Originally Posted by Gazolba
Looking at some short buses, some have the hood that just hinges up giving very limited access to the engine (I think these normally also have an access cover inside the bus) whereas some have the entire front that hinges forward and down giving great access to the engine. I imagine that the latter makes servicing much easier but does it make much difference in reality? Should this be one of my major criteria for choosing a bus?
A short bus is just a van body, cab and chassis. You will find that they all have a small hood and some kind of engine cover inside. They are not easy to work on, just a fact of life. Everything is tight and most of the engine is under the windshield/dash. But, if you get a good one to start with only minor maint items should be needed and for the most part they are easy to get to.
So, oil changes, filter, belts most hoses are not too bad, but if you need to pull a head or do exhaust gaskets, look out.
Full size buses that are short wheel base (also called short buses) are a different story. Most of those have a tilt front end and a big Diesel or gas engine that is pretty easy to get at everything.