Overland Classifieds :: 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 2500

The perfect overlanding vehicle doesn’t exist, but the Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 comes pretty close. I know that statement will agitate many of you, but let me explain. I’m not suggesting the Sprinter stands out in any one particular area, but it does seem to offer an acceptable compromise in almost all scenarios. In other words, it ticks all the boxes without necessarily excelling in any particular aspect of overlanding. Sprinters have generous interior living space (with various wheelbase options available), are relatively economical, reliable (there’s a reason they’re such a huge commercial success), parts are readily available, and it has the capability to tackle off-road trails (especially when modified with specialist aftermarket parts).

I love my Volkswagen Syncro, but when it’s causing me untold misery (most of the time), I often find myself perusing 4WD Sprinters and wondering what daily reliability feels like. Today’s 2017 offering has covered 68,000 miles and is still under warranty, showcases extensive modifications, and has a professional camper conversion by Sync Vans. At $119,000, it is fairly priced when you consider comparable listings, such as this $128,000 2019 Sprinter 4×4 Winnebago Reveland $125,000 2016 144 Sprinter 4×4.

From the Seller:

Top-of-the-line build by Sync Vans. Built to be lived in year-round or for long weekend off-grid trips. The original owner lived in the van for roughly a year, so it was built with life on the road in mind. I purchased it to live in and ski but won’t have time for summer adventures. Includes Mercedes Benz five-year/100,000-mile extended warranty.”

2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4

This 2017 Sprinter is fitted with a dependable 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This torquey motor is mated with Mercedes’ 4×4 system, which is technically AWD, as only 33 percent of the torque can be sent to the front wheels rather than a 50/50 distribution. This can be upgraded with aftermarket modifications, including Van Compass specialist lift kits or a limited-slip/locking differential from the likes of ARB.

Distinguishing Features

  • Sync Vans camper conversion
  • Van Compass Stage 3 suspension package
  • LifeBlue lithium batteries (400 amp-hour), Goal Zero Yeti 1400 lithium portable power station, and 200 watts of Renogy solar
  • Webasto Evo 6 Dual Top air and water furnace
  • Black Rhino Barstow wheels with BFGoodrich KO2 tires
  • ARB air compressor
  • Baja Designs OnX6 20-inch light bar

This 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 is listed for $119,000 and is currently located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.