BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Apr 2010
Vehicle: 2007 Sprinter 2500
Location: Boulder Colorado
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The only reason I bought a Sprinter, was that it was the only full sized van in USA that I could stand upright like an evolved human. It is only a shame that GM did not have their European Style van in the US Market, as I have found MB pretty much has a push-down approach to dealing with addressing flaws.... they fall short at finding a fix.
When they get it right, it is awesome. But when they do not, they deflect, defer, blame and deny.
I give MB credit on safety. The European crash tests showed all the competitors passenger compartments wound up inside the cargo bay, while the MB had minimal firewall intrusion. I do not know if the current tests show such a marked chasm between MB and the rest, but I was comparing crash tests for 2007 build-year.
Cupholders on top of dash against windshield, necessary instrumentation not on dhash constantly, but buried 3 levels of menu-submenu. Sensors and computers that have gone out repeatedly, bad paint ( a DECISION to use a one coat laquer, no separate clear coat ), as well as other issues that are not malfunctions or defects, just a lack of PURPOSE BUILD mindset.
Nissan laucnhed their competitor product this year, but on first blush, looks like a cheapskate version of the Sprinter.... but it is the FIRST year into. IF they learn, adapt, improve... Nissan could take over the market segment.
Also.... only ONE authorized MB Sprinter dealership for ALL of Colorado? Thinning down the dealership roster from the SMALL number of Dodge dealers to ONE MB dealer.... will not play well with fleet buyers.