Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: U1450L DOKA
Location: BOZEMAN, MONTANA
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My initial impressions are : I'm stunned !
I expected a good truck, because
Neil @ MEREX said so...but I was not expecting this ! I am very happy.It is always a gamble to buy something sight-unseen, but at least I had a trusted insider to guide me. Mind you, it is so full of boxes of parts that about the only thing I have been able to look at is the glove box and the exterior, and I have been in the basic fuel, check fluids and drive 10 hours or more a day mode...just what a UNIMOG is not designed for: a long day of pavement miles at high speed....many days in a row...
This is a delivery trip, pounding out the miles with a due date in mind, not the pleasant meandering I'd prefer, but the truck continues to amaze me with its performance and its condition. I really could not ask for more.
Every UNIMOG has its history, and its quirks, but this thing is a rocket,
UNIMOG-wise, whatever its history is. I've kept the tach needle in the green zone the whole trip (mainly), and have been bubbling along at 100-110 KPH without a blink. This thing shifts better than any other UNIMOG I have driven, including 6 or 8 brand new ones off of the HENNE lots in Heimstetten and Martinreith over the years. (Sp on both of those...)
I took it up to 120 KPH on a slight downhill in Arkansas, just to see what that was like, and it was very smooth, and not on the redline.
The 1/2 worn Dunlops are noisy...much louder than the XM-47's...and they wallowed side to side until I aired them up to 60 PSI. They're better than they were, but I would not seek them out as new tires.
It has been a trip with a lot of extreme weather so far, mainly WIND, and mainly right on the nose...This truck has a pretty large frontal area , with the high cab and the box looming above it, but it has done very well, because of the horsepower. When I draft a Semi, or I'm in a wind -free zone, the thing really cruises. When it is naked in a headwind, it does well, but the nature of the body does take a toll.
It has the horsepower to do it, but it is working harder. The temperature
gauge barely moves at all under a heavy load situation..it moves the width of the indicator needle, perhaps....it is very steady in all situations.
The diffs are hot to the touch, the hubs are not, after prolonged cruising.
So : I'm STOKED with the truck and I fell very lucky that Neil AND MEREX found this thing and had extended patience with me while I worked out how to get it.
Without their help, it would never have happened.