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Cons: engine and transmission
Advice: If use for short ride (park and work) buy it. If for long ride(driven) all day avoid it very costly.test driven is good work driven is not so good
Pros: LWB and extra height
Cons: Bad EGR valves
Advice: Ask lots of questions about EGR valveI really like the Sprinter and how it handles. I am however disappointed that transimission problems seem to be hard to find when you take it in until AFTER the warranty on it runs out.
Pros: fuel mileage
Cons: cost to operate
Advice: dont buy unless you are wealthy with money to burnAs an expediter the concept of this vehicle made great sense, until I put it to work, with continual breakdowns and having vehicle out of service to order parts they should have in stock, 2 engines and a transmission later I am driving a chevy.
Pros: cargo capacity
Cons: no dipstick on transmission.
Advice: Have the dealer check the color of the transmission fluid at appx. 50,000 mi.I bought a 2003 sprinter with 28,000 miles on it last summer for use as a cargo van. 50,000 miles later I am very satisfied with the vehicle with the exception of not having a transmission dipstick. The dipstick is a Dealer Only tool that the owner cannot order. At 80,000 miles I changed the fluid, as prescibed in the owners manual, and because I had notice some top gear shuddering in the drive line at moderate throttle under load at 1,800 - 2,200 rpm. The fluid was dark colored when I drained it. Had I been able to check the fluid color during regular fluid checks I would have changed it far earlier. I would like to see the manufacturer make the stick available to order for the consumer. All in all, a great economical commercial vehicle that has only a few quirks. I believe that in a few years we will see many more on US roads.