This is a picture of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van I drove today. I’ve been looking for an opportunity to do so for a while. (I was a school bus driver, remember?) The first thing I noticed about the vehicle was the clip on the dash for holding work orders. That was a pleasant surprise as I had printed out a map to our destination. It fit perfectly. The other thing I quickly noticed was the acceleration of the engine. Our Sprinter manager, Mike Collins, told me it has 188 hp but 325 lb ft. of torque! That torque really made the difference. Note that the van was empty so acceleration in a loaded vehicle will be different. But I’m sure that the torque will more than handle the payload of whatever is being carried.
That brings up a question. Who drives Sprinter vans? Since Leikin Motor Companies received the Sprinter dealership, I have been seeing more and more of these vehicles all over the place. We pass one in Concord on the way to church every week. My family saw a Sprinter limo bus in Cleveland. And our FedEx delivery driver uses one every day. Sprinters are primarily a commercial grade vehicle which is good for plumbers, electricians, and delivery services. But they have also been used for personal vehicles. Keep your eyes out for a Sprinter conversion van and think how much better your next vacation would be with room to stand up in the vehicle. (That brings back memories of our 1970’s turtle top Ford van.)
I like the possibilities this van brings for both passenger and commercial use. And I hope that we are able to help a lot of people with these vans. See our Sprinter website for more details.