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Old 06-24-2019, 10:56 AM   #1
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Help! What do you think of this bus?

Sorry to yell for help - this auction ends soon!

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=main.item&acctid=109&itemid=3408

I know itís in Ohio, the rust doesnít look too bad, but thereís no photos of the undercarriage. I donít know much about the engine and transmission listed.

I know Iím probably being overly optimistic because Iíd only have to drive 6hrs to get it haha
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:04 AM   #2
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It's a 2006, so it is gonna be saddled with all those expensive to diagnose and repair emissions add ons.
You're right, they don't give too much other info, do they? Email/call the contact listed, he should be willing to answer what questions aren't answered in the ad.
Get the GVW, they say it's @30' long, looks longer than that to me. It has air brakes, so check with your DOT if special endorsements are required to drive it home.
Given where it's lived, an undercarriage inspection is important. You don't want to spring for it only to later find that you have swiss cheese for a floor...
Regarding the 7.2L Cat mill & Allison 2500 AT, I defer to thems that know to opine.
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:06 AM   #3
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I would pass and find something better.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:15 PM   #4
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When they spend that much time talking about visible rust, guaranteed the floor is going to be toast. I would pass.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:27 PM   #5
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The Q&A at the bottom of the page describes the rusting, including the fact they salt the roads there and that rust is coming through on multiple areas of the body. It does say the rust isn't bad enough to weaken the structure, but that leaves room for interpretation.

I don't anything about the engine, but doing my research on what I'd find acceptable, I sure ran across a lot of unhappy customers regarding the C7. You might want to do the same.

Miles don't seem to be a 'bargain'. I've seen plenty of older buses (read: less problematic in terms of emissions) of similar condition with significantly less miles. Not terrible, just not great.

If you live 6 hours away, I'd absolutely inspect in person before bidding. That's a day trip that could save you thousands in grief.
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:09 PM   #6
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Emissions and rust. Thats a hard PASS for me.
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:39 PM   #7
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Sorry to yell for help - this auction ends soon!

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...09&itemid=3408

I know it’s in Ohio, the rust doesn’t look too bad, but there’s no photos of the undercarriage. I don’t know much about the engine and transmission listed.

I know I’m probably being overly optimistic because I’d only have to drive 6hrs to get it haha
Terrible rust, run away from this bus. If an ad or listing just says "some rust" you'll have a bad rust problem to deal with. If they're actually talking about the rust, it's probably hopeless.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:19 PM   #8
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Emissions and rust. Thats a hard PASS for me.
Took the words out of my mouth, or keyboard in this case. ;)
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:20 PM   #9
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That school district has sold several buses that were twins to that one and they all had severe mechanical problems of one sort or another.


Can confirm about the rust, we have 4 year old Bluebird AAs in our fleet that start rusting out pretty bad (Wisconsin here). Can't imagine what they look like 13 years old.
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:14 PM   #10
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I don't anything about the engine, but doing my research on what I'd find acceptable, I sure ran across a lot of unhappy customers regarding the C7. You might want to do the same.

If you live 6 hours away, I'd absolutely inspect in person before bidding. That's a day trip that could save you thousands in grief.

I believe the C7 and the Cat 7.2 are two different engines no? Iíve researched the C7 before and plan to avoid.

And Iíd love to whip down there but unfortunately am travelling on the other side of the country for the next 2 weeks.
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