2004 Dodge Sprinter

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Dodge Sprinter. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Passenger Van
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Cargo Space:
    247.0 cu.ft.
  • Seating:
    8-10 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cargo space
  • Solid construction
  • Versatile interior layout
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Engine noise
  • Fuel economy
  • Ride comfort
  • Driving position

Notable Features of the 2004 Dodge Sprinter

  • Mercedes-Benz diesel engine
  • Two duty ratings
  • Passenger and cargo models
  • Three wheelbases
  • Regular or high roof

2004 Dodge Sprinter Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
In 2002, a brand-new Freightliner Sprinter van joined the small group of full-size vans sold in the United States. Designed and powered by Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter was assembled by Freightliner. Early in 2003, the Sprinter van adopted a Dodge nameplate and was on sale at selected dealerships, but it also remains available as a Freightliner product.

A new cab/chassis model has been added for 2004, and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is available on 2500 models. New options include a heated windshield with a rain sensor, 16-inch aluminum wheels and a velour upholstery option. Cargo vans may now have windows all around.

Unlike most vans, the Sprinter was designed specifically for commercial applications; it is built on a choice of three wheelbases. Sprinters come with a standard 64-inch roof height or in high-roof form that provides 73 inches of walk-through height. Passenger-carrying vans are manufactured in Dusseldorf, Germany, but the final assembly of cargo models occurs in South Carolina.

Late in 2003, Dodge announced an agreement with the Airstream company to produce a Westfalia camper based on the Sprinter.


Exterior
A large grille incorporates the Dodge Ram logo. Sprinters ride on a 118- , 140- or 158-inch wheelbase. The 158-inch wheelbase model only comes with a high roof, but other models may be fitted with one. A large sliding door is installed on the right side. Side-hinged back doors open to the vehicle’s full height and swing open to 270 de...
Vehicle Overview
In 2002, a brand-new Freightliner Sprinter van joined the small group of full-size vans sold in the United States. Designed and powered by Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter was assembled by Freightliner. Early in 2003, the Sprinter van adopted a Dodge nameplate and was on sale at selected dealerships, but it also remains available as a Freightliner product.

A new cab/chassis model has been added for 2004, and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is available on 2500 models. New options include a heated windshield with a rain sensor, 16-inch aluminum wheels and a velour upholstery option. Cargo vans may now have windows all around.

Unlike most vans, the Sprinter was designed specifically for commercial applications; it is built on a choice of three wheelbases. Sprinters come with a standard 64-inch roof height or in high-roof form that provides 73 inches of walk-through height. Passenger-carrying vans are manufactured in Dusseldorf, Germany, but the final assembly of cargo models occurs in South Carolina.

Late in 2003, Dodge announced an agreement with the Airstream company to produce a Westfalia camper based on the Sprinter.


Exterior
A large grille incorporates the Dodge Ram logo. Sprinters ride on a 118- , 140- or 158-inch wheelbase. The 158-inch wheelbase model only comes with a high roof, but other models may be fitted with one. A large sliding door is installed on the right side. Side-hinged back doors open to the vehicle’s full height and swing open to 270 degrees on models with the 140- and 158-inch wheelbases, compared to 180 degrees on vans with the 118-inch wheelbase. A sliding left-side door is also available.

Sprinters have an independent front suspension, rear leaf springs, power rack-and-pinion steering and a turning radius as small as 36.7 feet. Payload capacities range from 3,011 pounds for the high-roof 2500 passenger model on a 158-inch wheelbase to 3,693 pounds for a 2500 van on a 118-inch wheelbase. Cargo van payloads range from 3,728 to 5,170 pounds. Buyers can choose the standard 3.72-to-1 rear-axle ratio or an alternate 4.11-to-1 differential.


Interior
Up to 10 occupants can fit inside a passenger-carrying Sprinter. Two people sit up front and as many as three more rows of seats may be installed in the rear. A 6-foot-tall passenger in a Sprinter with the high roof can walk upright. The driver can adjust the seat backrest and seat rake angle. Sprinters have a flat cargo floor and tapered rear wheel housings to enhance interior volume. Storage space ranges from 247 to 473 cubic feet, depending on the model. Air conditioning is standard, and a second air conditioner is available for passenger models.

Under the Hood
A Mercedes-Benz 2.7-liter inline-five-cylinder CDI (common rail direct injection) turbo-diesel engine produces 154 horsepower and 243 pounds-feet of torque. A shift lever on the forward console controls the five-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Dual front airbags and all-disc antilock brakes are standard. Integrated Acceleration Skid Control (ASC) can brake the spinning wheels in low-traction situations. Side-impact airbags are not available. All seats have headrests and three-point seat belts. Daytime running lights are optional.

Freightliner Sprinter
Introduced to the U.S. market before the Dodge version, Freightliner’s Sprinter remains on sale in the 2004 model year. Freightliner dealers offer models that are similar both technically and visually to those offered at Dodge dealerships, but they display Freightliner badges.

Changes for 2004 echo those listed above for the Doge Sprinter. A new cab/chassis model is available, and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is now available for 2500 models. A heated windshield with a rain sensor joins the options list. Cargo vans may now have windows all around, and a Crew Van version is available. New 16-inch aluminum wheels are installed on 2500 vans.


Driving Impressions
The Sprinter is easier to drive than some might expect. This vehicle is undeniably a full-fledged truck, as revealed by the unmistakable engine drone when accelerating. Handling is unabashedly trucklike, and you won’t want to take curves at more than moderate speeds. Nevertheless, even a cargo-carrying Sprinter is comfortable enough for longer hauls, though you must expect a lumpy ride over rougher pavement.

The driver’s compartment of a cargo model is rather stark, but passenger versions are pleasantly upholstered and inviting. Though it is pleasant and accommodating, the driving position, pedal and steering-wheel positions are similar to those in a bus. The seats are designed for low-fatigue driving and feature firm but comfortable support.


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Consumer Reviews

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(4.5)
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(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

All around versatile truck

by Dodge owner 25 yrs = Van Man J. Yanny from Big Apple N.Y.C. on August 16, 2007

Dodge sprinter 2004 , 140 wb passenger Very reliable vehicle so far but havent experienced a N.Y. winter yet, the summer driving was good . A smooth runner on clean roads , effortless to drive = ... Read full review

(5.0)

Nice Car

by Christian from Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 2006

I bought this car in the summer season of August 2004. Since, I thought i was the first one to get the car, because nobody had it. but, then in 2005, I started seeing some. This car is neat. It has ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Dodge Sprinter currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sprinter received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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