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So I'm negotiating a new Metris. I've been driving Venture's and Odysseys for years but my needs in terms of cargo space and hauling capacity have changed so I turned to the Sprinter but it just seemed a bit overkill so I'm trying out the Metris.

The information available describing the optional and even the standard equipment from MB is absolutely appalling!! MB web-site refers us to the dealer and I don't know about you guys but my sales guy knows WAY less about cars and these options than I do...... and I only heard that this vehicle existed last week....

Here is my short list of questions, feel free to add any others into this thread and answers are also very welcome.

  • What is "electrical auxiliary heating", where is it and how does it work?
  • With the "deluxe interior PKG" you get "comfort suspension" does this affect it's ability to handle larger loads?
  • What is "high-performance air conditioning"?
  • My dealer has a Metris on his lot that doesn't have a hitch, he says he'll instal one, is there any way to activate the trailer stability control if the hitch is not installed at the factory?
  • What does the trailer stability do? How can I tell if it's active and working?
  • What is the stock tire size on the Metris?
  • On the pixel display, to the left of the shitty fuel consumption slinky, there is room for another slinky and above it reads "load" what is this?
 

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Hi,

I just ordered a Metris cargo van two weeks ago. Get the factory hitch. I do not believe there is even an aftermarket hitch available yet. Also, with the factory hitch is the wiring you will need.

Sounds like you need to try a new dealer for information. There is usually a dedicated Sprinter/Metris Manager at each dealer that sells the vans.

Ask for an order form be sent to you. Hopefully is is more up to date than the Mercedes website.

Best price is had, by having dealers give you a bid price, then try and get others to beat the best one.

Leslie
 

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So I'm negotiating a new Metris. I've been driving Venture's and Odysseys for years but my needs in terms of cargo space and hauling capacity have changed so I turned to the Sprinter but it just seemed a bit overkill so I'm trying out the Metris.

The information available describing the optional and even the standard equipment from MB is absolutely appalling!! MB web-site refers us to the dealer and I don't know about you guys but my sales guy knows WAY less about cars and these options than I do...... and I only heard that this vehicle existed last week....

Here is my short list of questions, feel free to add any others into this thread and answers are also very welcome.

  • What is "electrical auxiliary heating", where is it and how does it work?
    Aux electric ceramic heater
  • With the "deluxe interior PKG" you get "comfort suspension" does this affect it's ability to handle larger loads? It includes a swaybar , prolly different shocks
  • What is "high-performance air conditioning"? Larger capacity evaporator and or condenser
  • My dealer has a Metris on his lot that doesn't have a hitch, he says he'll instal one, is there any way to activate the trailer stability control if the hitch is not installed at the factory? Dunno
  • What does the trailer stability do? How can I tell if it's active and working? You're trailer is stable?
  • What is the stock tire size on the Metris? 225/55/16
  • On the pixel display, to the left of the shitty fuel consumption slinky, there is room for another slinky and above it reads "load" what is this? Haven't seen this
Can help more when i haven't been drinking on my honeymoon waiting for my wife to book tour stuff.
 

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1) the heater booster is an electric coil heater (like a space heater) that electrically heats the air while the van is warming up. You get hot air on a real cold day within a few minutes. As opposed to the eternity it takes on modern cars with out it, which use engine heat to warm the cat quicker.

2) in theory it does not change the load rating. In practice, I'd guess the barrel springs on the base pax version work better with heavy loads than the straight springs with the comfort suspension. I have the base suspension, it rides fine.

3) extra evaporator and condenser.

4) get the factory, German made Westfalia hitch. Forget that other stuff.

5) it stabilizes the trailer by selectively applying brakes. Like almost all ESP systems, if you can tell it's working, it needs a check up.

6) 225/55 r-16 Hankooks or Continentals. Good stuff.

7) it means you are actually recovering power in excess of the cars requirements. It is used to charge the battery instead of the alternator, which saves fuel (otherwise this energy would just be wasted as heat)
 

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Thanks for the answers Greenmanedlion

I'm not sure I understand this however (not sure I need to understand either, it's just why put it on the dash if it's not useful information?)
7) it means you are actually recovering power in excess of the cars requirements. It is used to charge the battery instead of the alternator, which saves fuel (otherwise this energy would just be wasted as heat)
Is this then a voltage readout from the alternator, indicating a higher or lower than normal load? Why would they put something like this on the dash?
 

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Your engine is operating such that it is charging the battery rather than putting power to the road. Think of it sorta like a mild hybrid.
 
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