Love this van
*heaps of power
*lwb n high roof is great
*heaps of legroom in front of cab
*very easy to drive considering its 6.5metres long
* driven daily
* if service n look after great vehicle
Purchased in January 2020 for $14,000.00.
We bought this truck from a dealer because it was a cancelled sale with specials. Wow what a deal. I could sell it now one year later for at least another $12,000 [going by the 2nd hand market prices]. It has been a god send to our business and the powerful V6 just keeps on thundering along. We absolutely love it and are really grateful. Our Ops Manager is from the UK where he said they had several of these in service and they ran constantly all over UK. He cannot speak highly enough of the job they do.
Purchased in February 2020.
Love my van
Use car to live in has high roof can stand up in it has so many hidden safety features like wind assist it brakes that side of car so you dont get blown all over place. Also esp and somthing that stops will spins lowers revs got stuck on gravel hill when first got it didnt no there was but to turn off so you could gun it up dirt hills spin wheels but mecedes literture doesnt tell you about all theses things you have to find out from forums and google and trail and error great van love it well built drives awsomely but only get about 12litres per 100kilometers which i dont thinks right for little4 cylinder 311cdi 2010
If they`ve been crap,Ambulance wouldnt use them
450,000kms so far, goes and goes and goes...regular service and maintenance and No Headaches, I'm using it as a Owner-Driver 10-12 hours per day/5days per week.Great turning circle, breaks/stops like a Thunder, consumption is not the very BEST German part(Renault is more cheaper to run),drives like a luxury car, city, freeways..max speed(my personal160km/h),for some reason bulbs are going off very often, can recommend it for every kind of industrial work
I’ve had the 2016 Sprinter 513CDI for 12 Months. It drives like an absolute dream. My confidence in the brand has not been tested.
The oil was due to be changed at 30’000 km. Like any Diesel engine the oil gets dark and I changed it at 18’000. I like to keep on top of the preventative maintenance to avoid issues.
I’m not putting the vehicle under exhaustive commercial demands, rather it’s a motorhome. It comes in at 4.5 ton and has had to tackle some steep terrain, in both blistering hot and freezing cold conditions. I can’t fault it.
I’m not going to break any land speed records but for reliability it’s 10/10.
perfect van, wouldnt buy anything else
643.000k and still going strong. yes we do over 100k per year in all our vans. Hyundai's, Crafters ( which we also own ) are NO match for the Benz. I will NEVER EVER buy another VW even if it were given to me IT WONT DO MY JOB. Now the Sprinter, one seized power steering pump @ 550k. dual mass flywheel 590k and an exhaust sensor @ 620k. 1 set of F disc pads and front shocks. . . Preventive maintenance every 300k new belts and pulleys. Since warranty ran out I service it myself, complete oil and filter change including air cleaner every 33k. ( G...ENUINE filters only - vectron oil ) it doesn't use oil between changes and we service the mining industry in central OZ so 10% dirt roads. Fuel consumption is on par with the Hyundai's and less than the crafter. I only use the best quality diesel, BP and the likes. Poor quality fuel and oils can and will lead to early particulate filter and injector failure. so look after your Mercedes and it will give you years and many Ks service.
The Best Discision I Ever Made In My Life
Second To None ,comfortable to drive big and high cargo compartment.It's like you're living in a different world.Handles heavy load pretty well.One good thing oil and filter change in every ten to fifteen thousand km instead of thirty thousand km's recommended by the dealer.When you look after it ie service in time, drive to the speed limit, road and weather condition it will in return reap you reward as far as running cost is concerned. Very reliable vehicle.
Take care of your Sprinter!
As a man who drives so many cars I can say that Sprinter is a pretty good choice if you know how to take care of it! Since I used to drive long distance I try to check it every 6 months without looking at the number of miles. It's like going to a doctor regularly LOL).
Generally speaking the car is reliable. But honestly, I'm a big fan of Germans!
Running costs would also go down if you do your regular checks. I could write a long review, but I'd better point out one of the most important things in my opinion.
Do check oil more frequently and make sure you know how much you need.
It all depends on ur model, year and engine.
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.
The firm running them ab...
I drive a 2008 309 medium wheel base manual It has done a little over 200000km had have had no major problems other then general ware and tare. The van itself is nice to drive unfortunately the 309 has a single turbo and is is quite gutless, Would recommend spending a little more on the twin turbo more powerful diesels. i have driven just about all of the other vans on the market and apart from the power none of them drive as nice as the merc does and when it comes time to replace i think i would have to go another sprinter. Things to watch out...for, EGR valve will go they get clogged up and there is no getting around it in any new diesel motor from any manufacturer, that costs around $2000 fitted. I replace the oil every 15000km myself (piece of mind). Replace the the fan belt pulleys (including belt tentioner) every 160000km -18000km as the bearings go in them and can seize and disintegrate. Clutch has shuttered from day one and i have driven a couple of other manual sprinters and they all appear to do the same thing its not bad and doesn't do it every time (i am still on original clutch and it doesn't seem to be like it will go anytime soon). Other than that its been a great van and would highly recommend. Reliable, Great to drive. Price is a little on the high side, Other then that nothing.
Best vans by far
My 2010 sprinter is my second sprinter,first one 2001 did 410,000kms before i sold it,having spent normal maintennace repairs ie brake pds,fan belt.my 2010 unit has now clocked up 100,000kms,with similar results so far.these units are great for long distance driving,low maintennance,low fuel use,great comfort.my units are on a mix or long distance,and short hilly city type of work
comfort on long runs,great fuel economy
only real critisysm i have is that in both models i have had 1st gear is too high a ratio for hilly starts.
The best van on the market by far margin! Don't waste your time with others
When you run a business you need something reliable and this is it!
Bought new in 2007 after trading in the worst van ever Renault Master.This van is so reliable that it's never been back for anything.I have done 157,000 no problems at all Will definitely update to another mbAuto is the way to go
Need to get more powerful van
Questions & Answers
I have a 2013 ex ambo and need to purchase running boards
they come in long/short packs but as i have both drivers and passenger sliding doors i will need a long/long
what are the best & worst running boards out there,i am located in Canberra
21 reviews above are ng for automatic transmissions
Is auto still a problem ? And would a manual be a better choice for reliability in a motorhome
YES! You will thank yourself in the long run. The automatic boxes give out with little prior notice. If you can find one get the workshop manual off ebay in a disc form (about $10) then look at the exploded view of the automatic gearbox compared to the manual. The auto when they fail are expensive as hell to fix. Manuals will run like the engine if treated well. All you'll need is the usual clutch replacement when needed which a normal mechanic can do. The autos need to be taken into a Mercedes-Benz service centre. It actually works out cheaper. Don't even bother searching for a local mechanic to work on the auto. You will end up getting ripped off. We took it to a place in North Ringwood on Dorset Rd. I won't name and shame the guy (even though he deserves it). Quoted over $9000.00 and would give no guaranteeon his work. We took it to Mercedes-Benz in Berwick under half the price with a 3yr or 50,000km guarantee on the gearbox.
Loved the manual
THANKS ...will look for manual transmission gearbox!! did merc dealership say if the auto gearbox problem was quality issue (usa built ) or design
ie service must be strictly adhered to?.....most blogs indicate hi mileage approx 1000000 miles and over
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.
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