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Dodge Sprinter
Dodge
Production 2004-Present
Class Full-Size Van
Body Style 4-door passenger or cargo van
2- door commercial truck
Length 197-263 in.
Width 76.1 in.
Height 93.1-103.6 in.
Wheelbase 118-158 in.
Weight 4657-5242 lbs.
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Engine 2.7 liter turbocharged inline-5
Power 154 hp @ 3800 RPM
243 lb-ft @ 1600-2400 RPM
Similar Ford E-Series
GMC Savana
Chevrolet Express
Freightliner Sprinter
Designer

The Dodge Sprinter is a tall delivery van built by DaimlerChrysler. It is mechanically identical to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter sold in Europe, and the Freightliner Sprinter sold primarily to commercial applications.

DaimlerChrysler introduced a Dodge-branded version of the Sprinter in 2004 to replace the aging Dodge Ram Van. While the Sprinter is offered to individuals as a passenger vehicle, it is primarily a business model. The Dodge Sprinter sold 19,578 units in the United States in 2005, while Freightliner sold approximately 2,500 units. While giving it just 3.5% of the full-size van market, the van has gained immense popularity in the United States and Dodge and Freightliner have had difficulty keeping up with demand.

Dodge Sprinter owners have been discussing a possible flaw in the “Turbo Resonator”. Apparently they are plastic and the seal at a seam fails, causing boost pressure to be lost and making the computer detect a catastrophic turbo failure. Symptoms are a “Limp Home Mode” such as sudden decrease from highway speeds to about 35 mph. Because it is a seam leak it is not visually obvious when the engine is off, yet it still causes the computer to detect a failure during operation. Some claim that Chrysler-Daimler knows about this problem, but so far there has not been any service bulletin to their dealers on this issue.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Dodge Sprinter Review.

Recent ChangesEdit

Styles and Major OptionsEdit

The Sprinter is available as three distinct models, passenger van, cargo van and as an unfinished chassis and cab. The van models come in three wheelbases, two roof heights and with a myriad of optional features.

PricingEdit

Today's actual prices for the Dodge Sprinter Passenger Van, Cargo Van and Chassis/Cab can be found at Yahoo! Autos.

Sprinter Trims

Bodystyle

Passenger

Cargo

Chassis/Cab

Model

2500

2500

2500

2500

2500

2500

2500

2500

3500

2500

3500

2500

3500

3500

3500

Roof

High Ceiling

High Ceiling

High Ceiling

Super High Ceiling

Super High Ceiling

High Ceiling

High Ceiling

Super High Ceiling

High Ceiling

Super High Ceiling

Super High Ceiling

Super High Ceiling

Super High Ceiling

-

-

MSRP

$30,585

$32,460

$32,885

$34,775

$36,870

$29,050

$30,810

$30,920

$32,055

$32,690

$33,800

$34,775

$35,725

$28,755

$29,300

Invoice

$27,832

$29,539

$29,925

$31,645

$33,552

$26,436

$28,037

$28,137

$29,170

$29,748

$30,758

$31,645

$32,510

$26,267

$26,663

Gas MileageEdit

Fuel economy data is unavailable due to the light truck classification of this vehicle.

ReliabilityEdit

SafetyEdit

Driver and front passenger airbags are standard, and side impact airbags for front seat passengers are optional. Four-wheel ABS, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, and a tire pressure monitor are also standard. The NHTSA has not rated the Dodge Sprinter in any of its collision tests.

PhotosEdit

ColorsEdit

Exterior Colors
Flame Red Jet Black 
Arctic White  Stone Gray 
Brilliant Blue  Orchid Green 
Silver Gray  Hyacinth Blue 
Steel Blue  Carbon Black Metallic 
Black Blue  Piedmont Red 
Amber Red Metallic  Black Gray 
Jasper Blue Metallic  Calcite Yellow 
Brilliant Silver Metallic  Graphite Metallic 



Interior Colors
Gray 

Main CompetitorsEdit

Hybrid ModelsEdit

Unique AttributesEdit

Resale ValuesEdit

CriticismsEdit

OriginsEdit

WorldwideEdit

Design quirks and odditiesEdit

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

FutureEdit

On the US market, the current Sprinter will be replaced in early 2007. This model will be assembled for the United States at a plant in Ladson, South Carolina that is currently utilized by American LaFrance, a former business unit of Freightliner LLC. The 2007 version is a complete redesign from the prior model. In 2007, the current 2.7 liter inline 5 cyliner turbodiesel will be replaced in the US with a choice of V6 turbodiesel or V6 gasoline engine. DaimlerChrysler plans to invest $35 million (USD) to prepare the plant for the assembly of Sprinter vans from kits imported from Europe.

Sprinter cargo vans are a popular choice of cargo van expediters in the United States. Such expediters are similar to truck drivers except they take smaller loads and will wait in a town indefinitely after unloading until dispatchers find another customer nearby to transport goods. The advent of the Sprinter van with its cargo space of 13 1/2 feet has allowed van expediters to take three 48" X 48" skids or pallets where previously they were confined to two. A Sprinter driver is capable of hauling approximately 3000 lb. of cargo. The pool of Sprinter drivers gives more choice, efficiency and flexibility to trucking companies and their customers.

See alsoEdit

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