33.1 MPG on a Sprinter Van!!! But there is more to the story!

This posting was from late 2012, but receives more hits online than any other article ever written by Dave, the “Sprinter Guy” which tells me that everyone is looking for a full size van with great fuel mileage. The amazing thing about this story is it was about a van with the V6 turbo diesel, before we even had the 4 cyl twin turbo with the 7-speed automatic transmission that most all of my customers tell me are getting 20% better fuel mileage than what the V6 gets. So now we have two great engine offerings for the full size Sprinter vans, the 3.0 liter V6 turbo diesel with the 5-speed automatic or the more fuel efficient 2.1 liter inline 4 cyl twin turbo charged engine mated to the 7 speed automatic.

You are reading that correctly – 33.1 MPG on a Sprinter Van

So here is the “Rest of the Story”


One of our Sportsmobile-Sprinter owners, let’s just call him JB, sent me this pic of his dash display. Seems JB was traveling around the Grand Canyon and started out the day at about 9,000 ft elevation. As you can see it’s 62 degrees, so most likely the A/C was off. And you see he traveled 13 miles in 31 minutes with an average speed of 25 mph.

He ended at the 4,000 foot level, and took this picture…31.1 mpg. So here is proof the Sprinter Van gets “Best in Class” in the fuel economy area.

Oh, and there’s more. Seems JB had made a wrong turn somewhere along the trip and had to head uphill to get turned around.

No matter what, here are a few pictures of what JB saw while on this part of his journey.

JB, thanks for sharing these photos with the Sprinter Guy and Sprinter Van lovers all over the world.

You can be enjoying the sites of our great nation in your own Sprinter Van with a Sportsmobile Conversion. Give Dave the Sprinter Guy a call at 512-942-6923 or email dave@sprinterguy.com for information about all things Sprinter.

In an update to the story about JB’s fuel economy, JB was in for service last week, and we visited about his Sprinter and the joy it has given him over the past couple of years. He says that he consistantly will get 22-24 mpg driving normally all over the USA. But in reality, getting 30 mpg is not too out of what many owners are getting with their 2014 4 cyl twin turbo diesel with 7 speed automatic Sprinter vans. If you would like more info about a new 2014 or 2015 Sprinter van, just complete the form below and submit. I will return to you the info you request.


We had this Sherrod Custom Van that was ordered by our customer, here for just a short while.

Sherrod Custom Conversion Vans from Waycross Georgia, sure made a sweet ride for one of our customers.

It was a low roof 144″ wheelbase van, in a beautiful Jasper Blue Metallic color. They did a fantastic job of fitting in room for 9 passengers, and still have plenty of space.

We can have one built for you to your exact specs. We work with Sherrod to give you the opportunity to custom build your van the way you want it. It can be a short wheelbase low roof like this one, or maybe you want the 170″ wheelbase high roof to give you more room inside.

Here is the link to a photo slideshow of the Sherrod built for our customer.

To get started with your custom van adventure, give Dave the Sprinter Guy a call at 512-930-6158 or email dave@sprinterguy.com

Looking for a custom Sprinter Family Van? Let us build one for you.

Let’s start with a 2500 Sprinter 170″ wheelbase cargo van, with factory deep tinted windows and roof top air conditioning.

Now we add fiberglass running boards color matched to the van.

You will notice that this van has the factory alloy wheels and the chrome trim on the grill.

Take a look inside

This one has fabric covered seats, but you can go with a leatherette or full leather seating if you wish.

You have a choice of easy to care for vinyl flooring, full automotive style carpet, or a rich real wood flooring material.

How many seats do you need inside?

This one has seating for eleven – but we can take out a few seats to give you room for…say a fridge and microwave!

You have to have a Big Screen TV to keep everyone happy on the trip.

Room for storing those books, toys, games, sweater or jackets can go above, just like on a plane.

You need light for everyone in the back, how about a skyview sunroof, to brighten up everything.

And everyone gets a drop down reading light at their seat, and how about the pull down shades for even more privacy.

But you never have enough storage room, right? So here is a secure area in the rear, that gives you plenty of room for luggage, strollers, coolers, or anything you need to take on your next trip.

We can build your custom family van to your exact specs. This conversion was done by Sportsmobile Texas, right here in Austin. They are an approved by Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, conversion company that has been building custom vans for over 51 years.

So I’m sure you are asking “How much will this cost me“, well here is exactly what this van has on it from the factory, and what this conversion would cost you to be built on a similar van.

Family Van 170 wb factory specs

This is a 2012 Sprinter 2500 170″ wb Cargo Van. It has a MSRP of $53,250. The Conversion done as you see it, (TV extra) would retail for $21,995 for a total retail price of $75,245.

This van sold for $71,331 as you see it equipped. Your final cost would depend on the factory options for the Sprinter and your exact Sportsmobile Conversion.

For more info about this or any of our Sprinter Vans, call Dave the “Sprinter Guy” at 512-930-6158 or email dave@sprinterguy.com

Check out the website for Sportsmobile at http://www.sportsmobile.com

This Is Why You Buy A Sprinter Van!!!!!

This is life at its best! Taking your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, with a Sportsmobile RV Conversion, and park it on the beach, 100 yards from the most southern part of Florida in Key West.

Thanks to Jim for sending me this picture of where he is today.

Maybe the Sprinter Guy needs to set up a mobile office there?.

Great News From Mercedes-Benz Sprinter!

It’s been a great year for Sprinter USA, and a fantastic year for the Sprinter Guy and Mercedes-Benz of Georgetown. But now it got even better for you, the buyer of a new M-B Sprinter Van.

Here are some updates for November 2011.

    Great Finance Terms – With approved credit from Mercedes-Benz Finance we can offer you 2.9% APR for 36 months, 3.9% APR for 48 & 60 months and 4.9% APR for 72 months. And in some cases we can add in to the financing part of any upfit conversions you may wish to have done.
    TRAC Leases are available – These are not regular passenger vehicle type of leases, these are commercial equipment leases where you can set the residual, and own the vehicle at the end of the lease. No mileage or usage restrictions, and your tax advisor may tell you this is the best way for you to finance your next new Sprinter van.
    Extend your Factory WarrantyMercedes-Benz Sprinter just announced the new Extended Limited Warranty for 2011 and 2012 Sprinter Vans. Now you can take the standard new vehicle warranty that is 3 years or 36,000 miles to 5 years or 100,000 miles or 6 years or 125,000 miles. This is a Mercedes-Benz ELW, not through some outside insurance company. For more details please contact me at 512-930-6158 or email dave@sprinterguy.com
    Inventory in Stock – I have vans, all models and sizes in stock and more coming in. There are 2011’s that we have some special offers on, and the new 2012’s are now rolling in. I even have the 3500 170 wheelbase one ton vans in stock. Passenger Vans, Crew Vans and Cargo Vans, all in stock and ready to go.

Finally, we have a special offer on our 2011 Sherrod short wheelbase, low roof custom van in stock. This van is a dream to drive, with every feature that you would like to have. In dash Navigation, rear back up camera, Bluetooth, Ipod connector, am-fm-cd, two 19 inch TV monitors so you can play games on one and a movie on the other, or two different movies with wireless headphones for 4 people. Very luxuious leather seating for 7, comfortable, economical to drive and it’s a Mercedes-Benz so it will last you a lifetime if you wish. The price has been lowered to $79,988.

Call Dave the Sprinter Guy for more information or to place your order for a new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van. 512-930-6158 or email dave@sprinterguy.com