What is a Sprinter Van?
If you are in the market for a new commercial van, you have probably come across the term “sprinter van”. In many parts of the world, Sprinter often gets used as though it were a synonym for cargo van when actually, it is the name of a commercial van made by Mercedes-Benz. It has nothing to do with what the van is used for or how fast it goes.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter comes in all shapes and sizes. The most popular variant is the cargo van, but it is also available as a passenger van and a crew van. As a cargo van, the Sprinter features one row of seating up front for three people and reserves the remaining room in back for cargo. The passenger van is either equipped with 4 or 5 rows of seats to fit up to 15 people. In the middle is the crew van. A crew van has two rows of seats for up to six people and the remaining room is cargo space.
The Sprinter van is extremely customizable. The first option is the length. It is available in three wheel-base sizes, ranging from 144 to 170 inches. The next option is the roof height. There are three roof height options, offering enough room for someone 6-feet tall to stand upright. The last size option is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or GVWR. This is a measurement of how much the van will weight at maximum weight capacity. This measurement ranges from 8,550 lbs. to 11,030 lbs.
There are two engines available for the Sprinter. The first is a 4-cylinder diesel engine offering unmatched efficiency. The second is an unleaded gasoline V6 providing ample power, but the best option is the V6 with all-wheel drive. If you have any questions about the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, let us know in the comments below and keep reading our blog!
Operating & Maintenance
According to the recommended maintenance schedule, depending on the mileage of your van, the operating cost during the first 12 years is about $26,400 or $2,200 per year on average. At the same time, during the first years of operation, the probability of a problem occurring is less than 6%, and the average cost of repairs does not exceed $630.
This cost doesn’t include vehicle insurance (about $1,800 per year) and the fuel cost (nearly $1,800 per year).
Generally, Sprinter Van owners face the following problems while using the car:
- Torque converter
- DEF Heater Failure
- Broken Exhaust Flex Pipe
- Glow Plug Failure
- Oil Cooler Leak
- Clogged DPF
- Air leak in Turbo Resonator
- Injector issue
- Losing power Limp mode
- Intercooler Hose Leaking
Typically, on average, van owners spend about $600 for unexpected car injuries repair, depending on what they need to fix. According to the American Automobile Association, one in three drivers face problems with paying for car repair shop bills and looking for different ways how to pay for car repairs. Car owners recommend setting aside about $50 a month to create a financial cushion in case of unforeseen car accidents.