Re: Is Sprinter worth the extra cost?
Here's my 2 cents:
We love our Sprinter EB. We are currently at 45k miles, going on 200k. My view is that if you are anticipating that kind of long term, you won't even notice the extra $. We've had no major issues but acknowledge that MB service is expensive. The 2012 (ours) requires 10,000 mile service intervals, the 15,000 interval will help.
We live 4 to 5 hours away from the nearest MB dealers but have found it easy to schedule service during trips.
Having never driven the competition I can only say that I love the diesel power and the overall driving comfort of the Sprinter. I've never owned a vehicle that I could drive in comfort all day long. Narrow is good, I don't hesitate to drive the Sprinter on any city street or narrow highway.
In regard to the cost of diesel, on our recent 5k mi/ 2 month trip through California I found the cost of diesel to be 60 to 90 cents per gallon lower than gas.
Check out my gallery for details of our build, PM me if you have specific questions. Good travels to you!
-light of the morning, looking for shelter in this thunder and this rain
2012 SMB Sprinter, 2500 EB Tall, Brilliant Silver Metalic
12vdc no inverter, 180 w Permanent Solar, 120 w Portable Solar
Queen platform bed
(Delivery Taken 7/23/12) NM 31357RVB