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Old 06-13-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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Short bus advice

I am currently looking for a short bus (preferably 6 window). I was hopping to get advice on the ones I am looking at. This one is on an auction site:

The current bid is at $1000 but I am assuming that will go up as it gets closer to the end of the auction. Can any once tell me if this sounds like a good deal or if the 6.6 is a good engine to go with?

Year: 2010
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Express Van
Mileage: 76,765
VIN: 1GB9G5A66A1134272
Running Condition: Yes
Engine: Diesel 6.6
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:12 AM   #2
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Everything made after 04 has potential emission issues that are hard to diagnose and expensive to repair. They can't sell them cheap enough to deal with the issues. A 2010 at $1k should concern you.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:15 AM   #3
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Everything made after 04 has potential emission issues that are hard to diagnose and expensive to repair. They can't sell them cheap enough to deal with the issues. A 2010 at $1k should concern you.
Good to know. Thank you! Can you offer any advice on a particular year/engine that I should be keeping an eye out for?
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Good to know. Thank you! Can you offer any advice on a particular year/engine that I should be keeping an eye out for?
the GM 6.6 has a good reputation - stay away from the 6.5
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:24 AM   #5
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A 2010 at $1k should concern you.
Not that I'm a pro or anything after one auction, but based on our limited experience, whatever price it's going for now - assuming it's not very near to closing time - doesn't mean squat. All the buses we recently bid on were under $1K the day before the auction. That situation changed rapidly as the end neared.

No exception w/ anything else you said. Just don't believe the above assumption to necessarily be telling (though it could be, hard to tell w/o details)
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:20 PM   #6
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the GM 6.6 has a good reputation - stay away from the 6.5
Eek! Really? Thatís what I got!
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:34 PM   #7
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Eek! Really? Thatís what I got!
Never mind. Got the 6.6. Dodged that bullet!
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:46 PM   #8
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When I was looking for a short bus I took a measuring tape with me to the inspection. Don’t let the number of windows fool you into thinking one is longer than another. I measured 6 window and 5 window buses I think Collins were 6. There was only 6 inches of difference so not the 2 feet you might expect.

I got a 2007 Express Thomas Built wheelchair bus. I paid considerably more than $1000. The bus I got, save for the turbo being a little gummy (solved by pretending to be Mario Andretti through a couple tanks of diesel) and needing new batteries, turned out to be a great deal I think. Near perfect exterior, not a spot of rust, near immaculate interior.

So I got the same (incomplete) cutaway as the one you are looking at. Same LMM engine.
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Eek! Really? Thatís what I got!
6.5 is a workhorse, its just not as powerful.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:08 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the advice so far. I really appreciate it. Here is another one I am looking at. I have heard great the 6.0 has issue but not sure if that has much merit.

Year: 2009
Make: Ford
Model: E450 School Bus 19 Pass
Mileage: 108536
VIN: 1FDFE45P49DA06345
Engine: Diesel 6.0
Asking: $5500

https://kansascity.craigslist.org/ct...894047530.html
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