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post #61 of 66 (permalink) Old 24-02-2011, 19:22 Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by englebert
Sorry to bring this up, but i was wondering if this issue was ever resolved? I found this thread on Google and am having similar issues with my Sprinter based MH.

I've been to Mercedes to discuss the problem and i have to bring the MH to them (easier said than done when it won't start!). Also the prices they were talking were phenomenal.

Autostyle fixed my problems.

I sold the van about 6 months after.

I now run two other Sprinters. A 3 Litre V6 Manual and a 2.2 Litre True Automatic with Torque converter. No problems whatsoever with either.

Before I purchased the Auto. I spoke with Robert Williams of Robert Williams Trading Limited (Tel: 01706 212444) at great length regarding Sprinters and he brought the Subject of SprinShift up.

Robert tells me he almost only sells higher Mileage Sprinters over 200,000 miles and all under 10,000. Buyers tend to take them away and run them for another 50,000-100,000 miles and them bring them back to trade for another 200,000+ Mile vehicle.

This way the most they lose is around 8k as opposed to a massive chunk of depreciation in Sprinters that cost as much as 50,000.00.

However, he avoids SprintShifts as he has been plauged with problems with them.

Many SprintShift owners on here are very happy with theirs. That said, I would imagine most of these will have been driven sedatley and serviced well. Downside is, most motorhomes move around at near full payload or over it!.

I personally would not go near another SprintShift or its newly Branded VW version "ShiftMatic". I have also been put off any vehicle that has any kind of robotised gearbox.

Hope this helps?

You could always try mike at AutoStyle for help with your SprintShift Box poblem.

Is it a Panel Van?

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Sprintshift, some problems


I was extremely happy with my Sprinter with Sprintshift, very relaxed driving, and one learned to mitigate the rather clunky downward shifts at low speed. It performed well even over Alpine passes until about 30000 miles when the sprintshift started playing up.

Once or twice it refused to go into neutral, I habitually park with it in gear, I've never trusted handbarkes since having an A35 then a Mini. Leaving it for an hour or so would usually persuade it to work again.

Then in one month it went to the main dealer 3 times courtesy of the RAC, each time it came out fixed ! The last time, it refused to go into first, just having left home after I'd stopped to cure the cupboard rattle leaving the engine running.

No faults on the computer, but new hydraulic pump, new connectors for the electrics etc etc

Now I've got a transit, so far so good

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I've managed to get the start error fixed at last!! Touch wood it is all working and the guy said it shouldn't happen again. Anyway, the company was called Auto Locks ( if any one has a similar issue..

Chuffed as we're going away to Devon in a couple of weeks and i was resigning myself to paying Mercedes to fix it
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Originally Posted by teemyob View Post
Not only the other day I was singing the praises of Mercedes Sprinters Reliability.

Went to start the engine today and "start error" came up in the dash LED.

We had this problem before, a certain someone is always dropping her copy of the keys and had lost the immobiliser chip out of the key.

Chip is still intact this time!

Tried spare set and same fault "start error"

I have contacted my Nephew who works for Mercedes, he spoke to the van mechanic who said it could be anything from keys, spikes, wsp, ECU, burnt out wire.

He suggested I contact my insurers (safeguard) and call breakdown. However, it is Friday and I don't fancy having it stuck on their forecourt all weekend.

So it is stuck on the drive for now, unless someone can help me out?
Need to check what I am covered for on SafeGaurd too!

Hi there. This is an old post I know but I came across it when I was searching for answers so someone else may do the same. I had this fault on my 2003 Sprinter, I started it as usual then it cut out after ten seconds, I tried to restart and nothing happened and the instrument display showed "START ERROR".

I checked all the fuses and all were OK, tried a few other things such as the fuel sensor, battery connections etc but to no avail. I got a friend to tow me to my work and called a local mechanic I use. He did more checks, checked the fuses again with his tester (I had checked them visually) All made a good solid bleep.

He bypassed the computer via the starter relay and got the engine to turn over thus eliminating the starter. Tested a few other relaysbut nothing. More out of desperation than intuition he checked all the fuses again and thought number seven, although it bleeped it was a little tremory, he took it out and inspected it but it looked fine. He was about to put it back and said "what the hell I may as well change it" He put the new fuse in, turned the key and was as shocked as I was when it fired staraight up and ran as sweet as a nut!

It seems the fuse had a crack so that as soon as some current went through it it opened up but the really low current of a tester wasn't enough to make the crack open. From noe on when I have an electrical problem I won't just check the fuses but change them straight away. If it turns out not to be a fuse then I still have them as spares. If you don't have spare fuses you can always swap the important engine running fuses for less important systems fuses just to test.

Hop this helps who ever comes across the thread. It may not be your problem but at least you can eliminate the simple and easy to fix first.

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Agreed to double checking. Some breakers can cause similar problems unless they are actually flipped off and back on again.


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