Why Cascadias?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by sharp.dressed.man, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. sharp.dressed.man

    sharp.dressed.man Heavy Load Member

    Dec 10, 2011
    Are Cascadias cheaper to buy or maintain? I'm not a name guy I just despise Cascadias. They are rough, loud, and feel heavy if that makes sense. I have only been in something other than a Cascadia once so far in my 8 months driving and it was a Prostar. The ride and the noise was like night and day.

    I'm just wondering why there are so many all Cascadia fleets.

    Don't get me wrong I would drive a Century if it was mechanically sound and the money was right, but it sure would be nice to drive something smooth and quiet for a while.
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  3. Giggles the Original

    Giggles the Original Road Train Member

    they dont call em freightshakers for nothin....
  4. sharp.dressed.man

    sharp.dressed.man Heavy Load Member

    Dec 10, 2011

    LOL I've never really heard that before. That is a perfect description of the experience! I thought the truck was having a seizure sometimes, I fully expected to get out and see it foaming from the gas tanks.
    Giggles the Original Thanks this.
  5. cuzzin it

    cuzzin it Road Train Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Berea, KY
    notice that you can get parts for them everywhere..... that's supply meeting demand :biggrin_25522:
  6. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    State of Jefferson
    The Cascadia I had drove much smoother than either prostar I've had. Was much more reliable too (plus had dealerships everywhere). But both prostars were ~3000lb lighter & had short wheelbases so it may have more to do with configuration than model...
    CondoCruiser Thanks this.

    THE ROAD VIRUS Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    i did my otr training in a cummins powered prostar. best mpg i have ever achieved. nice, quiet interior. but really heavy. the airhorn is a joke. and DPF filter could be a pain in the neck when it was malfunctioning.
    1st assigned truck was a 2009 century class. lightweight compared to prostar, loud, rattling interior. weaker motor, but reliable. NEVER broke down. 100,000 carefree miles untill re-assigned.
    2nd assigned truck is a 2013 Cascadia, assigned with 747 miles on the odometer. It's had some issues during it's break in period regarding weather sealing. weak motor. (nothing pulls like that cummins powered prostar) but the interior is WAY more quiet then my century class. less storage space, but nothing rattles or squeeks. i have driven over 105,000 miles since new, and the interior is still as quiet as when new.
    48Packard Thanks this.
  8. starsonwindow

    starsonwindow Medium Load Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Hand, Go ride in a Volvo, Just don't let it break in certain areas of the world... It may cost you your first born, I loved the Volvo I drove as my first truck. Stay safe out there.
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  9. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Cheapest truck to make. Cheapest fleet truck to buy. Brand new fleet truck...somewheres around $80000. On the other end, an owner op spec truck, all the bells and whistles, big boy engine, tranny rears, with LSD...cost Around $150 grand. Almost twice as much. They will run those Cascadias for a couple years, and throw them away. Or maybe, if theyre lucky, they will find a sucker to buy it 'lease purchase' for $150 grand all in. Disposable trucks for disposable drivers.
  10. Wego4ut

    Wego4ut Light Load Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    TripleSix I had to reply to this one quickly. It's apparent you haven't priced a new truck in some time. New trucks run in the range of $115,000-135,000 depending on how many you buy. The $80,000 days went out in 2006 when the first new engines were brought in for 2007 models. The prices are up over $35,000 per truck in last 5-6 years. The Cascadia model is really the Ford Taurus of trucks. Mid range price, mid range power, mid range maintenance costs.
    RAGE 18 and CondoCruiser Thank this.
  11. Tonythetruckerdude

    Tonythetruckerdude Crusty Deer Slayer

    Dec 8, 2012
    hunting...../ retired
    Oh...if I could only take you back about 30 years......:shaking2:
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