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Old 09-18-2014, 09:36 AM   #11
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Re: How many miles is to much?

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The guy is clueless. What color is the engine? Blue, right? Its more than likely a 360.
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What we're trying to tell you is that it's not a Detroit. Unless somebody went through a whole boat load of hassle to swap one in there. And even if they did, what the hell would their reasoning behind it be?
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:58 AM   #12
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Re: How many miles is to much?

That bus is a Thomas Vista, built on the International 3600 Chassis (says right on the side by the hood). According to wikipedia, they did have a Detroit Diesel engine in them, but only until 1991. If it is truly a 1996, then it either has an International DT466E or T444E.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Vista

Your seller doesn't know what he's talking about. Plus, the price is high. Run away... far away!
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:11 AM   #13
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Re: How many miles is to much?

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That bus is a Thomas Vista, built on the International 3600 Chassis (says right on the side by the hood). According to wikipedia, they did have a Detroit Diesel engine in them, but only until 1991. If it is truly a 1996, then it either has an International DT466E or T444E.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Vista

Your seller doesn't know what he's talking about. Plus, the price is high. Run away... far away!
You beat me to it!

If the picture posted in the first post is really the bus in question then the engine will either be an International DT360, 7.3l IDI, DT466E or T444E. The Detroit Diesel came on the GMC chassis. Now, to answer your question: I wouldn't shy away from any of those engines because they had 200K. Even the engines with a shorter life expectancy (the 7.3l IDI and T444E) should go for another 200K if they have been well maintained. In my opinion, the best of the batch would be the DT360. Great fuel economy and sufficient power for such a small bus.

The price, on the other hand, is definitely something to flee from. And, as mentioned, the fact that the seller knows nothing about the vehicle is a bit scary.

Cool looking bus, though!
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Re: How many miles is to much?

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That bus is a Thomas Vista, built on the International 3600 Chassis (says right on the side by the hood). According to wikipedia, they did have a Detroit Diesel engine in them, but only until 1991. If it is truly a 1996, then it either has an International DT466E or T444E.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Vista

Your seller doesn't know what he's talking about. Plus, the price is high. Run away... far away!
I really appreciate your informative feedback.
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People who know nothing about diesel engines see the letters "dt" on the international engine and immediately think. ..."ahh.. dt short for de--troit"
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