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Old 05-19-2019, 02:44 PM   #1
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Would you buy this bus for you?

Hello, hello! I am looking to pull the trigger and buy a bus! I think I've found the one for me but I wanted to run it by you folks first (You've already been so helpful in the forums I've combed through thus far.)

2004 Bluebird
- 135,000 miles
- 7.2 liter Cat C7 diesel
- Allison 2000 (Seller says maybe 2500, But 2000 is standard for this model so this is more likely)
-$5500

Thank you all!
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:51 PM   #2
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Hard tellin not knowin where this bus spent it's life running the roads.
If from the rust belt, no. If from the dry southwest, maybe. This is also, unfortunately, the first year of the dreaded EPA choked emissions controls, mandated on diesel powered vehicles.
The price seems high but if any upgrades were done to it, it might justify the higher $$...
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:54 PM   #3
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Hard tellin not knowin where this bus spent it's life running the roads.
If from the rust belt, no. If from the dry southwest, maybe.
The price seems high but if any upgrades were done to it, it might justify the higher $$...
Thanks for the info! It's spent its life in dry/hot/flat as hell, Texas.
What are some potential price warranting upgrades?
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Old 05-19-2019, 03:00 PM   #4
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Has anything been done inside?
Gutting of the seats, redo of the flooring, walls, ceiling, etc.
Also are there under hood upgrades to improve durability and longevity of the engine?
The maintenance history might shed some light on what, if anything, was done from a mechanical standpoint.

Assuming this is a private sale vs buying direct from the school district, or at auction...
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:07 PM   #5
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Has anything been done inside?
Gutting of the seats, redo of the flooring, walls, ceiling, etc.
Also are there under hood upgrades to improve durability and longevity of the engine?
The maintenance history might shed some light on what, if anything, was done from a mechanical standpoint.

Assuming this is a private sale vs buying direct from the school district, or at auction...
Interior is intact, and I will have to get with the seller (private) about maintenance records. Good things to keep in mind.
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:14 PM   #6
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Price is high. West texas bus will be rust free but weigh 2000 pounds more from all the dry dirt packed in the frame rails! So a good cleaning and de-dirt job and good to go. The engine is a good one , in the top ten all time best engines, not as good as the DT466 or the DT360. But with a emissions delete kit it will give you good service.
Unless they have stripped it 3-3500 would be a better price
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:56 PM   #7
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Hello, hello! I am looking to pull the trigger and buy a bus! I think I've found the one for me but I wanted to run it by you folks first (You've already been so helpful in the forums I've combed through thus far.)

2004 Bluebird
- 135,000 miles
- 7.2 liter Cat C7 diesel
- Allison 2000 (Seller says maybe 2500, But 2000 is standard for this model so this is more likely)
-$5500

Thank you all!
No I wouldn't buy that bus for me. Or for you.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:57 PM   #8
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Price is high. West texas bus will be rust free but weigh 2000 pounds more from all the dry dirt packed in the frame rails! So a good cleaning and de-dirt job and good to go. The engine is a good one , in the top ten all time best engines, not as good as the DT466 or the DT360. But with a emissions delete kit it will give you good service.
Unless they have stripped it 3-3500 would be a better price
C7 isn't in too many "best engines" lists I know of.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:11 PM   #9
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Man, I was between this one and another but this one was cheaper if I'm being honest. Anyone know anything about a Ford B-Series chassis:
The only thing is the owner is unable to tell me anything other than 'automatic Allison' for model number. Having a hard time figuring out the standard transmissions put in these models around this year. :/ What's the easiest way to find that out?
-'96
-5.9 Cummins
-135,000 miles
-$6,500
-New tires! (But man, y'all are way better at finding cheaper buses)
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:33 PM   #10
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You're going the wrong direction, price wise!
Another little ditty: In order to get an accurate opinion, pictures are needed.
As many as possible...

Are you looking to convert an auto trans to manual? If so, why???
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