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Apr 14, 2020 at 02:56 PM CST
Are they descent or stay away from
Replied on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 08:01 AM CST
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I guess in Volvo engines are in Volvo trucks if you went from Florida to California and there was 30 trucks broke down side of the road 22 would be Volvo you'd have at least 4 freightliners and in the rest 4 international. get yourself a peterbilt and be done with your troubles Laura can work and be done with your troubles anything else is pretty much inadequate

Replied on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 08:01 AM CST
Originally Posted by: JOHN TENNENT
Quote: "I guess in Volvo engines are in Volvo trucks if you went from Florida to California and there was 30 trucks broke down side of the road 22 would be Volvo you'd have at least 4 freightliners and in the rest 4 international. get yourself a peterbilt and be done with your troubles Laura can work and be done with your troubles anything else is pretty much inadequate"

peterbilt and Kenworth which are paccar products are going to be the best bet for any trucking company to have they cost a little more but what you don't lose in downtime and being broke down and other issues the money that you're spending extra on your peterbilt or Kenworth you make it back up in no time

Replied on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 09:59 AM CST
Personally I am not a Volvo fan, however they are probably no worse than anything else these days, I have two friends that run them with the current motor design, so far no problems. I also know a company that bought ten new T-800’s with the paccar motors, half broke a crankshaft in the first hundred thousand miles, and the rest are in the shop more than they are on the road. I have a buddy that bought 3 newer freight shakers, he wound up deleting two of them with the Detroit’s, and damn near filed bankruptcy last year, from all the down time prior to the deletes. If you insist on joining this circus, I would say buy yourself any older truck made prior to 2002, all motors were good, cat, Cummins, Detroit, all those older motors were solid, compared to the Junk being forced down everyone’s throat today.
Replied on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 12:07 PM CST

yeah you're exactly right if possible find a cat or Cummins prior to 2002 before they put all the crap on the motors and then you have a good truck even if you still did a glider kit with an older motor such as a 2002 or older cat are coming Detroit and put in a brand new truck is still better than anything on the market today

Replied on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 02:00 PM CST
Originally Posted by: JOHN TENNENT
Quote: "I guess in Volvo engines are in Volvo trucks if you went from Florida to California and there was 30 trucks broke down side of the road 22 would be Volvo you'd have at least 4 freightliners and in the rest 4 international. get yourself a peterbilt and be done with your troubles Laura can work and be done with your troubles anything else is pretty much inadequate"

Relax on the international they have very heavy duty trucks mine is in 06 with a Cummins that's deleted and I would put it up against anything that's new on the lot for reliability. Here's another thought stick with Kenworth Peterbilt Freightliner or International almost 75% of their parts are interchangeable and can be purchased at any of those dealerships which could save you a chunk of money if you're broke down along the road and also would you go to a Peterbilt dealership for a Volvo part I don't think so
Replied on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 03:31 PM CST
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Volvo is a great product. I've never owner one but have put some miles on in them. As far as new stuff goes they have been the best I've driven as far as quality and reliable. I still drive an old mechanical KW because simple is reliable, but if forced to buy new the Volvo and Mack would get my first look. Talking to an aftermarket truck warranty rep he started Volvo has easily the lowest number of claims.
Replied on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 04:46 PM CST
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Many years ago my first OTR tractor was a Mack. Had nothing but problems with it. Then two freight shakers and a K-100 Aerodyne all with Cummins big cam 400's, 411's, and 13 speeds. No problems at all and gave me wonderful performance and service.

Looked at the Volvo and liked the space inside, but would not have ordered it with their engine. Went with the Star 5700 with the D-13 (first time for a Detroit) and Allison 7-speed automatic, (true automatic), and have the new one due in in a couple of weeks, spec-ed out exactly the same So far, so good. No problems at all. Of course, maintainance is key, as with any peice of equipment.

Of course, my nephew originally wanted our first Western Star ordered with an 18 speed. However, with the decent fuel mileage he's obtaining, along with the performance of the package, he's changed his mind. Now he can't wait for the new 5700 and Utility refer to get here. As "senior" driver he gets the new stuff and his buddy will continue on with the older stuff. Funny how that works!!!!

