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Old 05-04-2016, 06:26 PM   #11
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Also keep in mind, mechanics hate working on flat nosed buses. The motors are harder to get to.
Mine's right at the back. Extremely easy to get to from GROUND level on my TRANSIT-STYLE bus.
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:35 PM   #12
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Mine's right at the back. Extremely easy to get to from GROUND level on my TRANSIT-STYLE bus.
Good point, there are exceptions!
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:42 PM   #13
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Mine's right at the back. Extremely easy to get to from GROUND level on my TRANSIT-STYLE bus.
Ditto, and I've two access points for both sides of the engine
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:25 PM   #14
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:57 AM   #15
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I found a 2004 Bluebird RE bus with a 3126 CAT, 81 passenger with luggage racks. Only 83K miles on it supposedly. It's a dealer bus but they're currently asking only $4K for it.

What are the chances it has an AT545?

Should I hold out for a Bluebird RE with the 8.3 Cummins instead?
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Well, bigger is always better on this site. Most with larger engines report much easier driving and commonly have the best mileage on the highway.

If a dealer is selling an '04 for that price there is obviously something wrong. That's not a true reflection of a dealer price for that year bus. It's a good price, but why?
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Well, bigger is always better on this site. Most with larger engines report much easier driving and commonly have the best mileage on the highway.

If a dealer is selling an '04 for that price there is obviously something wrong. That's not a true reflection of a dealer price for that year bus. It's a good price, but why?
It's in Indiana. I looked on a few other bus dealer sites in IN and found a whole bunch of early-mid 2000s RE buses with the big motors and luggage racks really cheap - like in the 4-7K range. Not sure if they're really common in Indiana or what, but there's quite a few like that.

Currently waiting on pics and additional specs from the salesguy, but I'm defenitely not holding my breath on this one.

Edit: Here's the inventory sheet for one of the dealers. There's a whole sh##tload of rear engine buses in the 3.5 - 5K range with the ideal specs. I just can't figure out why they're all so cheap

http://www.macallistertransportation...-16-MASTER.pdf
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Wow, those are some pretty amazing prices and with decent mileage on most. I'd guess that there's not a market for those large buses in that area. You notice how there is a distinct lack of short buses in that rather long list? Most beginners want a short bus because even driving a short bus feels big.

It's like they say, gold is where you find it. There doesn't seem to be any reason why some buses go for double and even triple normal prices, other than bidding wars.

I'm going to guess you're on the right track with those buses.
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Hows the rust on these buses?
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Hows the rust on these buses?

Anything in Indiana that is 10 years or older, rust city. I think they are in competition with Illinois for the most salt applied during winter!!! Their roads are awful.....Even the toll roads have giant potholes. I'd look for a southwestern bus, say TX, NM or AZ. Hell, even one in Alabama or Mississippi is probably ok.

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