This week we’re looking at the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Wagon Passenger Van. What a lot of attention this vehicle commands. Size makes a big impression but more than that it has more applications than I imagined. Several asked if it was available in a motor home / RV configuration and the answer is no – not an option from Dodge. But conversions are pretty exciting. Take a look at this link for a You Tube video of an amazing RV application. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4ZLF7NVoe4. You can also go to www.colonialairstream.com for more information.
Those who asked commented that their 40 foot outfits are simply too cumbersome to maneuver – especially for use by only two people. A modified Sprinter is a perfect application for those shorter get-a-ways.
As configured, this model seats 12 and is like a small bus that you can stand up in.
Coincidentally my neighbor was hosting a large party for a class reunion and had a need to shuttle folks from a parking area to the party. This was a hit and a real convenience for all. It was easy to maneuver and the roof air and lighting was great for the untimely heat wave.
These vehicles are very popular in Europe and becoming popular in the US as well. They are getting very attractive and although they are easy to drive and smooth on the highway it becomes a liability when it comes to parking.
Parts – n/a
Assembly – Germany
Class: – Heavy duty.
Cars: – Caliber, Challenger, Charger, Dakota, Durango, Durango Hybrid, Grand Caravan, Journey, Magnum, Nitro, Ram 15-25-3500, Sprinter, Sprinter Wagon & Viper.
The turbo diesel is plenty powerful for the application. On the open highway it will keep up with traffic in any condition. But as noted above when on the streets you will have to be constantly aware of the overhead clearance. Thus its application is more leaning to commercial use.
Fuel economy for this diesel is better than Ford or Chevrolet by 2-5 mpg with its Turbo V6 versus the V8 power of the others. The V6 is more than adequate even with the size difference.
Streamlined appearance is really so much better than earlier models so it appeals to more people and more applications. It was unattractive in the earlier model years.
Fit and Finish:
$47,000 with basic stuff without roof air and special paint and tricked out with most all options it will cost about $63,000.
Conveniences and comfort:
Comfortable bus like with lots of storage. It has a smooth stable feel. Tall profile requires more care of overhead clearance areas. Thus most inside parking will be very limited.
If you have a need to carry lots of folks and gear this is an option to look at. The competition is more conventional with larger displacement V8 engines but the Turbo Diesel is better overall. The others seat the same number of people with less cargo area and less head room. Sprinter is more unique and more commercial in size and application. There are only two others in this class so you can easily find the one that fits your need best.
Dodge Sprinter Wagon $42-47,000, Ford E Series Wagon $28-36,000, Chevrolet Express $28-34,000, GMC Savana $28-34,000.
Tall walk in passenger comfort, nice styling, powerful Turbo Diesel.
Tall profile that limits parking options that means you don’t park in underground facilities.
3.0 liter V6 Turbo Diesel engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel antilock brake, adaptive electronic stability program, front stabilizer bar, traction control, power rack and pinion steering, keyless entry, power locks, power windows, emergency exit window, electric powered auxiliary heater, 25 gal fuel tank, climate control air conditioning, audio with CD player, 1st and 2nd row 3 passenger bench seats, 3rd row 4 passenger bench seat, tire pressure monitor.
Silver metallic paint is $1,185 and other options are available such as roof air and special interior lighting, added side airbags, cold climate special heating, increased insulation etc than will bring the total price up as high as $63,000.
$2.75/ Gal avg. August 8, ‘09
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18 City and 20 Highway MPG