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Old 01-11-2010, 12:33 AM
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MB Sprinters

When did MB dealers start selling MB badged Sprinters in the USA? Saw this ad on Craigslist: http://denver.craigslist.org/ctd/1544576472.html
I thought MB stayed away from selling their commercial vehicles in the US. Will they start selling Unimogs and MB trucks too?

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Old 01-11-2010, 12:36 AM
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Interesting. I thought they wanted to do that too.

I also laugh a little every time I see a dodge sprinter van.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:36 AM
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I wonder what dealership is sellin them..MBZ went with dodge for awhile... I'm curious too.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:53 AM
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It's this dealership that's selling them:
http://www.mbwestminster.com/index.htm
according the the Craigslist ad but I couldn't find any reference to Sprinter's on their website.

Sprinter's were being sold at Dodge and Freightliner dealers minus the MB badging.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:55 AM
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As of January 1, 2010, select Mercedes-Benz dealers and Freightliner dealers are now selling them. You can now get Sprinter parts from a Mercedes dealer in the US. Anything sold prior to that was either a Dodge or Freightliner that was re-badged back to a Mercedes.
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. Anything sold prior to that was either a Dodge or Freightliner that was re-badged back to a Mercedes.
??? They were MB's rebadged to Dodge or Freightliner originally.
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I know I've seen several MB sprinters running around. Though not nearly as many as I've seen badged Dodge or Freightliner.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:34 AM
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badge engineering for Chrysler. like gm's luv-pup.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:16 AM
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badge engineering for Chrysler. like gm's luv-pup.
Explanation? Doesn't do much good to throw info out with out explaining or backing it up.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:33 AM
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Translation: The current dodge sprinter (and freightliner) is simply a mb sprinter van with different labels. The old chevy luv pickup (pup) was an isuzu with chevy labels.
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My 05 was a Dodge, but I could buy aftermarket grill and badges that were Mercedes . . .
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I've seen manual conversions (delete FL or Dodge grill and insert MB) but I also saw one that probably was delivered MB. It has different back door badging that would have required a lot more modification, as in a new door.

I used to sell hardware to American LaFrance (ambulance maker, owned by Freightliner?) and back in 2001, they had a MB sprinter that was being used as a mock up for a new ambulance. They had the freightliner grille, but thought it looked cooler with the MB. They told me that FedEx was a major force in getting them here in the states.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:07 PM
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Explanation? Doesn't do much good to throw info out with out explaining or backing it up.
i thought "badge engineering" was a pretty self-explaining term in the car world since its so common.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:19 PM
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Yup, Freightliner vans are just MB Freightliner vans with "Freightliner" or "Dodge" badging. They have all the same MB parts, open the hood and bam you're looking at a MB engine. I've seen some with Mercedes stars and I figured it was just something the owner did... Mercedes did it as a marketing ploy for the US consumer, who couldn't stomach MB making commercial/utility vehicles... only luxury.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:47 PM
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i thought "badge engineering" was a pretty self-explaining term in the car world since its so common.
Yeah, me too.

i figured maybe the luv truck was old enough that a younger person might not have caught the reference, though.

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