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MISC Sprinter Problems (oh the list)
I have mine serviced at Hayes Chrysler (authorized Sprinter dealer and service center with Sprinter Techs onsite). All services are up to date.
Occasionally, very hot air comes out of A/C vents, even though I did not change the temperature (from cold) of the A/C. A/C LED will go off at this time. Fixes itself in a few minutes. Doesn't happen very often but does happen.
Power locks do not work. All fuses are good. Will not work via the dash button or the key fob. I do hear a slight "click" if I press the lock button but they do not lock or unlock. If standing very close to the van, keyfob will make the hazard lights flash once but locks do not lock or unlock. Tried new batteries in the keyfob just for the fun of it. No fix.
Just recently, if I turn the A/C-Vent fan on HIGH, it will trip the fuse for that item. Only if I turn it on HIGH.
OEM Radio: What a horrible radio. Now, the volume knob will sometimes not adjust the volume. You have to press on the CD opening and then turn the volume for it to work. Sometimes the whole left side of the radio will have problems. Mute won't work sometimes. Sound adjustments (bass, treble, fader, balance) will not work sometimes. LOL That's a funny one.
Had a major fuel injector leak for quite some time (now fixed) but the dealer has told me numerous times that that fuel leak caused big problems in the topend of the motor. Motor is losing power (even at full throttle). Services are all up to date - mind you - so it's not fuel filter. So, the motor is way down on power on hard throttle. Motor starts fine, idles fine, takes off fine. But as you pick up speed/rpm, power starts dropping off. Air filter is fine. The dealer is telling me the motor is dying becasue of the damage done from the fuel injector leak. You must be kidding me. You folks know how much even a used Sprinter motor is... UHHHH
Dealer tells me there is play in the crankshaft caused from this injector leak problem (that has now been fixed).
Had a major leak in the fuel line that goes into the engine as well. Has been fixed. So, I am guess that these misc. fuel leaks caused major problems over time.
WITH THAT SAID, I have used this van as my sole transportation and I loved it dearly. No other van out there can do what a Sprinter can do, but all of these problems have totally turned me off from wanting to keep this van any longer.
I have 11 months left to pay for this van. In good running condition it is still worth more than the loan has left. I guess that's a good thing. With a potentially failing motor, ($10,000 repair to install new engine) I would say this substantially reduces the selling value of this fine van.
Sorry to vent but although this van has served me well, it just costs too much and too much hassle to keep it. And the new ones with the gas engine are so so so expensive that it's just not worth that either.
Would like some feedback on the problems I mentioned. I would like to get it in as decent shape as possible so I can at least sell it to pay off the loan and move on to a long bed V8 pickup truck and an enclosed trailer. I did the numbers to the T and the Sprinter costs about $12,000 more over 5 years vs. a V8 truck. I know, I know. There's no comparison. But I gotta do what I gotta do.
Feel free to email directly to respond to my problems. I know there's a bunch of them listed up there. [Email removed].
Dave in Atlanta, GA