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    2007 Volvo Vnl 780

    Hello i am new to the forums,

    I am looking to buy a truck and i found a 07 Volvo 780. it has low miles but i had some questions about the engine and transmition.



    The truck has a Volvo D-12 465 hp engine. how does this engine do? does it break down often? how does it work when going up a hill?

    the truck has a MD-16Z12A-A ZF MERI transmition. is this a good transmition? how does it work when going up a hill?

    I drive with a stepdeck incase that matters.

    Thanks for all the help i just would like to know if i should stay away or not from the truck.

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    volvo engine...

    do a search. nightmare.

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    Do yourself a favor and get with one that has a Cummins ISX engine. The Volvo engines are not good as they are notorious for problems. The transmission you mention sounds like the ZF Freedom line if I am not mistaken. Personally, I would go with one that has a ISX500 or 530 thats mated to a 13spd manual. Best of both worlds as you have more gears for climbing mountains,

    KH

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    why is the volvo engine so bad? i kinda wanted something auto

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    The Volvo engine is so bad because A) the parts are twice as expensive as cummins, B) the EGR's go out all the time C) if you need a rebuild or inframe it will cost 1.5 times more than a cummins. D) Volvo has a limited dealer network compared to cummins. I am hoping some members who had volvo engines will chime in.

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    I heard CAT is really expensive, what do you mean the egr goes out so much?

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    There were two EGR valves on those engines.

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    Its funny, every time I run across somebody that owns a Volvo engine they have nothing but good stuff to say about them. Its only people that have never owned one, or they have a "buddy" that has one, and its junk.

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    That should tell you something. Ask the folks that know.

    Good luck with your purchase

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kansas View Post
    Its funny, every time I run across somebody that owns a Volvo engine they have nothing but good stuff to say about them. Its only people that have never owned one, or they have a "buddy" that has one, and its junk.
    Oh yeah, well I have a buddy who has a friend that says... Just kidding & know exactly what ya mean.

    I did call on one that was for sale early last summer & the owner of the truck said he had only replaced the EGR valves once on a D-12. Said he paid close to $1800 but had found a place near Elkhart IN where he could get them for less than $800. Never checked it out as I passed on the truck for other reasons, but may be worth asking around if you own one.

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