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Old 09-07-2018, 04:01 PM   #1
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2001 GMC Blue Bird Yay or Nay?

looking into this gas, 2001 gmc blue bird
This is my first bus purchase so I have no idea what I am buying..lol

Update: guy says motor is 496? not sure about the trans...oh boy here we go.....194k...he is asking 3k

any help you can offer would be much appreciated

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Old 09-07-2018, 08:44 PM   #2
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looking into this gas, 2001 gmc blue bird
This is my first bus purchase so I have no idea what I am buying..lol

Update: guy says motor is 496? not sure about the trans...oh boy here we go.....194k...he is asking 3k

any help you can offer would be much appreciated


Engine may very well be the 8.1 496 gasser, the year range is right. Expect fuel mileage between 4-6 MPG. Unless it's been rebuilt, it's probably approaching a major overhaul soon. My advice? I'd pass and get a diesel. You'll get much better fuel economy and better engine longevity.


I'd pass on *ANYTHING* diesel above 2004, they have emissions hardware that get very troublesome and expensive. International/Navistar T444 engines are adequate and reliable but not known for being terribly powerful, same for the Cummins 5.9 (exceptions apply, research before buying). The DT466 or Cummins 8.3 will be plenty powerful, have excellent reputations and parts availability, and set up properly/driven sanely should average around 10 MPG on the road.
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Old 09-09-2018, 06:13 AM   #3
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:46 AM   #4
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Does an 8.3L GMC Gas bus even exist? I feel like the ad I'm looking at doesn't have any idea what they have....
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:47 AM   #5
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looking into this gas, 2001 gmc blue bird
This is my first bus purchase so I have no idea what I am buying..lol

Update: guy says motor is 496? not sure about the trans...oh boy here we go.....194k...he is asking 3k

any help you can offer would be much appreciated

Did you pass on it? Anything else you learned since looking at this one? Thanks
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