Originally Posted by ernest917
Folks I can't say enough great things about the Mercedes engine in my Berkshire.... I LOVE IT!!!
We just returned from a 4,000 mile trip - up and down extremely high mountain passes, across wide-open plains, head winds, tail winds, heavy traffic, etc. This engine performed flawlessly... And produced a consistent high MPG -( 9.5 - 14.1 ).
It climbed over passes that were 12,000' - 13,000' and never backed up traffic... Love the torque... Coming down the other side of each high pass, the engine brake totally saved my brake pads... (I'm ready to kiss the guy that invented the engine-brake on the mouth... He's my new hero)
What a great combination - FR Berkshire, Mercedes engine and Allison Transmission.... WAHOO!!!!!
I'm ready to go again!!!!!
I have to agree.... The last semi-truck I drove was Mercedes powered and it was a fantastic engine. Very smoooooth!!
Interestingly, one of the last loads I hauled before I gave up my CDL, was a load of Jake brakes out of the Jacobs Vehicle Systems plant in Bloomfield, CT.
Yes, the MECCA for all these gear-head drivers that love to rattle your teeth and bust your ear drums with their damn un-muffled engine brakes!!