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    Mercedes Metris Van

    I have read articles about the new to US Mercedes van. Looks like it is a little bigger than a mini and a bit smaller than a full size van. It appears that the van has been marketed overseas as the Mercedes Vito and has been modified with many lift types mounted in the rear and the side. I have found pictures and videos of average height people driving without any floor modification. This interests me because of the ability to just add a lift and no costly re-manufacturing. Supposedly the Metris is going to be in the low $30,000 range, that is not far off of a high end mini prior to re-manufacturing with a lowered floor.

    It seems like a great alternative.

    #2
    Interesting option - http://www.mbsprinterusa.com/future-models/metris

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      #3
      I think it has potential for lift duty. And also, should be durable and reliable. And should last 300,000-500,000 miles with good maintenance. The right size for many needs.

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        #4
        I have been following the Metris and have seen pictures of a wheelchair lift Clear-way. I am wondering if anyone has any further info on these.

        For those of us without funding, that $20,000 plus, conversion cost just to to get in and out of a smaller sized van is a financial burden.

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          #5
          Mercedes-Benz Metris midsize van.

          I saw the Mercedes-Benz Vito when I left Qingdao Airport in 2006. They were used as taxis. They look like the Volkswagen Eurovan. Mercedes-Benz had success with the Sprinter so they brought the Vito now named Metris to the United States. This van is classified as a mid-size van like the Volkswagen Eurovan. The Volkswagen Eurovan stopped coming to the United States in 2002. Volkswagen is suppose to bring it back at sticker shock of $70,000.00 whereas you can get a Mercedes-Benz Metris starting at $32,500.00.

          I have a 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan with a Braun Swing-Away lift but it was discontinued because too many children were getting injured by the scissor effect of the lift. It has the camper swivel base and hand controls. Simple modifications and no lowered floor or raised roof, 54" from floor to ceiling.

          So I don't know who or what kind of lift will go into the Metris van?

          I am keeping an eye on it when my Eurovan needs to be replaced.

          Mercedes-Benz wants to sweep the mini van market in the United States with the Metris by under-cutting the Chrysler Town and Country.

          Visit the Metris web site at:

          http://www.mbvans.com/sprinter/comme...-passenger-van

          If anyone has any pictures of the Metris modified I'd like to see them! Please post them!

          Ti
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          "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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            #6
            Here in France we have the choice between the "Vito" for passengers (looks like your "Metris") and the "V-class" that can be a little more luxurious.
            My own car is a second-hand "V-Class" I've bought in January. It is now totally equipped for quad driving, and I'm trying to get into driving it for 2 weeks? I can post some picts of it if you want.
            Here is the detail of the rig :
            - ultra thin F6 under vehicle lift, from Mobility Networks
            - six-ways base from Autoadapt
            - hands control Europa, from Huet on left hand
            - Fork on the steering wheel, right side
            - harness on driver's seat
            - aluminium floor
            It is a very nice car, extremely comfortable and easy to drive. My only issue is the electric steering, very smooth at low speed but becoming hard to turn when your speed increase a little bit. At 20 m/h it's too hard for me (I don't have any functionnal triceps) to take a narrow turn with only one hand/arm for turning the steering wheel. But here we have A LOT of roundabouts, and it's a hassle each time I have to go throw. I'm currently searching a solution to increase the steering assistance at low speed, but it isn't obvious.
            C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
            my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
            Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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              #7
              Please post pics, I'm extremely interested in this. Mini van style but full size benefits.


