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Old 09-30-2023, 12:58 PM   #1
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Buying a Bus: 2014 Thomas/Freightliner Safety Liner C2

Hi everyone! My bus search continues and this is the first one in a few weeks that has caught my eye. I'm not as savvy as I'd like when it comes to Diesel engines, so any advice or feedback about this is appreciated! (^^)人(^^)
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Old 09-30-2023, 05:26 PM   #2
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Location: Santa Fe
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Year: 2007
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: 31 ft. HDX
Engine: CAT C7 250 hp
Rated Cap: 36,300 GVW
"Faded paint, rust, and corrosion." Don't buy rust and corrosion.
This bus was taken out of service at less than 10 years of age.
There are far better buses out there.
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Old 10-03-2023, 08:18 PM   #3
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Thank you!! I didn't think to make the age correlation, too. I appreciate it �� ��
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Old 10-03-2023, 08:50 PM   #4
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Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DTA360 / MT643
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I just saw a bunch of similar busses go up for sale in CT.. they were pretty rusty when inspecting closer .. this would be a bus id want to look at myself..
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Old 10-04-2023, 11:39 AM   #5
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Chassis: International 3800
Engine: T444E
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Without seeing a pic of the under carriage its difficult to tell the level of rust. If its a little rust it should be fine, but if its all over no, there are better buses out there as people here have said for those prices and that are not rusted. Age doesn't really matter either, I've seen buses from 1960 with no rust on them and some 2012's with too much rust. But there are no buses with zero rust on them if used. They all got it. And you always have to deal and manage the rust, it doesn't go away. Always inspect it. If its a small amount you can deal with it then no reason to not get it.

And if you feel you are not qualified to make that decision bring a mechanic friend with you to inspection. Some people here won't waist time on a bus if they list rust as a selling point and I can see why when there are more choices without that but you might also find a diamond in the rough with a little rust and can manage it.
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