Used Mercedes-Benz Actros: 10 problems to look out for

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We’re pleased to say that when we spoke to operators of Actros of various ages, all their complaints were relatively minor, a demonstration in itself of why these trucks are so popular on the export market. Some of them are even completely removed by virtue of Euro-5 and Euro-6 vehicles being downgraded to Euro-3 – no more pesky and predictable AdBlue issues, for starters. All the rest can be anticipated or may well have been dealt with before the vehicle is shipped. Nevertheless they are worth being aware of, so here’s the list.

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1. Fridge: Factory-fitted fridge drawer prone to both excessive interior rattles and failure of the release cable.
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2. Water ingress: Water ingress via the wiring looms on pre-63 plate examples. This then tracked down inside and damaged ECUs. A fix is now available, check it has been done.
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3. Battery-saver: Reports that earlier models bleeped to inform drivers when low voltage triggered the consumer shutdown battery-saving system when parked overnight, consequently waking them up.
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4. Wear: Light-coloured bunk and walls attract stains. Cruise control and driver’s side window switches are prone to showing wear.
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5. Radiator vents: Variable grille-mounted radiator vents prone to sticking – should open up as the engine warms. This is not an issue on downgraded examples.
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6. Bumper: Low positioning means the bottom corner panels and front bumper are prone to damage. These then have to be individually replaced. Rattles also common from front corner scoops near headlamps.
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7. TCM module: Air leaks from TCM module (controls the gearbox) on Euro-5 and early Euro-6 models. This can cause major failure, so check replacement has been fitted.
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8. Chassis: First-generation run-up ramps are stronger than the chassis. Reports of chassis actually bending when drivers tried to pick up loaded trailers from sloped docking bays. The ramp spec has since been changed so they should now bend first!
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9. AdBlue sensor: AdBlue sensor issues and some pump replacements needed on all relevant Euro-5 and Euro-6 engines. Both initially show as engine management and AdBlue warning on the dash. This is not an issue on downgraded examples.
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10. Catwalk: Poor catches on the retractable catwalk steps, causing them to fall down while travelling.
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RHA Clears First Hurdle in Cartel Claim

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The RHA has satisfied the competition appeal tribunal (CAT) that it can act as class representative for over 11,000 operators who were overcharged for their trucks as a result of a cartel engaged in by manufacturers.

Law firm Backhouse Jones, which is acting as lead law firm to the RHA, said the CAT’s judgment pointed to a “desire to release a collective proceedings case out of the starting blocks” and it paved the way for the claim to be heard next year.

The defendant truck manufacturers attempted to challenge the authorisation of the trade association as class representative, but the tribunal rejected the arguments and “resoundingly found in favour of the RHA” according to Backhouse Jones.

The second part of the RHA’s application has been delayed pending an appeal in the Supreme Court in another collective proceedings case, which is testing the standards applied to a collective proceedings order in a major competition claim.

Steven Meyerhoff, Backhouse Jones director said: “The RHA has now been successful in the first part of its application for a CPO.

“The second part of the application, which involves confirming that the claims are eligible to be brought in collective proceedings – this is the certification part – will be argued before the tribunal at some stage during the second half of 2020.”