I was surprised to read over at BNO that Greyhound was buying Setra buses now. I didn't realize Setra had brought out a cheaper model.
BK, if your current Setras are feeling a bit dated it would probably be a lot cheaper to do some cosmetic upgrades like seat covers instead of newer buses. The S417 is still a mighty nice bus.
No our S417's aren't feeling dated at all. As a matter of fact we still here "Wow this bus must be brand new!" quite often.
However many colleges won't let us bid on their sports teams with anything older than 5-7 yrs depending on which level school it is.
Ours just hit 8 yrs old and still look awesome inside, & nice on the outside.
But they are beginning to rack up some miles and that is starting to show in increased maintenance required.
So the big question is do we spend a small fortune refurbishing the drive train and mechanical's in a certified program like MCI, or ABC are doing, (ABC just did all most all of Greyhounds older MCI's over the last 2 yrs in their Goshen, IN facility!)
so I can show they have been refurbed?
Or do I bite the built and trade of the older buses and buy a couple newer ones keeping the 05's as second line buses?
Yeah tough call on that. Sure is nice to have major issues covered under warranty, but on the other hand, it'd be nice not to have those big payments again!