Originally Posted by busone
The CAT 3208 holds up fine in school bus service. It does not have wet sleeves so rebuilding is not cheap. It like the Cummins 5.9 is a throw away but unlike the 5.9 it is designed for heavy use. I totally disagree about the 5.9 being a good bus engine. They simply do not hold up in bus service. The 5.9 is a light duty pickup engine. If you are looking for a Thomas with the CAT 3208 check with Greg. He has one on his website and he will deliver his buses. I very highly reccommend him he knows a good bus when he sees one and does not sell crap. I included his website addy.
100% complete, total, and unadulterated crap. The 5.9 Cummins B/ISB may be the most overbuilt engine ever produced. We have six at work (3 6BT's, 3 ISB's), all with 75,000+ miles (one 6BT with 120,000+, one ISB with 99K), on buses that see some brutal city use. Averaging 10MPH is rare--we have one bus with 165,000 miles & 20,500 hours.
Also, the Cummins holds up just fine to hotshotters grossing 30,000lbs on a Ram 3500 duallie.