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Old 04-28-2011, 08:40 AM   #15
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Tow weight 2011

You may have a point. When I bought mine, the dealer told me the tow capacity had been increased on the 2011 models to 7500lbs, and this was reflected in the documents and on the MB Sprinter USA site as well.

Now, everything says 5000lbs again. Something definity has changed, so I guess MB must agree with you.

I won't be towing more than 3500 lbs, and even then only once or twice a year, so it really doesn't make any difference to me, but you would think they would know what the tow capacity is. Apparently not.

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Old 04-28-2011, 08:44 AM   #16
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Gerald,

After burning up the original tranny on my '04 Sprinter, I put on a re-built from Silver Star Transmillions in OK. They said that they re-inforced a few parts in the reman, but that these trannies needed an auxiliary cooler in addition to the one that is OEM from Mercedes.

I checked on my new '11 Sprinter and the cooler is a bit larger, but I am still going to add a second tranny cooler when I get the chance. It will benefit from that, even if you don't tow. My service van weighs close to 8000# loaded, so the extra cooling will be a definite plus!
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:58 AM   #17
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I see on the 2011 Data Sheet that MB has increased to spec but lewster has it right! If the tranny is the unchanged, I'd be very wary of pushing this limit. If you want to confirm that the tranny is the same as the earlier MY Sprinters, get someone to run the data card for your VIN and see what the transmission part number is. My 2008 FL 3500 has an A 642 010 52 45 transmission. If you send me your VIN by PM I'll run it on EPC and send you back a data card. These are pretty handy to have as they show the build data for your Sprinter in detail.
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You may have a point. When I bought mine, the dealer told me the tow capacity had been increased on the 2011 models to 7500lbs, and this was reflected in the documents and on the MB Sprinter USA site as well.

Now, everything says 5000lbs again. Something definity has changed, so I guess MB must agree with you.

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Gerald, I just looked at the MB datasheet for the 2011 Sprinter and it does show 7500# tow capacity for the 3500. You can see it at Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: The Official Website.
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According to the MBUSA Sprinter site, the 3500 chassis, which Airstream uses, is tow rated for 7500lbs.

Whether it is a good idea or not based on the tranny, is another thing.
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We must have been looking at it at the same time.

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Towing-build sheet

Thanks. I'll get it off the windshield VIN plate this evening and send it to you. I think the VIN on the title is different as Airstream uses a different one and I don't have the original VIN handy.

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I see on the 2011 Data Sheet that MB has increased to spec but lewster has it right! If the tranny is the unchanged, I'd be very wary of pushing this limit. If you want to confirm that the tranny is the same as the earlier MY Sprinters, get someone to run the data card for your VIN and see what the transmission part number is. My 2008 FL 3500 has an A 642 010 52 45 transmission. If you send me your VIN by PM I'll run it on EPC and send you back a data card. These are pretty handy to have as they show the build data for your Sprinter in detail.
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Lew,

If you are going to add a second tranny cooler, will you be using the Sprinter Store to install it as you mentioned in an earlier post?

Also I noticed that the Sprinter Store no longer has a transmission temperature gauge for sale. Any ideas about a temp gauge?

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If you are going to add a second tranny cooler, will you be using the Sprinter Store to install it as you mentioned in an earlier post?

Also I noticed that the Sprinter Store no longer has a transmission temperature gauge for sale. Any ideas about a temp gauge?

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Barry,

You read my mind!

I am having the Sprinter Store do the install as soon as I get back to OR. I have heard that a lot of Sprinter owners are using the Scan Gauge II for trans temp, engine temp and other info. I am going to this also, as my new '11 only has idiot lights and no longer has an engine temp gauge like my '04 had.
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Lew,

I seem to recall that Sprinter owners still haven't got the trans temp to work on the Scan Gauge II. Please post any information you find out.

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Lew, Pattonsr, Others:

I use the Scan Gauge ll but as far as I can tell it doesn't provide transmission temperature. Apparently the Sprinter doesn't make that factor available.

I bought the transmission cooler from The Sprinter Store last October and had it installed by a competent mechanic in Ontario. When I asked Oregon why they'd discontinued the temperature gauge they said not to worry, I didn't need it, the cooler would lower the fluid temperature by "about 20 degrees".

Sound fishy?

I am going to keep looking, trying to find a gauge that will measure exhaust gases too.

I'm glad that I preemptively installed both the cooler and the retrofit turbo resonator. My rig is very heavy, 14,500 pounds, and struggled in the Appalachians but nothing went wrong on my recent 165 day long trip - staying over at 37 American cities - including Tuscaloosa, hit so hard by a tornado last night.

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The ScanGauge II can read transmission temp via the XGauge commands. I haven't found the time to try this but see ScanGaugeII - Add-A-Gauge for an explanation. There is a link on this page that will get you a pdf file listing the commands.
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Wayne,

I haven't seen anyone successfully read the transmission temp via the ScanGauge II for a Sprinter. Have at it and let us know what happens.

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Wayneskid, thanks.

The Sprinter doesn't show on the pdf and I've heard or read somewhere, forget which now, that the Sprinter doesn't report transmission temp.

I am going to contact ScanGauge directly to see what I can find out and will report back.

Thanks again.

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