Don't buy a Mercedes Sprinter
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a Daimler-Benz family of light-duty trucks.
Sprinter was introduced in early 1995. This low-tonnage truck with a gross weight of 2.6 to 4.6 tons was created for multi-purpose use in various fields, from comfortable transportation of passengers to transportation of building materials, at work, and in home gardens. In the segment of such cars, it differs with its multifunctionality and economy.
Mercedes Sprinter can be supplied as a minibus or a van, as well as a chassis, chassis with an onboard or tipper platform, with a high and standard roof, with a twin cabin and three wheelbase options: 3000, 3550 and 4025 mm. The car is designed according to the most advantageous principle in this weight category: a monocoque body, a semi-coil scheme, an engine mounted longitudinally in front, and rear-wheel drive. Along with the Vito, the Sprinter was called the "minibus of the year" for two years in a row.
This low-capacity truck is quite capacious: the useful volume of the closed Sprinter van is from 7 cubic meters (short base, regular roof) to 13.40 cubic meters (long base, high roof). In the version with a long base, you can easily load 4-meter boards or 4 euro pallets. Thanks to the sliding side door or through the fully swinging rear doors, loading with a loader is quite convenient. In variants with an onboard platform or a tipper body, the car's carrying capacity ranges from 750 kg (gross weight 2.59) to 3715 kg (6-ton), a Sprinter with a two-row cabin can be ordered to carry a crew of up to 7 people. When transporting passengers in a combi or passenger minibus, in addition to the driver, up to 9 people are comfortably accommodated.
Mercedes Sprinter XXL - two-door bus (one door - only for the driver) with an overall length of 7200 mm and a cabin width of 1930 mm transports 15-17 people in comfortable conditions. The frame of its body is welded from steel pipes, rectangular in cross section, and sheathed with steel sheets with a low tendency to corrosion. The roof, lining of the luggage compartment located in the rear overhang and the back of the body are made of highly durable plastic. Within the lateral parts of the body, three almost meter-high heights of tinted glass without vents were glued in, which required the installation of a controlled thermostat for central water heating and placement of ventilation and emergency hatches on the roof with remote-controlled lifting mechanisms. The features of the Sprinter XXL are the presence of shelves with lockable doors above the seats, which increased the body’s bulk rigidity, as well as the option of installing a table between the seats, a refrigerator, a video recorder.
All Sprinter models are thoroughly prepared for any transport tasks. Thanks to the serial steering with a rack and pinion and power steering, they are well managed even in cramped city streets. An independent spring-lever suspension is mounted at the front, the rear continuous axle is suspended on parabolic springs. For work in more difficult road conditions let out cars with all driving wheels. There are transmissions with permanent four-wheel drive or with a plug-in front axle and transfer box with a step-down gear. Drive axles with different transmission values of the main gear are additionally equipped with locking mechanisms.
One of the significant advantages of the Sprinter model are economical engines - four new diesel CDIs and one advanced gasoline engine, whose power is from 60 kW (82 hp) to 115 kW (156 hp). Sprinter cars develop maximum power in the range from 1400-1600 rpm to 2400-2600 rpm. An optional, automated manual gearbox with manual shift function allows optimum use of high torque. Fuel consumption is reduced by 3-5% compared with previous engines with direct injection. On request, you can install an automatic engine start / stop system, which after 3 seconds after stopping the car turns off the engine, which will save even at traffic lights, thus fuel consumption is reduced by another 2-8%. At the same time, the mileage resource has increased and, as a result, the durability of the motors. The system "common rail" allows you to reduce harmful emissions into the environment and engine noise. At the request of the customer, Sprinter can be equipped with an active Assyst service system, which regulates the oil change intervals depending on the actual operational load of the vehicle.
Much attention in the Sprinter cars is given to active safety, since working at full load and in extreme mode requires maximum efficiency. In this low-tonnage car a whole complex of systems is implemented that are responsible for ensuring the life and health of passengers. All-wheel disc brakes are effective even when braking a fully loaded car. Equipment includes serial ABS / ABD. The custom-fitted ASR traction control system, coupled with the ABS anti-lock braking system, prevents the wheels from spinning and ensures reliable traction on wet and slippery roads. For use in difficult road conditions, there are versions with all-wheel drive off. A Duo-Servo hydraulic parking brake, independent of the service brake, for the rear wheels. Sprinter has good deformation characteristics - the reinforced design of the front of the frame absorbs most of the energy in a frontal collision. For greater safety, the car can be equipped with three-point airbags with a tensioner for the driver and front passenger, as well as three-point seat belts on all seats in the passenger compartment.
In 2002, Mercedes equips its "transporter" with electronic motion stabilization system (ESP). Such a Sprinter first appeared before the public at an exhibition of special vehicles in Hannover in September 2002.
As it became known, Mercedes is preparing a new Sprinter. The next generation of Mercedes Sprinter LT3 utility buses is set to launch in 2006.
Sprinter buses turned out to be extremely popular in Europe and in the USA, the main plant for their production in Düsseldorf operates in 3 shifts and produces more than 150 thousand of these cars a year. With the launch of the new LT3, Mercedes promises to further increase the production of buses. In the US, Sprinter models are known as Freightliner. Under this name, they will be sold before the launch of the new model, which will appear on the market as the Dodge Sprinter. The cars will roll off the assembly line of a DaimlerChrysler plant under construction in Georgia, which will cost $ 720 million.
At the same time, Mercedes is launching the production of Sprinter in China, where they will be sold as cargo and passenger variants Vitos and Viano.