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Old 21 October 2007, 14:40   #11
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As ever you only hear about the ones that go bang. There are threads on here at the moment about Optimax problems ass well.

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Old 21 October 2007, 14:55   #12
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Try telling that to the chap who had the mis-fortune of being towed in to Weymouth, I would not like to repeat his verbal onslaught of his engine on this thread, but I am glad to hear you have had no problems, but personally if I am to consider a build project, and as long as there is an element of doubt in these engines, which clearly there is, then I would prefer to edge my bets on a more proven and reliable engine.
Before the 250 DI, I had an Evinrude 150 Ficht from the OMC era. On my way back from the Ribex 1995 I stalled 50 km south-west of Brighton. I knew what the problem was and I know this is all sorted out by BRP. So I had all faith in buying another EVINRUDE DI.
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Old 21 October 2007, 15:34   #13
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when i rescently made my descision on which engine to go for, I searched through previous threads, spoke to dealers, and asked questions at rib cruises, the two engines that most people had confidence in were suzuki,
and optimax, two totally different engines, having had the suzi 140, i knew this to be a good allround relliable engine, however, with all the new builds of late, the optimax seemed the majority choice, If in an ideal world i would go
with the optimax performance, when out on my own, but the refined quietness of the suzuki. out with the fammily. Apparently the new Etecs are good as with honda
but phehaps slightly dearer, Still glad i went with the opti.
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....I knew what the problem was .....
What was the problem and how easily was it sorted?
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Old 22 October 2007, 02:39   #15
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Good warranty service

We are very happy with their service. Evinrude replaced the complete motor block under warranty.
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What was the problem and how easily was it sorted?
In the S.L.O.W.-mode (Speed Limiting Operational Warning) it took us all day to get to Brighton. Thanks to very helpfull people in England, everything was sorted out after one week. A new EMM (Engine Management Module) was ordered and put in place.

The 150 Ficht has the EMM on top of the engine. The cooling water is vertical situated between the V-shape of the cilinders. So is the hottest on top.
A jellied seal was cracked by the heat and water got into the EMM.
OMC recieved a lot of complaints about this from the warmer countries. So BRP changed the construction when they took over OMC.

The 250 DI has the EMM at the back of the engine with a separate cooling system. I knew all this when I decided to buy another Evinrude.
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We are very happy with their service. Evinrude replaced the complete motor block under warranty.
What was the problem?

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We are very happy with their service. Evinrude replaced the complete motor block under warranty.
I am sorry but I must be missing something here.

I am considering purchasing an engine, and your quote indicates you are happy with their service even though you have had to have a complete motor block replaced. Are you not concerned this may happen again?, and will they honour the warranty a second time around if it does need replacing again? Did they say why it happened in the first place? Were you not unhappy about the fact that your boat was out of action until repaired for however long it took? Would you comfortably be prepared to buy another engine knowing the problems you have had?

If it were me I would be thoroughly p****d off.
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I am sorry but I must be missing something here.

I am considering purchasing an engine, and your quote indicates you are happy with their service even though you have had to have a complete motor block replaced. Are you not concerned this may happen again?, and will they honour the warranty a second time around if it does need replacing again? Did they say why it happened in the first place? Were you not unhappy about the fact that your boat was out of action until repaired for however long it took? Would you comfortably be prepared to buy another engine knowing the problems you have had?

If it were me I would be thoroughly p****d off.

Almost every brand of product has some problems during its life. Outboard motors included.

Does this meen that anytime something goes wrong, you'll never give a product a second chance, no matter what it is?

If however your problem is met by a dealer that will look after their customers and honour warrantee claims without hassle then shouldn't that be good enough for a second chance.
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Almost every brand of product has some problems during its life. Outboard motors included.

Does this meen that anytime something goes wrong, you'll never give a product a second chance, no matter what it is?

If however your problem is met by a dealer that will look after their customers and honour warrantee claims without hassle then shouldn't that be good enough for a second chance.
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I would not disagree with your statement about "almost every brand of product has some problems during its life", but engine blocks going bang in my book are serious problems, and if I can opt for a more proven unit then that is what I will go for.
Imagine the scene, wife and kids onboard on the way to Guernsey, sudden turn in weather, and engine siezes up!! god forbid......would your warranty be the first thing on your mind in that situation, because survival would be first and foremost on mine!!!!!
I am sorry but my mind is now firmly made up, from what I have witnessed and read on some of these threads I would not give the Evinrude 150Di a first chance, let alone a second chance.
Going back to the start of this thread, I can only re-itterate the feelings and choice words of the guy that was towed into harbour at Weymouth, and I am now certain I will be choosing between the Suzuki 4-stroke or the Mercury Optimax.
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