Owners rave about the Sprinter's fuel economy as they dismiss its lack of acceleration, and are quick to point out its many safety features, including standard all-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and stability control. Another plus is the fact that the Sprinter actually handles, a feat long past the abilities of the Cargo Van.

Almost no changes were made from 2003 through 2006, but a comprehensive redesign took place for the 2007 model year that increased body size and offered a new turbodiesel V-6. Reliability is somewhat tough to gauge, because the Sprinter is used in a lot of fleet applications, and the reliability data isn't as widely shared. Individual consumers have reported problems with the electrical system, transmission leaks, poor paint, and rattles from the doors and other crannies in the cavernous interior. Needless to say, try to find one that hasn't seen fleet life, and inspect the service documentation carefully -- not all dealerships apparently had enough trained technicians. You absolutely don't want a Sprinter that's been driven like a taxi and maintained like one.

2003-2006 Dodge Sprinter
Body type 4-door van
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD
Airbags Dual front
Engine 2.7L/154-hp DOHC I-5 turbodiesel
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS
Price range, whlsl/ret (IntelliChoice)$10,885/$13,175 (2003); $28,800/$30,100 (2006)
Recalls Too many to list; see www.intellichoice.com
NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/pass Not rated