Who Invented The Cargo Van?

Let’s take a look at the history of Vans from Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz History of Vans.

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And what is coming down the road in the next few years?

  • We are taking orders for 2018 Sprinter and Metris vans
  • The new Sprinter van is expected to be a 2019 model year
  • Production will begin in the expanded Ladson South Carolina facility in late 2018 calendar year

For more info about the current inventory of 2016 Sprinter Passenger vans with Very Special Offers, and the new 2017 Sprinter and Metris vans, call Dave at 512-942-6923 or email dave@sprinterguy.com


Here is the latest on 2017 Sprinter Production.

Finally, we are now able to place orders for both the 4 cyl and V6 diesel engine Sprinter vans, for production that starts in late January, with the first vans to arrive sometime in April.

I will post updated order guides in the next couple of days so you can print them off to do a build on your own, then send me your wish list to make sure it builds correctly and let me give you my suggestions.

4 wheel drive production is still going to be slim, and there are currently orders that have been in the system for 2016’s that will be the first 2017’s to get built. If you want to get an order submitted for a Sprinter 4×4 it is very important to get your order in asap to get yours in the queue for future production slots.

On another note, I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and my hope is for you to have a great New Year.

Dave, the Sprinter Guy



This is the correct Mobil 1 motor oil in the Sprinter van

The question has come up from some customers about the proper motor oil to use in the Sprinter vans.

OK, so here is what comes from our chief Sprinter tech in regards to proper oil for Sprinter models 2010 and newer!.

The weight of the oil, 0W30, 5W30, 5W40, etc is not as critical as using the latest rated oil that creates less soot. The proper oil to use is one with a rating of 229.52, which supersedes oil with a rating of 229.51 or 229.31.

The most important thing is that it has the ESP on the bottle as this is formulated for our turbo diesel engines.

Mobile 1 ESP 0W-30 motor oil for Sprinter Diesel engines

To answer the question about 0W30 compared to 5W30 or 10W30, the first number is typically lower if you live in very cold climates. But again there is not too much difference between 0W30 or 5W30 as long as it has the 229.52 low soot rating.

If you have any questions about your Sprinter Van, please feel free to send an email to dave@sprinterguy.com. If I don’t have the answer I will do everything I can to get it for you.