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Old 03-28-2019, 03:51 PM   #1
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Thoughts on a bus to buy

So what are your thoughts on a 2007 Ford E450 Cutaway

6.0L V8- 32V Turbo Diesel Engine?

It looks good but I have seen some thoughts on busses from 2004 on that aren't so positive. Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:00 PM   #2
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That 6.0 engine has a poor reputation, unless it's "bulletproofed", after which they get a good reputation. It's not a cheap fix.
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:46 PM   #3
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The 6.0L replaced the beloved 7.3L to meet emission standards. These engines are notorious for being very unreliable and expensive to repair. Labor charges would be even worse in a van chassis. Avoid it and keep looking.
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:58 PM   #4
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im going to put another perspective out there.. while the 6.0 could be more problematic than the 7.3, by 2007 many of its issues had been worked out... 06 and 07 were probably the 2 best years for that engine...
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:51 PM   #5
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That 6.0 engine has a poor reputation, unless it's "bulletproofed", after which they get a good reputation. It's not a cheap fix.
Thank you! Yeah, I ws just googling that and the cost. Ugh
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:53 PM   #6
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The 6.0L replaced the beloved 7.3L to meet emission standards. These engines are notorious for being very unreliable and expensive to repair. Labor charges would be even worse in a van chassis. Avoid it and keep looking.
Thank you! I think I have gotten sucked into the fact that it's a shorty: check and its already insulated: Check .
I want to do everything else except the insulation. �� But thank you for that advice
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:55 PM   #7
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im going to put another perspective out there.. while the 6.0 could be more problematic than the 7.3, by 2007 many of its issues had been worked out... 06 and 07 were probably the 2 best years for that engine...
Oooohhh, that sounds promising!
Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:29 PM   #8
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Thank you! Yeah, I ws just googling that and the cost. Ugh
One of the mods of /r/Skoolies on reddit spent something like 12 grand bulletproofing his 6.0 (might have been even more). It's bullet proof now but now is 12 grand later.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:32 PM   #9
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Thank you! I think I have gotten sucked into the fact that it's a shorty: check and its already insulated: Check .
I want to do everything else except the insulation. �� But thank you for that advice
The built-in factory insulation in a bus is essentially worthless.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:46 PM   #10
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12k to bulletproof ? Heck I can rebuild the whole darn engine with the right parts for a small fraction of that!
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