By on April 26, 2019

The Rare Rides series doesn’t often venture into Tough Trucks land, but when it does, it goes all the way. Before you is the International MXT, a practical pickup from the semi truck people.

For a few decades, the International Harvester brand built road-ready trucks and sold them through agricultural equipment dealers rather than a traditional dealership network. The supply of consumer vehicles dried up in the early Eighties, when the company decided to focus its attention solely on heavy duty applications.

By the early Nineties, the International Harvester Company found itself reorganized as the Navistar International Corporation. And Navistar decided in the 2000s that a return to consumer vehicles was in the cards. But the company didn’t approach it in the standard “Let’s build an F-150 competitor!” sort of way. It went bigger.

The company’s Extreme Truck Series, called XT, hit dealer lots starting in 2004. There was a triumvirate of models on offer, rolled out between 2004 and 2007: the CXT, RXT, and MXT. Navistar targeted its Commercial Extreme Truck, Recreational Extreme Truck, and Military/Most eXtreme Truck to different customers along the spectrum of Want Lotsa Truck.

The MXT was last to debut when it arrived in 2007. The Military part of the model’s name was its primary purpose. Known as the MXT-MV, the truck is still produced to this day and is available in standard, extended, and crew cab styles. Models include armored, tactical, and all-terrain varieties.

Today’s Rare Ride is a civilian version for use by those whom enjoyed the Large Truck Lifestyle around town. Joining the MXT and MXT Hauler was an upscale version called the Limited. Military trappings were stripped away, armor and gun mounts were replaced by a monochrome painted exterior, and interior trim landed somewhere between serviceable and conversion van luxurious.

MXTs were powered by a 6.0-liter diesel V8, paired to a five-speed Allison automatic transmission. For comparison on size, the MXT pickup is 68 inches longer and more than a foot taller than a Hummer H1 pickup. It should be noted the MXT was the smallest consumer vehicle offering in International’s XT range. Production of civilian trucks wound down in 2008, which meant the MXT had the shortest time in production of the three models.

This one’s available outside of Miami, which is in the restrained and tasteful state of Florida. Yours for $79,900.

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25 Comments on “Rare Rides: An International Truck Experience With the 2008 MXT...”

  • avatar

    I’ve looked at these several times, one in downtown Raleigh parked on the street. Can’t imagine buying tires for these though – though I would love one.

    Truly the perfect sized truck without unnecessary stuff.

  • avatar

    I shocked these arent vastly more popular. I think a larger dealership network and a few “truck month” sales, we could have these in a lot more driveways.

    This is probably where the F150/Ram/Silverado are headed in the next decade or two. Or at least there will be wildly popular versions of the mainstream trucks that have these sort of proportions. Ya know, cuz we need bigger trucks.

    Its what the discerning truck buyer demands.

    • 0 avatar

      Reminds me of the GMC Topkick. I too am shocked these things aren’t more popular in the battle of my-truck-is-bigger-then-yours. Likely lack of aftermarket wheel choice and lift kits are the only thing holding them back.

    • 0 avatar

      I think the issue was the engine and power. For the price and size, i certainly would want something more powerful and with more than five gear choices.

      If they brought this back with the modern 6.7 powerstroke with 800TQ and/or 950TQ options and the ten speed, they would have significant interest.

      • 0 avatar

        Or, you could just buy a Ford F-650/750. It has both, and I believe will soon offer the 7.3L gas engine for those who dont want a diesel.

      • 0 avatar

        The problem with that is that the 6.0L was the Navistar/International design and caused a ton of problems in Ford trucks, which ultimately ruined the relationship.

        The 6.7 PSD/10 speed is an in-house Ford design, I don’t think they are anxious to renew any type of partnership with Navistar.

        • 0 avatar

          Especially since Ford and Navistar completed their divorce by winding down the Blue Diamond Joint venture where the Navistar and F-650/750 rolled off the same assembly line riding on the same jointly designed frame rails. Now the GM MD trucks will be rolling off of a Navistar assembly line on Navistar frame rails.

