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Old 04-22-2016, 09:24 PM   #61
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Dear NessleJJ,

I would like to get an ODB-II engine monitor so I can keep an eye on the engine temp while climbing/towing in hot weather. Can I ask what make and model you have? (Anyone else feel free to chime in.)

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Old 04-23-2016, 12:51 AM   #62
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Hey StillKickin...
What is your source regarding "no break in" mileage improvements? I have read multiple posts on the Sprinter Forum about MPG improvements after covering 5-10 k miles. Thanks!


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Old 04-23-2016, 10:32 AM   #63
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Dear NessleJJ,

I would like to get an ODB-II engine monitor so I can keep an eye on the engine temp while climbing/towing in hot weather. Can I ask what make and model you have? (Anyone else feel free to chime in.)

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I bought a ScanGauge II when I was having all the Check Engine Light (CEL) issues with our MBS. Worked great for checking the Error Codes and as a additional gauge pack. You can get them all over the web, or at most parts stores. I bought mine at CW during a sale and with a coupon.

If you go with any OBDII device I suggest you look at adding an extension ribbon cable, like this one, or else you can't close the Fuse Panel cover with the cable connected.
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Old 04-23-2016, 04:55 PM   #64
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Thanks for the cable tip! I just installed my ScanGuage, and was miffed at the problem with closing that door.
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:02 PM   #65
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I have the cable now, but I originally removed the screws that hold the OBD connector in place and pushed it up so I could get the door closed.
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:53 PM   #66
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What is your source regarding "no break in" mileage improvements? I have read multiple posts on the Sprinter Forum about MPG improvements after covering 5-10 k miles. Thanks!


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Been here a long time. You will find that Sprinter owners in this forum have expierenced on avg between 14 and 16+ mpg regardless of the myth of engine break-in periods. That of course depends on weight, head winds, etc. Modern metallurgy has made it possible for the engines to operate at design specs right from manufacture. Simple things like 1st oil change due in 10,000 miles are the indicators now present in modern metallurgy. Since the expierences reported here by forum members has been reflective of science, that is where it is today. Another "fly in the ointment " occurs as our gov't pushes more bio-diesel down our throats, which has less energy, thus giving worse fuel economy. So, in a variable world, the raw data reported gets even more difficult to interpret. Just sayin'
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:53 AM   #67
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I am with Kickin! 29,000 miles and no change in mileage since new. Towing a 3200 lbs car get 11.8 to 12.8. Not towing 14.8. I run a steady 65 mph. Have seen over 17, but that was on long stretches coming out of the mountains. MBS advertises up to 22 for the basic Sprinter van.
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:15 PM   #68
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Just completed a 4,200 trip with 3 MBS motorhomes. Our Prism 2150 "C" with cab-over storage is truely like pushing a giant scoop down the road, with overall average of 13.5 for the trip. The Itasca Reyo "A" consistently filled with less diesel at each stop, and the Leisure Travel Unity "C" also used less than ours. However, we were carrying a boatload of cargo / water / bikes, which the other two could only hope to have room for. Everything is a trade-off, but a month in our vehicle was a lot more tolerable despite the lower milage.
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So it sounds like my 3228 mile trip pretty heavily laden (no towing) with a 14.07 mpg average is what to expect for Midwest area travels... What should I expect for altitude and mountains?


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Best mileage I have seen was a little over 14 - from the mountains of TN to Georgia, driving 65 or so. This was with an empty MH, no supplies and not towing. We were bringing it home from delivery from Grand Rapids.

We now tow a 2015 Honda Fit, drive 60-70 when we can and I plan for about 11 mpg. Sometimes we get a little more, but I rarely go more than 200 miles between stops. The dog and my bladder can't take much more than 3 hours or so anyway.

I don't really trust the ScanGauge II mileage as I'm not sure if it uses fuel flow or some other computed ECU output. I now use that portion of the ScanGauge display to show transmission temperature. Like others, I have found it to be about 10-20 degrees less than coolant temp.
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