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Old 08-10-2018, 10:19 AM   #1
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Help!!! Which would be the better bus??

Hello,

There are two buses I've found. There is a $3,000 difference between the two. I was considering the less expensive so I'd have more $$ upfront to start the project, but I'm not an engine expert. Is there a reason for the huge difference in price? Which would be the better bus to buy? I need help �� I'm ready to buy one and get started. Here are the two bus details. I've attached screenshots of the two.

Any advice would be HUGELY appreciated.

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Old 08-10-2018, 11:06 AM   #2
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Both of these are v8s. Straight 6s are inherently better suited to the application.
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Both of these are v8s. Straight 6s are inherently better suited to the application.
What do you mean by 'straight 6s"? Thanks
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Both of these are v8s. Straight 6s are inherently better suited to the application.
I6 in a van cutaway?? I don't think so.

OP not enough info to make much of a call on which is better.
All things equal the 7.3 is a better engine than the 6.5 IMO.
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That 7.3 will be the Powerstroke, which is a turbocharged engine based on the T444E. The 6.2 is GM's dead reliable but wimpy naturally aspirated engine they made for a decade before moving to the 6.5. The 7.3 is a much more modern and powerful engine.

Of course, if the miles don't make sense, you need to take that into account as well. Obviously the 7.3 has more than 0 miles... And there is more to a purchase than just the motor.
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You will want the 7.3L engine over the other.
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That 7.3 will be the Powerstroke, which is a turbocharged engine based on the T444E. The 6.2 is GM's dead reliable but wimpy naturally aspirated engine they made for a decade before moving to the 6.5. The 7.3 is a much more modern and powerful engine.

Of course, if the miles don't make sense, you need to take that into account as well. Obviously the 7.3 has more than 0 miles... And there is more to a purchase than just the motor.
Yep, I'm sure they either accidentally omitee the mileage or did it on purpose. It's my understanding diesel engines can go up to 300000 miles and do good, so I'll take that into consideration with my long list of what to look for in the body and checking for fluid leaks etc.

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I6 in a van cutaway?? I don't think so.

OP not enough info to make much of a call on which is better.
All things equal the 7.3 is a better engine than the 6.5 IMO.
Awesome... I'll take that as 2 votes for the 7 liter. I'll keep checking around too. I hear the small buses are harder to come by but not sure if the 6500 price tag is worth it. Might still go take a look at it though.

My insurance agent friend is still trying to help me figure out the insurance info first...no luck yet on just a commercial for personal use just to get it home ugh!

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You will want the 7.3L engine over the other.
That seems to be the going answer. If this one doesn't work out.... I'll keep that in mind during my search.


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What do you mean by 'straight 6s"? Thanks
Sorry so late in the reply. What I mean is that for inline 6 cylinder motors are inherently more stable and reliable that V8s. This has to do with vibration and balancing. Inline 6s are more balanced and thus have less vibration, thus less wear, etc... I am speaking generally towards motors that are expected to haul pretty significant weight (my 7 window weighs 8 tons), not particularly against one engine. Sorry if I derailed the conversation, wasn't my intention.
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