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Old 11-22-2017, 03:42 PM   #1
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Hey all, looking at a 2009 bus with a MaxxDt466 engine in it.
I know the preference is to stay away from the newer buses with the emission controls etc, but wondering how much more of a pain they are. I can get a decent deal on this bus with only 80 thousand miles on it, it has me thinking. Are they as reliable etc as the older ones?

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Old 11-22-2017, 04:13 PM   #2
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as far as emissions engines go, the Maxxforce DT was one of the better ones, but still it was sibject to damage with stuck EGR, and DPF issues , in general the school bus fleet operators seemed to think it was better for sure than the Maxxforce 7 or Maxxforce 9.. I dont know how it compared to the cummins of the time..

2009 busses are Dubious to me as to why they are being solkd at such a low mileage and young age... did it fail state inspection due to cracked frame, crash damage, etc? or does it possibly have mechanicasl / electrical issues that the school decided were costing them too much to chase down.. so its being sold.. or is it something as simple as the bus has no A/C and new standards mandate A/C.. ive seen several handicap busses in cities sold for this reason..

I would defimnitely want to ask lots of questions and look it over well before buying.. if it is really in good shape and on auction.. its new enough you will be bidding against other schools and churches.. so keep in mind the price may go high
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:17 PM   #3
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thanks for your input. I found the bus at a dealer, so they will stand behind their sale. i will try and find out some more history, i did not know about the AC thing!
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:19 PM   #4
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Maxxforce sucks. Go for something earlier without the expensive headaches.
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:21 PM   #5
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some cities / counties are mandating A/C for handicap busses.. its a fairly recent thing and isnt a set standard for a state or the USA..

having thermoking add A/C to an existing bus can be upwards of 8-10k. so for a bus that is slightly older but not really ready for sale.. (ie 2009) , a district may just decide to buy a new bus..
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Old 11-22-2017, 07:08 PM   #6
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:46 PM   #7
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The company I work for buys thousands of I-H straight trucks a year. The Maxxforce DT466 is such a piece of junk, starting in 2016, they are now Cummins powered. It's too bad, they used to be a good engine.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:50 PM   #8
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I wonder if Cummins will make it through the next "tier" of emissions.
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Old 11-22-2017, 10:56 PM   #9
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The MaxxForce engine was so bad, IH had to abandon it as even the dealers couldn't keep them on the road. It's too bad, the DT466 was such a good engine before that.

There's a reason such a new, low mile bus is so cheap!!!!
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I drove those junk engine powered buses.... Need I say more?

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