International Prosatar/Maxxforce: Worthless junk!!!

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by diesel_weasel, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. diesel_weasel

    diesel_weasel Medium Load Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Rochester, MN

    Bottom line, I don't care where the darn thing is made, if its junk, its junk and there's no getting around that. I don't care if it's made in Canada, Zimbabwe, Laos, or Tibet. A poor quality turd is simply that, a poor quality turd. And there is no excuse for the poor quality when the previous design was much better.

    On top of things they (International) brag about how many millions of dollars they stuck into new designs and new engines. My old 9200 C12 did not freeze me to death on a cold windy day, among the other poor quality design problems I mentioned on the prostar.

    Going from a 9200 to a prostar is like going from a Lexus to a Pinto.
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  2. Double L

    Double L Heavy Load Member

    Sep 20, 2008
    That is one of the reasons I don't like Freightliner because of the quality and where it's built. I use to like International but with this being said I won't be buying an International or Freightliner. I'll stick to a Paccar product if I was in the market for a truck.
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  3. LBZ

    LBZ Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Road to Nowhere, IL
    How many transport jobs alone are lost due to factories building something across the fence? Trucks may have to be transported from south of the border to dealerships, but how much is lost on parts & other stock materials for the mfg. facility?

    I guess spork man is right, they would be fools not to do something like this:biggrin_25513: & we have been fools to watch this happen time & time again for the past 30 years & have attitudes like what was mentioned above.

    If what was said about Canada & the bailout given to Navistar is true, I hope the Canadians smack them with max interest on every cent given. Bring new meaning to the term max-force!

    I think the bigger point & question we all must ask, when do we draw the line & say no more! Are you as an o/o really going to consider supporting a corporation who flat out says your time has passed & has ditched those whose support built their company?
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  4. Double L

    Double L Heavy Load Member

    Sep 20, 2008
    I've read that the Prostar was a make or break deal for International because they invested so much money in it. If that is the case then I don't feel sorry for them because they shouldn't have put their eggs in one basket. These truck manufactures didn't have to come out with new models. They simply could have lengthen the hood a little longer and they wouldn't have invested as much money as they did. Look at Pete and KW, they didn't redesign their trucks except the hood and other minor stuff. They simply took what they had and made some changes to them and made new models that are compliant and I doubt they even invest in nearly as much money as International and Freightliner. I still feel Kenworth is superior when it comes to producing new and better products. At least Paccar can make a sexy looking truck.
  5. Heavyd

    Heavyd Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    I have been an International tech for 15 years. I have to agree with a lot of what the op. I still like the Prostar, I feel they could have come out with a better quality of interior panels. Overall if they would just increase the quality of the wiring they would have a really good truck. The Maxxforce is another story. As a tech, this engine is the by-far, the most labor intensive engine to work on I have ever seen!!! As an o/o that has one that is out of warranty I really feel bad if anything goes wrong simply because the engine is so complex. I can't believe they couldn't have come up with something better than that. For those who have seen one, you know what I am talking about. The Maxxforce 13 has nothing to do with CAT. That is the Maxxforce 15. The 13 is a joint effort between International and MANN. Mostly MANN.
    Back to the Prostar, the headlights on with wipers is only a safety thing, it is all programming, you can turn that feature off if you like. The doors do need to be redesigned. They are too flimsy. They are finding that the air resistance at highway speeds is pulling the mirrors and causing the doors to pull away from the door jam. There really isn't any adjustment once the door starts to get warped. You can set the striker inward a bit and hammer the runner the weather stripping slips onto outward to get the tightest seal possible. Not sure about the window/suction thing. The clutch linkage is very clunky, some rattle really bad, and others not at all. Very inconsistent. I would have to see it to comment on why or how to fix it. Maxxforce engine doesn't have a traditional "engine brake". It has an exhaust brake. I agree totally, very lame, they might aswell not even included it. I have driven several different trucks and it is very hard to feel it doing anything. International should be ashamed of that one!!! I did hear next years Maxxforce will include an actual engine compression brake, so we'll see. Some interior panels are very hard to get simply because they don't make enough spares for repair work. The air lines are all plastic/nylon with plastic quick connect fittings, very cheap, easy to assemble, that is why they use them. The slow leaks are very frustrating for you and us too. To be honest, I really don't care about slow leaks, what's it hurting? Most trucks do leak. Warranty doesn't pay us to find slow leaks. There are several connections in the dash that require your dash to be taken apart. Not worth it in my opinion. Those dash panels can only be taken off and put back on a couple of times before the little tabs start to break and weaken, that is how you get rattlely and noisy dashes. The quick connect fittings aren't a perfect seal. With temperature changes and expansion and contraction the seal surfaces do shift a bit and they will leak. Can be very hard to find. Once the truck is inside and warm, will not leak. There are always customers that demand the most from their truck and are very very picky. There is nothing wrong with that. I have always thought Internationals to be a great, middle of the pack, average work truck. They aren't Pete's! I have worked on them all, as a mechanic, Internationals are the best to diagnose and work on.
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  6. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
    This article is rather dated but I haven't found anything recent .
  7. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    We just got 2 new prostars in, but i have yet to ride in them.

    My current ride is the 9400 which i like. My only complaint is it is noisy. So, if the prostar is quiet, like everyone says then so much the better. So, you can see, i generally don't have a problem with international and think they are ok. The exception is the styling atrocity, which i don't know the model number, but it looks somewhat like a pt cruser.

    The bed seems huge, but there's little left for other storage. So, when it comes to sleepers, i favor freighliner.
  8. mustang970

    mustang970 Road Train Member

    Mar 27, 2009
    Hey no reason to bash the ole pinto-bomb. Short of the whole exploding gas tank, the was nothing wrong with them. They did exactly as advertised. Plus stuff a 302 under the hood. You got places in a hurry. Pinto owners stand and unite!
  9. lv gn

    lv gn Heavy Load Member

    Jun 23, 2008
    las vegas nv.
    i drive an 09 prostar with the small sleeper, cummings 455 and a 13 spd. pull smooth bore tanker's. really like the truck. much better ride, more room inside and 100 times quieter then the 06 378 pete i was driving. great company trucks!
  10. The Challenger

    The Challenger Kinghunter

    Dec 22, 2007
    East Central FL
    I think moving the production to Mexico was the biggest mistake International ever made. Had International stuck to production in the USA, everyone would be happy and i am almost positive that the quality would be much better. From what I have seen the quality of Prostar is on par with a Freightliner Cascadia.

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