International trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tthomass, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Why is it that so many of them seem to be for sale right at the 150k mile mark? What is it about that mark? Are there parts that are thought to give out around then (tranny, turbo, ball joints etc)? Just seems strange.

    And while I'm at it, those who know, what do/have you seen as far as mpg? 4-5?
     
  2. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
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    End of lease. Parts are easily available, Mpg 8-9 with mine with a 400 gallon water tank and 65 Big John tree spade, which is like pulling a parachute around.
     
  3. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    haha, got pics? is your's a 4700?

    I've got a lot of experience driving them but I don't know a lot about them. Are there certain years/models to stay away from? Same engine used or changed every few years?
     
  4. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    my expirience is the head gasket is so close to going right at 150k oil is leaking slowing and get closer to 180k and i know of a few that blew the turbos now these are all 2003+ 4700 tow trucks that hrun all day and have hard miles on them but those engines should last longer than they are
     
  5. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    It depends on the motor. The T444e motors are 7.3 liter powerstroke diesel v-8s same as in the ford pick-ups. The DT466 is a much better engine and should last longer. A large towing company that I see has nearly 35 international wreckers and flatbeds in their fleet. All from the years of 1997-01. about 1/2 of each motor. All the trucks have well over 300k on them still going strong. Fleet maintnence has been great to them and only 9 of them have need engine overhauls so far. (My neighboor 5 doors down is the service manager at the shop)
     
  7. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    you wouldnt happened to be talking about Robs towing
     
  8. Dallas Turf

    Dallas Turf LawnSite Member
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    I have a 4700 low pro with the t444 engine, auto trans and get around 10-12mpg.

    Ex chemlawn truck 100k miles
     
  9. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, Robs was whom I was talking about. Are they up your way much?
     
  10. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    ive towed a few cars to a couple of their shops i get lost everytime AAA sends me up there with a car but im always amazed with how many trucks they have...they have a big section of the turnpike too

    sorry for hijacking this
     

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