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For what it's worth... I had a candid discussion with a Sprinter salesman regarding the release of the new Ford Transit. To say they are a little concerned would be an understatement. "The Ford Transit will crush the Sprinter"- was the most revealing statement made. Time with tell if this holds true, but I think it's very possible.
Personally, I'm rather concerned about jumping on board for a 1st generation vehicle, given the growing pains that Sprinter has gone through. I think I will take a wait and see approach to the Transit. If anything, hopefully it will knock Sprinter off it's high horse and be more competitively priced. Especially with regards to repair cost.
 

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For what it's worth... I had a candid discussion with a Sprinter salesman regarding the release of the new Ford Transit. To say they are a little concerned would be an understatement. "The Ford Transit will crush the Sprinter"- was the most revealing statement made. Time with tell if this holds true, but I think it's very possible.
Personally, I'm rather concerned about jumping on board for a 1st generation vehicle, given the growing pains that Sprinter has gone through. I think I will take a wait and see approach to the Transit. If anything, hopefully it will knock Sprinter off it's high horse and be more competitively priced. Especially with regards to repair cost.
I can see maybe the price just abit. But as far as repair cost go, Mercedes Benz has a reputation to uphold. If you want there product, your going to have to pay for it. There not going to build, sale and repair autos for the cost of a Ford, GM, Dodge. Just like they say,
Mercedes Benz, The Best Or Nothing.
 

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Their reputation for Sprinter servicing is horrible, so I guess they're upholding it.
 

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Hopefully the Transit will be under 43k or less. I never owned a Sprinter, but have had a few rides in them with other drivers. I like them, but never did want to pay out the money for one.

The many drivers I met did not own the one they were driving either. There were a few that did own their Sprinter. IMHO, you better be running a lot of miles to buy one. The 4 personal friends of mine left in expediting say they could not afford one with the miles they are getting. One is now a sprinter driver for an owner, and 3 are in vans. They are not rookies. They are hard pressed to get 1500 miles a week and usually 1200 is an average. Do the math......
 

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They are not rookies. They are hard pressed to get 1500 miles a week and usually 1200 is an average. Do the math......
Money, not miles ... do the math.

I do believe the Ford and Nissan, (when the high top, long bed versions), reach the market will certainly hurt the Sprinter.
 

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Hopefully the Transit will be under 43k or less. I never owned a Sprinter, but have had a few rides in them with other drivers. I like them, but never did want to pay out the money for one.

The many drivers I met did not own the one they were driving either. There were a few that did own their Sprinter. IMHO, you better be running a lot of miles to buy one. The 4 personal friends of mine left in expediting say they could not afford one with the miles they are getting. One is now a sprinter driver for an owner, and 3 are in vans. They are not rookies. They are hard pressed to get 1500 miles a week and usually 1200 is an average. Do the math......
Agreed.... Can't do cheap if you have a Sprinter.... If the Dodges are in the 40 range fords are usually more. Sticker shock anyone? Lol
 

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All 3 have 1 thing in common.... All imports and parts not made here.... All European engineered....
 

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All 3 have 1 thing in common.... All imports and parts not made here.... All European engineered....
In today's fast-paced, hyper-connected, interdependent, global economy, that holds true for many makes and models, does it not? What was once exotic is now common and is easily obtained.
 
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Not when it's taking them 62 days to get suspension parts from Egypt for the assembly line in Kansas
 

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I would suspect that if one would have problems within the first few months That replacement parts would be few and far between without a long wait to get them...
I'll will remind you of Todd's Deer hit back in 2010 not even two months into a new model year took 6 to 8 weeks to get parts from Germany now you can get most parts next day delivery Do you really think a Ford dealer in Omaha will have a needed waterpump? In the first year of a new model? On an engine is made in South Africa yet
 
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scottm4211

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The one positive thing about the new Ford and Dodge is that they offer gas engines that have been around for years. They also look to be pretty efficient. I wouldn't touch the diesel in either model.
 
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