Originally Posted by Amiblue
How do I know they are bad? $12k is a no no.
What do I look for and at when checking this bad boy out to make sure I am not sinking us before even starting? Can I do oil changes myself? Pictures look clean, have to go in person and want to be prepared. They have school buses to.
If its a dealer have them take you out in the bus. You'll know if the suspension is shot.
$12k isn't that much in "bus money". Tires alone are $250 each or more, and that's for generic brand.
You can change your own oil. You'll need somewhere in the 5-10 gallons range for a change. You'll need a BIG pan or something to drain the old oil into.
I've got a cheap, common bus and I'm looking at $5k, maybe $10k to fix a pretty simple issue.
With buses you sometimes get lucky and get one that lasts a long time. But all of them need maintenance and sometimes stuff just breaks.