I appreciate all you you chiming in. That's what I 'm looking for, personal experiences with the various vans.
Re: Sprinter vans - I lived in Germany for many years prior to 2000, and drove mercedes cars, diesels and gasoline. I can tell you in Europe (and other places in the world) Mercedes cars are the best you can get, extremely reliable (would put Toyota to shame) and drive very well. Especially the Diesels are extremely reliable and a pleasure to drive. Now in the US, because of all the emissions stupidity, they are killing the Diesels to the point they have become very un-reliable. They re-route most of the emissions back into the engine (same thing happens to a lesser extent to gasoline engines), and the US Diesel fuel is dryer that in most others area of the world. One of the things of Diesels is that the fuel is oily and provides some internal lubrication, both for the engine and for ayxiliary parts (pumps, etc). Because the US Diesel is so dry, it will not provide the necessary lubrication for the engine to work properly, which significantly shortens the life of the engine. Mercedes Diesels and the best diesels you can get if you maintain it properly and give it proper fuel, and get rid of the exhaust system being re-routed back into the engine.
I recently watched a video of a guy who bought a Sprinter and was very proud that this car needs an oil change only every 20k miles - and that is another problem in US - people don't understand how to take care of their cars. 20k miles oil changes will ruin that van in no time.
Another issue with Diesels in the US is that very few mechanics know how to work on Diesels.
So wil all this considerations, I won't trust the Sprinters sold in the US - maybe they are doing now the same thing in Europe, don't know.
I would consider a pre-2010 diesel that doesn't have all that emissions DEF fluid stupidity, and that was well maintained. A diesel car is a pleasure to drive.
Appreciate all your input.