Mack Midliner

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Summit L & D, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
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    What are the pro's and cons of this truck? Maintenance issues? The truck has a new interior and fresh paint.

    1986
    6 cyl. Renault Engine
    5 speed
    300,000 miles. (there is no indication of any engine or transmission work being done)
    $8,500 asking price

    My main concern is the miles. I know that we won't put more than 15,000 miles on it a year, but that is still a lot of miles to start out with.

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  2. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    nothin for nothing that is one fugly truck.. i dont see many around on the roads anymore if that means anything? cant find a nicer international or something?
     
  3. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    My friend works at a Mack dealership and he had said once how the Midliner was a disposable truck. You are probably better off with anything else.
     
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Can't beat an International. Although that truck is pretty cheap.
     
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    My Dad has a 1992 long chassis, as much as I hate that under powered, under geared, ugly piece of sh*t on wheels he calls a truck, he's had no major issues with it, to date he has about 200,000 kms on it, and the odometer stopped working a year ago.
    One big problem he had was the turbo boost pipe kept popping off, but he flared the end of the aluminum pipe and it's been fine, a few minor electrical glitches, but other than that, it's a real damn good solid death trap on wheels.
     
  6. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looked at one years back and everyone said dont mess wwith them, odd ball brake setup for one thing, I went international and never looked backed
     
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Odd ball brake set up?

    My Dad's has spring brake drums in the rear and drums on the front, nothing odd about that, just don't park on a hill steeper than 12 percent with a heavy load. (Dad learned real fast that day.)
     
  8. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 269

    Right now I'm torn between 2 goals. #1 having nice newer equipment and an impeccable professional image. #2 paying cash. If I lean toward to the option number 1 I'm most likely going to shoot number 2 in the face.

    Here is an international that I like. But it's pushing the pay cash goal.

    1991 International 3800
    105,000 miles
    dt 460
    16' flatbed dump
    $12,000 asking price

    What am I gaining/losing between the 3800 and 4700 Internationals?

    International.jpg
     
  9. BIGBEN2004

    BIGBEN2004 LawnSite Senior Member
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    What are you using the truck for? Those two trucks are set up completely different. I like the International with the crew cab and long flat bed.
     
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I guess I have to ask: what will be the end purpose of the truck? The Midliner you posted and the International are setup for 2 different applications. What are you trying to do with the rig?
     

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