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Hi everyone,
Thank you for all the excellent information here. I'm going to buy a used Metris soon and this board has been very helpful for gathering information.

Power sliding doors: Can you turn them off ( like in my Odyssey) and use them as manual? Many of the ones I see for sale have this feature and I prefer just regular muscle to open and close doors.

Turbo Whine: I have only driven two so far. The last one I had a chance to open up on a highway and I couldn't tell if the sound I was hearing was turbo whine or belts when it was at higher RPM before the up-shift. Thoughts?

Trailer hitch: I don't need to trail anything so I don't need the hitch. I'm shying away from buying a used one with a trailer hitch using the logic that I'd rather buy one that has not hauled over one that has.

Any thoughts or experience is greatly appreciated. Thank You!
 

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Hi everyone,
Thank you for all the excellent information here. I'm going to buy a used Metris soon and this board has been very helpful for gathering information.

Power sliding doors: Can you turn them off ( like in my Odyssey) and use them as manual? Many of the ones I see for sale have this feature and I prefer just regular muscle to open and close doors.

Turbo Whine: I have only driven two so far. The last one I had a chance to open up on a highway and I couldn't tell if the sound I was hearing was turbo whine or belts when it was at higher RPM before the up-shift. Thoughts?

Trailer hitch: I don't need to trail anything so I don't need the hitch. I'm shying away from buying a used one with a trailer hitch using the logic that I'd rather buy one that has not hauled over one that has.

Any thoughts or experience is greatly appreciated. Thank You!
My mechanic friend would agree with your reasoning. Pulling a trailer does put more wear on any car/truck.
 

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I personally wouldn't be worried about the tow hitch. The vehicle has been designed to do the job. As I understand, the the 2L gas engine is used in the heavier sprinter as is the 7 speed transmission with the 3L Diesel engine. https://www.mbvans.com/sprinter/sho...p#/model/model/sprinter/bodyType/CA/year/2019
If you're concerned, see if there's much wear on the receiver. If you ever do need it there's no good substitute to the original hitch and others will be looking for it if you ever want to sell.
 

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"If you ever do need it there's no good substitute to the original hitch and others will be looking for it if you ever want to sell. "

Agreed. OEM Hitch + Backup Camera is a strong seller. Hookup is so much faster than with my older Ford truck to trailer.
 

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You can get the van without the power doors. I’d be much more concerned about finding manual doors than the hitch. Those power doors are a solution in search of a problem, and the problem turns out to be how unreliable they are.
 

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Thank you for your responses.

I am going to assume here-out that the power doors cannot be turned off (like in my beloved bullet proof Odyssey). I don't want them and this has now cemented that.

Hitch: thanks for your thoughts. I'm not super concerned abut resale as I am going to put the van to work until its end. Now I am shying from aftermarket ones though, great suggestion.

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Ideally I want to buy with < ~35k miles - one that has yet to have the tyranny fluid changed. This way I can guarantee it is done and done correctly as its first order of business before it starts working.

But the siren of lower priced ones with 50-70k miles calls. How tolerant is this tyranny to neglect? Its the #1 thing I am paranoid of. Its going to be cruising in a city with loads of shifting.

Thank you in advance for any thoughts or experience.
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I don’t know how tolerant the tranny is; in other applications the change is done less frequently, so there is that.

The problem you have is that the Metris is built for work. Unless you know the person you are buying from you should probably assume a cargo model was used for hauling cargo, and a passenger was used as some kind of taxi.

So whatever that transmission has been through, you can logically assume it has been used hard- meaning a lot harder than in, say, a C-class. This is a Mercedes-Benz anyway; they suffer neglect worse than other brands. I wouldn’t buy ANY Metris without a full service history with receipts indicating that all work was done- preferably at a dealer or known Mercedes specialist.

I would also be suspicious of any Metris that has independent service history and no warranty work or “additional maintenance” (read: repairs) done to it in its life. Mercedes are high maintenance cars- maintain them and they will last forever, but they tend to need repairs- even early in life. They are reliable- they tend to get to the repair under their own power- but high maintenance.
 
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