Mercedes Benz have long had a tradition of making commercial vehicles, and were one of the first companies to offer a commercial diesel engine. In many countries of Europe the Mercedes Sprinter is the dominant commercial panel van , because of reliability and reduced long term operating costs. Mercedes commercial vans are known for lasting a long time, due to good engineer. Other European manufactures have caught up, but Mercedes still manufacture some of the best commercial vehicles available. Used vehicles hold their price well, so are not the cheapest.

Mercedes Sprinter (1995 - present)

The Mercedes Sprinter is probably the most popular new commercial panel van sold in Europe. The Sprinter is a workhorse vans that comes in a range of sizes and power options. The Sprinter supersedes the flat nose T1 van . VW LT vans after 1996 are all Mercedes Sprinters with a VW badge on. The Sprinter is a great option for a panel van conversion. There are lots of used examples available due to its popularity in the commercial market. Used models retain their price, but a good example is worth paying for. Used throughout Europe, so parts are common.

Slightly narrower than other panel vans. With a side door step, and full engine access via the bonnet, great improvements on the popular T1 precursor model. Rear doors are side opening, with or without windows. There are different hinges and catches to allow up to 270 degree rear door opening. The new CDi versions have improved engines, with more electronics, and a dashboard gear shifter. Pre CDi models have no engine electronics.

There is no low height version, only medium and high top. The Mercedes Vito fits the bill for a low profile van. Car roof racks fit the medium height version, due to the high rain gutter. The Mercedes TL is the mini-bus version of the Sprinter, and is a good option for a panel van conversion, as it has many windows already.

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  • 308
  • 310
  • 410 - dual rear axle

Mercedes TN & T1 (1977 - 1995)

The Mercedes TN and T1 vans , also affectionately known as the "pig nose", due to its flat pig like nose. A very popular van, with many people using them as the base of their camper van conversion. Lacks a step on the side door, now found on the Sprinter. Engine access is difficult, with limited access via the bonnet, and the remaining accessible underneath the dashboard.

Mercedes Vito (1995 - present)

The Mercedes Vito is a popular small van. Marginally larger than a VW Transporter . Comfortable and stylish. Vito's hold their value well.

There is also a Viana model.

Mercedes T2

A larger format van, more popular in continental Europe.

Mercedes MB100D

Curiously never sold in the UK. This van was superseded by the Vito. There are still many examples through continental Europe, most being in great condition.

Mercedes 406D, 408D, 508D

A large bus format vehicle, most with a handy hinged side door. The classic "traveller" bus, and many are still seen cruising around Europe throughout the year. Those that remain tend to have high mileage, still drive very well, and are in good condition.

Mercedes parts

Most serviceable parts are available at a good price. Mercedes do not make many of the parts themselves, therefore you don't have to buy them from Mercedes. The popularity of Mercedes vans also means that there are many good quality 3rd party parts available.

eurocarparts.co.uk - excellent online retailer of European vehicles parts. Massive discounts on prices.

Comments (10)

  • francesca's picture

    Hi, does anyone know what size tyres are legal for a Mercedes 406D van 1980, any advice welcome!

    Oct 06, 2016
  • Darren's picture

    Are you after the size to get a replacement?
    Perhaps a local tyre shop can help?

    Oct 09, 2016
  • Archer Lum's picture

    Nice article! Thanks for adding these Mercedes models. I am sure most of us don't know about these models by Mercedes, even I did not know of all these. Mercedes Benz is the best model as I think. There are various models of diesel cars manufactured by this company. Glad to know so much info about Mercedes Sprinter. I am also having this brand. Really these cars are just too good on road and perform much better than others but maintenance is quite essential for it. http://www.europeanmotorcarsalpharetta.com/mercedes-service-alpharetta/
    You can find Mercedes maintenance here. Thanks for sharing.

    Jul 25, 2015
  • sam wilson's picture

    Hi folks, Just bought a Merc 507d double cabin pickup and Im looking for a workshop manual, in English! any ideas anyone? good summer travelling folks!

    Jun 19, 2013
  • Nigel Stacey's picture

    Hi, I'm looking for side opening windows for the above sprinter, either in the side opening door, or the opposite side beside the rear seat row. Can you sdvise please?

    Thanks, Nigel, Stacey's Motors

    Jul 03, 2010
  • Roy Kane's picture

    Hi, A Karman MB100D has turned up in Northern Ireland with one owner.Originated in Finland, 1989, 51k, LHD in good nick. what sort of money would this be worth and any bad habits to look for. I need to act quick. A quick reply would be appreciated. Regards, Roy Kane

    Apr 13, 2009
  • wibbs's picture

    hi i have a mercedes l407d that has now broken down in a big way i am after some engine parts or a complete engine maybe change the engine for a larger size has anybody got any helpful advice or spares please,

    Jun 08, 2008
  • lucian's picture

    buy a cheap rusty iveco and take the engine ,gearbox, transmision and the back wheels from it

    May 24, 2011
  • Anonymous's picture

    why the back wheels? I am looking at converting my 508D towards having an iveco motor in it. If you know of any online documentation, please tell me where I can find it

    Aug 14, 2012

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