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Old 08-01-2017, 09:19 PM   #1
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Freightliner Allison motor Cummins 5.9L 190 HP Turbo Diesel, Good or Bad?

I have never bought a bus before and my family is looking for one to convert for cross country travel. I found a Freightliner with an Allison motor Cummins 5.9L 190 HP Turbo diesel engine on Craigslist for about $5,500. It is a 1997 with I believe low mileage. I am hoping to find experienced people that can tell me: if this is a good deal, if these buses run well, do these buses have a lot of issues, about how much mpg's should they get, and any other helpful info I should know and or ask the seller?
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:23 PM   #2
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Alison is the transmission. Cummins is the engine. The 5.9 is pretty reliable
What size bus is it and find out the model of the transmission ie: md360, at545, 643, 1000, 2000

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Old 08-01-2017, 09:34 PM   #3
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Hmmm...an Allison engine could be fun. They made a lot of supercharged, 16 cylinder motors during WWII.
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Njsurf73- I was told it is about 26 feet long. Ok thanks so much. Do yyou know what the 190 HP means?
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:40 PM   #5
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You should ask what transmission. What version of the 5.9 (mechanical 12 valve or electronic 24 valve) I think that's right around the time they were switching from electronic to Mechanical if I'm not mistaken. Ask about the rear gearing... If it is geared too low you may not make very good speeds on the highway. Ask about rust. And see if they have any of the service records so you can figure out if it was treated properly by the previous owners

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Thank you so much for the advice. If I find out I will plan to post it on this thread.
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190 horsepower is the horsepower of the motor which is a little on the low side and leads me to think it might be a 12 valve. But that is plenty of horsepower to push a 25-foot bus down the road at a good clip.

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Overpriced. You can snag one at auction for half the price or less. Cummins 5.9 isn't a bad engine but at least in a full length bus, it's not going to ascend hills very quickly. I would expect somewhere around 10 MPG, depending how you drive it.

I personally don't care for Freightluggers but that's my own personal preference. Some folks like 'em and have good luck with 'em.
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Thanks for commenting. Would a 26' be considered full length, mid-size, or short? Good to know you think I can get it for less. I thought that was a good price...is it the year of the bus that should make it cost less?
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I would think 30-foot and better would be full size. 40 ft is the maximum. 25 ft is right about mid-size.

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