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Old 05-16-2019, 12:52 PM   #1
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Bus A or B?

Which of these buses would you pick?

Bus A
2001 Thomas
183,000 miles
5.9 Cummins
Allison 3060
$6500

Bus B
2007 International
110,000 miles
DT 466
"Five speed overdrive transmission"
$7500

Both buses are 40', high top, actually no rust, just retired from school districts in salt-free area. No conversion work done yet to either. Comes with 24 hr guarantee. Seller converts skoolies for a living and also sells unconverted buses.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:12 PM   #2
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Given those 2, Bus A. The 2007 will have nasty emissions on the engine. However, prices on both seem about double what they should be.
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:19 PM   #3
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I would go with A. Ive got the cummins and get awsome mileage. And very easy to work on.
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:45 PM   #4
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Given those 2, Bus A. The 2007 will have nasty emissions on the engine. However, prices on both seem about double what they should be.
Where are you all finding these cheap buses? I have been looking in California, and prices generally are quite higher than I see others post.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:48 PM   #5
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IDK which one, but in reply to cheaper buses, you can get them cheaper at auction, but you sure wouldn’t be getting 24 hours to try them.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:54 PM   #6
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More likely than not the guy selling those busses has taken the time to go through them mechanically, to ensure you won't be bringing them back for a refund.
And that in itself is probably worth the cost differential over auction.

My 0.02= Bus "A"...
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:14 PM   #7
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I would also choose Bus A but those are pricey.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:18 PM   #8
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Bus A because it won't have the emission issues, but it's a dealer price for a $2500 bus. I would never give $6500 for anything with a 5.9 in it.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:30 PM   #9
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More likely than not, the guy selling those busses has taken the time to go through them to ensure you won't be bringing them back for a refund.
And that in itself is probably worth the cost differential over auction.

My 0.02= Bus "A"...
I agree that its worth the extra to check it out ahead. With a 24 hour trial, I think Id get someone to look at the engine, transmission and electrical system during that time. Id be checking that the turbo (in my case) isnt going out, or the tranny isnt about to go belly up.

And the thing is, the bus is only the beginning of the expenses so its worth while to get the right platform.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:30 PM   #10
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What part of Cali are you looking?
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