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Old 01-22-2010, 11:11 AM   #11
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So the nightmare continues...

The transport driver called me this morning to tell me the brake pressure light wont go off in my bus(hydraulic brakes). He said he took it for a short drive and the brakes seem ok, but he just wanted me to know. I get another call about 10 minutes later, rotted front brake line and its pissing fluid, great. So now im stuck because i own the bus and their not obligated to fix it, and I have no clue where to get the brake line. Does anybody know if it is standard brake line or where to get the correct line? It is the drivers side front line FYI. Thanks a bunch.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:54 AM   #12
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These guys have a pretty good mail order parts section. I have ordered a few things from them and not gotten screwed yet.

http://www.westernbus.com/

Or go to NAPA, they should be able to get it or tell you where you can go to.

Hope this helps.

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Old 01-22-2010, 09:23 PM   #13
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It is sitting in First Student bus company's bus yard in New Haven CT, about 30 mins from my house. The transport companies driver went to pick it up but wouldnt drive it because of the bad brake line. I have to find the right part and fix it before the transport company will touch it again. I think Ill try the International dealer tommorow for the part.
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:15 AM   #14
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If your going to buy one, buy an extra three at the same time. I would bet that if you have to replace one, the other three are just waiting for a chance to go too. Save yourself the headache, Plan Ahead. ^.^
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:54 AM   #15
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So the nightmare continues...

The transport driver called me this morning to tell me the brake pressure light wont go off in my bus(hydraulic brakes). He said he took it for a short drive and the brakes seem ok, but he just wanted me to know. I get another call about 10 minutes later, rotted front brake line and its pissing fluid, great. So now im stuck because i own the bus and their not obligated to fix it, and I have no clue where to get the brake line. Does anybody know if it is standard brake line or where to get the correct line? It is the drivers side front line FYI. Thanks a bunch.
If I were you I would have thrown it back in First Student's lap for breach of contract. They promised you a bus and delivery for $1800. Now you're being forced to put money and time into it before it is even delivered and in your possession? That would never fly with me. If you paid them, and they said delivery was included, then it is THEIR responsibility at this point to get that bus to your location... not your responsibility to go out on site and fix it. The delivery driver should have been on the phone with a First Student mechanic, not you.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:49 PM   #16
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Wow guys those are all real good ideas. Its true that they should deliver it no matter what state it is in, because I bought it as is, and therefore paid for delivery as is. Ill make some calls on Monday and let you all know how it goes.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:01 AM   #17
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Yeah I deffinitly still want the bus, because overall I think it really is a good bus. Im gonna make a couple pissed off phone calls on monday and we'll see how it goes.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:48 AM   #18
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I very much doubt that you'll get much luck with First Student. It's worth a try but I'd be surprised if they put any money into the bus. Your best option might be to just try for a full refund, but even that could be difficult.

FS doesn't care about doing the right thing in selling a used bus. Their business is school transportation, and even in that they have the reputation of doing everything as cheaply as possible. They don't care about resale value, and they don't care what one guy who bought an $1,800 bus is gonna go telling people if he's pissed about the deal. They'll still get their core business by underbidding the little guy on every contract they can even if they lose money in doing so, and find some way to screw their drivers, delay maintenance, and get around contract specs to make up for the loss. How do I know? I drive for them.

If you want to look for a different bus, there are lots of options in the same price range. Auction season is starting soon, and I suspect there will be another auction in Waterbury this summer. There's one in Pittsburgh as early as April. Old Laidlaw buses (they say First Student now, but spent most of their life in a better maintenance program) go cheap, and I know someone who's had good luck with giving several a second life at a small bus company. If you want more info on that, send me an e-mail, you could meet up with me and my friends at one of the auctions and thoroughly inspect a bus before buying.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:36 AM   #19
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Well surprise surprise. I just spoke with the sales manager from First Student. They are going to fix the brake line for me and then plan to drive up to my friends house, just as planned. Man this was so unexpected.
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Glad to hear it. It was well worth the phone call. I'm looking forward to seeing pix of the bus!

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