Mercedes Sprinter 2.7 5 cylinder. 2002

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  1. slverdreamers

    slverdreamers Read Only Funster

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    Looking at purchasing an A class van fitted with this engine automatic, I believe it is chain driven, (one reason for buying it) but my brother insists it is belt driven
    Any one advise please
    Pete
     
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    Chain
     
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    Chain driven, very good engine even if a bit growly, good for 250,000 miles

    spongy
     
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    The camshafts in mine are quite definatly chain driven. Rear wheels driven via gearbox and differential :) It might pay to do a little research into the automatic gearbox I had the choice of either and decided upon a manual after reading comments on the web.
     
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    Cam is chain driven

    There is a grooved V belt which goes around numerous tensioner pullies and drives the water pump, alternator, power steering and numerous other takes offs. Wise to carry a spare one of these. Sometimes referred to as the serpentine belt.
     
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    There were two kinds of 'auto' gearbox fitted with this engine. One, the more common, is called a 'Sprintshift' and is a six-speed automated manual box. I.e. it has an automatic clutch and can be left to shift on its own, or can be selected manually. The other is a five-speed full auto with a torque converter.
    There have been reports of the Sprintshift having a few reliability problems but many motorhomers have had good experiences with them. Daimler stopped fitting this box some time ago.
    Mine has the full auto 5-speed box and I think it's great. It too can be over-ridden manually by moving the selecter to the right or left to change up and down. But I rarely bother to do it unless I really have to force engine braking. The box is an 'auto-adaptive' variety and senses when engine braking is required, changing down of its own accord if you are going down a steep hill and touch the brakes.
     
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    fantastic engine with shed loads of torque. make sure you get it nice and hot on your test run, turn it off, then restart it a minute later........just to check the cam sensor, a potential (annoying) weak point.
    oh.......it's chain driven cam btw
     
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    Chain cam. Brill engine and I also Loved and had no trouble with the Sprintshift gearbox. All fitted to our last van, a Hymer Starline.
    Phil
     
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    Fantastic gearbox when running right, pain in the arse when not. As stated (if it's the same as mine 2001) it is a hydraulically operated manual gearbox, had terrible probs for a while until a man who new what he was doing put a new hydraulic pump on it (£1000 fitted) this is treated as a consumable apparently on this vehicle, would'nt let it put you off though. A joy to drive.
     
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    My first motorhome had this engine with the sprintshift box and it was the most unreliable vehicle I have ever owned, even taking 25year old cars into account when I started driving!. Most - but not all - of the problems were to do with the gearbox which, on several occasions simply decided to stop changing gears. I know some people rate Mercedes and this engine but I don't! My next (and all subsequent vans) have been based on the Peugeot / fiat which - despite some issues - have been much more reliable and also much nicer to drive.

    The sprintshift box (I discovered after I had bought it!) had a very bad reputation, and poor sales. Basically only motorhomes (and a few Tesco vans) had it. Mercedes eventually sold it to VW who then modified it to make it work rather better.

    At least the Mercedes call out service worked well!
     
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    I've had 2 with sprintshift boxes, no trouble from either, the previous owner of my present van had the up-rated relays fitted as these were a source of some problems I believe.
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     

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