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Old 12-18-2017, 08:22 PM   #1
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Hi, I guess i just can't bring myself to get over the fear of buying a bus. every vehicle I've ever bought it took nearly a year to trust it. I have a car now and I mean its good, never done me wrong, but i am scared of it 2 yrs later, So I am parinoid YES! however I guess i let the fear hold me back, but I see old buses on here and older cars running on the roads everyday, and think well.. there still running! lol,

I wish I could have some inspiration for getting over the fear, b/c buses are so new to me, but,, my main question is this...

I've seen alot of buses local I loved and in my price range, but they all seem have at least or over 200,000 miles. These buses don't have service records available. The buses look pretty nice,,, they offer test drives,,, but the high miles! ,,,Is this something that I should stay away from (no to offend anyone) but I mean I just think oh god id be setting myself up for breakdowns or whatever else , just seems like an extra scare! or has many of you bought buses with this high of miles and everythings fine whats anyones thoughts? THANK YOU!!!
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:30 PM   #2
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If they have certain diesel engines(i dont know them all, others here could list them) they can go 500,000+ miles. Many of these beasts share components with big rigs and such. Designed for MANY miles if well kept.
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:32 PM   #3
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200k is alright. 200k with 15k hours starts to get iffy. I had one with 209 and 16k hours and its still on the road running, I sold it this year.
My 92 ward has a quarter million miles, and the new owner just drove it to TX from FL.
Buses are probably MORE reliable than any used car.
My latest bus has a major coolant leak that just sprung up. its gonna take me a lot of time and/or money to fix, but these things can happen with anything.
What's your purpose for a bus?
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:38 PM   #4
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Hi, I guess i just can't bring myself to get over the fear of buying a bus. every vehicle I've ever bought it took nearly a year to trust it. I have a car now and I mean its good, never done me wrong, but i am scared of it 2 yrs later, So I am parinoid YES! however I guess i let the fear hold me back, but I see old buses on here and older cars running on the roads everyday, and think well.. there still running! lol,

I wish I could have some inspiration for getting over the fear, b/c buses are so new to me, but,, my main question is this...

I've seen alot of buses local I loved and in my price range, but they all seem have at least or over 200,000 miles. These buses don't have service records available. The buses look pretty nice,,, they offer test drives,,, but the high miles! ,,,Is this something that I should stay away from (no to offend anyone) but I mean I just think oh god id be setting myself up for breakdowns or whatever else , just seems like an extra scare! or has many of you bought buses with this high of miles and everythings fine whats anyones thoughts? THANK YOU!!!
Try a car maintenance course at your local community college.

They are reasonably priced, and understanding how something works, and how to fix it, takes much of the "fear of the unknown" out of the ownership equation.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:21 PM   #5
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If you have this much trepidation about buying a bus, how are you ever going to relax enough to enjoy it if you do?

Life's a crapshoot anyway.....roll them bones and have some fun. It took me two years to decide I really wanted a bus, but once I was in, I was ALL in. Having to search another two years for my dream bus never shook my desire for it.


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Old 12-18-2017, 09:44 PM   #6
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You get your bus and you learn a lot about how to take care of it. It's also good to have a towing insurance like Good Sam so if you break down you get towed to the nearest service center and get it fixed. Inconvenient? Possibly. Still worth it judging by the fun quotient.
We all have a fear of breaking down to one degree or another. Now we have cell phones and sat phones and GPS. It's not like we're out there alone. Take the precautions that you can and then jump.

Life is like business. No risk, no reward.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:47 PM   #7
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Hi, I guess i just can't bring myself to get over the fear of buying a bus. every vehicle I've ever bought it took nearly a year to trust it. I have a car now and I mean its good, never done me wrong, but i am scared of it 2 yrs later, So I am parinoid YES! however I guess i let the fear hold me back, but I see old buses on here and older cars running on the roads everyday, and think well.. there still running! lol,



I wish I could have some inspiration for getting over the fear, b/c buses are so new to me, but,, my main question is this...



I've seen alot of buses local I loved and in my price range, but they all seem have at least or over 200,000 miles. These buses don't have service records available. The buses look pretty nice,,, they offer test drives,,, but the high miles! ,,,Is this something that I should stay away from (no to offend anyone) but I mean I just think oh god id be setting myself up for breakdowns or whatever else , just seems like an extra scare! or has many of you bought buses with this high of miles and everythings fine whats anyones thoughts? THANK YOU!!!






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Old 12-18-2017, 09:49 PM   #8
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No risk, no reward. You already feel the need. You may have certain mechanical issues to work out if you buy a bus, but unlike cars these are designed to be rebuilt. If it breaks, fix it. It may be expensive, but that's just the cost of doing business.
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“Fear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life … the great stories go to those who don’t give in to fear.” ― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

You can EXPECT issues and "unplanned events" with any bus/motorhome. The trick is to make them part of the experience/adventure. As far as mileage goes, you get what you get. If you can afford a "new" bus, buy it. Otherwise, make the best choice/selection you can with the information you have and then go have an adventure.
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A new bus would be a bigger nightmare than an old worn out one.
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