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Old 08-13-2018, 10:08 PM   #1
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I may have found the one

After months of searching, I have found a bus that I am seriously interested in checking out.


It's got an allison 2000, cummins 5.9l ISB 210, 25 ft long 2003 bluebird. It's got about 160k miles on it, and they are asking 3400.

I'm looking to make a full time living bus, that can handle the mountains on a regular basis. Does this seem like a good deal, thoughts on the smaller engine (as far as 5.9L goes)

Also it would probably be about 300-500 in a flight to go check it out, depending on if I bought the bus or not
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:15 PM   #2
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Are you talking the Rocky Mountains? I just wouldn't expect it to be a speed demon in the mountains. The trans is lockable so much better than a 545 would be. Go look at it, if it's what you like I would offer them $2500 and see where they go.
The guy who towed my Dakota the other day has a 5.9 in the tow truck. Says he just turned over 1m miles in it and swears by that motor, has the 290hp version.
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:40 AM   #3
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That is getting close to Unicorn status in my book. Definitely check it out.
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definitely worth checking out, is 2003 past the "53 block", death-dowel-pin, crappy tappett cover era of the 5.9??


nice trans and just take it easy in the mountains with any bus.. its a road-trip not a road-rally..
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After months of searching, I have found a bus that I am seriously interested in checking out.


It's got an allison 2000, cummins 5.9l ISB 210, 25 ft long 2003 bluebird. It's got about 160k miles on it, and they are asking 3400.

I'm looking to make a full time living bus, that can handle the mountains on a regular basis. Does this seem like a good deal, thoughts on the smaller engine (as far as 5.9L goes)

Also it would probably be about 300-500 in a flight to go check it out, depending on if I bought the bus or not
Doesn't seam like a bad price. The 5.9 is about bullet proof and its really easy to find a mechanic capable of working on it. Good luck!
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Old 08-14-2018, 12:38 PM   #6
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The KDP issues are limited to 12v engines found in 1989 to 1998 model years and the infamous "53" blocks were only made from'99 to '01.
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definitely worth checking out, is 2003 past the "53 block", death-dowel-pin, crappy tappett cover era of the 5.9??


nice trans and just take it easy in the mountains with any bus.. its a road-trip not a road-rally..
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AIUI, the dreaded "53" block was manufactured in Brazil for the 2000 model year only.
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Negative...the "53" block was made from'99 to '01 according to Cummins.
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Negative...the "53" block was made from'99 to '01 according to Cummins.
Weren't the 2000 model year buses built in 99? Left overs may have been used up in 01. I contacted Cummins and was told by them it was only the 2000 year.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:48 AM   #10
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Alas, the bus was sold. They had some more that are also currently being checked out to purchase. Finding a bus, working around conflicting work schedules with my mechanic to go check it out, and timing it perfectly so that the bus hasn't sold is proving to be quite the challenge.
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