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Old 11-30-2018, 02:11 PM   #1
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Exclamation Is the Mercedes MBE 6.4 l Inline 6 any good ?

Thinking of getting a new bus again. This one came up on the craigslist. 2003 freightliner 5 window conventional.
It looks kinda unusual with the handi door up front. Its the size we are looking for. Just wondering if the engine is trustworthy. Add says auto trans.
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:16 PM   #2
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it's a great motor.. Until it isn't. Most people here recommend against them due to cost and complexity of repairs, and relatively scarcity of knowledgeable people outside of dealerships.
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:45 PM   #3
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I've got that bus, only with a Cat 3126.
The bus is pretty good. I don't like the WC door up front. My other bus has it in the rear which I prefer.
Can't comment on the Mercedes other than they seem to be ok. I know a guy with one.
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Old 11-30-2018, 02:45 PM   #4
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talking to people who have run the MBE906 motors in school bus fleets they say the yare very reliable but tend to become oil-consumers as they age.. they seem to still run fine but use oil.. there are still a lot of 906's running around in freightliner and thomas C2 busses.. many of them with over 200k..


however, like brokdown says.. a motor can break.. and an MBE is not a cheap motor to fix..

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Old 11-30-2018, 09:33 PM   #7
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Is the Mercedes MBE 6.4 l Inline 6 any good ?

Maybe the ones back then didn't have all the exh systems problems the 07s and up have.

I can say avoid like the plague 07 and newer MB engines.
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