Can You Give Me Some Advice On An Engine?

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Paul A.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I got my CDL 13 months ago and got hired pulling doubles with powdered cement here in L.A.. I am ready to go out on my own and sign on with cement company. Seeing so many Freight liners I started searching for dd13 single axel trucks. I found that hard to find in LA with a 10 speed like I want. What I do find so far are pro star internationals with ISX engine. The trucks come from leasing company 2014-16 have around330K (+or - 40k)miles. The one I did look at seemed to run great.

So my request for help is this: anyone with a 2014 to 2016 international pro star with ISX engine how has it been running?


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

PackRat's Comment
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How with AB5?

Stevo Reno's Comment
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ANYTHING Cummins is good! Their engines, even from the dodge ram side, are damn near bullet proof... Was diesel tech way back when Cummins big cam 350/400's then came the NH 855's..... I only did 1, total in-frame rebuild on 1.... Only because it was owners brother-in-laws, and it had finally hit 1 million miles (in 17 years use)......

Don't think now is a good time to be buying ANY truck read n heard the used truck markets going nuts on prices....But what do I know,, never looked at the spectrum

Paul A.'s Comment
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Thanks for your reply Stevo: I've driven Mac, Freightliner and Pete with Pac. Not having driven anything with Cummins I'm green to motor just like I am with purchasing first truck.

What you have said about cummins is in line with everyone else. I really appreciate you reaching out. and yeah you said it prices are crazy!!

David D.'s Comment
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How with AB5?

If he has his own authority and can prove he is a true contractor then AB5 can't touch him. As for his question of International I wouldn't touch that truck with a 10` pole! You mentioned the ISX which is a great motor but had a TON of problems from 2012-2015 with emissions (as did most trucks). They have since worked out a bunch of the kinks and have improved tremendously. Guys I know who have 2019-2021 ISX have had very little problems but if its a 2012-2015 or a brand new one I would stay clear of it. Engine is only part of the truck, have you seen if working on them is easy or not? Freightliner, WS, and International are a pain to work on. That said what about dealership networks in your area. Have a good amount of International dealers in your area? kind of a pain to get work done when parts are hard to come by or no one on your area can work on them well. Only good international I have had was a 9400i and it was ugly but a beast. The LT and prostar were gaaaarbage. Always had issues and the quality control of International has declined exponentially in my experience.

PackRat's Comment
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How with AB5?


If he has his own authority and can prove he is a true contractor then AB5 can't touch him.

I know that, but we have yet to read a reply from the OP.

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