Here are some pix of my 06' Sprinter 118" wheel base, 5 cylinder Mercedes
turbo diesel, outfitted my way, for my electrical service business. The
truck was totaled in a minor head on collision two weeks ago, and
unfortunately the smallest Sprinters made currently are 144 wheel base,
which for me is unnecessarily large.
You didn't ask for advice, but I'll give some anyway- if you haven't
signed the truck over to the insurance company yet, tell them you want
to keep all the interior racks and such, if they didn't get trashed in
the wreck. (Those things cost a fortune.) Second, get online to Auto&RV
Trader and similar publications/web sites. The economic implosion last
year led to a lot of leftover and low-mile commercial trucks glutting
the secondary market. With a little searching, I bet you could find a
'shorty' to suit you out there somewhere. The dealers that specialize in
oddball commercial requests would have no problem with a long-distance
buyer, and likely would even pick you up at the airport.
Here's one just a year older than yours, on ebay:
I don't understand why, but the dealers only ordered what was the mid sized
Sprinters back in 06'. Delivery companies used the extended ones,
contractors used the mid sized 140" wheelbase, and it seemed that nobody was
interested in the 118". I had to order mine from Germany and wait 5 months
I did take all my interior stuff out, but it's so much work to reinstall
everything, it's just not practical to spend the time and money putting it
into an old vehicle. Mine had 68,000 miles on it, and I was the only one
that ever drove it, and I kept it in mint condition. I did however scrounge
Ebay and the net, to try and find one, and the average price was close to
Despite the fact that those only have gas engines, and I'm sold on diesels,
I'd love to be able to fit my stuff in one, but they're just too small.
Hopefully in the future they or someone else will make a slightly bigger
That red Milwaukee box is the only tool box still alive. I have a circular
saw, Dewalt zawzall, Milwaukee sawzall, Dewalt pistol grip drill, Dewalt
driver drill, Bosch hammer drill, 4" angle grinder, skill sabre saw, and
Rotozip, all sitting in bins without toolboxes
My condolences Roy. I know it is a royal PITA to get a new truck equipped
so that it functions according to your needs. I am happy with my Ford, but
had looked into the Sprinter. Word on the street is that their
transmissions don't last.
For years I used E-250 vans, regardless if I bought it used or new, I could
expect 10 years out of them. None of them ever died outright, but after the
first 30K miles, the alignment would go out, and I'd wind up once a year
realigning them and replacing tires. The last new one I got was a 98', and
it just felt like junk, so I sold it in 06' for the Sprinter. The really
great thing about the Sprinter is the interior height, even with the
standard roof model, I can stand up inside, albeit hunched a bit, (I'm 6'3")
With regular vans, you're always on your knees. With the weight I carry, I
never got better than 11MPG with any Ford or Chevy. The Sprinter, with the
same weight, consistently got 21MPG, plus it had a heavier payload than the
E-250. I have a plumber friend that bought 4 Sprinters in 05' and 06', and
already they're all beat to death by his crew, but I babied mine. I was
planning on keeping it forever. For whatever reason, Mercedes decided not to
make the shorty Sprinters anymore, in fact they made the two remaining
models bigger, so for now I'm driving the second best truck I ever had... I
outlet until the merger, and Dodge needed a replacement for their
1972?-basic-design full size vans. I've seen a few shiny ones around
town without the Dodge grille slapped on the front, so I think they were
still selling both models.
2006 was the last year of the 118" wheelbase. In 2007 Sprinters were
redesigned and assembled in the U.S., but only in two wheelbases, 144 and
170". When Chrysler crashed, their marriage to Daimler ended and 2009 was
the last year any of them carried the Dodge badging. As of 2010 you could
get them with either Mercedes or Freightliner badging, but a Sprinter is a
Sprinter regardless of who's name is on it. The 2010 144" I replaced my
shorty with is a Freightliner, only because their dealership was closer than
the nearest MB dealership, that carries Sprinter.
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