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ic-corp95
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USA
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Posted - 06/29/2005 :  10:48:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit ic-corp95's Homepage  Reply with Quote
what would be the average gas mileage on a 72 passenger conventional, doesnt matter who it is made by, but this has just been bugging me to death over the past 3 years, and i just want to find out.

ChurchBusDriver
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Posted - 06/30/2005 :  07:59:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The 87 Chevy gas bus we have at the church (the only bus) we figured gets about 4 mpg.

Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. (KJV)

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1983WardFord
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USA
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Posted - 06/30/2005 :  1:02:31 PM  Show Profile  Send 1983WardFord an AOL message  Send 1983WardFord a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
One of our mechanics estimates about 4 MPG on our gas bus and I figure my bus (diesel, 72 passenger-size conventional) get around 6-7 MPG

Due to the current economic condition, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off until further notice.

Edited by - 1983WardFord on 06/30/2005 1:02:58 PM
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78fordwayne
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Posted - 06/30/2005 :  7:42:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit 78fordwayne's Homepage  Send 78fordwayne an AOL message  Send 78fordwayne a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
My 89 Chevy Blue Bird 65 passenger 366 gas gets about 2 MPG

Robert B.


Edited by - 78fordwayne on 06/30/2005 7:42:18 PM
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ic-corp95
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Posted - 06/30/2005 :  9:53:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit ic-corp95's Homepage  Reply with Quote
woooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! i thought school buses would get more mileage than that! man! hummers do better than that!! lol! i thought they got like at least 15/17 but apparently not! what they should do is alternate the engine around, put a supercharger in it like they do for big rigs (for mileage only, superchargers improve fuel economy and adds speed, but nobody needs that on a school bus! lol!)

its coming....the 2013 LC CE!
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Thomas Ford 85-16
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Posted - 07/01/2005 :  06:51:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Thomas Ford 85-16's Homepage  Send Thomas Ford 85-16 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
True Hummers, with gasoline engines, I heard get about 4-6 miles per gallon. Considering the size of the vehicle, 7-12 mpg on a school bus isn't bad. My own bus, one which is 20 years old with an 8.2L engine, gets 8 mpg.

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DanLJ
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USA
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Posted - 07/01/2005 :  12:21:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Of the buses I am more recently familar with, the BlueBird TC2000 with a 5.9 Cummins gets about 5.5 MPG stop and go, 6-7 MPG cross country. A Freightliner with the CAT 3126 gets 7 MPG stop and go, 7.5 - 8 cross country. We have a 31 Passenger Mid-Bus on a Chevrolet chassis that gets 11 MPG stop and go, 12 - -12.5 cross country.

All of these are diesels.
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