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pianotuna

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Posted: 08/13/19 06:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi EV2,

The diesel was joint ownership and being driven over 60,000 miles a year. On a GOOD day it would get 15 to 16 mpg US.

I'm not prepared or willing to change my own oil. The most I paid for an oil change was at a truck service center in Ontario where they fleeced me for $190. plus tax. More often it was about $145.

Diesel fuel was, at the time, cheaper than gas in Canada. But by the time I paid for fuel treatment, was more or less the same price.

The V-10 gets about 12.5 MPG, again on a "good day".

I loved both units.


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Posted: 08/13/19 07:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we were shopping, the thing that turned us off to the MB units was the weight capacity was 50% that of the Ford-based chassis. Just something else to keep in mind while shopping.


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don,t under stand your saying about the weight capacity. my 2007 sprinter some where I read towing is 5000# I tow a walleye boat back an forth to AZ not a problem an log 17mpg. just asking not starting a fued.p.s mines a 5 cyc engine.

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Posted: 08/13/19 07:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

midnightsadie wrote:

don,t under stand your saying about the weight capacity. my 2007 sprinter some where I read towing is 5000# I tow a walleye boat back an forth to AZ not a problem an log 17mpg. just asking not starting a fued.p.s mines a 5 cyc engine.

Not everyone travels with their entire family including the pets. You could do it in a Sprinter based moho, but the Ford will win the battle of the extra bodies and pets. Probably at the further expense of the fuel economy. Add weight, burn more fuel. Just depends on each person's priorities.


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guess so,theres just the two of us. pounds do make a difference.

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midnightsadie wrote:

guess so,theres just the two of us. pounds do make a difference.

They do. [emoticon]

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Hi Steve,

This is the way I see it.

Attractions of the Mercedes Sprinter.
1) better fuel economy with the diesel engine
2) nicer ride and driving experience along with better ergonomics
3) taller cab area for easier entry to and from the house
4) it's a Mercedes

Attractions of the Ford E350.
1) significantly lower purchase price
2) lower maintenance & gas prices combined, balances the lower fuel economy
3) more capable chassis carries much more weight and tows better
4) the V10 gasoline engine with 50% more power & torque performs better
5) the engine can endless-idle for alternative heat, a/c, & battery charging
6) over-head bunk is lower offering more bunk headroom and easier access
7) many more places to find service, especially important in remote areas

I feel getting a Sprinter is favorable if you are putting on piles-of-miles per year. One example would be if you chase ball teams all year long.

We own a 2007 E350-V10 motor home, bought brand new. I tracked fuel consumption for many years. From home near Chicago to destinations out west, I consistently averaged 9.2 - 9.5 towing a Jeep Liberty all the time, and 10.5 on the one trip out west towing nothing. Calculations was for the entire trip average without consideration to the fuel we burned running the generator. So the "true" mpg would be better.

Keep in-mind that most Sprinters are equipped with a propane generator because it is much cheaper and weighs less than a diesel generator.

When shopping for a "used" motor home, the E350 and Sprinter seem to be priced the same. The extra cost for a Sprinter seems to greatly diminish in the "used" market. That is great news when buying a used Sprinter, but bad news if you are selling the Sprinter you bought new.

Ron Dittmer

* This post was edited 08/13/19 10:14pm by ron.dittmer *


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We wanted a class c gas, but after sitting in the Mercedes Sprinter (diesel) we bought the C with a Sprinter chassis - for me, no comparison as far as comfort of the Mercedes v ford.

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Posted: 08/15/19 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Having owned and still own both gas and diesel engines I can say with certainty the gas engines are less costly to maintain.
Since the diesel engines now require DEF fluid, keep that cost in mind. Also, diesel fuel now has less sulphur which reduces the "lubricity" of the fuel. I add fuel stabilizer to my GMC Duramax to counteract that. Injector replacement runs 3K. 10 Quarts of oil and fuel filters. Check regularly as diesel has a lot of water in it.
As far as getting them serviced on the road, you will find more gas mechanics than mercedes diesel mechanics, that's for sure.

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The sprinter is an 11K chassis rating the e450 is 14.5k and the F550 that I have is 19.5. I get 10-11 not towing and 9-10 towing. I can change the oil and service is the same as many of the thousands ford pickups on the road. I can tow 12k too. I stayed away from the sprinter after seeing most were overloaded. I love having a diesel generator too.


John
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