Informal rankings of trucks
Posted 09 July 2006 - 09:00 PM
It seems to me International is definately on the economy end of the scale, I get this from people I know who have been around trucks a long time as well as looking at what the government and many fleets operate. (I'm not bashing Internationals, I've worked on many and they seem to be good trucks, just have less frills than some).
I'm not real sure on the others though I'm guessing the "big 3" auto manufacturers (Ford, GM, Dodge) fell in the middle when they built trucks which leaves the purpose built over the road types (Mack, Peterbilt, Kenworth etc) at the top end but I have nothing to really go on, just making a guess.
So in general is there a pecking order regarding price / economy? Not peoples favorites or one is better than another but when price is a factor where do the trucks fall? Which ones make the bean counters happy and which ones are reserved for those more willing to pay?
Posted 09 July 2006 - 11:57 PM
There is an interesting mix of county road maintenance trucks around my area.
One county is all Peterbilt 357 and 335.(330)
One county is all Western Star
One county is Peterbilt 357 and Navistar
One county is all Sterlings
One county north of me uses Macks, Ford, Sterlings.
Our state highway department uses Navistars
Our state DNR uses most everything now adays but in the late 90's bought Peterbilt 379's for tractors and stake trucks for the Fire Service.
I believe the Pricing Pecking Order is:
There are too many variables.. if a local dealer wants the sale bad enough a KW or Pete might price in at what the other brand is offering.
Posted 10 July 2006 - 02:21 PM
Posted 10 July 2006 - 03:18 PM
Am I safe in assuming that when GM, Dodge and Ford were more heavily in the commercial truck market that they fell towards the lower middle range?
Posted 15 July 2006 - 06:24 AM
Posted 15 July 2006 - 08:43 AM
I am a little surprised to see Volvo so low on the list, but they do seem to be everywhere lately so that makes sense.
I don't see many Westernstar trucks here in California, not sure if I'm just not looking or if they may be a regional builder and this isn't a popular area for them.