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Old 07-13-2016, 05:52 PM   #15
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Jannie's '04 has a Freightliner grill and she gets service at the Mercedes-Benz dealer.


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So I have a 2010 Airstream Interstate with the Mercedes grille, Mercedes badging on the outside but a Freightliner steering wheel and it says Freightliner on the title. Mercedes has no problem servicing it.
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It's not that simple. You need to read the above Wikipedia link for the convoluted story.
I was talking about interstate conversions, not sptinters in general.
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It is the same vehicle regardless of Freightliner, Mercedes, or Dodge grill.
The entire vehicle, chassis, engine, transmission is the same.
Think like Chevrolet/GMC/Pontiac/Oldsmobile/Buick, Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth, Ford/Mercury/Lincoln, Nissan/Infiniti, Honda/Acura, Toyota/Lexus
Our friend has a 2004 with a Freightliner grill and she takes it to the Mercedes dealer for service.
I have never quite understood the point/purpose of badging the same vehicle with several nameplates.
Just don't make no sense to me-

It is all about marketing and Sprinter badging is a long story of marketing. All three versions of the Sprinters ; MB, Freightliner or Dodge have IDENTICAL body panels, mechanical components and available options. They are not quite like the examples cited above as there are significant differences between a Chevy and Buick, or a Toyota and Lexus.


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Old 07-14-2016, 09:16 AM   #19
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There possibly are some brand differences in Today's GM world- except the trucks- the trucks are the same except for badging, grill, horn button- especially the Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana. They're like the 70's and 80's when there was a nearly identical model across all GM brands- Pontiac Parisienne/Bonneville, Chevrolet Impala/Caprice Classic, Buick LeSabre, Oldsmobile Delta 88- some them shared identical components- maybe a body accent line was different- A door from a Caprice would still bolt right on to a Delta 88 or LeSabre or...
Seems silly to me.
My Pontiac is better than your Buick.
My Oldsmobile is better than your Pontiac.
I can understand it a little better with Sprinter- attempting to get them sold through as many dealer networks as possible- sell them through Freightliner, Dodge, and Mercedes-Benz dealers- larger service network-
I guess eventually most everyone else figured out that most of the cars were really the same. That's why there are no more Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs.
That's why there are no more Plymouths.
That's why there are no more Mercurys.
I think the Toyota Scion brand will be defunct soon.
That's also why there are no more Freightliner or Dodge branded Sprinters.
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Pardon me if someone already mentioned this point but I don't remember seeing it earlier in the thread.

Some of the confusion arises because the *owners themselves* switched the badging, especially in the T1Ns. The practice was widespread and the Interstates on the road today reflect it. They figured that they had paid for a MB and so they wanted to show off their MB.

LB_3 and I are very much opposed to this practice for two reasons:

(1) Advertising wealth or even the perception of wealth attracts more crime. There's enough risk as it is with Interstates and other Sprinter-based Class B's getting broken into without voluntarily making it worse.

(2) We sometimes engage in stealth camping and don't want to generate any ambiguity about what we are driving. The more exotic it looks or sounds, the more unwanted attention it draws. When I walk into the office of a public facility to get an entry permit and they ask me what I'm driving, I reply "Dodge van" because that's what it is. All probing ceases at that point.
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We switched the badging on our dodge to mb. Was still registered as a sprinter. Could not get it changed to airstream interstate so it didn't matter what badging was on it. The tag agency used the sprinter vin.
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That's also why there are no more Freightliner or Dodge branded Sprinters.

Freightliner Sprinters are still sold in USA and Canada. If fact I just had my MB Sprinter/Interstate 70,000 mile service at the Freightliner Sprinter dealer in Annapolis, MD.

There would probably still be Dodge Sprinter sold in USA if Daimler still owned Chrysler. But it is now owned by Fiat and we get the Fiat designed Ram van instead.


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Freightliner Sprinters are still sold in USA and Canada. If fact I just had my MB Sprinter/Interstate 70,000 mile service at the Freightliner Sprinter dealer in Annapolis, MD.
Well, Daimler still owns both Mercedes Benz and Freightliner. In fact, Mercedes and Freightliner are literal next-door neighbors in Baton Rouge.
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