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Old 05-23-2020, 10:09 AM   #1
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Hello all,
There is an auction near me with 7 school buses for sale. There isn't a lot of info on the auction page about each bus. I was wondering if I could get input on a few of them and questions I should ask the auction company. If the prices stay lower close to the auction close I will go do an inspection on the ones I may be interested in, but I know nothing about engines, especially diesel. I have read through the recent inspection guide (which is awesome, by the way). If I think I have a decent chance of scoring a bus I will try to get a mechanic out to look at it.

Here are the buses I am considering:

2003 Freightliner. 25 passenger, 198,000 miles, Cat 7.3 engine
https://www.k-bid.com/auction/32958/item/674

2003 Freightliner. 25 passenger, 187,000 miles, Cat 7.2 engine
https://www.k-bid.com/auction/32958/item/674

1996 Chevy Bluebird. 61 passenger, 172,000 miles, Cat 7.2 engine
https://www.k-bid.com/auction/32958/item/580

2003 International. 65 passengers, 244,000 miles, DT466 engine
https://www.k-bid.com/auction/32958/item/485

I really wanted the 18 passenger, but it's a 2006 and the engine is a VT365 which doesn't seem to be liked much

Thanks!!!
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If the "MN" in MNbusboy stands for Minnesota, you don't want any of them. They will all be incredibly rusted if they're local.
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