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Old 11-08-2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Reasonable Price for a 2003 IC 3800 DT466E

What would be a reasonable price for an Alabama city (not rural), 2003 IC 3800 Type C. DT466E 7.2L, Allison 2000, Decent mechanical condition, no rust. ~135,000 Miles?


Would people consider this a decent bus (assuming reasonable price), or something they would probably pass on?
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Depends on whether it's a 7.2 or a DT466E (7.6L)? I would pass if it were a 7.2, consider it if it was a DT466E. To me $2K-$3k max, depending on condition.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:20 PM   #3
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Depends on whether it's a 7.2 or a DT466E (7.6L)? I would pass if it were a 7.2, consider it if it was a DT466E. To me $2K-$3k max, depending on condition.





It says its a 7.2L DT366E... Is that not a proper configuration?


For the Allison 2000, I've read that they are very reliable, yet expensive to repair if it does need repairs. Does that sound right?



If it is a 7.2L, what would be your reason to pass on it?


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There is a DT360 (5.9L), a DT 466E (7.6L) and a DT 530 (8.7L). The DT360 was phased out after the DT466 came in around 93, likely that bus does not have a DT360. Personal preferance makes the 7.2 small for a large bus.
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What would be a reasonable price for an Alabama city (not rural), 2003 IC 3800 Type C. DT466E 7.2L, Allison 2000, Decent mechanical condition, no rust. ~135,000 Miles?


Would people consider this a decent bus (assuming reasonable price), or something they would probably pass on?
$4500 sounds like a reasonable price.
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:51 PM   #6
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I got mine for 4k 2004 IC RE T444E MD3060, I'd rather have a 8.3 Cummapart or DT530 or DT466 but I wanted the best trans I could get. Had 89k on it when I bought it, min rust. Does need some new rubber, front tire has some dry rot and rears are about 8 years old.. But it was well cared for, substitute bus.
SO if it has a more desired engine like the DT466 7.6L in it I'd say it's worth a little more that what I paid for mine because I would have went higher, but the bus I got has the 3060 with a built in retarder and I wouldn't go with the AT545s, they are worth fooling with in a full sized bus and I'm dragging a trailer with a full sized E350 van on it.
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I paid $3600 for my bus which is similar mechanically and in mileage and of the same vintage. I think that would have been a good price without the rust.
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There is a DT360 (5.9L), a DT 466E (7.6L) and a DT 530 (8.7L). The DT360 was phased out after the DT466 came in around 93, likely that bus does not have a DT360. Personal preferance makes the 7.2 small for a large bus.

As far as IH goes, the DT360 had been phased out long before '03. Likely engines are the T444E (7.3L, common), DT466 (7.6L, also common) and DT530 (8.7L, not as common). The T444E/7.3 has a good reputation for reliability and has very good parts availability but they're not known for being very powerful (and are often paired with the AT545 transmission). The DT466 also has a good reputation (for the most part, some of the early 2000's years had some timing cover issues) and good parts availability, being available with considerably more power and usually paired with more desirable transmissions.


I did not find, and not familiar with any IH 7.2 liter engine (likely a typo?) The Cat 3126 and C7 are both 7.2 engines, 2003 was the time frame they phased from one to the other and both were used in school buses, but not sure IH used them, since they had their own offerings.
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As far as IH goes, the DT360 had been phased out long before '03. Likely engines are the T444E (7.3L, common), DT466 (7.6L, also common) and DT530 (8.7L, not as common). The T444E/7.3 has a good reputation for reliability and has very good parts availability but they're not known for being very powerful (and are often paired with the AT545 transmission). The DT466 also has a good reputation (for the most part, some of the early 2000's years had some timing cover issues) and good parts availability, being available with considerably more power and usually paired with more desirable transmissions.


I did not find, and not familiar with any IH 7.2 liter engine (likely a typo?) The Cat 3126 and C7 are both 7.2 engines, 2003 was the time frame they phased from one to the other and both were used in school buses, but not sure IH used them, since they had their own offerings.
In a 2003 a 7.2 diesel would most likely a CAT 3126. I believe that the C7's started showing up in 2004 buses.

If you can verify the mileage it could be a very nice bus.
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IC300's came with DT's. Never heard of an IC with a Cat.
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