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    Re: Sprinter build thread


    Have you ruled out pro master?
    Why?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Have you ruled out pro master?
    Why?
    I guess I would take one if I found a really good deal on it, but I really don't care for dodge/fiat or front wheel drive. I also find them extremely funny looking, but I could get past it I guess.
    How do they stack up against the sprinter and transit? Should I be taking them more seriously?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Promaster has the biggest and most square box. You can fit a lot more into a build. Transit is second, and has the option of the hotrod motor. Sprinters are awkwardly shaped and crazy expensive to repair, but have a great diesel. Each one has pros and cons.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDawg21892 View Post
    I've been getting pretty serious about taking the van plunge. Looking at the Transit over the sprinter, anybody have experience with both?
    We looked at Sprinters before buying a 2016 T250 EcoBoost.

    • Smog controlled diesels are problematic. (There is a diesel Transit)
    • You need to drive a lot of miles to pay for the diesel premium.
    • The medium roof standard wheelbase Transit is a great size.
    • Anybody will work on a Transit.

    We didn’t consider Promaster for a number of reasons, notably towing and complaints about driving position, but it’s the only 118” on the market.

    I’m resigned to doing most of the service on my T1N myself.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Promaster has the biggest and most square box. You can fit a lot more into a build. Transit is second, and has the option of the hotrod motor. Sprinters are awkwardly shaped and crazy expensive to repair, but have a great diesel. Each one has pros and cons.
    I believe every word of this.


    Quote Originally Posted by DirtDawg21892 View Post
    Should I be taking them more seriously?
    I think you should. Many report as FWD being perfectly fine for this application unless you are looking to build some sort of overland thing. Be honest re: where you are going vs your experience with that 2WD Ranger. A good set of tires and I bet you'd be fine almost all of the time.

    Aesthetics I get.. but then this is a cube on wheels. You and I both know you are going to wind up with one in 'free candy' white anyway.

    Concern over the Dodge/Ram/Fiat brand reliability I get.. although there are a lot of indications that this may be a standout product for them. My read is the drive-train is relatively under stressed.


    My fantasy pecking order would be Transit, then ProMaster close behind with the Sprinter a distant last. Maybe even Nissan NV before Sprinter.
    Unfortunately I've written these vans off as pretty much non-starters for my family lifestyle. I am prepared to live vicariously through you. Build one of these! Doooooeiiiit!

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Third what has been said above. I went Sprinter cause I like the big shiny logo on the front.
    A diesel, 7 speed, RWD, and the ground clearance are nice perks. Compared to the Promy, the overall fit and finish is better too, IMO.
    That said, building was a bitch, its a big egg. If you are 5'8" and want to comfortably sleep sideways without adding flares, don't get a Sprinter.
    Don't have much info on the transit. You can get over the FWD hump for sure. The sprinter isn't an off roader, despite the fact that everyone loves to put giant tires and suspension on them (usually just to stay on pavement, pet peave of mine).

    I'd say the appearance of the Promy is a little better than the transit, but splitting hairs.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    All the tall vans are pretty ugly. It's not like pickup trucks look good....

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Passed two milestones this weekend: 177,771 and 177,777.


    Got the OBD Fusion app and it’s been super handy. Started leaving the BlueTooth OBDII sender in place and using it as a trip computer. So far it resets the trip data each time the key is shut off. Going to see if there’s a more permanent log. Edit: you can set interruption time up to one hour.


    You can configure displays to your liking. FYI the worst trip mpg I’ve gotten was climbing the Appalachian ridge from the East on the Mass Pike, 17mpg.

    For this vehicle it uses mass air flow for fuel consumption calculation.
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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    The old T1N is over 220k now. There has been some work since I let it go, but its still solid after 5 cross country trips between me and the current owner.
    -Turbo resonator (Paul nicely gave me a spare, which I passed on)
    -Harmonic balancer shit the bed about half way across the country, but he got it home and had a shop fix it
    -He did some basic Bilstein suspension to help smooth it out

    I'm most jealous of the projector headlights he put on it! They are SO SWEET and custom jobs by a sprinter-source member
    https://www.millionmilesprinter.com/...old-gasket-t1n

    He is in the market for a overlander, so if anyone is interested in it, let me know. But I doubt you would want to pay Santa Cruz prices (where he lives).

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    What vehicle is he looking at?

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    The old T1N is over 220k now. There has been some work since I let it go, but its still solid after 5 cross country trips between me and the current owner.
    -Turbo resonator (Paul nicely gave me a spare, which I passed on)
    -Harmonic balancer shit the bed about half way across the country, but he got it home and had a shop fix it
    -He did some basic Bilstein suspension to help smooth it out

    I'm most jealous of the projector headlights he put on it! They are SO SWEET and custom jobs by a sprinter-source member
    https://www.millionmilesprinter.com/...old-gasket-t1n

    He is in the market for a overlander, so if anyone is interested in it, let me know. But I doubt you would want to pay Santa Cruz prices (where he lives).
    What is asking price now? That van keeps appreciating!

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    It’s not technically for sale yet, but he keeps on sending me all sorts of overlanders to look at. I think he realistically wants $20k, and based on some he’s sent me, it’s possible.

    He’s open to any overlander, don’t think he’s really settled on something. Feel like if he actually gets something it will be some form of Toyota with some form of sleeping quarters.

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    Haha, 14 ^16 ^18 ^20k Not a bad sales run for a used vehicle!

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    There is a East Coast high roof 118 for sale on FB with a nice camper build.

    Asking price is $39,000.

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Haha, 14 ^16 ^18 ^20k Not a bad sales run for a used vehicle!
    I ended up selling it for 16 to him, so no 18

    I rode MTB with him today and I think he was telling me about that east coast 118 for 40k. At least he mentioned one that just hit the market with a fresh paint job, round of maintenance, and low miles.

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    If he goes the typical mall crawler overland route it'll be interesting to see if he misses the cab through.

    I broke a ton of shit on my van over the summer but it was only down for a week before I could go grab some spare parts.
    Cam gear on one head cam apart bending valves in that head, then 2k miles later the brand new timing belt tensioner failed snapping the belt and bending valves in the other head. Fun times doing heads in your condo parking lot...twice thank god for sunlight till 1130pm in June.

    [IMG][/IMG]

    Need to do some lighting upgrades and want to get some LED headlights but want heated ones to melt ice off. Got some new rubber recently and switched from general grabber at2s ive run for years to toyo open country at3 so far they are worlds quieter and handle drastically better on ice and snow which our parking lot is already a white ice rink

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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Nokian Hakkapeliitta CR3’s went on yesterday. Thry are holding up well: still over 8mm / 10/32nd after approximately 16,000 miles.


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    Re: Sprinter build thread

    Saw this in Colorado Springs last year. Mitsubishi Delica 4WD. RHD. 25 year import.


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    Re: Sprinter build thread-(Pictures are back!)

    26k. Wow

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