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Jeff

United States

#1 Nov 25, 2007
Hello, my name is Jeff, and I’m a truck driver for the Veterans Administration. I’ve been in the professional trucking industry as a driver for 26 years. I searched and found this forum because I have some concerns about a couple of new trucks that we have leased through GSA that we are having a great deal of trouble with. They are 2008 Freightliner’s with the Mercedes engine, the “particulate” filter (spelling?) light keeps coming on, thus putting our trucks out-of-service. I know that this problem is related to the pollution control system, but my question is…can this problem be fixed? We have taken these trucks back several times and we no sooner get them back and the light comes on again. I’m also starting to hear horror stories about these engines which are starting to concern me. Right now we have both of them down, with one having been down for 4 weeks.(We are also having trouble with our local dealer, which is another post…sometime) Can anyone out there give me any info on these engines? Or perhaps any advice? These trucks are critical to our operation and we need them to operate properly in order to meet the needs of our Veterans! Thanks.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#2 Nov 25, 2007
What state are you located in I do know of a couple top notch Mercedes repair places. the North American agent I used to run with has 15 of the Mercedes straight trucks that they run and they use one of three shops depending on where they have trouble. there are 2 in VA and 1 in NC.
Jeff wrote:
Hello, my name is Jeff, and I’m a truck driver for the Veterans Administration. I’ve been in the professional trucking industry as a driver for 26 years. I searched and found this forum because I have some concerns about a couple of new trucks that we have leased through GSA that we are having a great deal of trouble with. They are 2008 Freightliner’s with the Mercedes engine, the “particulate” filter (spelling?) light keeps coming on, thus putting our trucks out-of-service. I know that this problem is related to the pollution control system, but my question is…can this problem be fixed? We have taken these trucks back several times and we no sooner get them back and the light comes on again. I’m also starting to hear horror stories about these engines which are starting to concern me. Right now we have both of them down, with one having been down for 4 weeks.(We are also having trouble with our local dealer, which is another post…sometime) Can anyone out there give me any info on these engines? Or perhaps any advice? These trucks are critical to our operation and we need them to operate properly in order to meet the needs of our Veterans! Thanks.
Jeff

Barnesville, OH

#3 Nov 26, 2007
I live in panhandlof WV, MD, VA, And PA are all right next door. Thanks for the help. Also, can the lemon law be used for trucks?

Since: May 07

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#4 Nov 26, 2007
Having delt with the lemon law myself in Ga. I can not tell you if it Applies to a Lease or not, I bought A New truck so it did! But when you deal with the lemon law, It has to be with in the First Year and you do not deal with the dealer! You Inform the Dealer and then you deal with the Manufacture Directly and then Dealer may stop working on the trucks completely like they did mine and that is if your state has the lemon law in it. Then the manutacture may or may not want to replace the trucks, They may take them back to a plant and work on them thereselfs! At which time they could or could not give you a replacement truck to use. My advice to you is when and if you decide to do the lemon law,Have a lawyer on your side, Because I grantee you they will have one on there's.
Dave

Salem, OR

#5 Nov 20, 2008
Jeff wrote:
Hello, my name is Jeff, and I’m a truck driver for the Veterans Administration. I’ve been in the professional trucking industry as a driver for 26 years. I searched and found this forum because I have some concerns about a couple of new trucks that we have leased through GSA that we are having a great deal of trouble with. They are 2008 Freightliner’s with the Mercedes engine, the “particulate” filter (spelling?) light keeps coming on, thus putting our trucks out-of-service. I know that this problem is related to the pollution control system, but my question is…can this problem be fixed? We have taken these trucks back several times and we no sooner get them back and the light comes on again. I’m also starting to hear horror stories about these engines which are starting to concern me. Right now we have both of them down, with one having been down for 4 weeks.(We are also having trouble with our local dealer, which is another post…sometime) Can anyone out there give me any info on these engines? Or perhaps any advice? These trucks are critical to our operation and we need them to operate properly in order to meet the needs of our Veterans! Thanks.
- We have 2 mercedes OM926LA and are having coolant leak issue with the EGR . Any info would be great
Dave

Salem, OR

#6 Nov 20, 2008
- We have 2 mercedes OM926LA and are having coolant leak issue with the EGR . Any info would be great
harold

Moab, UT

#7 Dec 24, 2008
need a set of air-assited cansters with tire chains...short piceces ten inches long,that lowers and spins while giving the tire traction.
Dan Mahoney

