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Old 11-17-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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Our first conversion...

Hello to all! My wife and I are new to this but we've have been reading every post here on every subject we could find, the combined knowledge here informative and greatly appreciated. Taking the plunge on a Thomas Saf-T-Liner HDX, Mercedes 230 hp, Allison automatic...let the fun begin!
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Old 11-17-2017, 01:19 PM   #2
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Welcome. Just be advised the MB engines are outrageously expensive to maintain.
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:06 PM   #3
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Welcome. Just be advised the MB engines are outrageously expensive to maintain.
Where can I expect the problems to surface?
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Old 11-17-2017, 02:54 PM   #4
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Where can I expect the problems to surface?
On average .... between 400 and 500k, but it's never that simple.

It depends on how the engine has been used. School bus usage is hard on an engine, unless it was a trip bus that did highway miles.

If it's running well, and not smoking or blowing oil, then you might never have an issue with it.
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Old 11-17-2017, 03:13 PM   #5
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biggest thing ive heard with the MBE engines is to make siure you check the oil OFTEN.. once you get a baseline for if and howmuch oil your engine uses you can get a good idea of how often to check it..

the MBE engines are generally solid and reliable.
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:29 PM   #6
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Welcome to the site! Enjoy!
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:04 PM   #7
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Thank everybody for the warm welcome, greatly appreciated. We farm in Western Illinois and bus project will shake up the coffee shop and confirm their suspicions that we're different. . Those folks will be an amazing and fun resource, can't wait to get the bus home!
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:43 PM   #8
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We farm in Western Illinois
Where abouts? My wife is from around there so I've got inlaws in Hancock County. We live toward the west-ish side of Central IL.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:45 PM   #9
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Thank everybody for the warm welcome, greatly appreciated. We farm in Western Illinois and bus project will shake up the coffee shop and confirm their suspicions that we're different. . Those folks will be an amazing and fun resource, can't wait to get the bus home!
my experience has been that the people in every coffee shop i hang (and I hang in a **LOT** of them in many states.. ). have thought my skoolie is cool as heck and they want one too... even the guiys that ride the harleys and the mini van full of girls getting frappucinos all wanted a ride in the bus

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Old 11-20-2017, 09:12 PM   #10
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what age is your bus. We have a 2004 300hp mbe906 in our bus. 400000 miles, no leaks, no oil use, no blowby. Most school busses do not get that far. We had to replace the starter because a worn override clutch $ 240. These engines are very efficient and pretty quiet.

good luck, J
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