Mercedes engine

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  1. Havana7

    Havana7 Bobtail Member

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    Thinking of buying a 2007 freightliner tandem dump with a 410 horsepower Mercedes engine,is it a good engine how do they stand up 540k any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Mike
     
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Garbage engine, would pull like a 300 Cummins, take about 10-15, miledepends on tail or head wind, from dead stop to 65mph on a flat road at 80k, I know a guy who pulls a hopper with one.
    They were bad about leaking antifreeze
     
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  4. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    I had one. Rebuilt it at 550,000
    Kind of gutless but was reliable. I traded it off in January 2013. Next guy that bought it runs step deck regional daily. 8 years later he is still running it.
    Can’t be all that bad to still be in use after 15 years.
     
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  5. Havana7

    Havana7 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks Judge for your advise where do leak antifreeze from also I only haul 10 yards of dirt only mainly on gravel roads. Thanks uncleal for your response was that 550000 clicks or miles
     
  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    The biggest issue I see with the Mercedes is simply lack of popularity. Hardly ever see them out in the world so I can't imagine parts are readily available and many mechanics being overly familiar with it. Only know of 2 people who've owned them.
     
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  7. BoxCarKidd

    BoxCarKidd Road Train Member

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    Lots of them around here. Some had head gasket leak problems. Something about a failed camshaft drive seemed to be a financial Achilles heal. Ruins the block.
    As Mercedes owns Freightliner I do not see not being able to get parts a problem anytime soon.
     
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  8. Don379

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    good luck working on it or finding someone to work on it. Merceds engine is big fail
     
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  9. Havana7

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    Thank you everyone for your input decided to stay away from buying one. Mike
     
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    We're having a nightmare getting parts for anything from overseas lately. Even getting parts shipped from Eastern Canada to Western Canada is taking twice as long as usual.
     
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  11. ZVar

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    One thing to note also is fuel milage.
    The mercedes at my last company (and there were several) the best mpg I'd get was 5.5. Same load, same trailer, same route with any other engine I would get between 7.5 to 8.5 depending on time of year.

    May not sound like much, but over 120k miles it adds up.
     
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