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Peterbilt 386 (2010 and newer)

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Peterbilt’s Model 386 on-highway tractor is designed to deliver outstanding aerodynamic performance and superior fuel economy. Optional equipment includes available lightweight packages, PACCAR MX-13 engines, aluminum components and rear drive train.


Featured reviews:

150-truck fleet in Midwest

2.6 Rating
Reviewer Comments We like the look of the truck. The drivers love the comfort.

We’re all PACCAR at the moment, mostly Peterbilt Model 386s and Kenworth T680s – but issues with the MX engines are forcing us to transition away from those brands.

We like the look of the truck. The drivers love the comfort. But we’re just having too many issues with the MX engine series. Internally they’re ok. But all the emissions stuff and wiring issues are just a nightmare. We want a lower-tech truck. So we’ve ordered several Fitzgerald glider kits and have 20 more coming in early 2015.

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  • Overall aesthetics 4
  • Suitability for your application/business 4
  • Overall vehicle reliability/durability 3
  • Overall vehicle design 3
  • Serviceability 3
  • OEM support 2
  • Dealer support 2
  • Fuel economy 4
  • Vehicle cost per mile 4
  • Acquisition cost 0
  • Resale value 0

7-truck fleet on East Coast

4.1 Rating
Reviewer Comments The drivers really like the trucks.

We bought them used and we haul containers around with them. They had 200,000 miles on them when we got them and we have over 400,000 miles on them now. The trucks themselves are great. We had a little trouble with the engines. We run Cummins and we’ve had a few emissions issues. But nothing major at all. The drivers really like the trucks.

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  • Overall aesthetics 3
  • Suitability for your application/business 5
  • Overall vehicle reliability/durability 3
  • Overall vehicle design 4
  • Serviceability 4
  • OEM support 4
  • Dealer support 4
  • Fuel economy 5
  • Vehicle cost per mile 5
  • Acquisition cost 4
  • Resale value 4

70-truck fleet in Northeast

4.5 Rating
Reviewer Comments We’ve got good dealer support and I can’t think of too much I don’t like about the truck.

We’re a Peterbilt fleet and have been for years. We’re running 386s now and like them, although Pete is trying to steer everybody to the new Model 579. We still like the 386 and get good service out of them. We’ve run 378s since the ‘90s, and the cab is basically the same on the two trucks. So that’s a bonus.

Fuel economy is pretty good. We’re a regional store-door delivery fleet. So we don’t put up the numbers the long-haul people do. We tweaked our bearings some and added wide-based single tires and we’re getting a consistent 6-plus mpg – which is pretty good for our application.

We’ve got good dealer support and I can’t think of too much I don’t like about the truck. The door seals were a problem. But they’ve worked that out on the newer models.

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  • Overall aesthetics 5
  • Suitability for your application/business 5
  • Overall vehicle reliability/durability 5
  • Overall vehicle design 4
  • Serviceability 4
  • OEM support 5
  • Dealer support 5
  • Fuel economy 5
  • Vehicle cost per mile 4
  • Acquisition cost 4
  • Resale value 4

*Averaged from 10 qualified fleet reviews

4.1 Average*
  • Overall aesthetics 4.5
  • Suitability for your application/business 4.6
  • Overall vehicle reliability/durability 4
  • Overall vehicle design 4.2
  • Serviceability 4.3
  • OEM support 4.1
  • Dealer support 4.1
  • Fuel economy 3.7
  • Vehicle cost per mile 3.8
  • Acquisition cost 3.9
  • Resale value 4.2