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Old 07-23-2019, 12:43 PM   #1
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Advice needed on 2006 Chevrolet G30 Short Bus

I am looking at purchasing this G30 Short Bus in Woodstock, Georgia. It is a 2006, 46,000 miles on a4.8L V8. Does the underneath look ok or is the rust in the pictures a major concern? Asking price is $7900. What would be a fair offer price?
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Old 07-23-2019, 01:35 PM   #2
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Rust looks like normal surface rust, nothing to be concerned with there. 06 will have EPA parts that could become troublesome.
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Old 07-23-2019, 01:52 PM   #3
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Itís white so youíre that much ahead.

Looks pretty good cosmetically from what the photos show.

Low miles. Still lots left in it.

Just need to know if itís mechanically sound.
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Rust looks like normal surface rust, nothing to be concerned with there. 06 will have EPA parts that could become troublesome.
the GM 4.8 is a gas powered motor - should be good to go if there aren't any issues with it as it sits - as far as I've heard it's a good reliable motor
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Rust looks like normal surface rust, nothing to be concerned with there. 06 will have EPA parts that could become troublesome.
IIRC: The EPA stuff such as EGR valve etc started around 1973. The emissions gear on gas engines is pretty well developed and should not be a big deal.

If it was a diesel that is a different story.

I would have some concern about it being underpowered. I have never driven a 4.8 gas rig. I recently bought my first gas right in many years. It has the GM 6.0 and I am not extremely impressed.

Good luck.
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IIRC: The EPA stuff such as EGR valve etc started around 1973. The emissions gear on gas engines is pretty well developed and should not be a big deal.

If it was a diesel that is a different story.

I would have some concern about it being underpowered. I have never driven a 4.8 gas rig. I recently bought my first gas right in many years. It has the GM 6.0 and I am not extremely impressed.

Good luck.
what is the 6.0 in? - what transmission does it have behind it? - that's quite a strong motor with good reviews - more HP and torque than the well like GM 350, although although not as good MPG fuel economy
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what is the 6.0 in? - what transmission does it have behind it? - that's quite a strong motor with good reviews - more HP and torque than the well like GM 350, although although not as good MPG fuel economy
4L80 in a Silverado 2500.

It's not terrible. It just is not what I am used to. My Dodge's have all had more power, more torque, towed/hauled better and gotten much better fuel mileage.

It is not really a fair comparison. I just expected more.

I pulled my 5er with my Dodge and averaged 15.7 mpg over a 5000 mile trip to Mexico.

Pulling the same trailer with my Chevy I get around 8mpg.
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It is also the single rear wheel version.
This means light duty, and not much weight carrying or towing capacity.
Engine is underpowered compared to the 6.0. It does look clean underhood.

If those options work for you, the undercarriage looks okay from what you've posted.
It's located out of the snow/rust belt, so there shouldn't be much cancer to lessen the life of the bus.
Unfortunately, there's not much leverage to lower the price as it is a clean, low mileage specimen.

If you're rock solidly set on this one, I'd throw $5K as an opening offer and might go as high as $6k, maybe?
Good luck, if that's how you decide to go...
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thanks for all the great advice.
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