Originally Posted by EricW
Extra fuel filters? I will need to change those more than once on the return trip?
The buses have been sitting, some for short periods of time and some for months. Any time a vehicle sits you will have fuel system challenges. The more bio-blend the fuel has the more challenges you will face.
At this time of the year as fuel gets thick with the cold you can run into all sorts of fun issues with fuel. Many times it is easiest to just change filters.
The last thing you will want is to get halfway up a mountain pass and have your fuel filter start clogging up. Stopped at the side of the road dead is never fun but is a whole lot less fun the colder, wetter, and darker it is by the side of the road.
Of the buses for sale right now my first choice would be #102 as it has the lowest miles. The one that has 4x,xxx on the clock most likely has a similar number of miles as the others and just had the movement swapped out 4x,xxx miles ago.
All of the buses have mileage that is consistent with their age. Since all are the same model year none of the buses should have widely divergent mileage. 30K miles difference but not 130K miles difference.
The district who owns them has a reasonable maintenance record. But even a reasonable record is better in WA than pretty good in other states. The WSP who inspects every bus every year and 40% of the buses a second time makes sure all school buses in WA state are in good shape. In many respects they are more persnickety than even the CHP in CA.
The district also has no buses in service that are not still on the depreciation schedule. In other words, they get rid of buses as they time out and don't keep buses longer because they "can't" afford new ones.