Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner owners may contact Daimler Van's customer service at 1-877-762-8267. The optional armrests are less than ideal, though, because of their high placement and the fact that they only adjust in terms of angle - and rather than falling into a single position, they have to be adjusted via a finicky ratchet system. The rear unit, which probably contributed to poor highway mileage through its wind drag, is controlled from up front, using an on-off button and the two fan buttons; it has a three-speed fan, while the front has four speeds. Seats on our model could be folded down for more cargo room. Driving the Sprinter became easy fairly quickly, thanks to its unusually small width; taking turns a little wider to avoid mounting the curb was important, but otherwise, it did not seem that special skills were needed to drive a Sprinter safely. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled into the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. The Sprinter was far more pleasing in terms of the view: the windows were simply enormous, providing an excellent view for all passengers and the driver.
It's not that anything is outrageously poorly designed, but it's matter of dozens of minor issues. Technologically, the Sprinter is a tour de force, with features like a load-sensing active suspension that keeps it on all four feet. Above the center console, mounted on the roof, were two mysterious buttons that turned out to be related to the security system, one of which defeats the internal motion sensor - something not found on most vehicles, but then, most vehicles aren't designed to hold cargo. One place where the Sprinter really shines is storage. Sprinter was then the best selling large van in Europe. .
The Sprinter had an independent front dual-wishbone suspension. The gas engine is rough and roudy under any sort of acceleration. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Though there were three knobs on our test car, one was for the front temperature thermostatically controlled , one was for the optional rear unit hot or cold , and the third was for vent selection, so fan speed was controlled by a pair of pushbuttons. It seemed to be optimized for high performance, without regard for gas mileage or noise, and using the built in automatic override was needed for smooth, normal shifting. Owners may contact Cumming's customer service at 1-800-639-5438 or Ricon customer service at 1-800-322-2884.
Access to the interior is easy, with big front doors, an oversized sliding door, and big rear doors that open fully - and, if desired, can be unlatched to swing all the way around, and fasten to magnets on the side of the van, for the widest possible opening. Based on my years of experience, it is my professional opinion that the product defects on these vehicles represent a serious risk of personal injury or death to the owners and drivers of these vehicles, as well as, other people who may encounter one of these stalled vehicles. The other controls were map lights for the front three of them - two for individual lights and one for both and another which seems to activate the dome lights when the side door is opened. Staying within lanes was no problem, and parking was not nearly as bad as expected, though longer spaces or two front-to-back spaces were usually needed, and parallel parking was only possible where an exceptionally large space was available. Remedy Daimler Vans will notify the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner owners and Fiat Chrysler will notify the Dodge owners.
The new diesel is quiet, though, with just a trace of that clicka-clicka-clicka chattering; most passengers might never guess it's not a gasoline-powered engine. New standard features included power windows and locks, wide-angle mirrors, tilt- and height- adjustable steering wheel, one-touch triple-flash function turn signals, and adaptive stability control which took payload into account. Dodge owners may contact Fiat Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Amusingly, the location of the gas cap is not noted anywhere in the owner's manual, nor is it marked; it's actually cleverly placed, though, behind a panel by the driver's door, which cannot be opened unless the driver's door is opened first. The engine weighed 643 lb 240 kg and had a particulate filter. Other options include a two-seat front bench and a rear window for the cab, and wiring harnesses for lighting the interior of upfit bodies. It also required premium gas, and is likely to be pricey when repairs are needed.
There are three electric defroster buttons in two locations, one with the climate control and two positioned between the stability-control shutoff and the driver's heated seat. Rear visibility was impeded by the seats and the center door support, but our vehicle fortunately came with fore-and-aft parking alert, a system that lights up indicators in front or in back depending on which way there's an obstruction as well as lights embedded in the outside mirrors to help us get close to the edge of parking spaces without actually touching the bumper. Depending on model, the rear axle also had a stabilizer and new progressive-rate parabolic multi-leaf springs, optimized for easy installation. Below the climate controls is a row of buttons, for heated seats, door locking, park-alert shutoff, stability control shutoff, defrosters, and the emergency flashers. I am aware of four vehicles operated by a small company in Chicago all of which have this problem. A bathroom and kitchen inside means that you never need to rely on truck stops or fast food joints and a comfortable full size bed means you will always sleep well, whether in the middle of the wilderness or at a truck stop. An optional transparent plastic skylight was optional.
Passenger van seats had latches for easy removal. For 2009, Sprinter lost the gas engine and premium sound package, but gained an optional power sliding door, emergency windows, 180-degree rear door opening, two-stage side door opening, wheel chocks, roof rails, and auxiliary fuel tap. The Sprinter feels much more stable than a vehicle of its height should be. First Two Characters Refer to Seats. The respective dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Standing on a busy street or expressway with trucks and car speeding past while pour gasoline from a can into one of these stalled defective Sprinters is very risky.
Buyers could get a 3. Our particular vehicle had a 4. Remedy Cummings will notify owners to take buses to a Ricon dealer or service center who will install supplemental platform support bumpers. The recall began January 13, 2015. Owners may contact Cumming's customer service at 1-800-639-5438 or Ricon customer service at 1-800-322-2884.
Lower gearing would make it less responsive — though still quite adequate in acceleration — but more economical and much quieter above 45 mph; the transmission was already in fifth gear by 30 mph. Interim notices were mailed to owners on April 11, 2016. Other changes High-density headlamps with cornering lights had integrated wide-angle mirrors with turn signals; optional bi-xenon headlamps had glass lenses and solenoid-controlled shutters, with automatic range adjustment and a cleaning system. The heated seats are worth a mention, because they are available with cloth, and include both the seat and the seat-back, the latter being in some ways more useful especially to those with back problems. First Two Characters Refer to Seats.
This version of the Sprinter appears to be the people-transporter version, aimed at hotels and churches seeking better gas mileage from their full-sized vans. The tach is marked out in units from 10 to 70, a break from convention that can sometimes confuse the unsuspecting driver, used to having speedometers on the right and tachometers marked out with single or triple digits. The current powerplant is a 3. Though it is versatile and unique, it could have used an injection of Dodge common sense. Can also be charged via included battery charger. No attempt was made to make the Sprinter look like a luxury vehicle or even an upscale one; utility was first and foremost.