850,000 miles, & still going (just about) Old model 208.

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Devenb273's review of Mercedes Sprinter 208D

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“850,000 miles, and still going (just about) Old model 208.”

Written on: 05/12/2014 by Devenb273 (1 review written)

This is a tribute to my old work horse of 12 years plus.

If you have one of these, you need to keep an eye on the water level, if it ever goes down then its gasket time, stop driving immediately. Having said that, the head gasket lasts 200,000 - 250,000 miles!
I have done the gasket 3 times myself, the engine doesn't need to be overhauled. It costs about 200 quid plus my time, not bad for 250,000 miles of use.

The gasket is the ONLY real fault on the motor. The transmission is still going without repair from new, though the drive shaft bearings are now knackered. The clutch is also rattling, BUT it is the original clutch!

Other than that, it has hardly had any faults, original wheel bearings, shocks, even brake disks, all still good after 850,000 miles! MOT pass every time.

Like the last guy, in the summer it runs nicely on whatever stinky chip fat is available for free, without any special conversion.

It is not fast, and I do have to fix rust spots every year, but it gets good gas millage, and regularly carries one and a half tonnes in the back!

I don't use it much anymore, but I know that even if it has sat there for a month, it will start instantly, and be raring to go every time.

If ever you can get your hands on one of these old 208's in good condition, you have to go for it. Truly fantastic bit of German machine.

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