Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Lost Wages, Nevada
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Re: Freightliner with a MB motor??
I work on them and this is what they say. And of course what I say is last. One of the local short/long haul's says they are easier to maintain, they have 35 MBE 4000 engines and most are 400 to 450 hp. They pull as well as the Series 60 with 500 hp. The engine brake needs to be kept on the higher rpm for better working abality. They get slightly better fuel economy than the series 60 and better yet than the Cummins. I have seen most of the trucks in the shop for minor work, 5 for major work. They are retiring 12 older trucks with the MBE engine. They are buying 18 new trucks with the MBE engine in them.
My comments- a lot of hand work to repair. Not necessarly heavy, just a lot of fuel/water/vent hoses to work around. Most problem seen, loose fuel lines and the older ones had a problem with cracking fuel filter housings. Codes can be obtained via a scan tool made by MPSI with the proper card of course. Your cost about 1600 with all adaptors. The other scan tool is used by distributors only. I can use either one.
The MBE 900 engine in the smaller class trucks comes in a 6 cyl. and 4 cyl. Fed EX has a bunch of 4 cyls with 2 recalls. 1 recall is for a programming change. No big deal. the other recall is on the EGR engine it was shipped with the wrong lower t-stat housing. Overheating is the symtom. Again not a big deal. Pleanty of zip in the few I have driven. I think you will start to see more of them in the future. If ordering one be sure to get it with the optional engine brake. [900 only is optional] Yes it works good and you cannot hear it in use. It is to expensive to add on later. Like I said if ordering get it then, do not let them try to sell it if not on the engine.
The 4000 comes standard with the engine brake however there is a optional turbo brake. [a little better brake] Hope this helps some.
95 F250,XLT, 4WD, Auto Trans,bbshimmed,synthetic trans oil,4:10 gears ,Truck Trunk ,Nerf Bars ,crome Mud flaps, Aux. trans cooler, front diff. drain plug. External trans.filter, trimmed snorkel. American wheels water temp guage, front fuel tank mod,Warn Manual hubs,Putman class 4 hitch 212k mi.
Currently also have 2012 Dodge 4X4 with a Cummins engine.
It is said if you sit by the river and watch the water flow by long enough, your enemies will pass by. This I believe to be true. It is also possible to watch your loved ones pass by as well.
Wife Candi 08/14/07 missing her always