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Old 08-27-2019, 12:06 PM   #1
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Smile 2008 ford e-450 advice

Looking to purchase this bus but I need some advice. Thanks in advanced!

Here are my notes on it:
  1. Thomas Minotour
  2. 6.0L Diesel Engine
  3. 209K Miles
  4. Driver seat missing
  5. Brake lines look ok
  6. All the fluids look ok, but the coolant is low.
  7. Clean title.
  8. Batteries are shot and need replacement.
  9. Engine runs and (I think) it sounds good. Had to attach a jump starter pack to start it and keep it running (not sure if this also means the alternator is bad too or some other electrical problem?).
  10. Interior Electrical seems ok. All the electrical devices power on.
  11. Tires look ok, but probably will need replacement.
  12. Has some rust and needs a little body work.

They want $2500 for it.

Also, there is an A/C plug on the front bumper (see attached) that I am not sure what is used for. Any ideas?

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Old 08-27-2019, 12:23 PM   #2
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6.0 with over 200k? if it hasn't been worked over and "bulletproofed" it probably doesnt have much time left. add the thru rust to the mix and I'd offer 800 bucks... wouldnt pay a cent over 900. That A/C plug is for a block heater that is very important in cold climates.
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:32 PM   #3
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6.0 with over 200k? if it hasn't been worked over and "bulletproofed" it probably doesnt have much time left.
Really? I thought diesels could get closer to 500K miles?

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That A/C plug is for a block heater that is very important in cold climates.
Ok, I thought so.

Thanks, I'll keep looking.
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:49 PM   #4
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Hard pass!!!!
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:53 PM   #5
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That things ready for the crusher.

Itís interesting though that it has a steel skin. My 07 Minotour has an aluminum skin.
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:57 PM   #6
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:00 PM   #7
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Really? I thought diesels could get closer to 500K miles?
Yes most do... BUT the 6.0 has some major flaws that cause the engine to be running fine one day and a pile of broken pieces in your driveway the next...
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:02 PM   #8
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Haha, OK OK I will. I apologize for posting about this monstrosity. This was the first one I looked at in person.

So from what I gather, look for no rust and around 100K miles would make more sense for that price point?
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Old 08-27-2019, 01:03 PM   #9
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That particular engine has an awful reputation. THere is a process called "bulletproofing" that can turn them into reliable motors but that's a big extra expense and effort that I personally wouldn't consider on a rusty Type A bus with 200k on it even if I got the bus for free.
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Yes most do... BUT the 6.0 has some major flaws that cause the engine to be running fine one day and a pile of broken pieces in your driveway the next...
Ok good to know. So is the GMC variant a better way to go then?
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