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Old 05-16-2007, 09:34 PM   #1
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Opinions on the 8.2 deisel

I've found some 1990 MVP's with the 8.2 for a pretty good price. This is a rear engine flat front. I've heard good and bad about the 8.2. I know Jarlaxle seems to hate it while Greg Archembault seems to like them. The seller I talked to said they will run 75mph and get decent mileage (12-13). They have several available, some with reman engines. I have heard comments about them not lasting. But it seems that all of them with reman engines have had the engines installed with 100K+ on the bus. When people say they don't last, does that mean they only go 100K? versus 200 or 300K? If so, then that's fine with me, If I have 80-100K life left, great! So, does anyone think a 1990 mvp with a reman 8.2 and automatic that will run 75 mph and get 12mpg for $2000 sound like a mistake? Thanks for the input.
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:03 PM   #2
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Re: Opinions on the 8.2 deisel

Good question.
I just bought an 8.2liter
Seems to run fine.
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:30 PM   #3
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Re: Opinions on the 8.2 deisel

Some of you may not like what I am about to say, but my first bus, which was a 26' little Neoplan, had the 8.2L non turbo. It was extremely underpowered, noisy, and really stunk. It would up having a bad head gasket and had to be scrapped. That little bus had it share of issues...I checked this one out a lot better.

My first school bus I ever drove back in 1984 was a GMC/BlueBird conventional. It had the 8.2 fuel pincher and never gave me a ounce of problems. Some people call the 8.2 a "throwaway" motor. I DO know that the oldest bus we have in the fleet at the moment has a 8.2 non turbo, and although she is SSSSLLLOOOWWW, she will ALWAYS start and run, and will get you there. we use it as a breakdown swap bus. very seldom used, but reliable.

Please remember, that no matter which engine that you may run across, there will be people who love it, or hate it. My opinion is the NON turbo is not that great, but the turbos had some serious head issues.

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By the way, my friend had a holiday rambler 33' motorhome that had the 8.2 in it. He went cross country, not once, but twice, and the only issue he had with it was a bad alternator, and thats really not the engines issue. My consensous is just to watch your coolant levels, and get it checked pretty quick if it starts losing it...otherwise, they arent bad.

sorry for the long winded post...
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:42 PM   #4
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Re: Opinions on the 8.2 deisel

I think a lot of us have those "throwaway" motors.

8.2 Detroit
6.6/7.8 Brazilian
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6.9/7.3 IDI
T444(e)
ISB/6BT
All the gassers....

Just to name a very few of the common skoolie engines out there that are parent bore....
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:24 PM   #5
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Re: Opinions on the 8.2 deisel

Yes, I believe I heard once that my engine would also be considered a "throwaway". But, that said, there sure are a LOT of buses out there with "throwaways" in them... Personally, my belief is that its all in how it is maintained.


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