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Old 03-19-2018, 10:01 AM   #1
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6.0 Chevy good or bad?

Hey guys! I'm getting ready to possibly buy a bus to start my conversion project and I was just trying to read up on the motor to know what to specifically look for. It's a 2005 Chevy 5 window short bus with a 6.0 with 102k miles. What's you guys experience with this motor as far as reliability, maintenance, fuel millage... Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:20 AM   #2
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I don't have any personal experience with the but I did have a conversation with the head of the bus shop at a local school district.

They replaced all of their diesel short buses with 6.0 equipped cut aways. He spoke quite highly of them. He told me that their fuel mileage was nearly as good as the diesels that they replaced. He was quite pleased with their reliability as well.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:35 AM   #3
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Awesome! Good to know! Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:01 AM   #4
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The Chevy 6.0l gas engine is a good one. Be sure to check the exhaust manifold bolts to the head. They are known to break off.
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I'll be sure to check!
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:47 AM   #6
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overall i like the 6.0, its a solid runner abnd for a gas motor pretty efficient and powerful in a bus.. parts are everywhere for them...

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Old 03-20-2018, 11:15 AM   #7
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Overall it's a good solid engine.

Only gasser that is relatively current you might run into, not super likely though, is the Ford 5.4L Triton used on some E350 cutaways. Although most of those got the V10, the 5.4L V8 is a real dud. I speak from experience...
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:23 PM   #8
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Overall it's a good solid engine.

Only gasser that is relatively current you might run into, not super likely though, is the Ford 5.4L Triton used on some E350 cutaways. Although most of those got the V10, the 5.4L V8 is a real dud. I speak from experience...
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:39 PM   #9
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The 6.0 is a great engine. Tons of aftermarket support if you ever need some extra power, oil coolers, filters, etc. Very easy to work on as well. In a small bus like that it'll do just fine.
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:42 PM   #10
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The 6.0 is a great engine. Tons of aftermarket support if you ever need some extra power, oil coolers, filters, etc. Very easy to work on as well. In a small bus like that it'll do just fine.
it would be really easy to mnake a bus that could squeal the tires with a 6.0!
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