I will read 12 volts across the solenoid and with it off it will go to zero volts.
  • New 2007 will come to U.S. in March '07 :)
  • Sprinters are made in Germany and shipped to U.S.
  • Cargo Sprinters are knocked down and shipped.
    Passangers Sprinters are shipped directly to U.S.
  • March '07 you will see them.
  • I was wondering if anybody ever had to get a rear licence plate holder for a cab and chassis? I have one in the shop that we are installing tail lights on, but it needs a licence plate bracket. Chrysler does not show one since its part of the rear door. Help please!!
  • bhmetbhmet Posts: 8
    The dealer usualy supplies the stop and tail light assembly with a mounting ear for the license plate to mount to. Then the body people throw that away when they install their body on your frame and they provide a license plate mount and the stop/tail light assembly.
  • bhmetbhmet Posts: 8
    Update, the screen infront of the radiators is a good ideal. $665 worth. Intercooler $275, the rest labor.

    The vehicle runs great.

    Now the drivers door appears to be sagging a little, Driver hanging on it or weak joints????


    bhmet :shades:
  • ewxltewxlt Posts: 1
    I've been to the dealer twice.
    Readied my truck for trade in...

    but now having read over 40 pages of this thread....I'm very afraid.

    dealer nightmares
    personal service issues

    wow...i had my heart set on that little 114 standard roof too....
  • guestguest Posts: 770
    Does anyone have a link to the OEM sunroof parts? Because of the thickness of the headliner, local sunroof guy suggested buying the factory sunroof and trim.
  • rstmsrstms Posts: 3
    Quick update...After having battery checked by load test, which showed battery good, re-installed after cleaning connectors. Still no start! Tried jumper cables and started fine. Removed jumper cables and again no start. Purchased new battery, 900 CCA. Now is doing fine. Moral, IMHO, is that losd tester at regular battery dealer may not apply enough load to check these heavy duty batteries.
  • If you have had one of the dreaded plastic turbo Resonator failures that left you stranded, There is a solution. A brand new metal resonator eliminator that replaces the plastic part with a billet aluminum part and lasts the life of the vehicle. If you have an RV or work vehicle, you can now be sure that when you get away from it all you will actually get back without a tow truck. We love our sprinter van RV and replacing the plastic turbo resonator with the metal resonator eliminator was easy. It's not just a part, it is the peace of mind of knowing you won't get stuck. You can find them at Folsom Lake Dodge from the parts manager Sonny Custis at 916-355-9999 or visit for lots of information , FAQs etc. Well worth the time. took me 18 minutes to install it.
  • punter1punter1 Posts: 50
    You can get a 7 year 100,000 mile extended warranty that covers everthing mechanical , details at
  • Hello. I need advise. I am thinking about buying a new Sprinter (Roadtrek) and would like to use it in the winter. However I understand that the water lines will freeze and, as a result, you cannot use the water lines in below freezing temps but instead must carry water separately inside and use it for toilet flushing, etc. Is that true? Is there anyway to winterize a Sprinter for winter use? Any practical suggestions/tips on how to function in a Sprinter in below freezing temperatures would be appreciated. Thank for all the help.
  • davenissen
    I would think if your in total frozen perimeters the van would not get out of park because the wheels would be in spin or the trans would refuse to move from park because the air temp sensor won't wake up.
    All jokes aside any anti freeze in the water lines would prevent the issue your thinking about! Order the unit with a heater block option and this solves pre warm up issues etc
    But where are you residing! ALASKA> you'd need a 4 by four all wheel drive ;) and a few extra modified fuel and oil supplements such as these to keep the Sprinter happy.
    Red Line Oil: Gear Lubricants">
    Altered Sprinter
  • Note on winter condieions and the Sprinter: A visit to Oregon over the holidays showed me that the Sprinter will get stuck on flat ground on packed snow. A little shove got it rolling enough to stop spinning. Stock LTX tires, 2/3 tread. When is the 4x4 or all-wheel drive option going to be available?! the aftermarket 4x4 conversion from Germany looks very cool!
  • You would not be alone in that one getting stuck, them truck tires are not so good for off road experiences, Australia has the 4by4 as the Mercedes unit Sprinter, US is playing with it as usual ! Time will tell
    You can bet the new generation Sprinter will be a all wheel drive within the next two years, Mercedes is working on this now as Ford And other UK European vehicles in the same class as the Sprinter are not that far off from developing the same type of all wheel drive units
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