TRANSIT VS. SPRINTER (Part II - Page 18 - Ford Transit USA Forum
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Our 2014 Sprinter has proven reliable and apart from one minor hiccup fixed in 1 hour under warranty, trouble free.

The fuel mileage with the 2.1 diesel and sweet 7 speed auto is simply stupendous, Puts the Transit to shame.

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Our 2014 Sprinter has proven reliable and apart from one minor hiccup fixed in 1 hour under warranty, trouble free.

The fuel mileage with the 2.1 diesel and sweet 7 speed auto is simply stupendous, Puts the Transit to shame.
The fuel mileage with the Sprinter is much better than the Transit. If that is the most important aspect of a van, then the Sprinter is the better choice. For that advantage you have to sacrifice in other areas.

I had a diesel 08 NCV3 Sprinter that I am happy to have sold and IMO the Transit is a much better vehicle. Drove Sprinter for 56,000 miles so believe I understand what it is.

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The fuel mileage with the Sprinter is much better than the Transit. If that is the most important aspect of a van, then the Sprinter is the better choice. For that advantage you have to sacrifice in other areas.
I still remember considering the diesel option for the Transit.
Dave, you were the first to realize how foolhardy that would be.
I just completed my fifth 4000+mile trip in the 3.5 Transit.
Got hit with $2.10/gallon fill-up at one stop!
The rest were $1.69-$1.99.
I'm moving out of my house and into the Transit by July.
I'll sleep a lot better than if I were at the mercy of a Sprinter's quirks.
And if I still had the '08 170" high Sprinter and was moving into that?
I'd probably be looking at quite a few weeks of homelessness over the coming years while repairs were being sorted out.

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I'm going to dredge up this old thread because I agonized over it when making my decision (thank you all for your contributions). In the end, the Transit won thanks to the following:
-Less expensive up front
-Better mirrors
-Better driving and handling experience (IMO)
-Better Bluetooth, radio and interface
-Ford dealer network
-Fear of voiding the MB warranty with simple modifications (i.e., plug in trailer wiring harness)
-Feeling that long term maintenance costs vs the Sprinter will outweigh any decreased residual value of the Transit vs the Sprinter

Sprinter had some distinct advantages:
-Easier entry/exit
-Quieter interior
-More dash-top bins for crap

It all comes down to what serves the purposes of the driver. If I were a delivery courier, I probably would have put a higher priority on the Sprinter because of the entry/exit. For my purpose of picking up and hauling a lot of boxes long distances down the Interstate (work) and spending a lot of time camping (play), the Ford seemed like the more logical combination of features.
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MBZ makes fine vehicles, however they are not without nagging, sometimes, serious issues. I know. I own a 2001 E430 4-Matic. I have no doubt the main drive train is bullet proof. Can't say that for other components of the car. I have had multiple, still unresolved electrical issues and failures (sometimes, I think the car is possessed), multiple failed power window regulators, A/C issues, etc. I have other, far less expensive vehicles with equivalent mileage and none of these issues. For a very expensive car, I find this unacceptable. Note: MBZ's are very, very expensive to repair, both parts and labor, through an MBZ dealership.

Beyond the probability of issues with that Sprinter, one must take into consideration the support network. It's easy to be blinded by the glow of a shiny new toy and to downplay this issue when purchasing a product of any kind. But, when you need help, you want it now. If you don't live very close to a MBZ dealership, you are going to be very unhappy when your Sprinter needs servicing or something goes wrong, not just because of the outrageous bill you'll receive, but by the sheer hassle of getting there. In the case of a traveling/camper van, you are really tempting fate that you will never have a problem far away from the nearest MBZ dealer.

Regardless of whether you are purchasing a van, a computer, or any other major investment, it's important to know somebody's got your back and you won't be left high and dry when something goes wrong. Remember - PPPPPP :-)
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Regardless of whether you are purchasing a van, a computer, or any other major investment, it's important to know somebody's got your back and you won't be left high and dry when something goes wrong. Remember - PPPPPP :-)
We've had a few bad service experiences on the forum, with Ford dealers. BUT, they do exist, pretty much everywhere, and, they often do respectable work. And, dealer service issues are not restricted to Ford. Not to mention, that you're more likely to find an independent who will work on a Ford.

I don't mean to taunt the few Mecedes people that may be here, but, I think about this every time this thread comes up: I literally, definitely, positively would not accept a Sprinter [no, ANY current Mercedes] for free, unless it was understood that I could turn right around and sell it.

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I have no doubt there are problematic dealers within the Ford network, just as I encountered some problematic GM dealers with my previous vehicle. It's sort of the nature of the business I suppose and depends on how well trained the techs are at each location. Get into indy shops, and I'd much rather have the Ford. It's really hard to find a trustworthy indy mechanic for a MB or any European car for that matter.

I also have to give the Sprinter credit for the rear door handles on the inside, the optional little cargo pockets in those doors (we get speakers), and the ease with which one can pass from the drivers seat to the cargo area. Though that last one is negated if a cargo partition without a pass through door is installed. Their factory partition with the window is very nice, however.
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Can't resist chiming in....

I've had enough problems with my one Transit to spread around ten thousand owners.

The Transit could easily have been an outstanding vehicle, perhaps the competition is so weak it does not need to be.

I would still buy another Transit. It is a decent all-round vehicle.

I would not buy a Sprinter for all the reasons elaborated on by many owners.

Ford dealer Service shop expertise is not deep. But they try hard given their level of training and compensation... I will not fault them.

Ford Corporate - very disappointing. They have massive resources to solve problems like mine, but for inexplicable reasons they will avoid intervention unless the law steps in. It must be a calculation similar to how many deaths a defect will cost to litigate vs how much it costs to fix it.

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MY TROUBLED TRANSIT - 2016 T150, MR, RWB, 3.5EB. Delivered 11/15 with major steering, tire, & alignment defects. Had 6+ front-end and Sub-Frame alignments. 6 defective tires replaced. Also Steering Rack, 2 Axle Seals, Diff Gasket, Rear Brakes and Rotors, PS Pump, Wet Air Filter, Hi stop-light. Crankcase P Sensor failed at 23,500 kms. To Date, 39 days at Ford Service. See "New Van Didn't Get Far"
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