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Old 08-19-2015, 08:34 PM   #1
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Which bus to buy? Expert opinions needed!

I have the opportunity to buy 2 school buses, will probably buy one or the other. the first is a 1992 Genesis flat nose with DT360. It has 80,000 miles.

The other is a 1997 Genesis flat nose with DT 466. It has 110,000 miles.

I prefer the DT466 from what I know. However, I also prefer 80,000 miles. Both are 72 passenger buses in similar condition, and I would like to be able to cruise at a good speed.

The DT360 is 2500.00, I think I can get the DT466 for $2500 to $3000.

Thoughts are appreciated!
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:45 PM   #2
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Is the DT an "E" or is it mechanical? That and the body/chassis condition would be my determining factors.
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The DT360 most definitely has an AT545 transmission. The DT466 could have a MT643 or the AT545. If the second has the MT, get that one. It's a more durable transmission and has lockup in third and forth gear.
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Is the DT an "E" or is it mechanical? That and the body/chassis condition would be my determining factors.
I believe it is a DT466E. The body condition seems to be similar
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Look at this thread and take a look at the dollars estimated to fix by the mechanics. The DT360 is mechanical.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f13/97...ank-11802.html
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Thanks for the link...so mechanical is sounding better and better. Any thoughts on if I should hold off for a mechanical DT466 or go with the DT360? I plan on driving less than 5000 miles/year, but having a long time. want to make sure to get the best drivetrain
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While I LOVE the DT466 in my bus, I wouldn't pass up a good deal on a 360.
I've heard the 360's are tough.
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While I LOVE the DT466 in my bus, I wouldn't pass up a good deal on a 360.
I've heard the 360's are tough.
I agree. I have heard that they can run nonstop around the clock.
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The DT360 and DT466 are both good engines. I had a bus mechanic tell me that the best fuel economy he has ever seen in a bus was due to the DT360.
That being said, all other things being equal I would go for the DT466 (mechanical or not). I bet you could drive the DT466 in a manner that would provide similar fuel economy, but you'd have the extra power when you need it. Towing comes to mind. 110000 miles is nothing.
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