How long do Sprinter van transmissions last?
Updated: Jan 28
This is a common question, and the answer can vary greatly depending on the specific vehicle and how it is used. For example, we have a client with an impressive 960,000 miles on their 2015 Sprinter, and their original engine and transmission are still running strong. However, not all transmissions last as long.
So, why do some transmissions fail after 150,000 miles while others can go up to a million miles? The key factor is how the Sprinter is used. If you drive aggressively (with a heavy foot on the accelerator) and/or make frequent stops (such as for mail delivery), the transmission will have a shorter lifespan. On the other hand, if you drive conservatively, avoid overloading the van, and mostly stick to highway driving, you can expect a longer lifespan for the transmission.
To extend the lifespan of your Sprinter's transmission, here are a few tips:
Don't overload the van
Do more highway driving than city driving
Don't tow anything. If you're towing, then use a lower speed to get higher RPM.
Change the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 40,000 miles
Recommendation: We recommend that when it's time to change the transmission fluid, you ask your mechanic to flush out all of the old fluid from the transmission and torque converter(!). Unfortunately, most of shops/dealers in the USA drain only half of the old fluid and don't flush the torque converter. To ensure you're getting a complete replacement, ask to do a transmission fluid color test in your presence after service. The fluid should be pink (or blue for 7-speed transmissions).
Andrey Fedorovskiy (Oceanside CA) 940.000 miles on 2015 Sprinter
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