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Old 10-09-2017, 05:13 PM   #1
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Buying a bus help

My wife and I looked at two buses today
http://ncschoolbussales.dpi.state.nc.us/ And
http://ncschoolbussales.dpi.state.nc.us/ The Thomas for $2500 uses some oil. The other just has more miles than I'd like one is re other is fe the fe has four wheelchair positions so less seats to take out and an extra door. Are these cat 3126's at the end of their lives or am I just paranoid? lol
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:00 AM   #2
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My wife and I looked at two buses today
http://ncschoolbussales.dpi.state.nc.us/ And
http://ncschoolbussales.dpi.state.nc.us/ The Thomas for $2500 uses some oil. The other just has more miles than I'd like one is re other is fe the fe has four wheelchair positions so less seats to take out and an extra door. Are these cat 3126's at the end of their lives or am I just paranoid? lol
The one that uses oil is a crap shoot, to be honest. CAT parts are a bit pricey, and a rebuild needs to come out of the bus and runs in the 5-10k range.
High mileage on a non-sleaved diesel engine that was serviced properly is north of 200k (my opinion, some will say higher or lower). I don't believe a 200k engine will last another 100k without a rebuild or major work.
If you can find out why it uses oil, or how bad blow-by is, it may help you determine if you want to take that gamble.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:47 PM   #3
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Well..... I bought the freightliner today we'll have it home around 10pm tonight I might have jumped the gun as I was overly excited.... oh well it's just money right??
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Welcome! Nice looking Bus you got there!
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Well..... I bought the freightliner today we'll have it home around 10pm tonight I might have jumped the gun as I was overly excited.... oh well it's just money right??
Welcome. How did it do on those hills?
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:08 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, I drove from Greenville nc to Sanford Nc at 40mph 😐 Not fun at all step one will be to fix that asap!!!
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the bus's top speed is 40 on flat lands or going up hills? is it revved out or perhaps computer limited speed?
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40 on flat land or hills. The bus seemed to have plenty of power makes me think it has computer speed program. Any ideas of how to get that checked?
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