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Old 07-29-2021, 06:55 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by TXROADR View Post
If I remember correctly, MB warranty is 5 yr/100,000 mi from purchase date...
There are many variations on the emissions warranty - for example in California it is 5 yrs and 100k miles or 7 years and 70k miles and there is some other variation that extends to 8 years 80k miles - and now there are more extensions on certain parts following the AEM recall - if you have an honest dealer available that is likely your best source but as Reagan said - "Trust but verify" -
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Old 07-29-2021, 07:51 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by jacwjames View Post
Thanks for the replies.

Still considering options, but at least knowing that these model years are covered under recall is good.

FWIW. I noticed that my neighbor, who is a HVAC just bought a new MB Sprinter so I went over and looked at it. He is a car nut and done his research and decided the MB Sprinter was the best option for him. Price was good but I'd doubt I'd buy new. But if I found a gently used one I guess I'd consider it. Unfortunately now is not the time to buy used.
IMO the Sprinter is a great work van platform. They get used lots and that's what they need to keep the DEF system functioning properly.

In a RV application, there is a lot of sitting, and that is where the problems start.

DEF crystalizeses with evaporation, causing blockage in the very small injection nozzle. This will cause a engine warning code to come up, and then a shutdown of the engine, or in the case of MB, a count down of starts, then a no-start.

If you understand and are comfortable with that, then a Sprinter may be right for you.

My 2 cents.
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Old 07-30-2021, 07:07 AM   #17
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Good point on an RV application. This is a good point on any type of emission system and proper application. Probably one of the reasons they have resorted to a regeneration system that forces high heat to the diesel particulate filter (DPF).

Back in 2006-7 I was involved in restarting some mines that had been shut down. The equipment on site did not meet current emission standards so we had to install DFP's on them. Some of the equipment that was run hard worked with the DPF. Others not so much as they never got hot enough to burn off the carbon build up, we had to monitor the restriction and when it got plugged we'd pull the DPF, bake it in a high temp oven while at the same time have it on a vibrating table that would sake the carbon off.
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Old 07-31-2021, 09:48 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Ljwt330 View Post

When you had issues with the DEF system, did you go into limp mode? If so was there a warning of any kind?
Just once did it go into count-down mode. Having read about 'limp' mode, I made SURE to get to an authorized repair shop before that happened (I think it was down to about 8 re-starts). The problem was with a sensor (crystalized), which they replaced. Local TX dealer mechanic recommended to top off DEF before low light comes on. I have been doing so at about each 1,000 mi. So far no problems with that issue, however, recently had the whole mechanism replaced due to heater element malfunction (at 100 degrees in Texas...go figure...). Under warranty. Only solid yellow check engine light came on.
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