Durability, maintenance and expected lifetime of Mercedes Benz Turbo 3.0 V6?


Asked by Aug 25, 2017 at 10:02 PM about the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 170 WB Regular Cab DRW Chassis

Question type: General

Mercedes-Benz dealership tells me that these engines are "bulletproof"... really?
And, that, the diesel Sprinter engine is literally in a class by itself apart from
other Mercedes Benz vehicles...and expected life is 500,000 miles or more?

Since owning the van for a little more than 3 months and 3,000 miles, it has not
used any oil consumption at all or nothing is registered on the actual dipstick or
on the computerized reading on the dashboard...

Robust torque and engine response....

Do you agree?

13 Answers


I've been around Mercedes for a quite some time now and with regular maintenance and care the car should last you 150,000 miles without a single problem. They really are great engines and I'd rely on Mercedes in terms of safety and reliability in comparison to the other cars that are in the Van segment.

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Michael, thank you very much... I appreciate your answer.... You know, Mercedes Benz has had more experience than anyone else with respect to diesel engines.... A lot of other companies have come and gone and failed miserably.... Mercedes Benz diesel engines have stood the test of time... since 1936 I'm hoping to get 500,000 miles with regular maintenance .... For this reason, I'm marking your answer as "best answer"..... http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-diesel-history/

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I don't know the Mercedes Diesels but modern diesels have particulate filters that periodically burn off due to the engine management system dumping a lot of extra fuel into the engine. Watch your oil level - if it is going up you have a problem which can destroy your engine.


Today's diesels are not the bullet proof diesels of yesterday. Emissions systems are making them a lot less reliable.

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F_O_R-. Well, interesting answer... You know a lot of posts I've found online says 300,000 miles up to 500,000 miles is achievable with proper maintenance.... You think it has a longer longevity than my 2010 Subaru Outback Limited with the CVT transmission? The Mercedes Benz Sprinter doesn't have a CVT... Oh, I'm getting rid of the trailer... not towing anything... but, if I had to the Mercedes Benz Sprinter has ample power for towing. YES, emissions controls... thank goodness for emissions... have you seen the air quality lately? It's MUCH better than the 60s.... but, it could still be better especially in Los Angeles.


http://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/Innovative-solution-for-diesel- and-gasoline-engines-Mercedes-Benz-invests-approximately-3-billion-in-new-engine- technology.xhtml?oid=10932250


I am not going to debate emissions with you Mark. It is a fact that for other diesels, emission systems have introduced a minefield of very expensive problems for owners. Watch out for the regen cycle and good luck.

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I know about the DPF... and thanks for wishing me luck... understood.... I know that the Mercedes-Benz diesel and the entire vehicle is very expensive...it's a small motor home... there's many things that can go wrong.. Here's a picture of the inside of this vehicle... I got this for cross country touring... I figured that if I ever wanted to do this...I have to do it while I have the time and energy...... I actually do exercise my diesel engine regularly. Looked for 7 years or so before I found the perfect vehicle at the right price point and mileage. ( all the others were either too old or had a gazillion miles and excessive wear on the coach).. This baby had 26,000 miles on it when I purchased it. They are not easy to find used in this condition, and I wanted to avoid purchasing new.... This is a 2012 Roadtrek RS Adventurous conversion on a 2011 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500.... Basically replacement for my trailer... The video below explains how to clean out the diesel particlate filter without having it changed ... See this video...https://youtu.be/C1uM3GtzHTU

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Picture of the 2012 Roadtrek RS Adventurous outside....

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By the way...I know that you don't like videos from Australia... but, they have a lot of diesel cars there.... this guy knows what he's talking about.

http://www.stephensservice.com/bluetec-diesel-issuesproblems/ I have personal experience with this issue.


GuruDPBQJ- Yeah, I've read all that stuff .... show me one car with "no problems"...

Got a 2003 Honda Accord ,157000+mi.kept it from dealer service (,no real problems ,serviced it my self) after 1st oil change I own a 2010 Freightliner2500 sprinter w165000 mi. Runs good When it's running , at 64000mi ,i've spent purt.near what it cost new,all things considered. Couldn't do too much service myself , the dealers want my 1' St G.grandchild and my arm n leg to fix it telling me it's not a serious problem ,but I had to park it. Wanna buy it??

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