I know this thread has had little action lately but here are some updates on where my searh is today.
So over the summer I've looked at more buses but I haven't ended up buying any. I'm really looking for a nice RE but most schools around here don't use them. The only contractor in my area that uses them is first, and by the time there done with them the buses look and run like crap.
I found this one the other day, and considering it's close, has a decent conversion already and the price, I'm really interested. I know it's the 444e but I really haven't found many good engine res. First runs cats, and almost every other contractor in MA other than Durham (Worcester) does not use re buses. I'm guessing it has the at545 but I could be wrong. Any thoughts on this one.