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Old 03-26-2019, 07:22 PM   #1
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Rust and Buying on the East Coast

Does anyone have any experience with buying shorties on the East Coast.

I'm in California but I'm considering buying a bus in NJ

The bus is a 2009 GMC Blue Bird Microbird with a V-8 6.6L GM Duramax Diesel with 125,000 Miles.
It's a scheduled depreciation auctioned bus.

I am in Los Angeles and cannot make it out to see the bus in person and the auction is ending before I'd have time to get a mechanic out to inspect it.

There are a lot of pictures of the bus that the auction house posted and I've noticed that they seem to be pretty good about noting rust and other issues relating to the bus.

The undercarriage of the bus appears to have some surface rust that can be cleaned up but I haven't noticed anything that looks disastrous under/on the bus.

I've been emailing the auction contact and they said the engine runs well and the pictures are reflective of the condition of the bus. He assured me the only rust on the bus is surface rust.

He was unable to give any assurance as to the reliability of the bus for a cross country journey (understandable).

My plan was to have to bus looked at in Philly while I stayed with family for a few days before just driving it across the country.

I don't intend to spend more that $1800 on the bus

Any advice or warnings from anyone with experience on this??
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:47 PM   #2
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I would warn to stay away from any New England state for a bus purchase. Usually would want to live in NJ and buy your bus out west. The 09 may have emission equipment issues. The biggest rust issues will be where you can't see it during inspection, under the floor. That's why if it's rusty outside I would walk. 09 for $1800, there's a reason it's so cheap.
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:53 PM   #3
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I would warn to stay away from any New England state for a bus purchase. Usually would want to live in NJ and buy your bus out west. The 09 may have emission equipment issues. The biggest rust issues will be where you can't see it during inspection, under the floor. That's why if it's rusty outside I would walk. 09 for $1800, there's a reason it's so cheap.

With regard to the possible emissions issues. Is there a manufacture date that you think would have less likelihood of having emissions equipment problems?

What years do you think I should look at? I've seen some 2003's out here but they have close to 200k mileage. I was hoping to find something under 150k miles
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Does anyone have any experience with buying shorties on the East Coast.

I'm in California but I'm considering buying a bus in NJ

The bus is a 2009 GMC Blue Bird Microbird with a V-8 6.6L GM Duramax Diesel with 125,000 Miles.
It's a scheduled depreciation auctioned bus.

I am in Los Angeles and cannot make it out to see the bus in person and the auction is ending before I'd have time to get a mechanic out to inspect it.

There are a lot of pictures of the bus that the auction house posted and I've noticed that they seem to be pretty good about noting rust and other issues relating to the bus.

The undercarriage of the bus appears to have some surface rust that can be cleaned up but I haven't noticed anything that looks disastrous under/on the bus.

I've been emailing the auction contact and they said the engine runs well and the pictures are reflective of the condition of the bus. He assured me the only rust on the bus is surface rust.

He was unable to give any assurance as to the reliability of the bus for a cross country journey (understandable).

My plan was to have to bus looked at in Philly while I stayed with family for a few days before just driving it across the country.

I don't intend to spend more that $1800 on the bus

Any advice or warnings from anyone with experience on this??
Who are you going to have look at the bus in Philly?
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:58 PM   #5
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With regard to the possible emissions issues. Is there a manufacture date that you think would have less likelihood of having emissions equipment problems?

What years do you think I should look at? I've seen some 2003's out here but they have close to 200k mileage. I was hoping to find something under 150k miles
2003 is the cutoff year. 2004 the government made them add all the egr stuff that was very problematic, hard to diagnose and expensive to repair. If it was a fleet maintained bus, 200K is only around 1/2 way to rebuild.
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:58 PM   #6
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There's a "2002 Chevrolet school bus. 28 passenger, 6.5 Diesel with Allison Tranny. Overall good condition." in Kansas that looks good in appearance.

It has 146,000 Miles on it.
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There's a "2002 Chevrolet school bus. 28 passenger, 6.5 Diesel with Allison Tranny. Overall good condition." in Kansas that looks good in appearance.

It has 146,000 Miles on it.
What Allison trans is it? The AT545 is the least desirable. Not saying it's bad, but it has its limitations.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:02 PM   #8
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That's very useful information!!

I've been researching as much as I can. The more I've found out about the emissions upgrades stuff the more they seem like they should be avoided.

I am pretty set on the Bluebird and it appears they're all Diesel engines. I plan to avoid the Ford's because it seems like they've had a ton of problems with the motors on their diesel cutaways
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:05 PM   #9
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I'd have to contact the seller to find out. It doesn't state what tranny it has in it.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:07 PM   #10
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Who are you going to have look at the bus in Philly?
I was going to go to a mechanic recommended by a family member. I don't have a name yet.
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