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NCV3 Sprinters 2007+ / Sprinter Buyer's Guide
« on: July 06, 2017, 11:16:07 AM »
Current Eurovan owner looking to add a sprinter to the fleet. I'm interested in the lowest top, shortest wheelbase passenger version and I live in a hot climate.
Can anyone recommend what year models are better than others, known problems, must have configurations and configurations to avoid? Maybe a comprehensive buyer's guide somewhere?

VR6 Engine tech / 2003 EV Rough Idle on Startup
« on: June 19, 2015, 10:07:01 AM »
Occasionally, at cold startup, the motor tends to idle rough. It only does this when the engine is cold, and only does this for about 30 seconds at the most, then everything goes back to normal and it runs smooth.
It does it regardless to whether the AC is on or off, and doesn't do I at every cold start.
It also doesn't do it with warm starts.
Spark plugs were replaced recently. Coolant temp sensor was also replaced recently.
There is also no CEL or stored DTCs.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what it may be?

Here's a video of the Choo Choo exhaust, as my kids put it...

Shiny things you no longer want / Custom Surf Board Racks for MV
« on: June 04, 2015, 08:13:45 AM »
Over the last few years my van has gone from a surfing rig to a family van. The custom made racks are taking up too much room!
The rear rack mounts to the rear shelf.

The front rack slides in where the rear facing seat goes. The rack also has a spot for the seat latch to bolt to.

For the rack to work the rear seat either needs to be folded flat or removed.
If installed on the passenger side, with the front passenger seat removed, you should be able to fit a 9'-6" board.
When installed behind the driver you can fit a 7'-6" board.
Will hold 5 boards up to 22 1/2" wide and 6" thick.

Pm me for more details. Best offer + shipping takes it.

Interior! / Rubber floor install
« on: May 31, 2015, 04:34:51 PM »
Thanks Cole for the hookup on the pre-cut rubber flooring. A very high quality material and easy to trim for slight variations.

The combination of time and and the heat of south Texas have taken a toll on the backing of the factory floor mat,
causing it to disintegrate into the carpet, making the carpet sticky and unclean-able.
This and the constant mess being made by kids necessitated a need for change.
So all seats and brackets for the rear shelf, along with the trim for the side door step trim, and the rear heater vent need to be removed first. The step trim just pulls straight up. Much more simple that I thought.
I started with a regular scraper and quickly realized I would grow old and gray and put my kids through college before I finished getting the carpet up.
So I found a garden tool and put an edge on it with a bench grinder. This was quite a labor intensive project. A power scraper or industrial floor scraper with replaceable blades would probably work better. My carpet may have been worse than others due to the disentigrated floor mat backing, but it took me about 2.5 hours to get all the carpet up.

 After finishing the carpet removal I test fitted the new floor and trimmed it up to fit just right.

I used a contact cement to glue it down. I put the floor in place, rolled back one half and glued it, then rolled back the other half and glued it. This helped keep it in the right place.

The holes for the rear facing seats weren't precut but some quick work with a razor knife fixed that.

Reinstalled the seats step trim and it's ready to go!

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