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Old 06-28-2017, 05:06 PM   #1
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DT466 vs T444E What are the Pros / Cons

From what I gleaned on the forums and everywhere the consensus for a lot of people seems to place the DT466 ahead of the T444E. I'm considering a bus however with a T444E. Any reasons I should steer away from it and hold out for a DT?
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Old 06-28-2017, 05:09 PM   #2
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T444E is a v8 engine and has to be removed from the chassis to rebuild. Dt466 can be rebuilt in frame. Number one reason in my book.

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I have two buses- one with each. The 444 is ok in smaller buses and pickup trucks. The 466 is just all around better.
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And remember nothing's going to cause you're DT466 to shut down without a good reason, a faulty sensor may cause that 444E to shut down because everything's computerized and censored, all that said if you do end up getting the 444E I would consider looking at the alternator and increasing the amperage on that a little bit they do not like to put very big alternators in them from the factory for some reason I think you could go as high as a 200 amp is what I heard, maybe on this site.
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And remember nothing's going to cause you're DT466 to shut down without a good reason, a faulty sensor may cause that 444E to shut down because everything's computerized and censored, all that said if you do end up getting the 444E I would consider looking at the alternator and increasing the amperage on that a little bit they do not like to put very big alternators in them from the factory for some reason I think you could go as high as a 200 amp is what I heard, maybe on this site.
remember that most DT-466's after 1996 are DT-466E which have a VERY similar setup in sensors / computers / fuel management as the T-444E.. the DT-466E can easily be differientiated in the pics from the DT-466 as you'll see the ECM hanging off the side of the engine.. there were a few mechanical DT466s that made it into the late 90s...
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