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Old 04-02-2016, 05:28 PM   #1
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I found a bus i might like, opinions!?

so I went out today and looked at a few schoolie frames. One was basically perfect to my rookie eyes.

its a 2003, IC, CE Body, T444 Diesel engine, Air brakes, with 153k, 33 pax bus

what would you say is a fair price? no maint records to be had at all, 72 MPH is the max speed with governor.

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Sounds like a nice bus. Can I ask how much?
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:11 PM   #3
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Sounds like a nice bus. Can I ask how much?
what would you think it would cost? I will answer in a PM after lol
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:42 PM   #4
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72 is pretty fast for a 444.
I'll guess its a dealer asking 8 grand. I've been wrong before, though.
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CB is right on. It should be about 8k from a dealer. Most of us would get it from the bus barn, also taking upon ourselves the potential risk of there being undiscovered problems, for a significant amount less than dealer prices. On the lower end of the price scale many of us seem to often be able to get nice buses between $2,600 and $3,000. That may require a bit of patience, but then the more time you spend looking the more you learn.
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:06 PM   #8
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4,500 with about 500 or so wiggle room is what they want for it.
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Its alright looking, but there IS some rust. Looks like about a $3000 bus if it weren't at a dealer.
The 444 is a great engine but is a bit on the under-powered side for a bus.

Not the worst price for a dealer though.
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Its alright looking, but there IS some rust. Looks like about a $3000 bus if it weren't at a dealer.
The 444 is a great engine but is a bit on the under-powered side for a bus.

Not the worst price for a dealer though.
Yes, It mostly looks like surface rust, i am sure it is deeper in parts of the bus. The engine on this thing purrs, But without any documentation i suspect the engine needs to rebuilt and sooner rather than later. The batteries will need to be replaced as well and of course an oil change. With the rust I might be able to use those factors to get it below 4,000. But with a dealership, i doubt it.

Why do you say the 444 is under-powered? like it would not be able to carry the load of a conversion well?
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