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Old 09-20-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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detroit diesel

New to the site and researching motorhomes. Found an 89 safari Serengeti with an 8.2 Detroit desiel. Has anyone had any experience with this engine.

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Old 09-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #2
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If you are talking about the 8.2 V8 diesel, it is an obsolete engine. Was used in fleets as a midrange engine and had more than it's share with problems. Repair parts may be a real problem.

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Old 09-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Not looking for problems.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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One of the worst Detroit engines ever built IMHO. All metric ,head gasket problems yuk. Worked on a few too many special tools required.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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Sorry to appear snarky, but if you are looking at 24 year old motorhomes, you are looking for problems. The only questions are how many and how serious. I do certainly agree that that Detroit 8.2l would give me pause - or maybe even shivers - the main consideration in any rig that old is condition and how well the previous owners maintained it. A well kept old coach with some less-than-desirable components may still be better than one that has the right stuff but years of neglect.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #6
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I have worked on many of an 8.2 Detroit and would NOT even consider it for one of my vehicles!
I would keep looking until you found something better! JMO

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