X15 Efficiency vs Performance

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by rjs, Jan 12, 2019.

Which X15 overall?

  1. Performance

  2. Efficiency

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  1. rjs

    rjs Bobtail Member

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    Im specing a new truck to pull flat deck. 80k or less. Looking for a good balance between performance and efficiency. I was planning to run 3.06 super 40ies. 1300 rpm @ 68 mph. I cant decide on an engine though. Heres what Ive heard


    x15 performance: no issues, may not like low RPMs long term, average 5.5 - 6 mpg

    X15 efficiency: great mileage 7 - 8 mpg, may blow up in the first 100k, has a loud vibration that no one can fix


    The performance sounds good for power and reliability, but that 7-8 mpg of the efficiency series looks real good for the bottom line. Can anyone confirm these rumors? Are these MPG numbers accurate? Is the efficiency series really that bad?
     
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  3. Doublewiggle32

    Doublewiggle32 Light Load Member

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    We have two x15 efficiency trucks, they both have 500hp. No issues yet at about 70,000 miles, no loud vibrations. They are getting about 6.5mpg pulling doubles, probably 70,000lbs usually. Don't know the gear ratio, but at 70 its about 1500rpm. Both trucks are peterbilt 567s with the set forward axle, so not the best for aerodynamics.

    I don't think the mpg gap is that big from the performance to efficiency, the performance gets 5.5-6 when in a 389. So I would imagine a aero truck with the performance would get around 6.5.
     
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  4. Makeajump

    Makeajump Medium Load Member

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    I run for a company in a binder with a X-15 efficiency pulling a tanker & stepdeck. It has 135k on it and has had no issues yet. 500 hp, 1850 tq. It show 6.7 on the trip computer. Limited to 75 mph. I drive 70-72 on I-20 and I-45 most of the time. I have always thought it rattled too much at idle, but so far, no problems other than clutch brake. It is a 13 sp manual. I like it.
     
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  5. Tropsnart

    Tropsnart Heavy Load Member

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    2018 389 with the x15 efficiency over the first 88k miles not one issue. Warm weather average 6,2 ifta down to 5.5 mpg in the colder weather. Pretty good, considering it's a car hauler. Idle only for loading and unloading. Not much difference from the paccar mx13 power wise but no check engine lights in 88k. The 2018 mx13 i had, had check engine lights on more than not. The x15 is noisy at idle but has smooth acceleration. I haven't had any issues with vibrations as of yet. I'd get another one without question. I'm impressed so far. Fingers crossed!
     
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  6. rjs

    rjs Bobtail Member

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    Anyone have an x15 performance?
     
  7. cmbtmedic

    cmbtmedic Light Load Member

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    2019 567 Pete with the X15 performance series set at 565/1850. Not governed or castrated, average 5.7mpg. Pull flat, almost always grossing 75k-79k. Usually deadhead less than 100 miles per week.
     
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  8. cmbtmedic

    cmbtmedic Light Load Member

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    Forgot to mention I run lots of hills(I-81 corridor daily).
     
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  9. rjs

    rjs Bobtail Member

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    I went with the performance 565hp & 1850tq. I have to wait until june to find out if this was a bad choice or not
     
  10. jake744

    jake744 Light Load Member

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    Ordered my 2019 389 with 565/2050 performance,18 speed,3:55's,11r24.5 rubber. I pull a landoll hydraulic trailer. It pulls great and love it so far. Truck has 48 inch sleeper and is 275 wheelbase. I run it hard so only seeing 5 mpg sometime less,but what I do fuel mileage is not a real concern to me.
     
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  11. otterinthewater

    otterinthewater Road Train Member

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    I’ve got 65k on my X-15 efficiency. No issues. No rattles. I run the 5/15/70/80/84 including all the passes. There’s a huge drop off in the average speed I can run from 36k to 44k in the box going uphill. I’m speed limited to 66mph.

    No complaints. It’s a good motor and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. No idea on longevity though, I’m a company driver so I just hammer the thing al day long. Kinda feel bad for whomever gets it next...
     
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