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Old 04-13-2010
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Default My new M380

I’m a happy new owner of a 2004 M380!

I have been looking for awhile and found my coach on Randy’s site. I flew out to Florida a few weeks ago and picked it up, then drove it 3000 miles home. The coach ran flawlessly and is a real pleasure to drive…love that engine! Even though I previously owned an 87FC I sure felt like this was my first coach as the systems are totally different. The previous owner gave me a good rundown on the coach before I left but I was on overload at that point. I stopped at Parliament Coach a few days later and had Johnny Anderson check everything over and he gave me the “new coach orientation”. Glad I did, as he knows these coaches inside and out and I left there with the confidence I needed for the trip home.

I have never made a purchase through a broker before this and I can tell you that buying through Randy was about as easy as it gets. Just want to formally thank Randy for his work on my behalf to make this deal come together.
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Hi Robert
Congratulations on your new coach we look forward to seeing pictures.
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If I was a rich man, I'd get rid of this no rust -aka- the big oil leaker. The 380 is a tremendous machine. Best wishes.
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Thanks Robert,doing business with you was A pleasure!
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Wishing you all the best with your upgrade!
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Old 04-15-2010
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Robert:

We've had a M380 for almost 5 years now and have accumulated about 90K miles. In fact, I believe we may have the highest mileage 380 on the road (if anyone has more, I'd love to know). Overall, the coach has held up very well and it is still a pleasure to drive. I think you'll be very pleased with it. Also, I think you have the only blue one. Truly a unique coach.
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Robert you have a great looking coach and you had a great looking coach, I hope your new coach serves you equally as well as your old bird. I know you will keep it to the same standards as you did the 87 if not better and when you decide to upgrade in the future who ever gets this bus will get a good one based on your past perfectionist standards & history. I really like the colors, it's a "Blue" Bird. Good luck & best wishes...
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Thanks guys!
The PO of my coach has owned five or six other Bluebirds, the last three coaches he had Bluebird custom paint with the blue/silver/white. The coach has about 45K miles on it and everything is in good working order. I have her parked in my shop and have been busy detailing the coach before loading my stuff….can’t wait to take it out!
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Hello everyone, I'm looking to buy a 04 M380 with 38000 miles on it. The price seems right at 139,000. What should I be looking for that might need work on. I know this is a very vage question but any help would be appriciated.
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Old 10-22-2010
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The most concerning item that I have heard about is the Cummins ISL 400 engine's track record of developing a leak near the last cylinder (front most) which can be really costly to repair out of warranty. There are a couple of threads on this site which specifically talk about this problem. The other area worthy of investigation are the inflatable slide seals.

Contact one of the two Johnnies at Parliament in Florida with the build number for this coach to see if they can tell you if this BB was updated during the factory campaigns.

There are also about 5 recalls related to this BB that you can find on the web. One for loose fasteners on the front suspension, another regarding the brake pads (?), another for a brake hose, one for the Hurricane Heater and another for the refrigerator. None applied to my M380 but they should be checked out.

Even though there are some potential issues with the M380, I couldn't be more satisfied with my M380. Like any other complex machines with thousands of components, there will be things that need fixing, alterations to make things just the way you want them along with routine maintenance.

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