Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2006 – 2013) Review

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2006 – 2013) At A Glance


+Excellent refinement and supple suspension, high quality cabin.

-Basic design is beginning to age, have a bit of a reputation for rust.

If there’s a supercar of the van world, it’s the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It offers performance, power and economy, so it has the jump on more orthodox supercars, and it can also carry plenty of equipment or cargo in its generous load bay.

As well as the turn of speed from the Sprinter’s potent engine options, they also meet Euro5 emissions regulations and have done since 2009.

It’s also a very wise choice for any other van buyer thanks to Mercedes-Benz vast choice of different configurations. There are different wheelbases, body lengths, roof heights, weights and specifications to pick from, giving the customer the opportunity to pick the van they really want and need.

Perhaps the only downside of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is another thing it has in common with supercars - price. It’s not as affordable as much of the competition, though it can be argued the Sprinter repays this with strong residual values in the used market and a warranty that lasts for three years and unlimited miles where most rivals limit this to 100,000 miles.

With this in its favour, plus a reputation as being one of the best vans in its class to drive, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter deservedly sits at the top table alongside the very best.


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Ask Honest John

What licence do I need to drive a van that's been converted to a camper?

"I am 18-years-old and I've just passed my driving test. I have bought a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter which I've converted into a campervan. Can I drive this sort of van on my licence as I want to travel all around Europe in it?"
A full UK driving licence (category B) entitles you to drive a conventional, rigid-axle van that weighs up to 3.5 tonnes. If the camper exceeds this weight, you might need to take extra tests before you can legally drive it.
Answered by Dan Powell

Should I treat the rust on my 2002 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter camper van?

"I've bought a 2002 4WD Mercedes-Benz Sprinter high roof van that's partially converted as a camper. It's been well maintained but has some rust along the bottom panels and underneath, though not bad for its age. I'm wondering if I should clean up and treat the rust thoroughly or just give it a good Waxoyl or similar and forget about it. Part of that consideration is whether to strip out the camper beds to get in behind the plywood and under the plywood floor. I'm unsure if it's worth the effort? Also, I've have people tell me it's a very desirable van with the 4x4 and the 313 CDI engine. Any thoughts?"
Given its age and presumably high mileage, I wouldn’t spend too much money on sorting the rust spots. Not unless it’s serious enough to provide an imminent MoT failure or impact the safety of the vehicle. The 313 CDI is a good chain driven engine, but at 15 years old it’ll be reaching the end of its life. I’d recommend having it serviced, with a full oil and filter change. Keep an eye on oil consumption though. Propshafts can also break on higher mileage vans, so check when this was last replaced.
Answered by Dan Powell

Engine seizure in Sprinter van - Should Mercedes-Benz pay for repairs?

"In 2013 the engine on my 2007 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter seized and the van was recovered to my local garage. The garage said the seizure was due to the fleece filter within the engine being blocked, which caused the engine oil to be expelled through the dipstick hole (even though the dipstick was in place). Mercedes-Benz issued a recall on all 2007 vans for this fault in 2010, but I never received a letter or had any contact from the manufacturer to modify my van under this recall. Do you think I have a claimed against Mercedes-Benz? The damage cost more than £5000 to fix. "
If you bought the van from a Mercedes-Benz dealer and have always had it serviced by dealers, then yes, you have a claim against the dealer. If you have had it serviced elsewhere, then how was the dealer to know you still owned the van when the TSB was issued?
Answered by Honest John
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