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Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

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    Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season


    With the death of the camper van last season i need a new tow vehicle for next season. I was hoping for something i can put the bike in so i dont have to deal with a trailer anymore. I have been looking at used dodge sprinters. My budget isnt huge (sub 5k) i have seen afew sprinters but wanted to see if anyone has one they might want to help a fellow racer out and unload. I would really like to buy from someone here just in the fact i can trust you guys more then the scum bags on CL. So if you have something or know someone who does please let me know. Thanks everyone!!!!

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Where is Sav’s old ambulance these days?

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    I don't think a sub 5k sprinter is a smart buy. Any older sprinter in good driveable condition is worth > 10K no matter the miles. <5K is basket case territory.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    I have seen afew 05/06 diesel sprinters on cl for the 4-5k range with around 200k miles. Should be nothing for a diesel.........?

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

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    I have seen a few 05/06 diesel sprinters on cl for the 4-5k range with around 200k miles. Should be nothing for a diesel.........?
    The miles would be fine. They would likely be rusted out for that price. You'd have to get very lucky to find one in good shape at that price. It would be a give away.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    We sold a 10yo Chevrolet Express with 165,000 miles on it (with maintenance records) for $5,500 on two hours. So that’s an ambitious price point.

    You could very likely find a 1st gen Ford Transit Connect in that price range, and they have just barely enough room. They have decent head room, two sliders, and get good mpg. *

    I wouldn’t want to be maintaining a diesel on a budget.



    * I take that back, cheapest TC on CL has asking price of $5,900. Many Express available for under $5K. Higher load floor but lots of room.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    The 06 and older sprinters are nearly industrial service type reliable. Most any repair will be electrical or rust related. BUT, they can get pricey if things do go wrong, and it's hard to find people to work on them.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Ya i was looking at the transit connects but from what i have heard was the first gens are just to small to fit a race bike. Well at least with the passengers seat still in it.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Race bikes no problem. It’s bigger bikes that are the problem. My V-Strom was too long.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    I guess i need to go measure one but from what i was told is the first gens are about 6ft long in the back. So i would need 7ft to fit the bike in. Guys take the passengers seat out to slide it in. This is what i have heard again so i dont know. Anyone have any pictures of a first gen transit with a bike in it?

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    A sv650 is 21xx mm long a v-storm is 22xx mm long. It looks like they are basically the same length ��

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Went to look at a sprinter today. Over all its in good shape. No rot and the mechanicals seem ok. Has a code p0001 for fuel volume regulator control open. Anyone have any idea what that could entail? Also its super load inside due to it being a giant metal box. There was a stange vibration/ sudder i felt afew times. Didnt know if it was possible just how loud it was and maybe it was just the road or maybe something more???

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

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    I guess i need to go measure one but from what i was told is the first gens are about 6ft long in the back. So i would need 7ft to fit the bike in. Guys take the passengers seat out to slide it in. This is what i have heard again so i dont know. Anyone have any pictures of a first gen transit with a bike in it?
    We had three vans and work - and I bought them - so I’ve done track days with all of them. Took the Transit Connect to NJMP, worked great. A first gen DL650 would not fit in it, period. With a 2nd gen SV650SF:
    Option 1. Sideways.


    Option 2. Front wheel in between seats. After experimenting I always did it that way, very quick and easy and secure.


    Which yields plenty of 6Sprinter owners. If I only had $5,000 to spend I’d buy a trailer. I don’t think you want to spend racing season working on a van?

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    I've only worked on a few Sprinters (maybe 6 or 7). I've replaced the exhaust on 2 or 3 due to rot. I've replaced a turbo on one of the older ones for broken wastegate motor. The newer diesels (OM642) have issues with oil cooler gaskets in the passenger cars. They last longer in the Sprinters, but are eventually a problem. They are buried on top of the block in the valley, so it's a LOT of work to replace.

    I am not impressed with them at all as far as what you get for the money. It's a tin can on wheels with terrible handling.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Quote Originally Posted by Mgiossi View Post
    Went to look at a sprinter today. Over all its in good shape. No rot and the mechanicals seem ok. Has a code p0001 for fuel volume regulator control open. Anyone have any idea what that could entail? Also its super load inside due to it being a giant metal box. There was a stange vibration/ sudder i felt afew times. Didnt know if it was possible just how loud it was and maybe it was just the road or maybe something more???
    The shudder is nothing serious. They call it rumble strip noise and it's just a resonance in the transmission at certain speeds under light load.

    They are loud. But i disagree with chicken. Once you understand you are driving a high cog van, the driving dynamics are a strong point. The motor is awesome and prefers to be driven hard. Turning radius is better than most cars. Parking is super easy. Visibility is great.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

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    Where is Sav’s old ambulance these days?
    I believe some where in NJ hauling Miatas

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Picked this guy up yeaterday. Over all seems good. Starts and drives very nicely. Shifts great and i was shocked how smooth it was on the highway for being a giant metal box. So now its time to gut it and get it ready for the season. Not sure how much i can get done but wheel chucks, storage and a bed will be prioritized.
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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Right on! looks super clean. Did you get it for 5k or less? 144" wheelbase? Low roof.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Yup got it within my budget! Very little rust. Low roof and short wheel base. Lots of room for what i want to use it for. I think i just got lucky, it was a part of a fleet a business was using and they got all new trucks so they were just getting rid of the old trucks for cheap. Right place at the right time really.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    so 118"? Cool, that's almost the same van I had. What year?

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Its an 05, 5cly diesel. Has shelving and a divider inside but takes up more space then i would probably be using them for. So ill be taking it all out along with the ladder racks on top. Maybe try to sell them to scrape up money to fund the work i want to do. Would love to do pitbull restraints but its really pricy.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Sweet. I had an 06 118 super high roof. Hit me up if you have any questions.

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Awesome thanks paul. Ill let you know if i have any questions

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    Nice picture mike...

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    Re: Looking for a sprinteror equivalent for next season

    I have a 2005 sprinter 145,000 miles
    I used it for my painting company and Just bought a new van.
    I was offered 4 grand at the dealer for it
    if you want it ya can have it for 3500

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