freightliner with mercedes engine

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  1. punjabi

    punjabi Bobtail Member

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    hi ... i am planing to buy freightliner day cab with mercedes engine please i am new to this ... expert advice me in this ..is it good or bad ???...
     
  2. canuck in da truck

    canuck in da truck Road Train Member

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    md engines are cheaper for a reason
    some have luck with them some dont--make sure all the recall updates have been done--they like to catch fire if not done
    i was definately advised against them--but i am sure somebody could tell you their good points
     
  3. end of the road

    end of the road Heavy Load Member

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    The company I worked for previously had many many of them and they were closely related to a big warm pile of dog doo-doo
     
  4. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Engine is light,and the displacement is bigger than other engines of different makes with similar weights.

    Like was said, make sure recall updates were done. They tend to break down, but so does anything mechanical. I had one go bad and drove it home on a local run. Check engine light didn't come on. Fluids were ok, but something went in the head.

    Most work must be done by a dealership as parts are captive compared to most of the other engines.
     
  5. BAYOU

    BAYOU Road Train Member

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  6. Krooser

    Krooser Road Train Member

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    They are cheap for a reason... just like crack ######...
     
  7. groundpounder

    groundpounder Road Train Member

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    don't do it.....my buddy drove a FL with the MB engine and it was nothing but problems..

    I started calling him the cry baby express he complained about it so much..
     
  8. glenn gibson

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    Mercedes 9067MTE 900 EGR
    45K miles, fuel line broke ($800)
    47K miles, second fuel line broke (Replaced all but one, $20 each, easy to fix)
    65K miles, EGR cooler started leaking ($3800)
    70K miles, Computer give false readings, ($3300)
    Happy with the power and gas mileage, 9.8/gal pulling a 4 wheel drive Suburban
     
  9. tony97905

    tony97905 Medium Load Member

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    Comparing a MBE4000 to a MBE900 is apples to oranges. The 4000 had head gasket issues and was eventually resolved but some had block deck damage from this that needed to addressed. The "engine brakes" are weak and not your typical design. Overall for their size I thought they pulled good and got decent fuel mileage....kind of a poor man's C12.
     
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