You have 4,000# in the back and the 4 cyl diesel that only makes 174 horse and 295 torque ? I bet that thing downshifts when a bug hits the windshield.I think that's funny. And as a owner on one and with the diesel. I have 4k in the back. I would not tow even 5k more. This is a great service van. But no way a tow rig. That's what my dually is for!
The 6.6 gas trucks are using a different converter than the 6.0 vans did. Trucks are rated to tow more so I think it will be fine in the vans. Keep it cool with quality fluid and I would not have any worries yet until I start hearing about trucks having problems.What about the 6l90 torque converter? How will that handle more hp? They don’t last much more than 100,000 mi with a 6.0 if used for towing.
The sprinters are nice but just lack power for towing, the unibody kills it as well.Also back then many came with 4.10 gears to help with towing. All manufacturers today have these small screaming engines that I am not a big fan of for when it comes to towing. I like the 6-10 speed transmissions though.
Right now I am looking at Sprinter specs and it looks like 5,000# towing across the board. They have a 4500, high roof, 170" wheelbase extended with a 6,200 payload capacity powered by a 6 cyl diesel and 7 speed. The diesel is rated at 188 horse and 325 torque so when you load it up that is gonna be slow ride anywhere. With 15' of cargo floor space I could haul all my usual stuff, heater, tank, and a couple chubby farm girls.
I hope not, I see them 2-3 years old with rust on the panels and not even in the bottoms where you’d expect it.I stopped and looked at some new sprinters today. I got to say that if I didn't need to tow, I'd have bought one. They are nice. Even the low roof you can almost stand up. Plus I didn't know they offer 4x4, though it lifts the van some. I wonder if these new ones will rust as bad as the old ones.