Originally Posted by EastCoastCB
Parts are NOT more expensive than Navistar. I can't comment on Cummins as I've not had any of those myself. This Cat is WAY easier and cheaper to run than anything I've owned previously.
"bulletproofing" isn't like what's involved in a 6.0 or anything. Its a $130 oil line upgrade and an additional spin on filter.
I'd much rather buy an auction bus than a six thousand dollar church bus, though. And I'd LOVE to have one with an 8.3!
Anywhere that works on any diesels here works on Cats. Guess FL and the southeast are better off in that regard than the PNW?
If I were on the West side I could swing a dead cat and probably hit 4-5 CAT shops. We are a bit "rural" here. We have over 4,000 people in the county and about 2,000 here in Dayton. We are not totally backwards though. We do have one stoplight in the county.
Watch the video I recommend. The "bulletproofing" is very simple but should not be ignored.
I don't know about Florida but up here the folks that I know that have run CATs on and off road complain about how they were more expensive to maintain than their Cummins or Navistar. Things do vary a bit regionally. When I was in Texas, John Deere dominated the ag market. Up here they are a rarity.
I think that the 3126 can be a fine powerplant with the appropriate upgrades and maintenance. If I live in a more urban area or was traveling the interstates I would be comfortable with a CAT. Just not here
How old are the tires on the bus?