Well after 268,000 miles im retiring my old sprinter Motovan, its still running very well but i need more space. my old sprinter is the 140 wheel base with the regular roof and it was just not quite long or tall enough. So i bought a full size sprinter bus from Holiday tours with 160,000 miles. it was listed on craigslist for $7k but had a problem with no hot starting, one test drive and i knew exactly what what was wrong with it. so i quickly gave the owner a run down on spinter vans, took a couple things apart, expained to him what was wrong with it and what it would cost him to fix it. after that i quickly talked him down to $3750, forked over the cash and off it went with a big grin on my face
well here she is
equipped with electric Bus doors and roof top AC.
so onto the fix for the hot start issue. a 2.7 Mercedes diesel must hold 3000 psi rail pressure to tell the injectors to fire, if they are leaking they cannot maintain pressure. so why did it start when it was cold? just like oil diesel thins when it gets hot and seeps through the injector. on scan with a proper Mercedes scan tool one could quickly see 1800 PSI rail pressure, and one test with the proper Mercedes injector leak off viles showed one significantly worn injector.
so one injector, and two glow plugs(unrelated issue), fresh fluids, and $1210 later and she is fixed running like a dream for a grand total of $4960 in purchase, parts, and labor couldn't be happier.
if you have a sprinter and need a trusty mechanic there is a sprinter van expert in Clemson, SC who specializes in working with the owner on their van to fix the issues and he has people come from California to service there vans....he is the best, this guy had my van starting like new in a hour and a half. He goes by Doktor A, google doktor A sprinter specalist look him up
ill post pics of the interior once its finished, when i bought it it was wide open inside with no seats or partition wall. so far ive got a partition built, carpet and padding on the floor and partition, next comes the seats, bunk beds, and bike mounts