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Old 01-30-2019, 11:05 PM   #1
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what is the consensus on this combination? - "2001 GMC, 3126 Cat Diesel Engine, 5 Speed Transmission."? - I've asked about gearing but haven't heard anything back yet - bus has just over 100,000 miles on it, tires are excellent including snow tires on the rear wheels - brakes are excellent according to the ad - it's a Saskatchewan bus, so hopefully the gearing is high ( low numbers )

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Old 01-30-2019, 11:24 PM   #2
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Sounds like a good combination if you are a CAT fan.

Some here love the 3126 and some simply don't care for CAT.

CAT (like most mfg's) has produced a couple of real bombs. From what I've heard the 3126 is one of their better efforts. Lots of them on the road.

I have shied away from CAT primarily because of parts and service available in my area. I have 3 shops within 3 miles that will work on my Cummins. The nearest CAT shop is 30+ miles away.

Good luck with your quest.
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:12 AM   #3
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thanks - l'm still very much in the learning stage
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what is the consensus on this combination? - "2001 GMC, 3126 Cat Diesel Engine, 5 Speed Transmission."? - I've asked about gearing but haven't heard anything back yet - bus has just over 100,000 miles on it, tires are excellent including snow tires on the rear wheels - brakes are excellent according to the ad - it's a Saskatchewan bus, so hopefully the gearing is high ( low numbers )

Sounds like a real nice setup.
I used to avoid Cat. But the 3126 is a gem. Mine is smooth, quiet, and has a really nice torque curve. Seems very well built. My last DT not so much.
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is there a chip available to boost HP on this 190 HP motor?
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No chip, but you can have it re-rated. Some folks have had it for free when getting service or other work done. Seems about $350 otherwise. But that's going to a cat service center and having them change your engine rating.
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