Overland Classifieds :: 2017 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4

The Mercedes Sprinter has long been a vanlife icon thanks to its dependable and relatively economical motors, generous interior living space, well-equipped cabin, and availability of parts internationally. However, in more recent years, the 4WD variant has become a desirable choice within the overlanding community. This growing popularity arguably reflects the impressive aftermarket support enjoyed by this vehicle; with a wide array of upgrades that can transform this already capable vehicle into a truly rugged go-anywhere rig. Consequently, it’s a popular option on our forum, with recent examples including this $165,000 2019 Winnebago Revel, a $125,000 Whitefeather 4×4 conversion, and a $130,000 2018 overland build. These offerings are unquestionably drool-worthy, but they also illustrate one of the key reasons this platform is so divisive: price. The issue here is that for many travelers, the Sprinter 4×4 is overpriced for what it is, i.e., technically an AWD van with reasonable capability. In addition, many would argue that prices are inflated as a consequence of the popularity of the vehicle.

However, while I’d agree these are valid points, there’s no denying the Sprinter’s appeal; which hits a sweet spot between a comfortable four-season rolling home and a capable overlanding rig. It all comes down to price, and today’s offering is one of the best values to date. This 2017 offering has covered just $67,000 miles and features premium aftermarket modifications and a professional camper conversion, yet is priced at a very competitive $88,000. Sure, that’s no small sum of money, but excellent value when pitched to comparable builds and a good price for a rolling home.

From the Seller:

Time to sell our beloved van. We love this van for where it has taken us and how comfortable it is. High roof with a wonderful queen-sized bed. Charcoal grey metallic. Great for all seasons. The Espar D2 heater keeps it warm in the winter, and the MaxxAir fan keeps a cool evening breeze coming through the rear window sliders in the summer. Great driving in the snow with the included extra set of wheels with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires. Easily carry two bikes on the sturdy 1Up rear bike rack atop the Owl Vans large expedition box.”

2017 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4

The Sprinter 4×4 is fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 that delivers 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. A dependable and relatively frugal motor is mated with impressive capability thanks to an intelligent AWD system that can send 33 percent of the torque to the front wheels, 20 percent more ground clearance than the 2WD equivalent, and a lower geared differential intended for navigating technical terrain. These rugged credentials are balanced with a well-equipped interior with driver comforts that include:

  • Premium Kenwood audio
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Power steering, locks, windows, and mirrors
  • Captain chairs

Distinguishing Features

  • Black Rhino Wheels with Cooper AT3 tires
  • Espar D2 heater
  • Battle Born lithium batteries with solar panels
  • Owl Vans Expedition box with 1Up bike rack
  • Fiamma F80S awning
  • High-capacity 49-gallon ACGB replacement fuel tank
  • Isotherm Cruise Elegance 130 fridge

This 2017 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 is listed for $88,000 and is currently located in Corvallis, Oregon. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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