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Old 03-01-2021, 05:48 PM   #1
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Which Engine?

Hello all,
We are in Indiana. Ever year we travel to Colorado (Estes Park) from Indiana. We have the opportunity now to purchase a 29 passenger IC 2008 Bus 150k miles. It has a 6.0 engine. We have heard that these engines are not the best traveling out west in the mountains, but we have also been told they are ok. Please share you thoughts?

Thanks again

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Old 03-01-2021, 05:55 PM   #2
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The VT365 (the 6.0 you speak of) is a topic of hot debate on occasion. This essentially is the infamous 6.0 PowerStroke diesel that Ford wound up buying back in droves, and if I'm not mistaken, sued Navistar over. Some say the VT365 is a good engine that Ford tainted with the tweaks they added, but I personally would not buy one.

As an asthmatic, owning a diesel is not a good idea, for me, period, but even if that were not an issue, I personally would not touch an 04+ diesel, period, but especially Navistar. Navistar built good stuff before 04, mind you, but various issues with electrical, fuel, and emissions systems, as well as massive engine failures have plagued the brand's newer offerings since the 2004-2008+ range. You might check out the threads linked in my sig for more info. Good luck in your search, and welcome to the community!
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:09 PM   #3
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Keep looking.

With that engine and year emissions controls combo going against you, you can find a better base to start from, (unless it is free).

Good luck and if you haven't already done so, take time to peruse CHEESE_WAGON's helpful tips on buying a bus.
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:27 PM   #4
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Vt365 is a great engine once you put $9k into it.
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:43 PM   #5
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Not a very reliable engine, but will last if you take care of it and repair it now and then.
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6.0, bus, engine

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