Originally Posted by syke
We went the luck route.... Checked a few basic items like you would a car and rolled the dice. 10k miles later and she's still purring. No thanks to me though, just dumb luck.
Ditto here for the most part. The guy we bought her from manages a bus depot and offered to take it to a 3rd party mechanic for a 38 point inspection and fluids top off in prep of driving it back to NC. He also gave us the info for a couple other bus places he worked at (one in tx, one in louisiana - they buy and transport buses all over the country), so if we broke down anywhere he'd either rescue us himself or send someone to get our sorry asses. I figured with that plus coach-net, we'd be alright.
He wasn't lying either, when I called him from bakersfield with a flat, he called me right back with a phone number of someone that worked at a local school district that might have a tire or be able to change the free spare he gave us (we didn't need it, happened to pull off the highway right by a truck stop that changed it for $20).
We had also looked up what to look for when buying a diesel, and after some fantastic info from LuckyChow we were pretty confident it was a good motor.
We got lucky!