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Old 09-12-2019, 10:12 AM   #1
Join Date: Aug 2019
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What did you pay for your bus?

Please list condition, repairs needed, repairs that had been done before you bought if known. This will help people judge what they should pay for there bus in the future.

1997 International 3800 Blue Bird. 175HP 7.3 Allision AT545 tranny, 4.33 Rear. 53 passenger, front and rear AC. 167k miles. Front AC had leak, was able to fix without replacing any parts. Rear AC had bad compressor. Broken washer res. Holes Where the mirrors bolt to the hood.

In the past year before I bought it had new:
couple lights
ALL new filters
Oil Change

PAID: $959 not including travel or fuel.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:23 AM   #2
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Stansbury Park, Utah
Posts: 142
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Amtran
Chassis: GA39530
Engine: DT466E 215hp 620tq
Rated Cap: 40
2000 Amtran

My bus landed in my lap, I wasn't looking for a bus.

2000 Amtran 3900 FE 30' handi bus high roof.

DT466E HT 215hp/620tq. MD3060 transmission.

Paid $1750
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:31 AM   #3
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Posts: 18
Year: 2001
Coachwork: Thomas
Engine: CAT 3126
2001 Thomas RE 3126 Allison...
No Rust. From VA/NC .
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:15 AM   #4
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Miami, Fl.
Posts: 112
Year: 1999
Chassis: Amtran / International
Engine: DT466E-Md3060
1999 Amtrans, 72 pass.
DT466E, MD3060 Trans, 207,000 miles, air ride, air brakes and oh yeah, lots of underbelly storage to boot!

Paid $1,567.00

Rear gears are 5.83 I believe...
Cruises 70 MPH at 2200 RPM. Can't wait to get 6th gear unlocked!

Some rust here and there but no problem, I'll just sandblast, patch and paint!

Bought the bus in Shelbyville, Kentucky and drove to Miami without any problems!
Picked it up with a full tank of fuel, the first leg of the trip from Shelbyville to West Columbia, South Carolina (521 miles) the bus averaged 8.8 MPG, up and down all those mountain ranges...
Did the same on the flat roads from SC to Miami at an average of 70MPH all the way, 8.9 MPG!
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:17 AM   #5
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Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 405
Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas Built
Chassis: Minotour
Engine: Chevy Express 3500 6.6l
2007 5 window Thomas Minotour with lift on a Chevy Express cutaway

Overall good condition

Zero rust

Tires 60%

Needs turbo replaced

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Old 09-12-2019, 11:30 AM   #6
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Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Ashtabula, Ohio
Posts: 1,147
Year: 1996
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E 7.3L
1996 International 3800 T444E and AT545 with 4.78 gear ratio. It's 28 foot long 7 window with 173,000 miles on it. Has some rust, but not rotted out. Needed no repairs and was Pennsylvania state inspected. Paid $2500.....
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:52 PM   #7
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Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 382
Year: 1993
Coachwork: Goshen
Chassis: E350
Engine: 7.3 IDI
Rated Cap: 14
'93 E350 based shuttle. Was ROUGH when we got it... but I drove it home after bleeding the brakes. Had new tires and a few parts replaced... was mostly gutted.

7.3 IDI... jasper reman E4OD. 250k on the chassis.


Probably have 2-3k in it now.

We're shopping for a big bus now... looking at spending around 2-3k in my area for a good condition driver.
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Old 09-12-2019, 12:53 PM   #8
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Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 18,484
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
Lifted, minty 1999 5 window Thomas. LOW miles, high headroom, air ride, highway gearing, no rust. A real dream of a bus.
Paid $1625 on Public Surplus. Wishing I'd bought more of them.

Good tires, Reman transmission- it does 80 on the highway and cruises at 65 at 1700 rpm. Haven't put enough hours on it to tell mpg's but it gets well in excess of 10mpg. Its smooth and quiet. The quietest bus I've ridden in.
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Old 09-12-2019, 01:02 PM   #9
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Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 942
Year: 2003
Coachwork: International
Chassis: CE 300
Engine: DT466
Rated Cap: 65C-43A
2003 International

DT466e (in-frame rebuild with 30K on it), 2000-series transmission (albeit terrible gear ratio 6.17), bought randomly on eBay for $3600 plus another $300 to have it delivered, making it the mystical price of $3900. Bought it before learning what to look for, totally lucked into the engine and transmission from pre-2004. Totally un-lucked into severe rust which the seller hid ("some rust" lol) but it's proving to be manageable.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:19 AM   #10
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Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 230
Year: 2003
Chassis: Chevy cut-away 6-window shortie
Engine: 6.0L Gasser
2003 Chevy/Collins 6-window shorty with the 6.0L gas engine, 98K miles, mechanically in great condition, engine pulls strong, shifts strong, all electronics work fine, etc., and tires at about 60-70% (though I plan to replace the brake lines just because of age). Minor rust from a few recent leaks (fixed), but nothing not easily fixed without welding - no real rot. I may have paid a little high at $3500, but it was also only a 25 minute drive from where I live, so no real transportation costs.

Oh wait, I forgot it needed a sway bar bushing, so add $10 to the cost!

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