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Old 09-20-2021, 11:17 AM   #1
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2007 Ford E450 Super Duty 6.0 23 Foot 5 Window Bus - 80k Miles


Just trying to determine if I'm getting a good deal or not. My local bus dealer is selling a 2007 Ford E450 Super Duty 6.0 Diesel with 80k miles. It is a 23 foot Micro Bird school bus (5 window). The bus is in great shape - no cosmetic, electrical, rust or mechanical issues. It also had all 6 tires replaced less than 3 years ago with nearly all the tread remaining. He was originally asking $10.5k before taxes, title, tag etc., but I talked him down to $8250. It will be $9k out the door.

Just wondering if the price is good and if there are any major concerns I should have with that engine. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

Jesse Robinson

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Old 09-20-2021, 12:54 PM   #2
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My understanding is that the Ford 6.0 diesel should be avoided. I think it has a habit of stretching head bolts. And that ain't a good habit to be in.

You might wanna do a little research on that before pulling the trigger on a purchase.
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Old 09-20-2021, 02:18 PM   #3
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From what I've read (on this site) that is a no-go for too much money.

The 6.0L Ford diesel needs to be "upgraded" to make it trustworthy (see the head-bolts comment above).

The 2007 model years will have nasty emmisions control stuff that was just designed and has many bugs. I think the EGR system will need upgrading also. Plus the DPF or the DEF system (not sure which it has) has a short lifetime and may need repair/upgrading also.

I would not buy it for more than $1000, and that's if the body, suspension, and the rest of the drivetrain are perfect. Unless the upgrades to the motor have already been done.
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Old 09-20-2021, 03:17 PM   #4
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Run away from the 6.0 Ford diesel powered busses.

Lots of info why on the site, if you are interested in finding out more info on that particular engine.
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Old 09-21-2021, 07:51 PM   #5
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I heard the same about that era 6.0L diesel, which is why they upgraded to 6.4L, and then 6.7L.

Ideally I would go with a gas engine, like V10.
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e450, ford, good deal, price

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