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Old 01-29-2020, 08:48 PM   #1
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Shortie for sale

I hope I’m posting this the correct way. I found this on line auction 422sales.com
In Pennsylvania This bus is listed. What does everyone think. Good deal or no
YEAR BY VIN: 2007
YEAR BY TITLE: 2009
CHEVROLET THOMAS 4500
SMALL SCHOOL BUS #VC04

VIN: 1GBJG316X71245238
Titled As: 2009 Thomas
MILES: 162,321
SEAT PAX: 6 Passengers with Lap Seat Belts
W/C PAX: 1 W/C Stations

SPECS:
• V8, 6.6L GM Duramax Diesel
• Hydraulic Brakes
• Automatic Transmission
• 5 Passenger Windows in Length
• Date of Manufacture 02/08
• Originally Built for PA State Requirements
• GVWR: 12,300 LBS
• GAWR Front: 4,300 LBS
• GAWR Back: 8,600 LBS

FEATURES:
• Front and Rear Air Conditioning
• Tinted Windows
• Dual Rear Wheels
• Wheelchair Lift

SAFETY:
• Lap Seat Belts
• 2 Emergency Exit Windows
• 1 Emergency Roof Hatch

FUNCTIONALITY TESTS:
• Bus Starts
• Bus Drives Forward
• Bus Drives Backward
• Brake Pedal Functions
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:13 PM   #2
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did you have a question? or letting people know about it?
i have had a similar bus, good mpg, very expensive if engine blows...
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:14 PM   #3
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Same as my bus. I also got mine from 422 sales. I like mine. It’s going to need a turbo though.
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:37 PM   #4
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Wanted to know if people thought it was a good bus
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:40 PM   #5
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Is this a desirable engine
8v, 6.6L GM Duramax Diesel
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:43 PM   #6
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That's a decent motor. Those Duramaxes are pretty solid. Mechanics dislike working on them since they are so cramped in the engine bay. They make it work most of the time though.
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:44 PM   #7
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Yeah, cutaways are expensive should you have significant engine work and cannot do it yourself. But that’s a reliable motor. In my case, the turbo “barks” sometimes and throws the engine light the a VPS sensor out of range message indicating the vanes are likely stuck or have limited range. I found a brand new turbo with the solenoid for $1300, plus my own 16 or so hours of sweat. It still runs great and it just Got done doing 1000 mile road trip.
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:46 PM   #8
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When I say they are expensive, that’s for labor. Parts are cheaper and readily available everywhere
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Old 01-30-2020, 12:10 PM   #9
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The ad says that the check engine light is on. Iíd want to take an ODB2 reader and find out what codes itís thrown before bidding
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Old 02-10-2020, 04:16 PM   #10
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Did you get the bus?

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Is this a desirable engine
8v, 6.6L GM Duramax Diesel
Iím curious on whether you won the auction and how much you got the bus for? Iím shopping for a schoolie. Hoping to find one on an auction site. I love the dog nose on the Internationals.
But so many of the interior styles I like on Instagram end up being cutawayís. Which should have little to do with the interior.

I currently have a bid on a 6.6 L GM Duramax Midbus. Iím not sure how much is a fair deal. Itís interesting to see the winning bids at different auctions. The range is extremely wide, $700-$19,000. It appears the shorties are going for so much higher in this last year. Supply and demand.

I would love to hear your updates.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:39 AM   #11
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I hope I’m posting this the correct way. I found this on line auction 422sales.com
In Pennsylvania This bus is listed. What does everyone think. Good deal or no
YEAR BY VIN: 2007
YEAR BY TITLE: 2009
CHEVROLET THOMAS 4500
SMALL SCHOOL BUS #VC04

VIN: 1GBJG316X71245238
Titled As: 2009 Thomas
MILES: 162,321
SEAT PAX: 6 Passengers with Lap Seat Belts
W/C PAX: 1 W/C Stations

SPECS:
• V8, 6.6L GM Duramax Diesel
• Hydraulic Brakes
• Automatic Transmission
• 5 Passenger Windows in Length
• Date of Manufacture 02/08
• Originally Built for PA State Requirements
• GVWR: 12,300 LBS
• GAWR Front: 4,300 LBS
• GAWR Back: 8,600 LBS

FEATURES:
• Front and Rear Air Conditioning
• Tinted Windows
• Dual Rear Wheels
• Wheelchair Lift

SAFETY:
• Lap Seat Belts
• 2 Emergency Exit Windows
• 1 Emergency Roof Hatch

FUNCTIONALITY TESTS:
• Bus Starts
• Bus Drives Forward
• Bus Drives Backward
• Brake Pedal Functions
Used to live in Butler, pa not far from the 422 Auto auction. Spent a bit of time there. When they would run a bunch of busses through they would be pretty rough. Especially body cancer. I would avoid busses from the rust belt.
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