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Mercedes Sprintshift clutch problems

Hi there,
I have a 2003 Mercedes 313 sprinter which I use on local tours and airport transfers, in the Bay of Plenty New Zealand.
I have recently had problems with the clutch, It is a sprintshift system and it started bunny hopping in first and reverse gears when it was first started up then it would be fine until it was turned off again. I took it to a MB service centre who re learned the system, all was fine for about 10 days same problem. Went back to service centre who then went further and changed the clutch. all was fine for about 10 days. Now I have the same problem,MB dealership says that I need a new clutch, flywheel and release bearing, at a huge cost. The service centre said that the flywheel and release bearing were fine. Has anyone else come across this problem before? I have to make a decision soon.
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I'm afraid this model and this gearbox is not very well known at this forum. I have never worked with one but from a friend of mine who owns a few and from a local forum I've learned you should consider:
- a new relay first (you may save other parts, hopefully not too late)
- a new hydraulic pump
- check oil level/quality

Even the door light switch may cause problems, I believe mainly to the availability of all gears.

Once the above has been looked after, then adaptation would be useful, as your dealer already did (but perhaps too early).
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