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Mercedes T1 OM617 vs Sprinter OM601/OM612


I'm interested in buy a new overlander vehicle, as my W123 is becoming too small due to family extension
I often travel in other continents, plans are to go to Africa again, North America, South-America and so on.

I'm looking for a new one, for overland travels.

I am thinking about the perfect setup, and I got two possible contestants.
It will

a) T1 (309d, 310d)

b) Sprinter (312d, 313/316CDI)

I will go off-road, travel over bumpy stoney roads and travel through dust and and pour in poor diesel once in a while.

It must be very durable and capable. I need to trust it very well and if it breaks, some bush mechanic from a distant village should be able to help me, without a computer.

So I would like to know, how is the Sprinter in general and more specificly, the engine.
Are those engines, the OM602 and the OM611/612 as good as the OM617 for these kind of trips?



- goold old OM617 engine
- had to find 4x4 versions
- bad MPG

312d of 316CDI (2000-2006, not newer)

- more choice in 4x4 examples
- more choice and better examples with low mileage
- better MPG


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You want to ship the vehicle for Africa and America trips?
When I am big Sprinters fan, at least in America those are pretty exotic vehicles and counting on service might be shoot in the foot.
At least for America it makes more sense to buy locally.
Coincidentally just weeks ago I helped young Polish family to buy in California vehicle they are taking to Panama. Their budget is limited so they bought $2400 Toyota 4 Runner and as you can see on the picture - the man is not too mechanically inclined. (He is fluent in 3 languages do)
They made it to Mexico City already.
So IMHO you should buy having local trips in mind and worry about different continents when the time comes.

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