need info: Shuttle bus Ford 350 vs Ford 450 vs Ford Ecoline
I'm really new here so bear with me. I'm looking to
purchase a shuttle bus to help with some cross country
trips and some moving projects. I've been mostly looking
at 2008 and 2009 Shuttle buses and found some prospects
with designations Ford 350, Ford 450 and Ford Ecoline...
Some of the ads I'm looking at are a bit lacking in details.
What are the main differences between the 3 I listed above
and what would be your recommendations and things I should
be cautious of? Most of them seem to be in the 200,000 mile
Obviously since my state is still on lock-down, I haven't been
able to see any of the vehicles in person yet.
I appreciate any help, additional information or expertise any
of you have in helping me make an informed decision.
the f350 is on a 3/4 ton truck chassis and could be on a single tire axle or dual tire rear axle and with the longer nose
f450 is a 1 ton truck chassis and is on a dual tire rear axle and with the longer nose
the econoline is a van chassis on a single rear wheel axle because the nose is shorter the motor and transmission are accessed through a box in between the driver and up front passenger seat.
not sure of motors in those exact year models but be careful of the ford 6.0 and 6.4 engines?
never owned either but i know people who have had problems with both?
havent heard of transmission problems with them.
if you can get the VIN number and look it up for each of them or post them here we can help you look at them and give better info about motor,transmission and general thoughts?
i know the old fords better but my sons a ford mechanic now so let us know what you are looking at with the VIN if you can get them
The '08 and '09 Econoline E-350 and E-450 cutaway shuttle buses will have the 6.0L Powerstroke which is generally considered to be an engine to avoid. The 6.4L was too large to fit in the van engine bay so the 6.0L was used in the van up until 2010. A rebuilt 6.0L usually has most of the original shortcomings repaired. The GM Duramax diesel is a a good choice.
Ok..I contacted the sellers to get more info on the transmission
and engine info. I will post more when I hear back. Thanks again
for your replies and helpful advice.
e350 and f350 are 1 ton chassis. e250 and f250 are 3/4 ton chassis. e450 and f450 are ton and a quarter chassis. You can get these with gas or diesel engines. I will have an e350 with gas engine for sale in June if you're interested PM me for details.
Here is the VIN for one of the buses I am looking at:
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