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Old 1st August 2016, 15:33   #1
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Has anyone got a particular bus type that they hate, despise and/or try and avoid?

For me it's Scania Omnidekkas with Fainsa seats.
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Any version of the Trident.
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To drive, streetlites and old Volvo eclipses are horrible.

Tridents, Geminis and Enviro 200 are all quite nice

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I would never avoid a bus, and couldn't 'despise' one either. The 14 plate mini E200s for Arriva Yorkshire are pretty nasty to ride on and - I assume - to drive. They seem impossible to drive smoothly, especially up hill, because the gear changes take so long, meaning momentum gained in 1st is lost by the time it shifts to 2nd. Passengers just get lurched back and forth. For a pretty new bus they are really unpleasant.
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To drive, streetlites and old Volvo eclipses are horrible.

Tridents, Geminis and Enviro 200 are all quite nice
There is one winner to my mind - the Daf SB220LF with NC/Plaxton Prestige bodywork. How firms of such renown can come up with such a poorly built and designed body is astonishing? Then it was placed on the Daf chassis that again seemed not to have made the transition well to a low floor configuration.

Other duff designs are available!!
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To drive, streetlites and old Volvo eclipses are horrible.

Tridents, Geminis and Enviro 200 are all quite nice
I love Tridents, the ones with thrash. Never been on a Streetlight, but they look hideous. Volvo eclipses are rare in my area, so a novelty to go on.
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The Optare Solo, Metrocity and Versa are hideous.
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Has anyone got a particular bus type that they hate, despise and/or try and avoid?

For me it's Scania Omnidekkas with Fainsa seats.
I wouldn't disagree about Omnidekka's
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I wouldn't disagree about Omnidekka's
Why do you hate them?

They are disgusting to ride on, those seats are like sitting on lego, very dirty inside and out, absolutely gloomy, weird mixture of seats with yellow handle bar ones at the top back and horrid headrest ones everywhere else, stiff suspension, slow ride, ugly front end...

Gasp! I could go on for a bit. Only good bit is engine noise, but even that gets a bit repetitive...
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Optare Metroriders.

When I lived in Bolton, my then local insependent bus company, Blue Bus (since aquired by Arriva in 2005) bought a shedload of the things second hand as a way of expanding their fleet on the cheap. Shame they broke down constantly, and seemed to have a slight perpetual smell of exhaust inside them.
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Optare Metroriders.

When I lived in Bolton, my then local insependent bus company, Blue Bus (since aquired by Arriva in 2005) bought a shedload of the things second hand as a way of expanding their fleet on the cheap. Shame they broke down constantly, and seemed to have a slight perpetual smell of exhaust inside them.
It is, of course, a personal view but I can't see how the Optare Metrorider or Solo can be in there when there are a raft of van derived minibuses.

Of these, the worst were the Dodge S56. My experiences were of Alexander or NC bodied ones (slow, noisy, terrible ride) but they were good looking compared to these https://flic.kr/p/7GVpym
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It is, of course, a personal view but I can't see how the Optare Metrorider or Solo can be in there when there are a raft of van derived minibuses.

Of these, the worst were the Dodge S56. My experiences were of Alexander or NC bodied ones (slow, noisy, terrible ride) but they were good looking compared to these https://flic.kr/p/7GVpym
Yeah, that is an awful mess to be fair.
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To drive, streetlites and old Volvo eclipses are horrible.

Tridents, Geminis and Enviro 200 are all quite nice

I actually didn't mind the eclipses, how old were you referring to when you say old? The Hilsea ones that went to you were lovely when they left. Agree with everything else, the 55 plate tridents were lovely. The mini enviro's were nice providing the rattling had been sorted.

I HATED vario's, and to a lesser extent merc engined Solos.
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