What does everyone think of the new Kenworth T660?
Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? Why?
If you could change anything about it what would you change?
If you are going to buy a different car in the same market what is the reason or reasons?
Ruht Roh!!!! KWHOPPER MUST BE GETTING NERVOUS!!! I SEE THAT SOME ONE FROM FROM THE COMPANY IS ASKING QUESTIONS...
Itís called market research
BTW that Morph is pretty hilarious, but to give credit where credit is due those Dodge cars were styled to look like the iconic big rigs we drive, so I think it would be safe to say that Dodge cars look like Semiís rather than Semiís look like Dodge cars. Get where I am going with that?
when I look those new car I wonder, wheather plastic toy version were made after those car or were those cars made after the plastic toy versions...
I'll throw my 2 cents in, because it's a legit question and my last 5 cars have all been Kenworths, the last 4 were T-600's [88, 92, 97, 03] and my next one will be the T-660.
I got a chance to "play" with the new T-660 at the unveiling, as well as later on in the show, during MATS.
I like the new headlamp system and also like the option of Halogen or Zenon. The performance of either is much better than the old bulbs, but I wonder if Kenworth will become like many of the Volvo and Freightliners on the road with one light up in the air shining in your mirrors like a highbeam.
I also like the redesigned hood, but question why the split seam was placed high, instead of the way T-600's were for the past several years. By that I mean, if you have to replace a fender, it's not the whole [or half] of the hood.
Although I'm not really a big fan of the daylight doors, I've driven some of our other O/O's T-6's and it is a big difference, so it'll grow on me. The new doors are really an improvement and I like the placement of the window lift buttons and the mirror adjustment buttons. I just hope they are sturdy enough to take the opening/closing of the doors, as well as the sprinkles of rain and car wash water they will be getting when opened.
I do also like the redesigned grill, more like the T-2000, but allowing for more engine cooling and air transfer, but...does it come with a bigger radiator than the older T-600's or just a bigger hood opening?
I like the looks of the side fairings and the new step designs for cab entry. A bit more swoopy looking fairing, but I would guess it's more about aerodynamics than looks.
I also love the new dash and interior of the T-660, although I know that it isn't "that" new, as several of our guys have 06 T-600's with that dash. Love the new LED guages, but a bit undecided over the rocker switches. It will be hard to transition to the 21st Century and not have my toggles, but it's a small point.
Really like the GPS Nav system and I think it's pretty cool that Kenworth offers it as standard now. Bet most guys don't even know that. I told one of our O/O's who spec'd out his new 07 about 2 months ago, and he didn't know about it, called his dealer and had it put into the build sheet.
The new placement of the cb radio in the overhead headliner on the pop-out track is cool.
And for the record, my next car will be the new T-660, although I'll do my usual custom sleeper thing. This time, the small 38 inch factory studio with a 120 inch Double Eagle behind it. Gut the little studio and retro it with the 7 cu ft fridge, closets and cabinets and do all the other "homey" stuff I can't live without. Have the spoiled brat thing to contend with, so....
Also noticed in the press release that Kenworth is offering the Pendleton interior in the T-660 and not just the W-900 like was originally planned...way cool. Really nice. I likely won't do the Pendleton, as it looks like it's offered in the big studio sleeper version, so that leaves me out, but it does look great, tho..
It's about time Kenworth have Arm Rests that recess into the seat!
Fat Butts like Peackeeper and others (not myself of course) loved the T-600, hated those Arm Rests.
Just couldn't get into the sleeper area without one or both in the down position standing on your tip toes while ducking the over head and tripping over and diving or falling down into the sleeper area. (Watch that 1st Step)
The solution on the T-600 for the CB was to buy a cheapie small one for $39.95 with $10 rebate and mount it overhead above the dash between the windshield split.
Took Factory CB mount off top of dash and replaced it with a digital alarm clock.
Took fender mirror and pointed it straight down so right headlight would not reflect upwards into my eyes at night.
Put Toggle extensions on Cruise Control and Engine Brake so I could find them at night without looking.
Other than that, the T-600 is much better than any Freightshaker, Mack, International or Peterbuilt that I have driven.
My Humble Opinion, of course. You all know what opinions are like..........
It will be a good team car like the Turban 2000 and the Turban 600.
Dave...You would be to cool in the stool with tat ride
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