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Old 01-13-2017, 04:50 PM   #11
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Year: 1989
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Chassis: Saf-T-Liner ER
Engine: 3208 CAT/MT643 tranny
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With the 5.9L diesel engine, rebuilds and repairs will be super cheap, but there will be a lack of power going up hills. If the bus has the better 643 transmission, then its worth more than the 545. The 643 locks up to give better mileage at higher speeds. The 545 lacks the lock up. To give you a comparison, my bus is equipped with the 3208 Cat engine (10.6L) with a 643 transmission. I paid $2K for her with 172K miles on her. The Cat engine is larger, develops more torque, but is more expensive to repair/overhaul than the 5.9L. For me, having been a semi-truck owner/operator having three Cat engines gone over 1 MILLION miles each, it was a super easy sell. Others say avoid the Cat, but I adore them. With the limited information provided, lacking the transmission detail - figuring it's a 545 - I'd value that bus at $2250 give or take a few dollars one way or the other. Just my opinion....
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With the 5.9L diesel engine, rebuilds and repairs will be super cheap, but there will be a lack of power going up hills. If the bus has the better 643 transmission, then its worth more than the 545. The 643 locks up to give better mileage at higher speeds. The 545 lacks the lock up. To give you a comparison, my bus is equipped with the 3208 Cat engine (10.6L) with a 643 transmission. I paid $2K for her with 172K miles on her. The Cat engine is larger, develops more torque, but is more expensive to repair/overhaul than the 5.9L. For me, having been a semi-truck owner/operator having three Cat engines gone over 1 MILLION miles each, it was a super easy sell. Others say avoid the Cat, but I adore them. With the limited information provided, lacking the transmission detail - figuring it's a 545 - I'd value that bus at $2250 give or take a few dollars one way or the other. Just my opinion....


I think I can get it for $1,200-1,500...


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