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Thanx, Dave... Haven't thought this through yet - so far just bouncing ideas/options. The driver's side slider, I think, might be nice for creating a more open space opened along with the passenger side slider. Might not feel as cramped enclosed inside when parked with both doors open? Just thinking out loud...
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Not a big deal. The tunnel is maybe (from memory) 4" high at the dash end and it tapers down toward the back. Both the drivers and passengers feet are lower than the top of the transmission tunnel. Why the concern?
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My 2003 Chevrolet Express has Flat Floor

The Sprinter has a mild hump

I move from drivers seat to back of van and walk back and forth lots....Really do not want to catch my foot and stumble on intrusive floor rises

Also, handbrake to right of driver seat looks like it may also be an obstacle when walking from front to back...
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I am going to drive down to Dearborn this weekend, I know where engineering part their "M-plated vehicles" they use for on road testing to see if i can "see" anything.
I agree about the dealers don't know sh*t comment, we (at this forum helping each other) is the best source.


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Express floor is no longer flat, it was been bumped up for the 6-speed.
It was the first thing I noticed, not much.

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Need to see photos and ultimately see...

My 2003 Chevrolet Express has Flat Floor

The Sprinter has a mild hump

I move from drivers seat to back of van and walk back and forth lots....Really do not want to catch my foot and stumble on intrusive floor rises

Also, handbrake to right of driver seat looks like it may also be an obstacle when walking from front to back...
Neither "hump" or parking brake were a problem going to the back.
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I am going to drive down to Dearborn this weekend, I know where engineering part their "M-plated vehicles" they use for on road testing to see if i can "see" anything.
I agree about the dealers don't know sh*t comment, we (at this forum helping each other) is the best source.


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that is always the case though

dealers are the last to learn stuff
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I am going to drive down to Dearborn this weekend, I know where engineering part their "M-plated vehicles" they use for on road testing to see if i can "see" anything.
I agree about the dealers don't know sh*t comment, we (at this forum helping each other) is the best source.


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that is always the case though

dealers are the last to learn stuff
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thats what i have noticed, sad that their front line people are some of the most uninformed people we can come across.
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The first time I saw one was at the auto show, LWB mid roof ecoboost just like I want. Ford had a young woman engineer to answer questions and she knew NOTHING about it!
To her credit, see noted everything I asked her on her phone and said she going to find her Boss. Then I (me) had about 10 people following me around and asking questions. In humor, I demo what I could: "these are magnets inside the rubber bumper to keep the 270 deg rear doors from hittng the body" one of the people held their key ring and it stuck, they said Cool.
Another wanted a diesel, the engineer girl showed up and again started to note every, FUNNY
I told the diesel guy about the urea tank and she said WOW, now I know why it has 2 gas caps.
She was polite, but CLUEless about the highest traffic vehicle at the show.
Clearly a step UP from the econoline in total package.

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The first time I saw one was at the auto show......Ford had a young woman engineer to answer questions and she knew NOTHING about it!

Another wanted a diesel, the engineer girl showed up and again ....

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At the Detroit show Ford had plenty of folks wearing white coats looking like they knew how to use the 'ole slide rule that were MODELS, (male and female), NOT engineers.
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