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Old 02-01-2017, 07:37 AM   #11
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It is called a Startrans, common mfg around here.
Mines a startrans too. It has a steel ,square tubing frame with foam insulation between the fiberglass. Very well built.
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:45 AM   #12
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Is "Startrans" related to "Starcraft"?
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Old 02-01-2017, 11:28 AM   #13
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Is "Startrans" related to "Starcraft"?
I have no idea
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:52 PM   #14
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Is "Startrans" related to "Starcraft"?
NO ! Not even close to the build quality. I have read many complaints about starcraft, also known as starcrap.
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Old 02-01-2017, 01:36 PM   #15
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NO ! Not even close to the build quality. I have read many complaints about starcraft, also known as starcrap.
I suggest you don't buy one then. I have mine for 7 yrs now and am supremely happy, before that I had a 1984 Starstrans that I was happy with, like any vehicle of any manufactuerer they need to be maintained. Think about it, It is a Ford Chassis with a Ford Drivetrain except the engine is a Ford branded International Diesel Engine. Startrans makes the fiberglass body and no doubt the transit interior and seats which we conversion folks rip out. I have zero complaints and I live in the wet Pacific NW. My opinion doesn't come from the Web, but my experience with 2 different Startrans busses which now is about 20yrs worth. However that doesn't make my opinion better, just different as my vision and needs are different than yours.
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Old 02-01-2017, 02:10 PM   #16
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I suggest you don't buy one then. I have mine for 7 yrs now and am supremely happy, before that I had a 1984 Starstrans that I was happy with, like any vehicle of any manufactuerer they need to be maintained. Think about it, It is a Ford Chassis with a Ford Drivetrain except the engine is a Ford branded International Diesel Engine. Startrans makes the fiberglass body and no doubt the transit interior and seats which we conversion folks rip out. I have zero complaints and I live in the wet Pacific NW. My opinion doesn't come from the Web, but my experience with 2 different Startrans busses which now is about 20yrs worth. However that doesn't make my opinion better, just different as my vision and needs are different than yours.
Cool, this is the first good thing I have heard. And since you own a starcraft I do believe you.
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Old 02-01-2017, 02:58 PM   #17
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Cool, this is the first good thing I have heard. And since you own a starcraft I do believe you.
In return, I have no doubt to doubt what you have said, it is just doesn't line up with my experience. I do think there is value in considering what Startrans brings to the table or any other mfg. They buy the chassis and drivetrain. Then they build and install a body which they fill with stuff. So when considering a Startrans against any other mfg we are basically considering how well it holds up. Transit airporter busses have to deliver quality for about ten yrs in service and it is understandable they can last much longer. So, when we evaluate busses so much is how much overkill do we need? It is like the worst basketball player in the NBA is still a fantastic basket ball player.
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