              Originally posted by robotnik View Post
              Here in France we have the choice between the "Vito" for passengers (looks like your "Metris") and the "V-class" that can be a little more luxurious.
              My own car is a second-hand "V-Class" I've bought in January. It is now totally equipped for quad driving, and I'm trying to get into driving it for 2 weeks? I can post some picts of it if you want.
              Here is the detail of the rig :
              - ultra thin F6 under vehicle lift, from Mobility Networks
              - six-ways base from Autoadapt
              - hands control Europa, from Huet on left hand
              - Fork on the steering wheel, right side
              - harness on driver's seat
              - aluminium floor
              It is a very nice car, extremely comfortable and easy to drive. My only issue is the electric steering, very smooth at low speed but becoming hard to turn when your speed increase a little bit. At 20 m/h it's too hard for me (I don't have any functionnal triceps) to take a narrow turn with only one hand/arm for turning the steering wheel. But here we have A LOT of roundabouts, and it's a hassle each time I have to go throw. I'm currently searching a solution to increase the steering assistance at low speed, but it isn't obvious.
              C5 as of 6-13- 2010

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                #8
                Ok, I've taken some picts, not very good quality I'm afraid.
                The lift is pretty nice (?) and doesn't fit too bad with the shape of the car.
                Please note I asked my mechanic to cut the major part of the foldable pallet. It was taking, when unfolded, too many room inside IMO.
                Attached Files
                C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
                my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
                Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by titanium4motion View Post

                  I have a 2002 Volkswagen European - It has the camper swivel base and hand controls. Simple modifications and no lowered floor or raised roof, 54" from floor to ceiling.

                  I am keeping an eye on it when my Eurovan needs to be replaced.

                  Ti
                  Ditto re: Eurovan ownership and Metris interest.
                  Hey Robotnic - Thanks for the pix! What i your ground clearance like with the underfloor lift?
                  Last edited by webfoot; 21 Mar 2016, 7:32 PM.

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                    #10
                    Hi webfoot, you are right, ground clearance can be an issue. I didn't check it very accurately, but I think it is around 6" or 6.3" . Correct for "normal" use, but I'll have to be careful from time to time on the top of some inclines or when driving down sidewalks !!
                    BUT to reach this clearance, I had to install a kit "long springs" on each wheel shock. Without this kit I think you can't have more than 5.5 under the lift, which isn't enough to drive without fear IMHO, and unfortunately on French roads…
                    C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
                    my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
                    Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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                      #11
                      sweet ride robotnik...... mind taking a pic of hand controls and steering fork? like a shot from drivers seat. thx john
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                      John@bike-on.com
                      c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
                      sponsored handcycle racer

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                        #12
                        Nice ride robotnik. I've considered a second-hand "V-Class" also. The ultra thin F6 under vehicle lift looks really nice. Can I ask about how much the lift cost (money has been tight)?
                        Last edited by elarson; 23 Mar 2016, 7:46 PM.
                        Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                          #13
                          @ E, this Mercedes was the manager's car of a Mercedes garage, mid-2014 and only 16000 km so I hope it is still fresh , enough to travel back to Amsterdam I hope so !!
                          The lift costed me 7250?, but the big difference vs. Braun model is, as the Braun is not as thin (9cm vs 6cm) you have to change the fuel tank for a thinner, and smaller one. And to change the fuel tank, you have also to change one part of the exhaust. All this mess was very pricey.
                          With the F6 model things are more simple, just screw it under the car and GO ! (to make it short, of course). If you don't have too much elevated walkways in your neighborhood it can be enough, if not you can install the long springs kit.

                          @ John, I have this very bad pict, I'll take more (and better ones !) tomorrow.
                          Attached Files
                          C6-7 since mid 2002, no hand control nor triceps.
                          my website & my job (in France): Accessibility advisor www.acceslibre.eu
                          Also working on a French research about Peer counseling and Empowerment.

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                            #14
                            thx much. how do you like that fork, I tried one briefly and didn't like it. hated the tripin more thou
                            Bike-on.com rep
                            John@bike-on.com
                            c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
                            sponsored handcycle racer

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                              #15
                              @robotnik, Wow, it sounds like you got a great deal with the Mercedes. It's not in our budget now, but maybe someday... Hopefully we will see you back in Holland again soon (you are all welcome)!
                              Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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