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    Default Mack Vision steering

    OK, I'm no newbie, but I feel like it in this truck. I have never had a truck that was harder to drive in a straight line. I've driven almost every kind of truck, from a 'B' Mack to a new Freightshaker 'classic' But nothing has handled as bad as this 2005 Vision. Anyone else have this problem? Or am I just getting old and finding my job more difficult?
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    Maybe it need a wheel alignment, or has some other issue with the steering components.
    If its that bad it should be considered a serious problem, and be looked at!
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    I agree. Something is probably worn out in the suspension or the alignment is severely off.

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    I just started with a new company and for the last 2 weeks or so I've been driving a Mack vision...handles pretty good.

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    I know a couple of O/O who own Visions and they have never mentioned any inherent problems with them.

    I agree with the above. Sounds like that truck needs a thorough going over from the tires on up.
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    Must just be me. I drove and old Mack with 1.5 million miles on it and thought it handled good. Then went to a 2004(?) Vision and couldn't keep it between the lines. Now I'm in a different Vision (2005?) and feel it handles the same way. Maybe I'm just gettin' old, lazy, or not used to the way modern trucks handle. Whatever the case, I'll know for sure when I get into a different truck. Thanks for the feedback.
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    I've noticed that too in the 06' vision I used to drive. It's almost like the steering has a "delay" in it. Not "play" but actual delay....it's hard to explain unless you've experienced it yourself.
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    We had a Mack Vision as a loaner from Penske once and at high speed it felt like it was floating from side to side a wee bit. You had to drive the thing like actors pretend to drive cars on TV, always turning the wheel back and forth.

    Plus the turning radius on the thing was terrible. Nobody ever wanted to drive it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegzus
    I've noticed that too in the 06' vision I used to drive. It's almost like the steering has a "delay" in it. Not "play" but actual delay....it's hard to explain unless you've experienced it yourself.

    Finally, someone else. Now I don't feel defective, it's the truck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stainless
    We had a Mack Vision as a loaner from Penske once and at high speed it felt like it was floating from side to side a wee bit. You had to drive the thing like actors pretend to drive cars on TV, always turning the wheel back and forth.

    Plus the turning radius on the thing was terrible. Nobody ever wanted to drive it.

    That's it exactly.
    Maybe I need to slow down...., not.
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    Yeah the 05-07 visions have a wobble to them , I pulled a tanker with a 06 vision 70 in. bunk , not as stable as a 1998 vision . And the 1998 vision felt pushy , compared to an older ch613 they feel like a train so stable. I drove late 70,s and 80,s R models , those were tough trucks . And a old 2 stick , 08 macks are supposed to be better .

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver1989
    Yeah the 05-07 visions have a wobble to them , I pulled a tanker with a 06 vision 70 in. bunk , not as stable as a 1998 vision . And the 1998 vision felt pushy , compared to an older ch613 they feel like a train so stable. I drove late 70,s and 80,s R models , those were tough trucks . And a old 2 stick , 08 macks are supposed to be better .
    I drove a Mack Superliner for a while. It was an antique, but it had tons of power and handled better than a new truck. You can keep the 'R' and the 'U' models and use the quad-box for a boat anchor. Nobody pays enough to drive those anymore! I'm dreaming of a 2009 Western Star, with a 96 inch sleeper, shower, toilet, ramp for my motorcycle, 18 speed, 125MPH top end, black with flames down the sides, 10 inch chrome stacks, enough chicken lights to put Vegas to shame, and 35 MPG, OK, now I'm just gettin' carried away! 6.5 MPG would be acceptable. :moose:
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    [quote="ChikinTrucka"]
    Quote Originally Posted by driver1989
    I'm dreaming of a 2009 Western Star, with a 96 inch sleeper, shower, toilet, ramp for my motorcycle, 18 speed, 125MPH top end, black with flames down the sides, 10 inch chrome stacks, enough chicken lights to put Vegas to shame, and 35 MPG, OK, now I'm just gettin' carried away! 6.5 MPG would be acceptable. [/color] :moose:
    hrmmm...you might as well be asking to turn the sky purple...6.5 in that rig.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I drive a mack vision day cab from time to time and no issues with that one. It has only 124k miles on it though.

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