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Old 12-04-2019, 02:06 PM   #1
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Hello all. Engine question

I hope I'm in the right location. I am currently looking at a 2000 International AM Tran RE with a DT 530 E and an Allison 3060 Auto. I know the transmission is a good one, but my question is, is the DT 530 E a good engine? Is it reliable relatively speaking? I am new to skoolies so I am confused what setup is preferable to most people. I know preference is based on personal choices, but the overall consensus is what I am looking for. I know I probably won't be able to find that "unicorn" but I would like to get as close as possible. Any and all advice is much appreciated. Thanks
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Its the KING of school bus engines.
They're pretty much unicorn status. Not too many. Some in AZ.
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That's a great motor, second only to the holy grail million mile motor all the truckers wish they had, the T444E.
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That's a great motor, second only to the holy grail million mile motor all the truckers wish they had, the T444E.
THAT is FUNNY!
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How does the DT530 compare to the 8.3?
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How does the DT530 compare to the 8.3?
6 of one half dozen of the other. Either one with a 3060 would be as good as you'll get in a normal school bus.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:27 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone.

I know there will be more discussion, which I like. You all have been helpful and are helping me narrow down my future bus.
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