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Old 02-26-2024, 11:22 PM   #1
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Anyone have thoughts on a 2500 sprinter 170 wheelbase vs 3500?
Iíve Heard 2500 has lacking power.
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Old 02-28-2024, 07:07 PM   #2
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This Sprinter forum has a large group of owners who will likely help with your question.

https://sprinter-source.com/forums/index.php
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Old 02-29-2024, 12:09 AM   #3
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Anyone have thoughts on a 2500 sprinter 170 wheelbase vs 3500?
Iíve Heard 2500 has lacking power.
Lacking power? They have the same engine for 2021 all Sprinter 2500 and 3500 had the 3.0L V-6 diesel. The 3500ís usually have a lower ratio rear end.

It really depends on what you want to do with a Sprinter. For a full RV build the 3500 dually is best choice as it has a much higher gross weight rating.
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Realized after I posted. The difference between 2500/3500.
I meant the 4 cylinder vs the v6 motors?
Sorry for the confusion
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Our erstwhile 2014 GWV Legend had an OM-651 4 cylinder 2.143 liter with 2 stage turbocharging and the 7G-Tronic 7 speed transmission.

I have my issues with Sprinters, but this engine is not one of them. Ignoring emissions problems (which are the same with all Sprinter diesels), this engine was a dream. Fuel efficient, reliable, and plenty powerful. I assume its successors are just as good. No reason to prefer the V6, IMO.
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I have a 2017 Sprinter 2500 with the V6 engine and a RV build close to the GVWR of the van and power is no problem. We have driven up virtually every major steep mountain pass in the country with no problem. We have also driven across the country many times going 7-8 mph over the speed limit passing all of the endless lines of semi trucks with absolutely no power issues. I have no personal experience with the longer vans or duallies because I want a shorter vehicle but I doubt power would be a problem.
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"Powerful enough" is a very personal thing and everybody will have a different opinion of how much is enough.


Sprinters of all engines that we have run across in our travels could keep up with traffic and get up all the mountains for sure, but they are not very quick to accelerate from low speeds or to go up mountains at higher speeds when compared to our 07 6.0 Chevy gasser in the 190P, even. We are much quicker to get going and faster on the passes until we get past 10K feet when the having the turbo makes the Sprinters similar in speed maintenance.


Of course the newer Chevies with the 6 speed automatics and more power are quicker yet, and the Ford Ecoboost in the transits makes all of the others look like they are sitting still.


The only way to tell is to drive them and see if you are comfortable with the power available as what others say is not relevant or barely applicable in any given case. Of course the one you drive has to be a full conversion like you are going to buy so at the a similar weight.
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