Everybody has an opinion and I respect that.
But yes the Cummins big cam is the best engine ever made. The next best engine would be a Detroit 2 stroke. The next would be any mechanical engine. And the very very last would be any electronic junk that has unnecessary garbage on top of a mechanical engine that only cost you money.
The only reason the Detroit 2 stroke is second on the list is because it’s harder on fuel and you have to change oil more often. But the two stroke is a way better engine than any of that electronic garbage. Legendary reliability. So reliable in fact is most of them weren’t even serviced right because they just kept going and going and going and going.
The reason why the Cummins big cam is the best engine is because it’s a modern four stroke diesel that will do what any other Modern Diesel does these days except it does it without a computer and all the expensive worthless non needed BS.
It does it without EVER going to the dealer, with inexpensive rebuild kits, and inexpensive injectors. Very very reliable, inexpensive to run, and easy to work on and maintain. That’s what makes a good engine.
As one of the gentleman said, you can buy a whole crate engine for less than an in-frame on the electronic junk. And by the way that’s only the mechanical part, if you add all the electronic nonsense on to those engines your cost goes up and up and up and up. And that in frame is really only Pistons bearings and liners. There is a lot more to those engines than just that. But with the Cummins big cam you can have a whole brand-spanking-new engine 4 less than the in frame on the other junk.
They are easy to turn the horsepower up if that’s what you need and they can be built to what 800 horsepower a thousand horsepower? The design was so brilliant that they kept it right through the n14 which is basically the same engine, although you will notice just about everything is more expensive on the n14.
I just have to shake my head because I can’t understand why on Earth anyone would want an engine or think that a good engine is something that requires crazy stupid Electronics that will leave you stuck somewhere at a dealer where you have to spend a fortune to fix it. And how many guys have been to multiple dealers trying to figure out what’s going on? They are not simple inexpensive engines that you can fix yourself. They are like a bad woman that will take you for broke if the Wind Blows the wrong way.
I’ve been on I-5 in California doing 20 miles an hour because a stupid speed sensor went out. Not only is that an unnecessary expense, it’s dangerous, and the hell of it is nothing like that could ever happen with a Cummins big cam. It’s just an unnecessary repair for an unnecessary part for you to spend unnecessary money. That to me is worthless junk.
I don’t know about anybody else but I’ve spent time on these forums and the repair forum. Every time one of these engines has some kind of electronic problem in a blink of an eye it’s $5,000 or $10,000. There are guys that take their trucks to multiple shops and multiple dealers and could have probably bought several other trucks and bought crate engines and put them in them for the money that has been completely wasted on this unreliable stupidity.
Like I said everybody has their opinion. But in a business where everybody cries they can’t make enough money, where insurance is like putting a mortgage on your house, where only DOT fines rival insurance cost, why on Earth would you want to empty out your wallets for electronic nonsense?
If you don’t believe me read the forums.