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Old 09-17-2017, 08:36 PM   #1
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Red face Help picking a bus.

Hello everyone, thanks for taking a look here
I've found a couple buses I like the look of, both are 7-window international buses with 7.3L engines, both are about $3k, and I have hangups on both of them.

The first is a 1993 with 74,000 miles and a lot of rust. It seems like it would have been sitting for a long time and I know that's not great for the engine. Pretty sure it was a PA bus. It's also quite rusty (https://images.craigslist.org/00D0D_...Q5_600x450.jpg) and the rust on the door frame there doesn't seem like something I could just sand down and corroseal. Is that going to be like a $200 fix at a body shop, or closer to $2000? And I don't know yet what transmission it has.

The second is a 2004 with 270,000 miles on it. That's awfully close to the 300,000-mile limit I see on a lot of diesel forums; AND it's a 2004, I hear new emissions standards kind of messed with the reliability/longevity of diesels from '04 and '05. However the body is spotless and it's a Virginia bus (from what I've heard VA does the best maintenance on their buses). Allison trans.

Are either of these buses even worth paying $150 to get them inspected or should I just stay away? Is one clearly a better choice than the other?

Thank you SO MUCH for whatever advice you can offer!
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:58 PM   #2
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Trust me, you do not want to deal with rust. Definitely 100% stay away from the first. It will only cause headache and the savings are never worth it.

I can't speak to the second though.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:13 PM   #3
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I would run away from the first one due to the rust.

The second one has a lot of miles on it. Unless it has had a recent rebuilt, you are likely getting close to the end of the road. Do you have access to service records? That will tell a lot about the bus.

Tell us more about the 2nd bus? What motor ? tranny? What size bus? What configuration?
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:34 PM   #4
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Its natural to instinctively look on CL but there are rarely any deals on there.
The online actions will be the best way of buying directly from a school.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:36 PM   #5
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Its natural to instinctively look on CL but there are rarely any deals on there.
The online actions will be the best way of buying directly from a school.
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