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wrenchtech 09-13-2019 01:17 PM

MBE906 Mercedes Engine: Any Thoughts
 
I have located a 2005 Thomas safety liner 38 with 78 headroom and A/C w/ three evaporator/head units, w/appx 180k miles. The only thing that puts me off about it is that it has the Mercedes MB906 engine. I just know very little about that engine. Anyone have any experience with this or relevant info, Id like to hear it.

SolomonEagle 09-13-2019 01:33 PM

I have not any personal experience but have been told that they super expensive to work on, though i could be wrong. maybe someone could educate me as well.

PNW_Steve 09-13-2019 01:44 PM

I looked at a bus with a Mercedes engine. Before making a purchase decision I looked at service options. The nearest shop that I could find is 70 miles away. There is a shop 2 miles away that services Navistar and three Cummings shops within 5 miles.

Parts and service for Navistar and Cummins are more easily availabile across the country than Mercedes.

So........ I bought a Cummins.

wrenchtech 09-13-2019 01:49 PM

As I understand it, Mercedes Benz bought freightliner back in the early 2000‘s and that there is also a relationship with Detroit Diesel. I’ve read that the Mercedes truck engines from this period are operated with Detroit Diesel control systems and that the stuff is all serviceable through freightliner or by anybody who has the tools to service those brands.

alpine44 09-13-2019 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by wrenchtech (Post 348362)
I have located a 2005 Thomas safety liner 38’ with 78” headroom and A/C w/ three evaporator/head units, w/appx 180k miles. The only thing that puts me off about it is that it has the Mercedes MB906 engine. I just know very little about that engine. Anyone have any experience with this or relevant info, I’d like to hear it.

Ask member 'JoeBlack5' for his detailed experience with this engine, if he does not chime in here.

The MB906 is know to be a reliable engine. However, if you cannot/do not want to work on it yourself, dealer maintenance will be more expensive than with Cummins and Navistar. CAT can be as pricey as MB.

If the bus is a cherry that checks all your boxes, I would not let the MB906 discourage me.

wrenchtech 09-13-2019 02:29 PM

The $4500 asking price for this 2005 Thomas pusher with extra headroom and AC seems like a pretty good deal. I have seen plenty of these lately without AC and with a low roof asking around $10,000, and $14,000 with air conditioning.

o1marc 09-13-2019 03:51 PM

05, EGR nightmare potential, expensive engine to work on, I'll pass.
If the going rate for that year is $10-$14K, why is this one so cheap? Read the first sentence.

cadillackid 09-13-2019 03:55 PM

from a friend of mine who runs a lot of Merc on his route busses.. he swears by them... sue they can be pricey to work on and if you arent mechanical yourself, shop labor may be higher..



HOWEVER


remember that just because it hasnt been till recently we saw Mercedes trucks in the USA... mercedes work trucks have bene all over europe for many years.. Merc has alot of experience in trucks and diesels both...



with more and more mercedes trucks in use in the states all the time.. id expect to see more and more shops to work on it.. **AND** freightliner who is everywhere.. works on mercedes and CAT engines..


like any and all diesel engines they are more expensive to work on than your Honda civic.. and even more expensive if you cant work on them yourself


-Christopher

ewo1 09-13-2019 04:28 PM

Mercedes engines are popular in Central America, good motors. Here in the USA, you better learn to fix them your self cause Mercedes mechanics are few and far apart.


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