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Old 01-09-2022, 09:08 PM   #1
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Saf-T-Liner HDX engine

Hi, I am new in all this skoolie thing. Been looking in particular the Saf-T-Liner HDX 40’ because of the space at the back of the cabin having no intake inside of it. I have found multiple in great condition with the Mercedes engine and I have read that people don’t like that engine and that they prefers the Cat one.

Why people don’t recommend the Mercedes engine and if is actually a bad one. The ones I have found with the cat engine are in really bad shape.

If anyone can help I will greatly appreciated. Also if anyone have a Saf-T-Liner HDX for sale, please let me know as well.

Thank you.

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Old 01-10-2022, 11:40 AM   #2
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the mercedes MBE series are great engines.. some dont like them because getting diagnostics and parts for them can be pricey.. (either a freightliner / MBE heavy duty dealership) or a thomas bus dealership.. its a bit tougher on those than it is the cummins or CAT engines for 3rd parties to obtain parts and service..



personally i know of several people that have Mercedes engines in busses with no issues and they are driven often.
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Old 01-10-2022, 03:16 PM   #3
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I see. Been reading a lot and as far as my understanding, the Cat 3126 is at the same level as the Mercedes. I thank you for taking your time on this.
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