Has your van been repaired from the total loss damage or will you be working on it with the help from forum members?
Hello and wecome,
! Was your Pacifica shipped to you damaged? Or was it repaired here in the US, and you purchased it after the repair?
Did you know that the Pentastar engine was originally designed with assistance from Mercedes Benz? It happened back when Daimler owned Chrysler.
The car has repaired from total loss damage in america. I dont know in which country. I think, a repair in germany is incredable, because i have to ship every sparepart from US to EU. Most things are well repaired, some things are bad. The paint is pretty 'bad'. But the seller has to judge - the car has to go back anyway, to assamble the trailer hitch.
American market engines have always been different. Cars are not taxed on engine size and the fuel is cheaper, thus American cars often have large engines. They may seem an "old technology", but they have smooth power delivery and long life. Recently the fuel economy become stricter and many new cars have switched to smaller 4 cylinder turbo engines.
How did you manage to buy Pacifica? Some sort of grey market arrangements?
We have a handful of dealers in Germany specializing in US vehicle import. Mostly they are accident vehicles. So these are not official ways we can keep. Thus, it is a gray import.
The funny thing is with the small turbo engines, which are usually sparing only in stop-and-go, but on the highway it makes less difference. For the Pacifica had a MB C280 7-speed automatic (built in 2008) with 3 liter capacity as a station wagon. Relaxed with 75MPH (120KMH), I came just under 9 liters / 100km (26 MPG) ..... on 8 liters (29,4MPG) , I almost never came.
Before that, I had a Golf 5 Combi, also built in 2008, 6-speed manual transmission. 1.4L capacity, 160hp turbocharger and compressor. at 70.000km (43495miles) I had 2 engines and 3 sets of pistons new. Consumption around the 7,4L (32MPG) on the highway. Mostly at 80MPH - 85mph (130kmh-140kmh). That's ok, but for as little displacement actually too much thirst. And the trouble with VW .....
My Old 1.9TDI bj 1999 i can drive between 4.5L at 50MPH and at 90-100MPH with 6.0 - 7L (39MPG - 32MPG). Ok is a diesel. But apart from Dieselgate, nothing has got better in the consumption. A maximum of half a liter less. Solely and alone - the 2010 BMW-1 with the 120hp diesel "Blue efficency" really surprised me. I drove overland as a company car often with 4.5 - 5L / 100km. (50-47MPG)
Of course I have left a lot of blablabla to read :-)