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Old 10-02-2016, 08:15 PM   #31
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What the heck?!?!?
I didn't realize First Student was international

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Old 10-03-2016, 12:08 AM   #32
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Yes, they are a British company.
And a European company just bought a big chunk of International Harvester (I.C., Navistar, etc.).
Mercedes owns Freightliner, Detroit Diesel, and more.
Fiat owns Chrysler.
Two European companies own practically all beer brands in the western world.
Ford and GM are building automobile transmissions jointly. Only way they have a shot at competing.
Notice the distinctive shape of the grille on all Ford cars these days? That's the traditional Aston Martin grille. Ford bought Aston Martin, harvested a few valuable things, sold it again.
Many current Ford cars are Volvo chassis designs. Same.
The American Way was the wrong way. (Says the man who immigrated from Europe in 1976.)

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Old 10-03-2016, 12:11 AM   #33
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Yes, they are a British company.
And a European company just bought a big chunk of International Harvester (I.C., Navistar, etc.).
Mercedes owns Freightliner, Detroit Diesel, and more.
Fiat owns Chrysler.
Two European companies own practically all beer brands in the western world.
Ford and GM are building automobile transmissions jointly. Only way they have a shot at competing.
Notice the distinctive shape of the grille on all Ford cars these days? That's the traditional Aston Martin grille. Ford bought Aston Martin, harvested a few valuable things, sold it again.
Many current Ford cars are Volvo chassis designs. Same.
The American Way was the wrong way. (Says the man who immigrated from Europe in 1976.)

(I'm done ranting now. LOL )

Don't get me started on Charmin being printed in Spanish!!!
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:15 AM   #34
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Many current Ford cars are Volvo chassis designs. Same.
Were. Ford sold Volvo to the Chinese a few years ago. That's why I'll never own a Volvo newer than the 850 I do own. Granted, Ford's stewardship of the marque wasn't the greatest to begin with.

And, I think the "American Way" changed when CEOs began following Gordon Gekko's mantra "Greed is Good." Before then, companies would reinvest their profits back into their infrastructure and employees, not their CEO's or the shareholders pockets.
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Old 10-03-2016, 07:13 AM   #35
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Yep Volvo is owned by the Geely Motor Co last I checked. I owned a Geely scooter- what a joke!
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:15 PM   #36
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We just bought a First Students E450 cutaway and couldn't be happier so far....

I visited their service shop in Seattle and was impressed with what I saw. I also learned that they run all synthetic lubricants.

2005 E450 with 6.0, 5 speed auto and 120k miles. Drives like a dream.

Unless something ugly comes up in the next few months we will likely be buying another from them.
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Old 10-03-2016, 04:27 PM   #37
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Were. Ford sold Volvo to the Chinese a few years ago. ... ...
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... ... Ford bought Aston Martin, harvested a few valuable things, sold it again.
Many current Ford cars are Volvo chassis designs. Same.
...
(Emphasis added in quotes.)

Reading comprehension, please.

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Old 10-03-2016, 04:32 PM   #38
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I saw an International RE w/DT466 I would love to get my hands on from there, how long does it typically take for them to respond to emails? I sent one 3 hours ago but have not heard anything back yet....
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I called Joy in the eastern region and she told me that there had been a management shakeup in the Atlanta office and that there was no one to tell me if that bus was even for sale, and couldn't tell me when someone would be able to confirm or deny so I just let it go and will go with the Thomas I have picked out.
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