Which truck to buy

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by dashaker, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. Wespipes

    Wespipes Medium Load Member

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    Save up more money buy a more reliable truck. Theres a reason megas dump all their trucks at 400-500k miles.
     
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  2. SoCalRed

    SoCalRed Medium Load Member

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    That’s a lot of $$ for high mileage trucks.
    Check the truck paper. Have seen Freightliner with low 300k miles DD13 for just under $50k from select trucks. They also offer Freightliner warranty. All were 10 speed so if you insist on auto will probably cost more.
     
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  3. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

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    I would definitely check the freightliner from us Express off the list. No APU and constant idle of these newer trucks is no good. Expect to dump a lot of money into it. Not worth it. Keep searching for something better.

    The used truck market should have plenty of trucks currently.
     
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  4. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Have you collected oil samples? Ran a dyno? Reviewed the maintenance history? Inspected them in person or had a mechanic you trust lay eyes on them?

    Those are the first steps in the buying process.
     
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  5. dashaker

    dashaker Bobtail Member

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    How long does it take to get the results of a oil sample?
     
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  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Probably looking at a couple of days I would guess. I typically don't read or even see the reports from the samples I take. We have a seperate department that deals with that stuff.

    A fluid sample is going to give you an idea of the engine's internal health. If you get a bad sample back then you've just dodged a potential 5 figure bullet. Stuff like coolant/fuel in oil, excessive metal/lead/copper/silicon etc are indicative of looming engine troubles and would be wise to avoid.
     
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  7. Elroythekid

    Elroythekid Road Train Member

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    WAY too much for flogged emission trucks. For that dough you can get a used glider kit. Make SURE it has a factory installed Detroit rebuilt engine and go truckin. Except California.
     
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  8. mhyn

    mhyn Road Train Member

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    all of them are junk..
     
  9. S M D

    S M D Road Train Member

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    Is this loan mountain leasing truck sales?

    But the Detroit will be the better options than the international in my opinion
     
  10. Snailexpress

    Snailexpress Road Train Member

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    Don't listen Socal. How he knows red is faster if he driving white?
     
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