Originally Posted by caissiel
A friend has a front Cummins unit and he loves it. Price much more affordable.
One big advantage is that the rear end has truck model bottom pinion. Compared to upside down bus model of diesel pushers that leave the pinion dry when parked. It's ok for buses that are on the road all the time.
So for me the front engine models are much better design.
In the industry we completely refused to use over hung reduction unit due to drying of the high speed bearings when idle.
I don't want to come across as the 'know it all guy' but it boils my blood when I see statements like this, and
being in the automotive/truck/bus buisness for over 41 years I have never heard of such nonsense.
I still work as a professional mechanic and this is the first time I came across a statement like this.
"In the industry we completely refused" - Which "industry" and who is "we"?
Modern diesel engines are no longer noisy, clunky, smoky POS that they used to be...
They are quiet, fuel efficient, precise machines. The only problem is that they are very costly to operate.
If you have any doubts then go to your friendly Cummins, Caterpillar, or Mercedes dealer and ask for the price to replace DPF or even a simple tune up or oil change. I can guarantee you it would be a huge shock.
Perhaps for some of us price of maintenance is not important, but for me it's a deciding factor. And I don't care if it's diesel, gas front, or rear mounted engine.