Ogden, UT

#8 Aug 31, 2009
My 2008 casidia with the same engin mercedes has been in a Freightliner shop 46 times in 9 months. The engin is a joke and they say we will fix it. I am down $35,000. My best advise is either sue or get rid of it for the problems will never end...
eso bosnia

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

#9 Feb 7, 2010
i am a professional driver for 30 years and i driving mercedes benz this truck is best on the world
thank you mercedes
Gerry OBrien

Perth, Australia

#10 Mar 18, 2010
I can't get my mercedes 2650 truck clutch to disengage
brokeass trucking

United States

#11 Sep 14, 2010
Always buy two freightliners, because one will be in the shop always.
Eric Burkhart

Seattle, WA

#12 Dec 17, 2010
Jeff. I am a new and used truck salesman for International up here in the Northwest. I understand your concerns. Let me explain what those lights mean. With the introduction of 2007 emissions the federal law restricts the amount of particulates (soot) released into the air. thats why they have diesel particulate filters on these trucks now. The lights come on telling the drivers that (1) regeneration is occuring or (2) regeneration is needed. If your drivers aren't pulling over and running the trucks through the regen cycle you first will lose power and then the trucks will shut off. I think some driver training with your local Freightliner dealer about the warning lights will have a huge benefit for your drivers. Another problem could be how the truck is speced. The trucks have to reach a certain temperature to burn the particlulates. If the trucks aren't geared right for the application it could cause regeneration to be needed more often and resulting in more problems. So many things to cover and not enough room to write. I hope this helps some though.
zuhdo

Jackson, MI

#13 Oct 24, 2011
eso bosnia wrote:
i am a professional driver for 30 years and i driving mercedes benz this truck is best on the world
thank you mercedes
mozda tamo eso ovdje druga jeba,,selam iz cemerike
Ron Richard

Portsmouth, NH

#14 Jan 19, 2012
I am the fleet manager, with over 30 years of experience, for a company having 50 vehicles. 28 of which are 33,000-36,000 GVWR and two have the Mercedes Engines,both in Sterlings. I have had nothing but grief with the mercedes engines. Both of which are as of today off my mind. The first one went when the truck it was in had a short circuit and burned to the ground and the other blew up and puked 29 quarts of oil out on the road after having had major internal engine work twice before. THe trucks were fine, the engines were only good for boat anchors.
Alex

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jan 23, 2012
Eric Burkhart wrote:
Jeff. I am a new and used truck salesman for International up here in the Northwest. I understand your concerns. Let me explain what those lights mean. With the introduction of 2007 emissions the federal law restricts the amount of particulates (soot) released into the air. thats why they have diesel particulate filters on these trucks now. The lights come on telling the drivers that (1) regeneration is occuring or (2) regeneration is needed. If your drivers aren't pulling over and running the trucks through the regen cycle you first will lose power and then the trucks will shut off. I think some driver training with your local Freightliner dealer about the warning lights will have a huge benefit for your drivers. Another problem could be how the truck is speced. The trucks have to reach a certain temperature to burn the particlulates. If the trucks aren't geared right for the application it could cause regeneration to be needed more often and resulting in more problems. So many things to cover and not enough room to write. I hope this helps some though.
Eric, how do you do a regen? I do not have a book.
Robert

Lancaster, CA

#16 Jan 27, 2012
Would my 2010 freightliner accelerating on its own have something to do with regen?
Jeff

Conway, AR

#17 Apr 13, 2012
We have sold a 2008 Dynamax with a Mercedes engine. Can you till us what the warranty of the drive train is?
Tracy

Kershaw, SC

#18 Jul 4, 2012
my church has a 2009 FL bus. it has the 7.2 Mercedes engine. Our local dealer in Charlotte NC has not been able to fix our problems. We are getting a ECU 128 code.We are having problems with the check engine light coming on, it will not do a regen while traveling. We are having to stop every 150 miles to try to run the regen process after the engine cools off. Recently the doizer valve was replaced. The worked for about 250 miles. Also this engine is very very weak. It's been that way from day one.
american

Fayetteville, NC

#19 Jul 18, 2012
Alex wrote:
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Eric, how do you do a regen? I do not have a book.
Have heard where fire trucks are cutting off during fires to regen, reducing their pumping abilities. Another example of government not thinking things through before passing a law. Speaking of engine how many know of Cummings blowing holes in the block at the number 4 cyclinder. Cummings engines will buyer beware after 400,000 miles
Elhan

Cleveland, OH

#20 Jan 19, 2014
I want to buy a 2007 freightliner columbia with mercedes engine and im curious with 800000miles it have a mercedes engine for 16k my friend said mercedes truck engine are not good? help should i get it.

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