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Old 07-18-2015, 08:52 AM   #1
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Mercedes Diesel?

i would like to know if a mercedes diesel is a good motor?

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Old 07-18-2015, 09:13 AM   #2
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Well, they are famous for them, but that doesn't make them all perfect. The first MB diesels offered in Class A RV chassis (circa 2007) had some minor difficulties as well as customer resistance to an unfamiliar brand, enough that Freightliner Custom Chassis (owned by Daimler Benz) backed off from using MB engines for a bit. Nothing I would be afraid to own, but diesel shops everywhere are more familiar with Cummins and Cat than MB.

MB truck diesel engine technology is now sold in the US under the Detroit Diesel brand name, and serviced at DD shops. The DD13 and DD15 are best known examples.

The smaller MB diesels have always enjoyed an excellent reputation, e.g. the 3.6L used in the Sprinter van.

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Used to work on MB diesel engine in military vehicles. They tended to hold up good, but I found that the cost of parts was higher then Cummins or even Cat. Maybe that was just the government pricing. There are applications that the MB engine makes very good sense due to it size and weight. If the application allowed it, I would much rather have a Cummins engine, but that is just me.
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i was looking at class c motor homes ,just me and wife now dont need 39 ft diesel pusher
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Are you 'sure' that you do not want a 39' MH? It is just the wife and I and we find the 38' MH that we currently have to be about right. It sure is nice to have the 'extra' room! While the 31' Class C that we had at one time was nice and could get into places our current MH will not, it did not have all of the things that we like to have. Also the tanks, water, holding and fuel are all larger in the Class A, which gives us more time boon docking!

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i was looking at class c motor homes ,just me and wife now dont need 39 ft diesel pusher
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:11 PM   #6
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:31 PM   #7
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There are some nice rv's built on sprinter chassis.
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Good so far for me! 26,000 miles in 26 months.
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NO troubles with the drive train- 2 warranty visits to (1) re-progam computer (2) replace the abs sensor.

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i like the 39 ft but wife will not drive and if anything happened tome we would be stuck.
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Old 07-19-2015, 05:59 PM   #11
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I use a 5 cylinder diesel sprinter at work everyday, and push it hard. The engine has over 250K miles and has needed a thing or two but held up great. It is the 3500 with the dual rear wheels. Fixing it is a little bit more, but average over 20 mpg city hauling glass, stone and other crazy heavy things.
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Mercedes engines are known for fuel mileage and durability, they usually have a bit less HP than comparable Cummins or CAT. engines, which may have a direct cause and effect. About 40 years ago I knew a man who drove an old Mercedes sedan with a diesel engine, he said it had over 300,000 miles on the odometer. Only trouble I knew of was, it would fail to start in sub-zero weather.
Today many OTR trucks run Mercedes engines.

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