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June 12, 2014  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Thomas Built Buses extends warranty coverage

Thomas Built's Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage for units built on or after Oct. 1.

Thomas Built's Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage for units built on or after Oct. 1.

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Thomas Built Buses announced on Wednesday that it will extend its standard Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty and the standard body and chassis paint coverage for all models.

The Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage, up from the previous one-year warranty, for units built on or after Oct. 1, 2014. The warranty will cover the chassis and many other components, including electrical and manual controls, safety equipment, assemblies and more. Normal wear items are excluded.

Also, Thomas Built’s standard body and chassis paint warranty will be extended from three years to five years. That applies to all models built on or after Oct. 1.

“We stand behind our quality and durability, and we are pleased to lengthen our C2 base warranty and our body and chassis paint coverage to help our customers lower their total cost of ownership even more,” said Kelley Platt, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “We believe that everyone who purchases a new bus from Thomas Built is entitled to extensive warranty protection, as well as peace of mind.”

For complete information about Thomas Built’s warranties, customers can consult their local dealer.

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I have never liked any kind of a bus built by Thomas. I would much rather have to drive an old Wayne or Carpenter than a Thomas any day.It is unfortunate that other manufacturers have gone out of business but Thomas is still hanging around. As for the IC bus, they should have stayed as Am Trans.

Brian Ferrell    |    Aug 12, 2014 10:52 AM

By far I have not been please with the performance that the C2 has been giving us here. We have a fleet of 11 C2 school buses and this year has been one of the most expensive years for maintenance on record. We have had to have practically all of the EGR's cleaned causing the buses to loose power, transmissions replaced, engine's replaced, and school bus lettering replace just to name a few things. The wiring, lighting control modules and chassis control modules has caused the buses to stop running completely and lights to flash off and on by themselves. Various antifreeze leaks from faulty values that have rusted, horns positioned on the bumper that allow water to get in them when it rains, windows that simply fall out because they are glued in. What I hate to hear is when I call the local Thomas dealer for parts I'm often told, "yes, that a common problem, we keep a lot of those in stock!"

Maurice Moore    |    Jun 16, 2014 05:24 AM

My bus is a C2, the first year they were built. In my opinion, it's a terrible bus. I was hoping our school district wouldn't buy any, but they did. The front end shimmies, has since the bus was new. One of out buses had to be returned one for a whole new engine the first year we had them. The main entry door door rattles so badly I can't hear the radio at times. The inside handle for the rear emergency door is flimsy and falls down every time I open it, hitting my knuckles if I'm not careful. Ouch! The front bumper is flimsy and bends just from the weight of my foot on it as when I'm checking fluids or attempting to clean the huge windshield, which, by the way, cracked this winter. The stair well already rusted out and had to be replaced. Lettering is flaking off the body, as well as paint. The ergonomics for the drivers seat are terrible. There's no convenient place to store anything, no cup holder, no glove box, nothing. The entire dash and surrounding areas are made of plastic, which cracks. The small overhead compartment above the driver's head won't stay closed if the bus is cold, as in winter, so things fall out on top of my head if I'm not careful, at least until the bus warms up. It's all made of plastic. The windshield is a terrible chore to clean, especially in winter if it's frosted. It's a real catch-all for snow and ice because of its sloped design as opposed to the flat windshields used on other buses. The old FS-65 was a far superior bus. I'll take the older model over the new C2 any day. They're of heavier construction, rattle-free, ride well and have plenty of storage space in the dash. I also like the big steering wheel in the FS-65. The only problem I have with the FS-65 is the windshield wipers hang down right in front of the driver's line of vision. I don't know what genius designed that, but otherwise it's a good bus; head and shoulders over the C2. Having said all this, I still think International makes the best school bus. A CE300 is always

Geoff Bridgman    |    Jun 12, 2014 04:35 PM

Why only the C-2 ? Would like to see other models have extended warranty as well. Will definitely help sway me on future purchases.

Gary Thomsen    |    Jun 12, 2014 03:52 PM

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