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Old 06-14-2017, 05:08 PM   #1
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Ameutur asks: To bid or not to bid? help weigh pro's vs cons

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Local Auction

Year: 2000

Make: Thomas

Mileage: 249,808

VIN: 1T88U3B2XY1083920

Engine: ISB Cummins 7

Transmission: MD-3060

Capacity: 84 Passenger***

Condition:* Bus has leaking steering gear box

Below are some notes I conjured up and it seems the engine and trans are solid. So my question is should I leave it alone due to the repairs and mileage? Because with my lack of expertise I'm thinking it could still be worth $4k give or take. thoughts?

"The MD3060 is a four speed with overdrive and* lock-up torque converter. Go with a trany that has the* lock-up torque converter. You will usual get better gas millage over all and engine braking on the down hills. MD3060 on 1998 and newer. I also read that the MD3060 has the internals to be re-programmed with 2 overdrives. Making it a six speed."
*What bus to get, that is the question, part tali (two) | the journey visvi

*"I have an ISB in a 34' Newmar. On my last trip I got 8.73 mpg over 2760 miles towing a 4x4 extended cab ranger with 3 motorcycles (dirt bikes) and traveling 60-65 mph. It does slow considerably on the long steep climbs, but even there I manage to pass a lot of the semi trucks. I don't how much difference the extra 4 or 5 feet will make but obviously it will make some difference. If you can handle being a little slower on hills then I think you could be very happy with the ISB"

From pilotengines.com: A solid, high-torque, low-RPM six-cylinder engine, the Cummins B-Series is found in many over-the-road and industrial applications. The Cummins 6ISB, or Interact System, is the next generation Cummins engine and is a fully electronic engine.

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Old 06-14-2017, 06:07 PM   #2
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Isn't this a duplicate thread?
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:19 PM   #3
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yes sorry Robin I couldn't find my other one so I reposted. Is there a way to delete?

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Don't worry about it. Just pick one and the other one will eventually get cut.
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:01 PM   #5
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When I emailed about the tires I hot this response "*The tires on the school buses are usually in good condition. The buses are all on a maintenance schedule so stuff like that is usually not a problem. Just give me a heads up when you would like to come down and look at the service records."

I'm at a loss for what else to ask or what I'll be looking for when he shows me the service records.

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Don't misunderstand me and my opinion. That sounds like a nice bus with a preferred power package. The leaking steering gear could be a simple fix. Buyers often don't notice old or bad tires on a bus. I'm just saying if that bus needs tires consider the purchase price to be several thousand dollars higher.
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:56 PM   #8
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I'd say go for it.
Do you think I should bid 3k? He said he'd relist it later unless he got a bid in the ballpark of 4k but idk if he's just saying that or if it's true.

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$2,500 to $3,500 would be a more common price for a decent bus, but that's at a bus barn, so at $3k you'd be right in the ballpark.

Have you researched the steering gear?
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I paid $8K for mine, but it had half the mileage this one shows and is 3 years younger.

Go ahead, throw a $3K bid in his direction. See if he bites. If so, shell out the shekels and have fun.
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