buying a freightliner with a mercedes motor ????

Old 11-09-2011, 11:31 AM
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I am looking at buying a 2004 Freightliner with a mercedes motor, i have allways had detroits or cats before,,HAS ANYBODY HERD GOOD OR BAD ON THE NEW MERCEDES MOTORS, also it is before they put all the emmisions on them,, ??? thanks ray
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:53 PM
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all our trucks and heavy equipment has mostly cats and a few detroit engines....... never had or worked on one..... :wink:
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:20 PM
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We have 3 Dodge Sprinters at our shop that we use to shuttle product to the stores. All three have Mercedes engines. We had a couple of issues with our 2003. The major problem was the oil line came off the turbo and lost an engine but I really wouldn't say it was a Mercedes problem but an assembly issue.

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Old 11-09-2011, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by TS1955
We have 3 Dodge Sprinters at our shop that we use to shuttle product to the stores. All three have Mercedes engines. We had a couple of issues with our 2003. The major problem was the oil line came off the turbo and lost an engine but I really wouldn't say it was a Mercedes problem but an assembly issue.

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but isnt that actually an Isuzu diesel engine in those sprinters?
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:40 PM
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No its a Mercedes diesel. Isuzu is the Duramax isn't it?
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Gimmethakick
No its a Mercedes diesel. Isuzu is the Duramax isn't it?
duramax is a v-8 block. Isuzu use a inline 6 block.. i no mitisbishi and a few others use the isuzu block with a different valve cover on them
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:36 AM
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Originally Posted by fast75vega
Originally Posted by TS1955
We have 3 Dodge Sprinters at our shop that we use to shuttle product to the stores. All three have Mercedes engines. We had a couple of issues with our 2003. The major problem was the oil line came off the turbo and lost an engine but I really wouldn't say it was a Mercedes problem but an assembly issue.

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but isnt that actually an Isuzu diesel engine in those sprinters?
Mercedes...2 are 2.7L inline 5 cylinder and 1 has a 3.0L V6.

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Old 11-10-2011, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by fast75vega
Originally Posted by Gimmethakick
No its a Mercedes diesel. Isuzu is the Duramax isn't it?
duramax is a v-8 block. Isuzu use a inline 6 block.. i no mitisbishi and a few others use the isuzu block with a different valve cover on them
My Duramax is built by Isuzu.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:23 PM
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If this is a class 8 truck I would steer clear of it unless the truck is real cheep....if your buying new...resale of the truck with that motor will be next to nothing. stick with cat cummins or detroit for most avalable service , afordable parts and resale of the truck.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:23 AM
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I have a customer that has several Freightliners with the Mercedes engines that I do sevice work on, they have between 100,000-200,000 miles on them with few major repairs. I've worked on all types of big trucks with all types of engines and would not have a problem with buying one with the Mercedes engine. With that said it also depends on what the intended purpose of the truck would be.
Also doing a filter change on the Mercedes is very easy
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