2006 Dodge Sprinter

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Dodge Sprinter. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Cargo Van
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Cargo Space:
    321.0 cu.ft.
  • Seating:
    2 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 2006 Dodge Sprinter

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

2006 Dodge Sprinter Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Designed and powered by Mercedes-Benz, the full-size Sprinter van was initially assembled by Freightliner. Early in 2003, the Sprinter adopted a Dodge nameplate. Newly available features for 2006 include a ParkSense rear backup system and a high-pressure headlamp washer.

Designed specifically for commercial applications, the Sprinter is built on a choice of three wheelbases. Sprinters come either with a standard 64-inch roof height or in high-roof form that provides 73 inches of walk-through height. Sprinters come in 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton) ratings, but only the 2500 series includes a passenger model.


Exterior
A large grille incorporates the Dodge Ram logo. Sprinters ride on a 118- , 140- or 158-inch wheelbase. The 158-inch-wheelbase model comes only with a high roof; others have a choice of the regular or high roof. A large sliding door is installed on the right side, and one for the left is available. The back doors open to the vehicle's full height and swing open 270 degrees on models with the 140- or 158-inch wheelbase, compared with 180 degrees on vans with the 118-inch wheelbase.

Sprinters have an independent front suspension, rear leaf springs, power rack-and-pinion steering and a turning radius as small as 36.7 feet. Buyers can choose the standard 3.72-1 rear-axle ratio or an alternate 4.11-1 differential.


Interior
Up to 10 occupants fit inside a passenger-carrying Sprinter. Two people sit up front and as many as three more rows of ...
Vehicle Overview
Designed and powered by Mercedes-Benz, the full-size Sprinter van was initially assembled by Freightliner. Early in 2003, the Sprinter adopted a Dodge nameplate. Newly available features for 2006 include a ParkSense rear backup system and a high-pressure headlamp washer.

Designed specifically for commercial applications, the Sprinter is built on a choice of three wheelbases. Sprinters come either with a standard 64-inch roof height or in high-roof form that provides 73 inches of walk-through height. Sprinters come in 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton) ratings, but only the 2500 series includes a passenger model.


Exterior
A large grille incorporates the Dodge Ram logo. Sprinters ride on a 118- , 140- or 158-inch wheelbase. The 158-inch-wheelbase model comes only with a high roof; others have a choice of the regular or high roof. A large sliding door is installed on the right side, and one for the left is available. The back doors open to the vehicle's full height and swing open 270 degrees on models with the 140- or 158-inch wheelbase, compared with 180 degrees on vans with the 118-inch wheelbase.

Sprinters have an independent front suspension, rear leaf springs, power rack-and-pinion steering and a turning radius as small as 36.7 feet. Buyers can choose the standard 3.72-1 rear-axle ratio or an alternate 4.11-1 differential.


Interior
Up to 10 occupants fit inside a passenger-carrying Sprinter. Two people sit up front and as many as three more rows of seats can be installed. Sprinters have a flat cargo floor and tapered rear wheel housings. Storage space ranges from 247 to 473 cubic feet, depending on the model. Air conditioning is standard, and a rear unit is available for passenger models.

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

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Acceleration Skid Control can brake the spinning wheels in low-traction situations. An Electronic Stability Program is standard on 2500 models. Side-impact airbags are not available, but daytime running lights are optional.

Driving Impressions
The Sprinter is easier to drive than some might expect. It's 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 adequately comfortable for longer hauls.

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



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(3.9)
Value For The Money
(3.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great Work Truck Delivery or Camper Conversion

by The General on January 20, 2018

The great thing about the Dodge Sprinter Series of Trucks is There Equipped with a Mercedes-Benz Diesel Engine & Drive Train.... This Truck is Below Average Miles , New Tires , a Complete Service ... Read full review

(5.0)

best for me

by fatalbert10 from Wilmington,NC on December 5, 2012

If I told mercedes-benz to build me a van....this would be it !!!! it's not for everybody , but where else can you buy a 10 ,(yes,10) passenger vehicle that gets 25 to 30 M.P.G. unreal. I LOVE it. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Dodge Sprinter currently has 6 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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