Originally Posted by warewolff
Following your thread and wishing you luck. Not trying to add to the negative energy here but FYI Midwest Transit burned me a few weeks ago on what looked to be a beautiful find on eBay. They deliberately misrepresented the condition and flat out lied about massive oil / coolant leaks. The colorscale in the photos was modified so that very visible rust showed up as gray ... all after telling me there was "no rust". The place even swapped the tires out for bald counterparts before I got there, and I dealt directly with the manager of one of the facilities. His name was Tom Buhle. He brushed all of this off as "no big deal", even trying to push the as is bs until I walked. This was after we drove thousands of miles to pick it up. Then I had to file a complaint before we got our deposit back.
I feel for your situation. It must be stressful having to move so fast. I wish I found a bus that looks as good as yours.
I only share this with you because I suggest you start with a full and VERY thorough inspection before you start anything. Get underneath it and visually inspect every single inch. It'll bring you a little comfort.
So what if she burns oil? The engine's a beast and there's not a single account here yet where anyone said it blew up ... you just have to check your oil frequently. Let the chips fall indeed. The bus looks great and I suspect you might've had a better experience, as well as a more reputable salesman. I am eager to see how you proceed.
Wishing you the best,
Tom and Em
I agree burning or leaking a little oil isnt a big deal as long as you stay on top of it... ive not heard anhyone i know of blowing up an MBE engine (exceot for one that they ran it out of oil out of stupidity.. but thats not the engine;s fault they didnt check the oil on a 2000 mile road trip)...
I used to freak out about little oil leaks on the busses.. until someone pointed out to me that next time i go to a truck stop or rest area to fill up that the spots designated for semi trucks are always covered in oil.. and those guys are running half a million miles on those engines before tearing them down...
Bus dealers want to sell busses like anyone else.. my carpenter came from a bus dealer.. and I probably paid more than I shouldve.. akthough i got a package deal with painting / body work / service, etc and so i ended up with an out-the-door that wasnt crazy cionsidering what I had done... i knew I needed to meet a schedule in my own mind to have a bus ready for my summer projects and trips.. and mission was accomplished..
the second bus i bought at an auction.. partly I wanted to learn how to do the auctions... and I was sort of halfway thinking about this second project... I had the advantage that a forum member works a ile from where the busses were being sold so he went and looked at them.. bioth for me and for himself.. and gave me a decent thumbs up on the bus i was considering.. so i put a bid in.. a rather low one.. and won the bus.. and think i got a good one.. being 1000 miles away it wouldve been a little riskier had a forum member not looked the bus over for me.. however the auctioneer had posted a video of the engine running so i knew it at least started and ran regardless...
and yeah i paid 25% of what im seeing the same year / type of bus listed for on dealer sites... did i get as good bus? no way t otruly know however it made the 1000+ mile trip pretty much flawlessy so i have to think so...
advantages to buying at a dealer are the fact you can crawl around in and drive multiple busses all in one place... and look them over in person.. it comes down to overall value at some point.. dealer vs auction.. esp if from out of town is it worth a gamble on an auction.. or a trip to a dealer where you can walk away if nothing suits..
every dealer will tell you "oh this bus is getting lots of attention.. it will be gone if you dont buy it now".. there will be another most likely nearly identical..
so ive got one of each now and im no regrets over my dealer bus.. it has done thus far exactly as ive needed in the timeframe I needed...