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Old 10-28-2017, 04:28 PM   #1
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Anybody towing with a Mercedes Metris?

I going to get a new tow vehicle and I need a van. I know that a Ford Transit with the 3.5L Ecoboost will do the job, but the Transit won't fit in my garage - big headache. The Mercedes Metris will fit in my garage and will be much easier to park etc. I'm mainly concerned about the ability of their 2.0L to adequately tow my 21'. Anybody towing with a Mercedes Metris?
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:07 PM   #2
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The torque and HP doesn't come close to the small Ecoboost.

258/208 vs 375/325
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An interesting vehicle, I especially liked the two speed reverse. I am thinking you are going to get the best answer to your question on a specific Metris site. I would suggest www.metrisforum.com as a starting point.

U.S. sales are about 6,000 vehicles per year, this combines the commercial and passenger models. Not a lot of these vehicles out there. I am a bit familiar with them as my sister owns a 2017 model, no towing however. Like most vehicles used for towing it is very important that you get a model equipped with a towing package. You are getting close to the 5,000 lb tow capacity and the 500 lb tongue weight rating. Not sure if Mercedes is using the new J2807 standards. It is important to have everything configured at the highest level for a safe tow.
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Old 10-28-2017, 06:46 PM   #4
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I'm mainly concerned about the ability of their 2.0L to adequately tow my 21'.
The 2.0 L engine is a turbocharged diesel, so it won't be directly comparable to a typical 2.0 L, which is a non-turbo gas engine.
Like most small diesels, it has substantially less peak power output than common gas engines in similar vehicles... but some people are apparently happy with that.

The Mercedes 2.0 L has lower peak torque than the larger diesels in the Transit van and Colorado/Canyon, but higher power... it will be able to move the load, but will require higher engine speed than those other diesels, and will have lower performance than the gas engines (even the non-turbo gas engines) in the same vehicles.

Although the much larger Mercedes Sprinter van has a 3.0 L turbodiesel in North America, it usually has a 2.0 L in Europe... probably this same engine.

Whether performance is acceptable or not would depend on your expectations.
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From the Metris web page, do they have a diesel too?
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Ack!

I thought they did... but the diesel must have been caught in the great German diesel disaster. Many apologies for the confusion, and thanks to Bob for catching my error. I really should have checked my memory of the specs, even on the little phone screen.

Okay... so the comparison would be a Ford EcoBoost 2.0, as used in vehicles such as the Escape. Performance will still be better than the small diesels, but only if you're willing to let it run at the engine speed needed.
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Old 10-28-2017, 11:05 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies.

I've spent quite a bit of time on the Metris forum and it sounds like you're in for a load of problems if you don't get the full OEM tow package and electronics . I suspect that the 2.0L is just fine around town but at 60mph - maybe not so much. The Mercedes dealership here in Seattle did offer a "test tow", which I'll definitely take them up on before committing.
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