Three MAN trucks make 1m km without major repairs

Trucks go 1 million km, five years without major repairs or overhaul

(l-r) S. Surendranath Easwar, Manager of the Central Workshop Transport and. R.D. Pepler, General Manager, Plant Division of Saif Bin Darwish
(l-r) S. Surendranath Easwar, Manager of the Central Workshop Transport and. R.D. Pepler, General Manager, Plant Division of Saif Bin Darwish

MAN Truck & Bus has announced that three trucks belonging to Saif Bin Darwish Civil Engineering Contractors have achieved a milestone by driving over one million kilometres across five years with no history of any major repairs or overhauls.

The three MAN TGA 33.480 BBS WW managed the feat with 50% heavy duty off-road operation, and an annual mileage of 200,000km. Saif Bin Darwish Civil Engineering Contractors has more than 750 MAN trucks in its fleet, one of the largest in the UAE.

R.D. Pepler, general manager of its plant division said that the acheivement reflected the high maintenance standards set by the truck maintenance department as well as the high quality standards of the vehicles.

The engine, axles and reduction hubs of the trucks had never been opened during their operating lifetime, while in one vehicle the transmission was opened once and a synchromesh for a single gear replaced.

"Reaching over one million kilometres with our MAN TGA trucks did not surprise us as we have been buying MAN for 30 years, and have trusted in their quality ever since," said Pepler. "However the excellent condition of the trucks is due to our MAN trained maintenance expertise and frequency.

"Regular maintenance does not allow for any issues to be unresolved. In our workshop mechanics and engineers maintain regular service intervals and their efficiency pays off with a fleet availability of 95%."

Driver skills, improved through MAN's driver training programme, were also a factor, said Pepler, by improving driver skills and reducing damage to clutch or brakes.

Rudolf Wiegand, vice president after sales Middle East and Africa, MAN Truck & Bus, said that the achievement accorded with MAN's goal of continuous reduction of vehicle operating costs.

“Low maintenance costs and no major repairs over five years' lifetime of the trucks is a significant achievement and I commend the service team at Saif Bin Darwish for this."

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