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Old 05-02-2016, 06:12 PM   #1
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Found a shortie?

Does anyone have any feedback, or things to watch out for? I believe it's a 3500 platform with Bluebird body. Not sure which diesel engine it is (yet).

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Old 05-02-2016, 06:48 PM   #2
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Whaaaaat? Can't you afford a whole bus?

I hate that when they just say "it's an automatic."
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Whaaaaat? Can't you afford a whole bus?

I hate that when they just say "it's an automatic."
I would love a whole bus, but divorce is expensive
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I was hoping for advice more along the lines of "the 6.5L diesel is good as long as no magic blue smoke escapes from it" rather than matrimonial
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I was hoping for advice more along the lines of "the 6.5L diesel is good as long as no magic blue smoke escapes from it" rather than matrimonial
What fun would that be?
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I think it's more rare for buses to attract couples than to attract old divorced men with skills.
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It may have a Detroit Diesel engine or a Duramax.

I don't have any personal experience with the Detroit Diesel or Duramax engines but they seem to be well regarded. 2001 was the first year of Duramax production and the common problems were injector failure, overheating and blown head gaskets. It was a pre-emmissions engine. Here's a link to the Wikipedia articles.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Diesel_V8_engine

The body is a Bluebird which is considered a well built body. It's from Ontario so there may be rust issues but the mileage is pretty low so maybe the rust is minimal.

Price is about par for 15 year old shorties.

It would be nice to have more condition history and service history but they probably won't give it to you. The lawyers have put the kibosh on that.

Is it driveable? They aren't saying. I'd want way more info before breaking out my checkbook.
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I'd place a (small) bet its not a really a diesel. Look at the size of the exhaust pipe. Either way its still a good deal.
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I'd place a (small) bet its not a really a diesel. Look at the size of the exhaust pipe. Either way its still a good deal.
2001 - that will have a 4L80E in it most likely if its a 1500.. if its a 2500 or 3500 series it will have the made-for-GM Allison 4 speed in it (Yes it is lockup)...

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