how many miles does a tractor last?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by M818, May 9, 2011.

  1. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    I spoke with some people from International Harvester a few years ago. They told me that their trucks should last 20 years. Some of the older car hauler carriers, such as Allied Systems, may overhaul an engine several times before selling them off to upgrade their fleet. Some of their trucks have several million miles on them, as do other fleets. Some will trade their trucks off right before they get out of warranty.

    How well a truck has been maintained has more to do with longevity than the miles. It have become much more common to see trucks with over a million miles before needing an overhaul. A well maintained truck can last for a long time. I don't see a good reason to buy a new truck when there are so many good used trucks on the market.
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  3. THBatMan8

    THBatMan8 Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2011
    Wherever I park
    It all depends on how well the driver takes care of his/her vehicle. Trucks are just like cars in this aspect. If you drive on the conservative side, your truck should last 1,000,000+ miles. If you ride it like you stole it, maybe 2 years tops before stuff starts to break.
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  4. Retired Bear

    Retired Bear Bobtail Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    How much does an in- line cost in the
    southeast region.
  5. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    How much are you willing to sink into the resuscitation of said engine and transmission to prevent it's final death?

    I had a tractor pushing just about two million, a old International eagle sleeper for a road trip in baltimore one day. If you put a bunch of nuts, ball bearings, rusted bolts and scrap steel into a barrel yea high and shook it really hard, rattle rattle with scary grinding noises...

    That was the road trip.

    The truck was assigned to a husband and wife team who were in it so long they stopped hearing it.

    What a experience it was.

    As a parting shot none of the 50's model rigs ever did that to me and god only knows what they have under there for miles.
  6. IndianaF150

    IndianaF150 Medium Load Member

    Apr 27, 2014
    If it’s an international it aint worth a bucket of piss after it rolls off the lot.
  7. Gdog66223

    Gdog66223 Road Train Member

    Dec 30, 2017
    Coal Town
    Nostar Prostar
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  8. getthebagtrucking

    getthebagtrucking Bobtail Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    What do you think about 2017 kenworth with 800000miles price 30000
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  9. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    My first dispatch job, small petroleum carrier, had twin company tractors. 1968 Brockway 361 with 318 Detroit screamers.

    One had the same driver from day one finally in for overhaul at 600K while it's twin was used by a lot of different drivers and was on it's 2nd overhaul at 499K.

    The driver makes a big difference.

    One of our owner operators had purchased the owner's dad's 65 KW and sold it in '79 at 999,999 miles looking like new [he used to repaint the frame the same KW green every spring] and he sold it to local excavator who blew the rears in a month....
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  10. feldsforever

    feldsforever Road Train Member

    Nov 22, 2019
    Some trucks as not used as they are intended.
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