It may not be the best engine CAT ever built but it is plenty good for our use. They were in fire trucks, boats, school buses and so on. There are lots of great testimonials on the internet if you search...the A3 is powered by the Caterpillar 3116, it has more power than the multi fuels. however it was one of the worst engines CAT ever made, and like wreckerman said anything painted yellow will cost $$$ to get fixed, i can testify to that because im interning at a CAT dealer
I can quote many other such experiences found by searching Cat 3116 mileageThe 97 GMC C6500 I drive has the 3116 CAT in it the Engine has 383xxx miles on it Very strong to this day.. We had a 3126 in our 94 that we never had a problem with we sold that truck at 395xxx and it is still running strong for a new company south of us... Our 3116 is at 170HP I do believe and the 3126 was 190HP We have a 2000 GMC 6500 with the 3126 in it but I'm not sure of its HP I think around 190HP also that unit has 138xxx on it so far... they have all been great trucks..
Now, our A3 trucks probably are not going to see even 100,000 miles, but to slam the engine when the multifuels have their problems too, well that is overstepping a little bit I think.
Also I keep seeing references to the 3116 being electronic. It is not.
Facts are more useful than claims. And both models are great.
There were less than 6000 made, so if someone on here would buy them all they can corner the A3 market! Seriously though, if less than 6000 were made, many may be sold overseas, others may be scrapped, and so on, well these things will get scarce fast IMO.
Its all good.