Originally Posted by pmclemore
All kidding aside (and I love all you guys) - you can be sure I will be checking out the Fords and Dodges when it gets time to retire my 2004 Duramax. I do hope it won't be anytime soon, as the price will be steep whatever I do.
I hope the next one will be as perfect as the present one is.
Can't resist: those of you who sing German diesels' praises should go to school on Lewster's experience with his Sprinter.
Did someone mention my name? I thought that my ears were burning!
The 'schooling' that Pat refers to is this (with a new chapter as well):
After using my '04 Sprinter 2500 as my service van and as the TV for my '06 19CCD, I had several major problems.
First was the harmonic balancer that went out for the second time and took the keyway on the front of the crank with it at 105,000 miles. Luckily it was a MOPAR replacement part that failed and Dodge took care of the replacement of the entire bottom end of the engine.
Second was the triple whammy I had while returning to FL from Summer in Oregon via the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Went thru a turbo, alternator and transmission in 5 DAYS
in Oct. '08. That little fiasco cost me $10,000!!!!
I then bought a new '08 Dodge Ram 2500 with The CTD and 6 speed MANUAL tranny as the new TV. No problems there as the Ram 2500 is a towing BEAST! It was just too small and difficult to work out of a pick up when you are used to a Sprinter, which was to be a service van only now.
The LAST STRAW
happened about 7 weeks ago. As I'm driving in Naples, minding my own business, I notice a lot of white smoke coming from somewhere and wonder who is having an engine melt-down. TURNS OUT TO BE ME!!!!!!
I pull right over and open the hood and find the engine smoking and totally covered with oil. Maybe it's the turbo again??? Catastrophic failure??????
Mercedes is now selling and servicing the Sprinters (as they should!) so I have it taken there and await the diagnosis. Hole in the #2 piston causing massive blow-by and spraying oil out of the dipstick. Engine is a gonner as they can not remove 4 of 5 injectors...frozen solid into the top of the block!
And the worst news..no re-builts or even good used engines available and a new one is $14,000 installed from Mercedes. What to do....what to do?
BUY A NEW SPRINTER...of course! No, I haven't lost my mind and I really didn't want or need a car payment as the Sprinter was paid for, but the new version of the van is a better (3.0L 6 cylinder diesel used across the entire Mercedes vehicle range), bigger, more powerful, smoother and much more refined. It WILL NOT be used for towing on cross country jaunts and will be my new service vehicle from now until the warranty runs out. Then a new one again!
Lesson learned......... don't keep a vehicle past the original power train warranty (or purchased manufacturer's extended warranty) if you expect to have any funds in the bank after the warranty period expires and you depend on said vehicle for your livelihood.