Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: East TN
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My Promaster is a 2014 with 74,000 miles. Due for replacement at 95,000 miles, so I watch all the forums, just to stay informed and make the best decision when I reach that replacement time.
The only Promaster engine issue a few high mileage guys saw was a camshaft roller bearing wearing out. It was redesigned sometime around 2017-2018 model year.
Over here, I believe there are 4 engine failure threads. Water in the air filter too.
They are no drivetrain issues on the Promaster. Few transmission issues. No CV joint issues.
Over here, many, many drive shaft issues.
Overall, I have no fear of the Promaster mechanically and will likely replace mine with another. I see no reason to change so far.
One huge factor making it difficult to place the Transit in the running for my money, is the interior roof height is too short for me to stand. The extra high roof transit will never be an option. Too expensive.
What Promaster forum are you on? I've spent a lot of time on promasterforum.com and there are multiple instances of blown engines, cracked flex plates, cracked heads, replaced transmission, leaking roofs and walls, intermittent electrical problems, grounding issues, etc. A friend of mine locally has been dealing with water leakage and electrical issues for 7-10 months now and is about to start the arbitration process for a lemon law buy back.
I'm with GapRunr....I wanted a Promaster bad enough I was trying to look past all of the engine valvetrain and transmission issues I was reading about. Then a buddy's Promaster blew the transmission on the freeway and it felt like a sign. I would say "buyer beware" on a Promaster.
I have a 4 cyl diesel Sprinter that gets 24-27 MPG. But unfortunately MB no longer makes it, so I'm not sure what the heck I'd get if I had to replace it...
The reports I've read on the 4-cylinder diesel Sprinter are very positive. I think you should get many years of service out of that van. It and the Transit were the only vans I seriously considered after researching the four tall van options.
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