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Old 02-06-2019, 11:44 AM   #1
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Buying advice

Does anybody have input why this might or might not be a good buy?
For sale is a 2006 StarTrans shuttle bus, 14 passenger
$11,900
3500 Chevy chassis
6.0L gas
-101,635 miles
-14 passenger
-co-pilot seat
-dual rear wheels
-overhead luggage racks
-rear door
-rear auxiliary heater
-rear AC unit
-dash heat and AC
-rear luggage rack
-arm rest
-high back reclining seats
-CD player
-rear speakers
-cruise control
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:57 AM   #2
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Does anybody have input why this might or might not be a good buy?

For sale is a 2006 StarTrans shuttle bus, 14 passenger

$11,900

3500 Chevy chassis

6.0L gas

-101,635 miles

-14 passenger

-co-pilot seat

-dual rear wheels

-overhead luggage racks

-rear door

-rear auxiliary heater

-rear AC unit

-dash heat and AC

-rear luggage rack

-arm rest

-high back reclining seats

-CD player

-rear speakers

-cruise control
The options look good, but ask questions. What fuel mileage, service records, condition etc...
As far as price, it's a good deal if it fits your needs and budget.
It's a gasoline engine, so med-high milage on it. If you are planning long road trips in it, maybe have a good mechanic go over the engine.
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. I would prefer diesel. That is a major point to consider
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:49 PM   #4
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In a van I'd take that 6.0 gm gas engine over any diesel.

They're great engines, imo. I pull a big trailer with a 2003 3500 and the 6.0 is great. Its faster than my Dodge van pulling a trailer and it has nearly 300k on it.

That price seems double what it should be, though.
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:55 PM   #5
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I have been looking and find shuttle buses more than school buses, but do want a shuttle. I’ve see for half but usually not in good shape. I will remain patient for a good bus at a better price. Many of the buses I find are through a dealer and am sure they are marked up too much.
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:59 PM   #6
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Gotta agree (mostly) with CB.

I have an '04 Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 gas motor. I am loving it. Probably one of the best gas motors available.

But...... My Dodge will run circles around it. Power, fuel economy, towing/hauling capacity and cool factor.... The Dodge wins.

Regarding the price.... CB was being kind. IMHO: $11,900 is 2x (or more) what I would consider.
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:47 AM   #7
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Now looking at:
2012 Chevy Duramax Diesel 13 passenger with 2 wheel chairs
Mileage 165k new fuel lines, brakes, rear end
Allison transmission with 6.6l engine
Listed at $9,900
Any opinion on if there are any pluses or minuses to this deal?
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I'm quick to crap on newer engines but the GM 6.6 has a decent reputation.
I only know a couple guys who have them. One has had their truck back at the dealer at least ten times. Just this week it died going down the road and left him waiting on a tow. IIRC its had lots of fuel system issues.
How handy are you with mechanical repairs? This thing won't have any warranty so its totally on you if anything fails. If you can fix it yourself or afford to pay someone else to then go for it.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:02 AM   #9
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2012 Chevy 4500 Duramax Mini
I did not mention that it’s a 4500
The seller says 12 mpg
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:07 AM   #10
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I am not the one to work on the mechanics.
General opinion is that the older engines are better. I am finding so far most older shuttle buses are not in good shape.
Any ideas on somewhat newer engines to consider?
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