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Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and appreciate all the excellent posts here which have been instrumental in my considering a new Metris.

I'm the original owner of a T4 VW Eurovan ('02) and view the Metris as a legitimate replacement for my trusted old friend. The VW has served my family well and has been very reliable with no major engine or drivetrain repairs ever required over the past fourteen years. Needless to say, I expect any replacement to be equally reliable.

Because of VW's refusal to sell the T5 and now T6 models in the US, I had contemplated keeping my T4 indefinitely, but now the Metris has given me another option. I plan to place an order for one in Flint Grey Metallic with Black Leatherette upholstery and the following options:

C10 Interior Appearance & Convenience Package
C05 Premium Appearance Package
C01 Driver Comfort Package
C02 Driver Efficiency Package
C03 Active Safety Package Plus
C09 Rear Passenger Comfort Package (air conditioning with enhanced power for my local Florida weather)
FZ5 Anti-Theft Warning System
U71 Additional Seat, 2nd Row, Folding Curbside
W65 Single Flip-up Tailgate

Before I place an order, I would like to gain a better understanding of the reliability of the M274 engine and 722.9 7G-Tronic transmission and would welcome any information you may have. I would also like to know which version of the 722.9 has been fitted. Is it the 722.909; and has the 722.9xx been modified for commercial duty in the Metris?

Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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The M274 is has been in production for a while, and the 7G-Tronic Plus likewise. Mercedes does not keep flaws around once they are found and Taxi service tends to turn those up quick. I'd assume both are quite reliable.

It's never the big stuff with German cars. It's the little stuff that keeps your wallet empty. But if you've owned a Eurovan you know that.
 

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The M274 is has been in production for a while, and the 7G-Tronic Plus likewise.
Thanks for the info... It's good to know the transmission is the 7G-Tronic Plus.

Curious, though, that all manufacturer information I've read specifies the 7G-Tronic without the 'Plus' designation. My preliminary build sheet also specifies: G42 Automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC.

Any further clarification would be much appreciated.
 

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Funny living in a surfer driven area with lot's of V Dub vans I immediately saw the value in the new METRIS over the crazy prices people are getting for old Eurovans. I know I have mine surf racked up and working on tweaking the cargo area for camping ,biking etc . The price of the van beats pick ups and is a lot more versatile . Only wish is I had got the trailer hitch factory since after market is still a little to tricky.
 

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Funny living in a surfer driven area with lot's of V Dub vans I immediately saw the value in the new METRIS over the crazy prices people are getting for old Eurovans. I know I have mine surf racked up and working on tweaking the cargo area for camping ,biking etc . The price of the van beats pick ups and is a lot more versatile . Only wish is I had got the trailer hitch factory since after market is still a little to tricky.
Can you post a couple of pictures of your van???
 

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I haven't seen many of them, although if my calculations are right calendar year sales for 2015 were about 4K units, which seems not bad. I was one of the first regular retail units delivered, so that incorporates the last week of October, November, and December.
 

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I've been looking at and researching vehicles for about 6 months and have never spotted another Metris in the wild. I'm not sure they've discovered their niche yet, or if it's even a vehicle that classifies into a particular niche. Most of the dealer lot cargo vans in our area are specced in arctic white, with varied combinations of 2-3 packages as if they're fishing for what sells. Some dealer packages are really odd, like they're after the plumber and HVAC trade exclusively, and I'm not convinced that's the true market for these. I think it appeals to an eclectic mix of outdoor enthusiasts, higher end service pro's, quirky travelers, and people who like things a little bit different with a touch of Teutonic class to go with their ruggedness. For those who's niche it does scratch, it seems a perfect match.
 

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I really just wish they had an option where the rear seats would fold down into a bed. That's what makes the Eurovan so awesome.
 

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Mudd, I just found this company in CA called metrisseats.com that sell the Vito seats. I'm not sure how much they are.
 
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