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Old 01-07-2016, 08:04 PM   #11
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I think you'd be as crazy as rest of us!

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according to CL ads, 300k is "barely broken in"
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:51 PM   #12
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Well do lot of people start busses with 300k miles, I haven't seen to many, kinda of seems like too many miles,feel like I'm gonna be hit with issue after issue with this one. Or do most busses last well into the 500k mark? I'm expecting some issues I just don't want to find half the bus needs to be repaired wI thin a year or so
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:58 PM   #13
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Depends on a lot of things but they mostly come down to maintenance. For example...the Cummins "B" series engines are designed to go 500K, but...without top notch and consistent maintenance, you can fry one at 100K. Same with trannies and everything else on board. Some buses will make a half-million miles with no issues and others will drop dead or fall apart leaving the barn for the first time. Some of it is luck but most of it is care. A good reason to shop for a rig that comes with full maintenance logs like those many school districts keep.
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Old 01-08-2016, 12:10 AM   #14
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I wouldn't drop 25k on a bus with 300k on the clock unless you know the maintenance history and it's a helluva deal.

If you've got a budget, drop and extra grand or two on the bus itself. You'll get a HUGE return on that money. It is the best bang for your buck I GURANRAANARANRATEEEEEE IT
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:33 AM   #15
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On average school buses travel about 10K per year. More miles when they are new and tapering off to very few in the last years as they move into the spare line.

In WA state where the longest reimbursement schedule for a bus of that vintage was 15-years, keeping that bus for almost 20-years tells me one of two things. Either it was a great bus or the district didn't have very many $$$ and has to keep equipment long after they have been depreciated out.

At not quite 20-years, 300K is a lot of miles. It means that bus has gone almost 50% farther every year than most buses.

Knowing where the bus saw service will tell you a lot about the bus. If it came from a small district and it was the only bus of that size the mileage would make some sense. If it came from a large district it most likely means the district doesn't spend a lot on buses and wants to get the last dime's worth of use out of a bus before they send it down the road.

As far as records are concerned, you have less than 50% chance of getting records from WA state school districts. Liability and comebacks are the reason given for not letting records go with the bus.
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