What a POS. Every 100-120k these gearboxes just collapse. Do transmission specialists want to touch them because they are a Cee You Next Tuesday of a gearbox. Average cost of repair (quoted on phone by Mercedes) $3000-$4000. Trying to find someone who will swap out the auto-tronic gearbox for a clutch and shift 5 or 6 speed box. At least you know that around $50k-75k you swap out the clutch kit for a set price. These horrible gearboxes are only still used by Renault. We bought this Winnebago Sprinter not that long ago. Should have done our homework a little better. If you're thinking of buying one of these don't buy an automatic. A nightmare waiting to happen is how I'd describe the design.
Purchased in March 2019 for $65,000.00.
Two engines in and two engines blown. What a joke.
I will not fix it, again. 3 strikes you are out. I will sell for scrap so that no one has to go through what I went through with this crap vehicle. I consider myself lucky reading other reviews.. I paid 2k CAD for one then motor blew within 4 months light use and then changed engine which cost me near 4k Cad installed. Lasted all of 3000km and blew. I don't understand how a class action suit has not gone through. I will not get into all the details but it had no injector black death probs, h20 pump good, turbo good, changed oil but still just b...lew. Mine was the dually 3500 and many told me a 5 inline was and is a joke for it but heck even lesser lighter models with the same motor blow. many other probs too numerous to mention but.. If you can not remove the glow plugs do not buy the engine or van. If black death present( remove injector cover and look) do not buy. Check engine light on (being off is almost impossible) do not buy Dually 3500 do not buy Just terrible.
Broke down again no one with knowledge to fix in akaska.
Driving fine. InterI or fine. Running cost good milage. This has been a money pit. Repair....repair. ...repair! Shame on mercedes and dodge. Resonator. Electrical. Transmission. Much more. Every trip was a tow. Every trip was hotels. The worst is the No one is experienced to fix it. Had to fly home from alaska and return and still not ready.
Dont buy a second hand Sprinter.
Unless you have a bottomless pit of money don't buy a second hand Mercedes Sprinter.
A great van up until something goes wrong, the all hell breaks loose.
Was quoted $8000.00 dollars for an ECU fitted to the vehicle and IT MAY NOT solve the problem.
This all eventuated from the auto gear box being stuck in 1st gear.
Just for the diagnostics on the vehicle, without any parts, the cost was $1900.00 dollars.
The verdict so far: it MAY be the ECU at $8000.00 dollars as Mercedes don't and wont use second hand parts.
It MAY be the gearbox at $7000.00 dollars.
It May be any 1 of a hundred or more sensors not "talking" to the main ECU. ...
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Most reliable van out there in my opinion.
These vans are great, reliable vans!
As a mechanic, I worked on these vans & apart from rust, all of our vans did 500,000 & I'm not just saying that. Servicing was carried out every time dash warned it was due, only problems I encountered on a couple were, Seized in injectors & poor fuel pressure sensor at back of rail.
Had 1 engine with a broken crank at 520'000 miles, but little else.
No major costs involved otherwise & a replacement engine from Mercs was only £8000, so engine in in a day & back out on the road.
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2004 mercedez sprinter long wheel base
I had bought a 2004 mercedez benz sprinter ran wheel for a while but fuse blew on me twice change then sense a smell near computer took it too mercedez dealer and advise me they charge $170 and hour it took them 2 hours to check what was wrong with it I advised the Macanic that I had smelt like I may had blown the engine but so far up for $340 then he had told me that blown computer and advised me that I'm up to near $3000 dollars $2600 for new computer and $340 labour so far haven't gotton van back yet but I'm just not to happy ATM if anybody nose anything about this please contact me on 0415780953 I just don't believe $170 hour for labour is exceptable
Poor tech.In sprinter vans
2000-2007 model.24000 km.Needs new computer and transmison module price $4000.So watch out sprinter van buyers.They are not worth the amount of money they ask in this car yards.
Questions & Answers
I have a 1999 Sprinter with a 2.9L diesel engine and 5 speed manual gearbox.The turn signals were working fine then all of a sudden stopped so did the hazards. Can someone please tell me where is the flasher relay located so I can test/replace it. I had a look under the steering colum(where the fuses are)and under the driver's seat with no luck.
Anybody know where in Melbourne I can get the automatic transmission changed to a manual box? I've been told that around 100-120k the automatic system craps out. As Ours Has. Mercedes-Benz Berwick were great. A fair price and guaranteed work. HALF the price quoted by a rip-off mechanic from Ringwood North in Dorset Road. If anybody looks up mercedes repair and thinks of using this guy...DON'T. He treats you like a personal ATM.
The turbo on my sprinter is slow when building boost and the Rev counter is on one plus it keeps on destroying turbos help?
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