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Old 08-14-2016, 12:45 PM   #1
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Thoughts on this bus?

http://m.midwesttransit.com/auto/used-1999-international-amtran-swansea-62226-il/11513192/

Ok I've been reading literally ever thread I can for over a week. However I'm still not 100% on the motor/trans/mileage. I'm more of a hands on learner. Everything I see has over 120k miles on it already. Very few places even list the transmission type. Although I don't expect to be flying down the highway, I do want to be able to climb hills at a relatively decent speed.
Thoughts and opinions on this particular bus? Should we be going another direction? We know we want a front engine bus between 35ft-40ft long and plan on full timing.
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Old 08-14-2016, 05:08 PM   #2
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A bit deeper into this. What's the average life of the buses? What sort of mileage should we be looking at?
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Old 08-14-2016, 06:53 PM   #4
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Basic, low powered bus in the rust belt.
Suggestion on which direction to go or where to look? I know from reading online I should be looking for a dt466 but most of what I see on line with decent miles is a T444e.
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Suggestion on which direction to go or where to look? I know from reading online I should be looking for a dt466 but most of what I see on line with decent miles is a T444e.
Dude you're out west. Look further west. What about the Gillig on Ebay, man?
If I were in your region, I'd be all over that.
You're out where there are amazing buses, don't go for the swill.
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Old 08-14-2016, 07:29 PM   #6
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I'll check eBay and look farther west. What's your opinion on miles and trans?
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I'll check eBay and look farther west. What's your opinion on miles and trans?
I don't really go by miles. Condition and hours are where its at.
Transmissions- I avoid the 545. Been there, done that, and hated the way it drove. I'd take ANY other commonly available transmission and be content.
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I don't really go by miles. Condition and hours are where its at.
Transmissions- I avoid the 545. Been there, done that, and hated the way it drove. I'd take ANY other commonly available transmission and be content.
What do you mean by hours?

Edit: never mind haha. Sprocket just explained the hours deal to me.
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For instance- my bus runs pretty amazingly with 250,000 miles on it. Burns less oil than my newish subaru.
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Looking at busses in our area keep seeing mxxforced dt or mxxforced 7. I never heard of either. Any knowledge on these motors?
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