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2005 Dodge Sprinter 2500

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2005 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Review

An excellent choice for a commercial passenger or cargo van with a variety of wheelbases and interior layouts .

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The Dodge Sprinter van was originally designed by Mercedes-Benz and produced by Freightliner. It adopted the Dodge name in 2003 but was still available at Freightliner dealerships. A cab/chassis model was added in 2004 with standard Electronic Stability Control. 2005 Sprinters feature new onboard diagnostics.

Designed specifically for commercial use, the Dodge Sprinter comes in a choice of three wheelbases and a standard 64-inch or optional 73-inch walk-through height. The Sprinter is available in the three-quarter ton 2500 and one-ton 3500 versions; the 2500 is the only one available as a passenger van.

The Range

Body Styles: passenger van, cargo van
Engines: 2.7-liter inline five-cylinder turbo diesel
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Sprinter 2500 118 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 High Roof 118 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 140 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 High Roof 140 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 High Roof 158 WB

What's New

New features for the 2005 Dodge Sprinter 2500 include onboard diagnostics, identification lamps on the front of cab’s roof, and a third brake light on the rear roof.


Dodge Sprinters are distinguished from its Freightliner counterparts by the inclusion of the Dodge Ram logo on the large front grille. Sprinters are offered with a 118-, 140-, or 158-inch wheelbase. The largest wheelbase comes only in a high-roof model, while the 118- and 140-inch models offer a choice of regular or high roof. A large sliding door is installed on the right side, and a driver’s side sliding door is available as an option. Side-hinged rear doors open to the vehicle’s full height. On 140- and 158-inch models, these rear doors swing open to 270 degrees. On 118-inch wheelbase models, the doors swing to 180 degrees.

Foglights, dual manual mirrors, a second-row glass sunroof, variable intermittent windshield wipers, mud flaps, and halogen headlights are standard on all 2005 Sprinters. Heated door mirrors, a rear step bumper, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and daytime running lights are optional on all models. Models with a 118-inch wheelbase feature 15-inch silver steel wheels, while 140- and 158-inch wheelbase models ride on 16-inch silver steel wheels.


A Sprinter 2500 passenger van can seat up to 10 people with two front bucket seats and up to three rows of rear seating. A flat cargo floor and tapered rear wheel housings allow for cargo space ranging from 273 to 473 cubic feet, depending on the model. Air-conditioning is standard, and a rear unit is available for passenger models.

All models of the Sprinter 2500 come standard with a tachometer, water temperature gauge, low fuel warning, front map lights, dome light, cargo area light, and front cup holders. A driver information center, service interval warning, rear window defogger, and cargo tie-downs are available as options.

Performance & Handling

The sole engine for the 2005 Dodge Sprinter 2500 is a 2.7-liter, inline five-cylinder turbo diesel capable of 154 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. This is coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive that directs power to the rear wheels. The Sprinter has an independent front suspension, rear leaf springs, power rack-and-pinion steering, and a turning radius as small as 36.7 feet. In passenger models, payload capacities range from 2846 pounds for the high-roof 158-inch wheelbase to 3681 pounds for the 118-inch wheelbase van. Cargo van payloads range from 3745 to 5086 pounds. Buyers can choose the standard 3.72:1 rear-axle ratio or a 4.11:1 differential.

The Sprinter is easier to drive than might be expected from such a boxy vehicle. It handles most like a truck and lacks some stability around curves, but with seats designed for low-fatigue driving, the Sprinter is fairly comfortable for long hauls. The long wheelbase versions are surprisingly smooth to handle. Engine noise is fairly well dampened, but there is considerable wind noise from the rear side windows.


Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, dual front airbags, and height-adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners are standard on all 2005 Sprinters. Only available on 2500 models, Acceleration Skid Control helps in low-traction situations by independently braking spinning wheels. Unfortunately, side-impact airbags are not available, but daytime running lights are optional on all models.

EPA Fuel Economy

2005 Dodge Sprinter 2500: N/A

You'll Like

  • Cargo space
  • Sturdy construction
  • Versatile interior layout
  • Seat comfort

You Won't Like

  • No side curtain airbags available
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Engine noise

Sum Up

An excellent choice for a commercial passenger or cargo van with a variety of wheelbases and interior layouts .

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