Ok guys, I am about to pull the trigger on a new to me truck. Im not up to speed on aero trucks as much as I should be. Anyways, I am looking at two different trucks:
2014 KW T680 w/ 455hp Paccar MX 13 and a 13 speed trans, 874k miles on it.
2015 Volvo VNL630 midroof w/ 455hp Volvo VED13 and a 10 speed trans, 537k miles on it.
Volvo appears to be cleaner than the KW (driver seat isnt great), but also smaller sleeper and $14k more.
Not familiar with either engine, so I am looking for advice from those of you that have owned both.
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Both are out.
Stick with FL, KW, PETE
Stick with cat, Cummins, detroit.
Much easier to find shops and repairs.
I watched a volvo leave Vegas for salt lake.
No one in Vegas could fix his rear end. No one had the socket.
Make sure to Dyno the trucks. $200 or less. If possible, test drive the trucks 200 miles. This should be enough miles to trip any check engine or emission error codes that was cleared by dealer.
I test drove 3 trucks and two of them had emission lamps come on.
Don’t impulsively buy. We have 2 paccar t680s
Automatic sucks but it’s what drivers want. Gets around 7.5-8mpg at 70mph comfortable nice tall dash
Not a owner friendly motor to work on and really ugly
We have 15ish Volvo’s not all mine but from what I see from mine d13 seems to be good around 6.5-7 mpgs (varies)
More people willing to work on them over all + owner repairs maintenance wise I’d say pretty easy to work on.
My Cummins Volvo
Between 5.5-6.5 mpg(varies)
It’s a Cummins anybody can and will work on it.
All drivers drive different
And for Volvo if you’re tall your knees will hit the dash and you’re also in a fishbowl hot summer sunny days might get a sunburn on your knees.
Im leaning towards the KW with the paccar. Im getting into it relatively cheap and it will have a small warranty (1 year, 125k) that will hopefully cover any major issue. Im a short guy (5'7") so not overly concerned with my knees hitting anything lol. I would prefer cummins all day long over anything but a cat, but Im trying to stay in a lower price/down payment that I can afford with out having to actually work the truck in case something happens and its not going down the road.
@S M D its a 13 speed, do yall have any of those? I like the real world view by someone who actually owns one.
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