"In all this time the Sprinter has never left us in the lurch," says Patrik Flinkfeldt. "I have changed the torque converter every 250,000 km and fitted new brake pads every now and then - but that's all I've had to do! If you take care of the vehicle and stick to the service intervals, it isn't a problem to clock up mileage like that with the Sprinter."
The vehicle is stationed in the provincial town of Arjeplog, in which Patrik Flinkfeldt and his brother Gordon run the family firm Flinkfeldts Buss AB. The Flinkfeldts fleet is made up of 13 buses, of which four are Sprinters. Founded in 1933 by the brothers' grandfather, the firm specialises in intercity regular service routes, school bus routes and airport shuttle services.
Flinkfeldt will also occasionally take on courier orders. Alongside the two bosses there are 13 permanent staff in the firm. In winter - their high season - when countless automotive manufacturers are running their test series in Lapland, Patrik and Gordon will additionally hire a few temporary drivers. "Then our Sprinter will be working in two shifts and covering as much as 800 kilometres and more in a day," explains Patrik. "And pretty well every seat will be taken!"