Buying used truck Freightliner Columbia or Volvo

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by GeorgeB, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. GeorgeB

    GeorgeB Light Load Member

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    If anyone can share any experience what to look for to avoid buying bad truck with high repair costs???
     
  2. Freddy57

    Freddy57 Heavy Load Member

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    My experience with Volvo's has been a mixed bag. Very comfortable ride and great fuel mileage on the plus side, huge repair bills for electrical problems on the minus side. It's not always easy to find a Volvo shop when you need one and parts for them can get a little tough to come by out on the road. Freightliners are made from very common parts available most anywhere and I haven't had all that many expensive problems with my Freightliners.
     
  3. cabwrecker

    cabwrecker The clutch wrecker

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    Freddy is right.
    Volvo is extraordinarily comfortable, parts can be hard to get and Christ help you if you have the Cummins ISX in it.

    Freightliner is the polar opposite of those two facts, but is the equivalent of living in a tin roofed shack suspended on bungee cords sitting over the grand cannon on a heavy fault day.
     
  4. Hardlyevr

    Hardlyevr Road Train Member

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    Although there are fewer Volvo dealers, many Freightliner dealerships will tell you service will not be for DAYS when you call or visit them.
     
  5. tsavory

    tsavory Road Train Member

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    I have a KW and a Volvo the parts on the Volvo are harder to find and a bit more expensive but the ride IMHO is better and the MPG is much better. My Volvo has a ved12 with the Volvo 13spd trans I hate that you MUST clutch every gear in it. The KW has a cat 3406e and a super 10 I prefer the ride on the Volvo but love the power of the KW.


    While working for a company I a few freight shakers and although newer I hated the ride and lack of power I found the shaker's were down on the road more often than my Volvo till I parked it

    but truth of the matter is any truck you buy will be a gamble they all cost a LOT to fix. find the best deal that fits what your looking for in power and fuel and roll the dice as that's all it is even buying brand new
     
  6. GeorgeB

    GeorgeB Light Load Member

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    Thanks guys for replies.
    Im looking at some Freightliners Columbia and Centuries, some of them have Mercedes engine some Detroit engines, hows that Mercedes engine and should I even go with it or better the ones with Detroit engine?
     
  7. mkmac

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    How many Mercedes engines do you see out on the road,Buy a Volvo with a cummins and meritor running gear.........
     
  8. Freddy57

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    I got a good chuckle out of that ... it's not quite that bad, but close on some days, like running the jeep trails they call roads in California.
     
  9. GeorgeB

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    So Cummins ISX isnt a good engine to have. I should stay away from it. What about Detroit engines on freightliners? Are they any good?
     
  10. GeorgeB

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    On your freightliners which engines did you have? And is the Mercedes MBE-400 something I should stay away from?
     
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