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Old 12-06-2017, 10:10 PM   #31
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A gas engine will suffice in a smaller bus, like a Ford or GM cutaway style bus. Anything larger and the gas engine will return 4-6 MPG on the highway, not to mention ascend hills slowly. Also expect a much lower life expectancy of the engine.

The 7.3 engine this bus is said to have (and if I recall correctly, 1988 was the first year this engine replaced the 6.9) has an excellent reputation, is easy to find parts for and should deliver somewhere around 10 MPG.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:11 PM   #32
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Quick, somebody take OP for a bus ride.

Honestly, once you get past the noise and the smell, you'll love it. It really only stinks if you're behind a bus and they're really no louder than a diesel pickup.

Wait, that sounds a little negative. You could go gasser, against the recommendations of a bunch of mechanics and others on this site. We're just trying to steer you in the right direction. Nobody here profits for giving you advice.

Can you explain a little about why you're so reluctant about the diesel? People here will teach you how to deal with the bus. You wouldn't know us if you walked past us on the street, but we'll be your online buddies. This isn't one of those "misery loves company" issues. Whatever you decide, it's alright. People here will back you on a gasser too.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:25 PM   #33
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My 2002 E450 stock only got 10 mpg struggling to keep 55. Put in a Livewire TS and Diamond 4 inch and got 14 mpg average at 60/ 65 on the Performance tune.
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:34 AM   #34
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If you are looking for a real bus...you need one with a "real" engine in it. That would be a diesel. Gas engines in anything close to that size will die young and suck gas at a rate that makes them better suited for stationary use.

There are hundreds of very good reasons virtually every commercial vehicle on the highways is diesel powered.

i know deisels get better mpg and last 500k miles and are more efficient, but we will have to rely on gasjugging to get around alot, and gasjugging for diesel in a city sounds horrible to me
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:35 AM   #35
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Why the aversion to diesel?
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:40 AM   #36
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That's a nice looking shorty. The diesel isn't wrong. I've had gasser shorties. A shorty like that will drive like a pickup truck. Nothing to fear. I'd pretty much guarantee you'll love driving a diesel. It may remind you of riding greyhound because it's not real fast, but it will get you where you're going.

If you get a gasser you'll likely regret it later.
I don't feel like I have much of a choice. I'm rubbertramping, which often means gasjugging, and I've never gasjugged in the city, seems like it would be rough
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Old 12-07-2017, 05:50 AM   #37
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A gas engine will suffice in a smaller bus, like a Ford or GM cutaway style bus. Anything larger and the gas engine will return 4-6 MPG on the highway, not to mention ascend hills slowly. Also expect a much lower life expectancy of the engine.

The 7.3 engine this bus is said to have (and if I recall correctly, 1988 was the first year this engine replaced the 6.9) has an excellent reputation, is easy to find parts for and should deliver somewhere around 10 MPG.
4-6 MPG?? Are you 100% on that? That seems insane. 10 gallons of gas would really only take me 40 miles??
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:22 AM   #38
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Quick, somebody take OP for a bus ride.

Honestly, once you get past the noise and the smell, you'll love it. It really only stinks if you're behind a bus and they're really no louder than a diesel pickup.

Wait, that sounds a little negative. You could go gasser, against the recommendations of a bunch of mechanics and others on this site. We're just trying to steer you in the right direction. Nobody here profits for giving you advice.

Can you explain a little about why you're so reluctant about the diesel? People here will teach you how to deal with the bus. You wouldn't know us if you walked past us on the street, but we'll be your online buddies. This isn't one of those "misery loves company" issues. Whatever you decide, it's alright. People here will back you on a gasser too.
Ill try to give an example: if I'm gasjugging in a city like Portland, I could have a full tank in a couple hours. But if I was asking for diesel, I have no idea how long I could be stuck there.

Maybe I'm mistaken tho, maybe there's someone around here who is a rubbertramper like myself who will chime in with "naaah gasjugging for diesel is easy, even in the city!"
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i know deisels get better mpg and last 500k miles and are more efficient, but we will have to rely on gasjugging to get around alot, and gasjugging for diesel in a city sounds horrible to me
Is that similar to panhandling?


Are you basing your purchase on what you can bum off people?




Why not just do for yourself instead of asking strangers for handouts?
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