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Old 06-04-2024, 06:31 PM   #1
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Short bus buy, good deal?

Hi, I am a complete novice in the world of buses, but I know I am after a short school bus (6'4 height) or shuttle, 5 window-ish (looking in the 20-23ft range).
I am about 6' (maybe 6'1 in the morning) and we are looking for road trips and long weekends, not full time living.

I found the following bus about 300km away from me (190 miles).

Its a 2009 Chevy Express Duramax Diesel with out 240k km (150k miles) on it and they want about 9000 CAD (6500 USD) for it.

From what I have read, Duramax in Chevys is a good engine, and price-wise, seems like Canada always gets the worse deals, so bear that in mind.





Any recommendation of whether its a okay-ish deal, or whether to look for different engine / type.

Thanks ahead!

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Old 06-04-2024, 06:52 PM   #2
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The Duramax is a good engine.

Just for information purposes, GM used a Bosch CP3 injection pump up through 2006, and then they switched to a Bosch CP4 after that. The CP3 is a very good pump, Cummins uses that pump.

When a CP4 pump fails-- it typically sends ground up metal all through the lines and injectors. In a pickup, you pull the cab off to replace the injectors, lines and pump. Typical repair cost for this on a pickup is $8,000 to $10,000 USD here in Alabama.

Generally there is very little warning when a pump fails, your are just driving along and the engine shuts down.

Not all pumps fail, but when they do-- it is a bad day.

I don't know how this repair would be done in a van body.
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Old 06-04-2024, 06:58 PM   #3
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The Duramax is a good engine.

Just for information purposes, GM used a Bosch CP3 injection pump up through 2006, and then they switched to a Bosch CP4 after that. The CP3 is a very good pump, Cummins uses that pump.

When a CP4 pump fails-- it typically sends ground up metal all through the lines and injectors. In a pickup, you pull the cab off to replace the injectors, lines and pump. Typical repair cost for this on a pickup is $8,000 to $10,000 USD here in Alabama.

Generally there is very little warning when a pump fails, your are just driving along and the engine shuts down.

Not all pumps fail, but when they do-- it is a bad day.

I don't know how this repair would be done in a van body.

Damn, I might look for <2006 then because that sounds like nightmare
Or the good old 7.3 diesel ford.
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Old 06-05-2024, 09:15 AM   #4
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I thought duramaxx used the CP3 for longer than that.. , that said there are "disaster prevention" kits made for the CP4 that can be installed to help prevent complete destruction on pump failure..
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Old 06-05-2024, 02:38 PM   #5
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the early 2000 models had issues with the fuel filter housing.
the primer button was on top and had an oring seal that would leak not all the time but would suck air in and lose prime but knowing that now as i figured it out the hard way its an easy enough fix.
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Old 06-05-2024, 02:56 PM   #6
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the early 2000 models had issues with the fuel filter housing.
the primer button was on top and had an oring seal that would leak not all the time but would suck air in and lose prime but knowing that now as i figured it out the hard way its an easy enough fix.

So what years would you suggest?
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Old 06-15-2024, 06:08 PM   #7
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I can't get into the weeds on makes and models. Not my thing. But at a glance I bought something similar for $1500 from Sharp. 07 GM. They had 3 to choose from the day I bought it.
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I can't get into the weeds on makes and models. Not my thing. But at a glance I bought something similar for $1500 from Sharp. 07 GM. They had 3 to choose from the day I bought it. happy wheels
Thanks for your quick reply!
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