Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-13-2019, 07:09 PM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Alberta
Posts: 4
Default 2006 Mercedes Diesel good or bad?

Hi Everyone,
Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum, I wasn't sure where it belonged.

I am getting closer to the buying decision and there is a 2006 Itasca Navion available near me that I am going to look at today. It is based on the sprinter chassis has a 5 cylinder Mercedes Diesel and 53000 miles.

I am wondering if these older Mercedes engines are more reliable than the newer V6 engines and what experiences anyone has had with these over time concerning repairs and frequency of repairs on the drive train.

I have absolutely no experience with diesel engines. All my experience is with Ford V10 engines in my last 3 motor homes.

The Navion appears to have an abundance of interior storage, great layout and reasonable exterior storage.

Any thoughts please chime in. Thanks.

Cheers, Mike.
__________________

copemanphoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2019, 07:58 PM   #2
Platinum Member
 
ponti33602's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Florida
Posts: 226
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by copemanphoto View Post
Hi Everyone,
Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum, I wasn't sure where it belonged.

I am getting closer to the buying decision and there is a 2006 Itasca Navion available near me that I am going to look at today. It is based on the sprinter chassis has a 5 cylinder Mercedes Diesel and 53000 miles.

I am wondering if these older Mercedes engines are more reliable than the newer V6 engines and what experiences anyone has had with these over time concerning repairs and frequency of repairs on the drive train.

I have absolutely no experience with diesel engines. All my experience is with Ford V10 engines in my last 3 motor homes.

The Navion appears to have an abundance of interior storage, great layout and reasonable exterior storage.

Any thoughts please chime in. Thanks.

Cheers, Mike.
From my reading, and I have no experience, folks say the 5 cylinder diesels were the best in comparison to the newer 4 or 6.
__________________

__________________
Regards,
Bob

2017 RT Agile SS
ponti33602 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2019, 08:02 PM   #3
Site Team
 
avanti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,764
Default

The 5 cyl engines are widely considered to be more reliable than the newer ones, based on their relative simplicity and lack of exotic emissions systems. They are, however, comparatively unrefined and truck-like.
__________________
Formerly: 2005 Airstream Interstate (Sprinter 2500 T1N)
Now!: 2014 Great West Vans Legend SE (Sprinter 3500 NCV3 I4)
avanti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2019, 06:13 AM   #4
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: NC
Posts: 62
Default

One of the best diesel engines ever if maintained properly...
bigfelipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2019, 12:40 PM   #5
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: League City, TX
Posts: 629
Default

I'm assuming from the size and weight of that model, that it's a 3500 T1N Sprinter chassis underneath it, rather than a 2500. I don't have numbers, but there weren't many 3500s sold in North America (I've only seen one in the wild).

Yes, the T1N Sprinter is widely perceived as being the more reliable option, supposing you do your maintenance. At this point, they are suffering the effects of age (>10 years out of production) so a lot of belts, hoses, gaskets, etc. parts need to be replaced.

Part of the secret to ownership is to find a good mechanic to help with maintenance. Even if you do a lot of DIY work, you'll probably want some help. I've been unhappy with the service I've gotten in the Houston area. To the extent possible, I plan to use Million Mile Sprinter in Philadelphia going forward (that works for me because I drive from Houston to Nova Scotia every year, so I'm going that way anyway).

Sprinter Forum is the treasure trove of information on mechanical and maintenance issues. Go to the "T1N Talk" and "T1N Write-Ups" subforums.
InterBlog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2019, 05:08 PM   #6
Platinum Member
 
Davydd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4,202
Default

Our T1N Pleasure-way Plateau Sprinter RV of that era was a 2500 as I think all Sprinter RVs of that era. 22 miles per gallon plus and a 500 mile fill up range was heaven. The only issue was the plastic resonator at the time and we did not get hit in over 65,000 miles and the next owner got my spare aluminum one we carried but never used (unless the dealer kept it for himself). It definitely had the old diesel rattle sound compared to the newer 4 and 6 cyl. Sprinter engines, but not as much as the diesel pickups that dominate the campgrounds pulling trailers and 5th wheels.
__________________
Davydd
2015 Advanced RV Ocean One Mercedes Benz Sprinter
Previous Class Bs:
2011 Great West Van Legend Sprinter
2005 Pleasure-way Plateau TS Sprinter
Davydd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2019, 05:45 PM   #7
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: League City, TX
Posts: 629
Default

Some of the van body T1N rigs were 3500 - I saw one in a local parking lot, but I do not recall the brand. And I'm remembering from somewhere that the 3500 was used for some Class Cs.

The typical 2500 built out as a Class B is very close to the GVWR of 8,500 pounds. Some Class C models are heavier than that, such that manufacturers really couldn't use the 2500s for those configurations.
__________________

InterBlog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.