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Old 10-08-2019, 06:39 PM   #1
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Hello. Does anyone have any experience with the Mercedes 904 or 906 engines in the Freightliner buses? I'm looking at a 2007 this weekend. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:12 PM   #2
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The Mercedes engines are pretty reliable, but expensive to maintain, expensive to repair, and hard to find mechanics for. A 2007 engine will have emissions on it which will or may cause more expensive repairs.
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:13 PM   #3
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What makes them expensive to maintain? I understand they're not the most pleasant engines to work on, I work with a guy who works on them frequently in salt trucks and he hates them. The last thing he complained about one of them was how the air compressor is driven off the rear of the engine. Does the Detroit Diesel software work on them?

My school district owns a lot of them, and must like them enough to keep them longer than their International powerplants. I'm now considering one myself, doesn't seem like it has an EGR cooler based on the later ones I glanced at this evening in a school parking lot.
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