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Ex-Fairfax Orion V for sale: CBOA guys might want to take a look at this

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For those of you guys who are interested in buying and/or preserving classic buses, there's a 1999 ex-Fairfax Connector Orion V for sale for a ridiculously low price on eBay ($1200 current bid, $1225 new minimum bid, and you could probably call the number in the ad and snatch it for $1225-$1300 right now). It's apparently in decent condition, although the ad says it might need a new battery and/or alternator. The auction closes in 5 1/2 days, and there's no reserve auction on it. I figure this is especially a big deal since Orion is officially winding down and the Orion V has been discontinued. Here's the link to the listing: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1999-Orion-V-Commuter-Bus-/230866464399?pt=Buses&hash=item35c0b6ae8f

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They've been selling those like crazy I believe. There's a private Jewish bus company in Brooklyn that has them, I think a few of them actually including Private Transportation (the B110).

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Nice looking coach. I hope to own an Orion V one day or a Phantom with a Detroit Diesel Series 92 engine.

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Those are probably the 7800s; most of the 7700s ended up with various outfits in Brooklyn.

 

If NY State weren't on CA emissions standards, I would say that the MTA should pick some of these up.

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They've been selling those like crazy I believe. There's a private Jewish bus company in Brooklyn that has them, I think a few of them actually including Private Transportation (the B110).

 

 

I wouldnt be shocked if that owner who has that Jewish bus company doesnt bid on this one!

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I wouldnt be shocked if that owner who has that Jewish bus company doesnt bid on this one!

 

 

He may have already; there are 26 bids on this thing and the price is still ridiculously low. I actually floated the idea of having 42 of us at my dorm pitch in $35 or so apiece and buying the damn thing for us to take care of and refurbish; it didn't actually work out due to lack of insurance, registration, people with CDL-Bs, parking, and so on (and I was only halfway serious when I floated it), but I feel like this bus needs a good home and a makeover (hence the reason I suggested having the CBOA guys jump on this).

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If anyone has been watching publicsurplus.com that's where they were initially listed like crazy up to 20 buses at a time buds starting at 500

 

If I had the money and license I would buy one, they were in really good shape.

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It's the insurance, fuel, and upkeep that's gonna cost you. It might be cool to have around, but unless you take care of it, it is going to rust through and fall apart.

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Its a lot that goes into buying a bus. You can't just go there all willy nilly, drop a few stacks, and leave with it. These are the things you gotta consider...

 

-License...you need a CDL

-Fuel...diesel ain't cheap

-The condition its in...most people sell them as-is and often the bus can't be driven out on its own.

-Price of towing (see above)

-Tolls

-Registration papers are in order

-Maintenance for it

-Parking...you just can't park a big ass bus in the street and leave it there lol

-Insurance...that ain't cheap either

-Road tires if needed...Metro Milers are good only up to 55mph and tires will run you at least $300 a pop of you're lucky

 

There's a lot you gotta do and sometimes it isn't worth it

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Yup about 600 bucks or so to fill her up and at only 1-2 miles per gallon the max you'll get is 250 miles before you have to fill up again.

 

 

Carpool.

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Its a lot that goes into buying a bus. You can't just go there all willy nilly, drop a few stacks, and leave with it. These are the things you gotta consider...

 

-License...you need a CDL

-Fuel...diesel ain't cheap

-The condition its in...most people sell them as-is and often the bus can't be driven out on its own.

-Price of towing (see above)

-Tolls

-Registration papers are in order

-Maintenance for it

-Parking...you just can't park a big ass bus in the street and leave it there lol

-Insurance...that ain't cheap either

-Road tires if needed...Metro Milers are good only up to 55mph and tires will run you at least $300 a pop of you're lucky

 

There's a lot you gotta do and sometimes it isn't worth it

 

 

Lol...I kind of wonder what would happen if you just parked a bus on the street (in a legal spot) and left it there. I can picture one of those meter maids scratching his head. I remember some B/O used to park a Command RTS CNG in Queens near my house during the day. I have no godly idea why that bus was there or what the B/O was doing in QUeens, but it was funny to see.

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Lol...I kind of wonder what would happen if you just parked a bus on the street (in a legal spot) and left it there. I can picture one of those meter maids scratching his head. I remember some B/O used to park a Command RTS CNG in Queens near my house during the day. I have no godly idea why that bus was there or what the B/O was doing in QUeens, but it was funny to see.

 

 

I've always wanted to park a bus on my block, because it's only three lanes (including parking) and it's a two-way, so I always thought it's be fun to see it take up like half the road.

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