          • 0 avatar

            GM medium duties are indeed rolling off the Navistar International assembly line. The drive-off lot at the Springfield, Ohio, assembly plant is usually full of them.

          • 0 avatar

            There will be International coming out that will be using the GM MD truck body. Saw a few riding around Melrose Park, IL using the International grill on the GM MD body.

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    I also am surprised that these truck were not more popular in its day.

    Perhaps the very steep MSRP? If this particular 11 year old vehicle is reselling for close to 80 grand, how much would it have costed brand new? 120 or 130 grand?

  • avatar

    I got to sit in one of these in 2005 or 2006. They had one as a display in our office park, hoping to nab some business from executives with cash to burn (not me, ever).

    It just felt like a ginormous luxury truck. Quite a climb up, as I recall.

  • avatar

    Just the thing to show up to your Sierra Club meeting in.

  • avatar

    People who haven’t seen one of these things just don’t understand how big they really are. The MXT is 8 feet wide, 8 feet high and 21 feet long. It weighs 10,500 lb. And this model is the smaller of the three variants.

    As for parking? Take any two spaces you want. Or maybe four, because of the length.

  • avatar

    A”practical pickup”? Surely you jest. I saw one once and it only had a 5-foot bed (6 feet up!). Another vehicle as my wife would say for the sexually inadequate man.

  • avatar

    The RXT and CXT look much less awkward in front.

  • avatar

    Ashton Kutchner has/had one. pretty much says it all.

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      So have a bunch of other celebrities and Hollywood types.

      “DETROIT, Jan. 28 – Ashton Kutcher’s got a CXT.

      So does the Toronto Raptors forward Jalen Rose. Jay Leno and Nick Lachey, star of MTV’s “Newlyweds,” have each taken one for a test drive. And West Coast Customs, the body shop from MTV’s “Pimp My Ride,” is already calling itself the “official customizer” of the CXT.”

  • avatar

    Yay! It has the horrible engine that made became so infamous. Just the thing for someone who spends $80k on a used truck, because they probably have the significant amount of money needed to keep repairing the engine.

    • 0 avatar

      Seem to me I’ve heard there are good fixes for this engine, anyone care to add to this?

    • 0 avatar

      Pickups with “the horrible engine” are the hot ticket right now. Powerstroke 6.0s are the best of the era, with a little help from the aftermarket, and Ford update parts. Plus an overbuilt 5-speed automatic, advanced diagnostics, big power, King Ranch luxury, and of course “pre-emissions”.

      They’re fine in stock form, with routine maintenance, Ford filters, not abused, and or overly tuned.

      Pre-emissions Cummins are good too, but the Dodge/Ram trucks are a step behind F-series, didn’t offer a real “crew cab”, nor classes 4/5 cab/chassis’. They also have weak auto transmissions and ball-joints.

  • avatar

    Yeah there’s definitely a market for pickups bigger that 1-tons, duallys, Class III, etc. But these aren’t it.

    It started with commercial F-450 cab-n-chassis’ converted with pickup beds, some were home built, and it’s an obvious, natural evolution. Then upfitters moved up to “F-550” conversion pickups as soon as they arrived in ’99. No way International/Navistar could ignore the “need” for too long, especially since they built the engines in many of these “custom” pickups.

    Except the “conversion” pickups are not oversize, overweight monstrosities getting no better than 6 MPG, like the International “pickups”.
    Conversions look and fit in like normal dually pickups. At a glance, you’d think you were looking at an ordinary F-350. Perhaps the best of both worlds?

    Another thing is the medium-duty industrial trucks with adapted pickup beds can’t possibly be as well built or reliable as the “super” pickups. The Class 4/5 KodiaK/Top Kicks were a complete disaster, with or without pickup beds. Shoddy builds, electrical gremlins, etc.

    Then came the Ford “F-450 Pickup” in 2007. Only they didn’t require luxury, nor aimed at a handful of attention whores, including celebrities and ballers.

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