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Old 05-03-2018, 10:12 PM   #1
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Looking for opinion on Bus

I think I may have found a decent bus, looking for opinions.Its an 04 Thomas flatnose.I believe its 30 ft 6 windows long with larger 7th at the end..,with a C7 Cat 7.2 L 210 hp, Allison 2000 tranny.Its cheap under 2k and within 50 miles of my home..Low miles, tires look good etc..

It's been serviced by the school district on schedule etc..Runs and drives etc..Does this sound like a good bus? I'm able to Inspect it if I wish and hire a mechanic to look if needed..But not sure I need too..Thanks

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Old 05-04-2018, 02:36 AM   #2
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Year: 2001
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: IH
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 14
Reading up on the C7, apparently a lot of people have had a lot of headaches with this engine. Personally, I would avoid it.
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Old 05-04-2018, 06:16 AM   #3
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Location: Ashtabula, Ohio
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Year: 1996
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E 7.3L
The C7 is not a horrible engine, just expensive to fix. Keep searching.
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:00 AM   #4
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Year: 2004
Chassis: International
Engine: T444e w/ 2000 Allison Trans
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sounds like a nice bus. I can not speak of Cat engines but just read about the expensive parts.
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