Replied on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 05:26 PM CST
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Larry, what will you be pulling with it? With bulk hauling I'd suggest the lightest tractor you could get away with, including the sleeper if you'd be running for two or more days occasionally. Keeps you legal when putting yourself on the "sleeper" line.

Replied on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 07:46 AM CST
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Larry, I own a 2013 Volvo, Have 800,000 miles on it. The truck has been one of best truck I have own. There was a time in my life if you drove a Volvo and we had a chance to meet, when you left, you would be fighting mad or crying. I would rib you that hard. I owned a 2000 Peterbilt 379 Long and Tall. 550 Cat, 13speed, 3:55 rears, LP24.5. Man, would that truck pull. I get 5.5 mpg on a good day. I always walked up that truck with a smile on my face, Saying " Man that is a good looking Truck". 1.5 million miles on and got a wild hair that I need a new truck, I was tired of weekend maintenance, wanted better MPG, and a lighter truck. Stupid, Stupid me. Traded for a new 2011 KW T 800 Cummins, 18 Speed, 3.26 rears with super signals. WHAT a piece of S$$T. Cool looking truck, But could not stay out of the shop. 4.5 mpg, not only worked on on the weekends, KW worked on it during the week. I would been better to mount super signals on my Peterbilt. Everytime I walked up that truck I say "What a piece of S$$T" It just about broke me. Traded at 326,000 miles. Now I have a plain Jane Volvo, Not much to look at. But at least I have money in the bank. 7.5 MPG. The advise I would give is 1) used trucks are cheap right now, look around. 2) purchase a Laptop and the software for the engine you get. I have the Premuin Tech Tool for my Volvo. The aftertreatment system hic-ups every now and then. Sometimes it is a part that went bad, sometimes a good regen all it needs (most of the time). I wish I would of purchased the cummins software. It might of made a difference. My Volvo engine has been a good one, replaced the water pump, run the overhead twice, and change the oil every 30,000 miles. I do run 48 states and Canada, So I need a Carb, Truck. Alot of my friends run Cummins, Detroit, and IH engines, Some are good and some not so good. What I am saying it is a crap shoot. Yes, I would Purchase another Volvo when needed. Good Luck.

Replied on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 08:23 AM CST
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Between my father and I we have three Volvo engines:

2006 with a D12 in it, I rebuilt it at 1.1 million because a chunk off one of the valve seats took the turbo and I was already halfway there it cost. When I rebuilt at the jugs and pistons looked perfectly fine. starts great in the winter and is by far the most reliable motor we've ever had. That'd be sad they're kind of gutless and don't get very good mileage. And they'll chew through EGR valves every 18 months unless you permanently fix that....

We have a 2007 with a d16 in it, currently at 1.4 million miles never been overhauled. It's good mileage and has good power. Is an electrical gremlin nightmare....

Also the 2012 with a d13. Injector cups are a problem that I've never really had a good solution. But other than that it's a good solid motor has good power and gets the best mileage out of the fleet. It did give me a bunch of emissions related issues at about 600,000 until I had an expert "fix" the emissions issues.

if you talk to the bigger independent shops almost all of them say that a Volvo brand motor is the most reliable out of any of the new motors.

With all that being said go buy something 2002 and older if you want to stay out of the shop and make money...

Or buy brand new with a warranty.

Replied on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 09:24 AM CST
Thanks John I have 2005 Pete 379 need to go to auto shift that’s why I’m looking at Volvo
Replied on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 01:17 PM CST
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I'm on my 3rd Volvo and I can honestly say that you can't beat the ride and the engines may not be a huge powerhouse yet they are pretty dependable. My first Volvo was a 2000 with a Cummins engine and it gave me the blues. Blown head gaskets twice and I decided not to try a Cummins engine ever again. The next Volvo had a D13 which had a few electrical issues and the injectors seem to just be all good or all bad,go figure. Overall I plan on ordering a new Volvo once things get back close to being normal again in the world. I run California and I can honestly say that I've saw Kenworths and Peterbilts on the side of the road sometimes,as well as Freightliners and Volvo's. No man made machine is going to be perfect. Do your research and pray that you make the best decision based on your needs. In trucking one size doesn't fit all 10-4!