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"When you love, you don't count ..." ?






Everything has a price. And that price does not have the same value for everyone.

What may seem expensive to one person may be less so to another.

Quality has a cost and sometimes even what is free has a value.

A very fine debate to be developed in front of a roaring log fire and a spiced mulled wine.


I'm going to be very honest. I'll tell you the price I paid and the price of the initial quote, which was indexed by Mercedes-Benz and the manufacturers. CS tried to postpone the increases, but over such a long delivery period, there are no miracles.



Here is the announced schedule.

I was rather puzzled, but CS Reisemobile works to a list - you order, you get in the queue. The company takes between 100 and 150 Sprinter to fit out in Europe per year.

In a hurry?

No problem, go elsewhere. No by-passes accepted.


 kg 

 € (price 2021) 

 € (price 2023) 

Standard equipment

      3.050

             79.900

             89.900

Engine 2.0 l, 140 kW/190 hp CDI Euro VI

              5

               3.710

               3.594

Gross vehicle weight  4.100 kg

            20

               2.245

               2.494

MBUX multimedia system 10.25" touchscreen (DAB)

              1

                  669

                  720

9-gear automatic transmission

            31

               2.669

               3.009

Electrical hand brake

             -  

                  364

                  409

Spare wheel bracket below frame end

              6

                  106

                  121

Steel wheels in special paint finish black

             -  

                     90

                  103

Electrically folding door mirrors

             -  

                     65

                     75

Fog lamps with bend lighting

             -  

                  262

                  293

Auxiliary socket outlet (serie Ahk)

              2

                  310

                  349

Fuel filter with water separator

             -  

                  204

                  230

Electric sliding door closing aid

              5

                  458

                  513

B-shoulder sliding door access handle

             -  

                     52

                     61

Gatefold cover for dashboard tray center

              1

                  124

                  141

Gatefold cover for dashboard tray, right and left

              1

                  137

                  155

Cabin thermal insulation

             -  

                  119

                  136

Automated air conditioning THERMOTRONIC

            18

               2.883

               3.216

Heated seats for the driver

             -  

                  238

                  304

Two armrests driver seat

              2

                     84

                     97

Two armrests co-drivers

              2

                     84

                     97

Convenience head restraint, driver seat

             -  

                     88

                     86

Convenience head restraint, co-driver seat

             -  

                     88

                     86

Parking package with 360 camera

              2

               1.692

               1.890

Anti-theft warning system

             -  

                  368

                  352

Blind spot assistant

             -  

                  588

                  659

Four wheel drive 4MATIC

          176

               6.450

               7.224

Offroad package (Hill descent DSR), incl. ED5

              1

                  962

               1.089

Cruise control

             -  

                  364

                  409

Diesel heatingTruma Combi D6

              2

               1.745

               1.961

Height kit for Truma Combi D 1500 - 2750 m

             -  

                  800

                      -  

Vanilla/walnut decorative line

             -  

                  766

                  861

Solid wood folding table (walnut)

              3

                  448

                  504

Individual seat for motorhomes

             -  

                      -  

                      -  

Solar installation 240W MT

            21

               2.326

               2.613

180 Ah lithium battery

-           43

               2.890

               3.279

1700W sine wave inverter with switching priority

              8

               1.680

               1.996

Mosquito screen for sliding door

              1

                  433

                  488

Security kit

              4

               1.030

               1.157

4 M Cranked blind anthracite

            28

               1.325

               1.489

Tyres AT BF Goodrich (4 pcs) 

            24

               1.480

               1.950

MB spare wheel as Goodrich AT BF tyre

              7

                  714

                  803

Additional roof window

              9

               1.048

               1.178

Outdoor shower

             -  

                  275

                  309

Safe under passager seat

              2

                  249

                  280

Ventilation of SOG toilets

              1

                  365

                  340

Additional 80 l tank on wheel arch

             -  

                  900

                  900

Webasto diesel-Ceran hob instead of gas hob

              9

               2.500

               2.630

Door between passenger compartment and hold

             -  

                  620

                      -  

Dometic CFX 65 mounting in hold

             -  

               1.500

               1.500

Airhead Marine separating dry toilets

             -  

                   720

                   809


The total price in 2023 is €142,859, up from €129,187 in 2021 (I've just read on the CS Reisemobile website that the Spinter Luxor's basic equipment will cost €96,600 in June 2024, another €6,700 increase for Mercedes-Benz alone).


The war in Ukraine has had an impact on van prices. Mercedes-Benz increased its prices by a variable +/- 13%, raising the basic quote by €12,439. CS Reisemobile, for its part, tried to limit the damage by imposing a €1,233 increase on its services.


Mercedes-Benz has also postponed its delivery date from March 2023 to an unspecified date, due to the lack of certain products such as electrical cables and other electronic components.

Some 700,000 vehicles, or 15% of European car production, were affected, according to press releases for the first half of 2022. In Germany, Porche suspended production at its Liepzig plant, BMW also stopped production of BMWs and Minis, and Mercedes simply reduced its output.


Are the omens for my departure bad?


Between the Covid-19 crisis, which led to the temporary closure of European factories, the collapse in demand following the confinements, short-time working and the difficult recovery in production, the automotive industry was then weakened by the global shortage of semi-conductors, which led to a slowdown in the recovery of certain companies.


It's a good thing I got there in time, because my pension is due to start on 1 November 2024.


As patience is the mother of all virtues, I have become virtuous.

I would have seen anything and said anything ;)


Courage ....


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