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Old 06 August 2009, 10:23   #1
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Best 4 stroke?

Yet another 'Which one is best' type question.

All 115hp 4's

Yamaha?
Suzuki?
Mercury/Mariner?

Based on reliability, economy, cost of servicing.

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I've always wondered about these "best of" posts. No offense intended, but doesn't "what is best" come down to your interpretation rather than someone else's? And wouldn't something that is up to the job be fine, even if it's not what others think is "best"?

As far as the motors, I seriously doubt one is "better" than the others; they are all fairly equal in terms of general reliability, economy, and performance. What will matter more is how easily you can get a particular brand serviced, obtain parts, etc., which means again, it depends on your particular situation.

I chatted with a guy in Alaska who had purchased a Suzuki, then found he had to trailer the thing over 300 miles to get it serviced, as the local dealer did Merc and Yam, but not Suzuki or Honda. Would that affect your decision as to which is best?

Again, no offense intended, just sort of curious about the reason for the question;

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Yet another 'Which one is best' type question.

All 115hp 4's

Yamaha?
Suzuki?
Mercury/Mariner?

Based on reliability, economy, cost of servicing.

Thanks
with you on this jyasaki.

wil it be used commercially? are you able to service it yourself, how much warranty does the motor come with? where's the dealer? what will you be using the boat for?

how long is a piece of string.

There will not be a difinitive answer to which is best but personal recommendations, brand loyalty, experience, special offers etc...
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Mercury Verado, its so so good.
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Yet another 'Which one is best' type question.

All 115hp 4's

Yamaha?
Suzuki?
Mercury/Mariner?

Based on reliability, economy, cost of servicing.

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The lightest one!!!
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Yet another 'Which one is best' type question.

All 115hp 4's

Yamaha?
Suzuki?
Mercury/Mariner?

Based on reliability, economy, cost of servicing.

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The faster one!
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I'll never buy another Yamaha outboard. I have a 40hp 4stroke on my 14' sib that requires more attention and maintenance and special care than any other motor (of any type) I've ever owned. Reading the yamaha forums reveals that these are quite common issues with the yamaha motors. Months of a professional certified yamaha shop working on it failed to resolve the issues. Yamaha told me too bad. So I just live with it. It runs strong and reliable, but has issues transitioning from idle to acceleration. It also has abnormal sensitivities to fuel.

My next motor will without question be a Honda.
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I'll never buy another Yamaha outboard. I have a 40hp 4stroke on my 14' sib that requires more attention and maintenance and special care than any other motor (of any type) I've ever owned. Reading the yamaha forums reveals that these are quite common issues with the yamaha motors. Months of a professional certified yamaha shop working on it failed to resolve the issues. Yamaha told me too bad. So I just live with it. It runs strong and reliable, but has issues transitioning from idle to acceleration. It also has abnormal sensitivities to fuel.

My next motor will without question be a Honda.
That's surprising,I've only ever heard positives about Yamaha?..Could it be a dealer issue,as in, was your conversation with the manufacturer direct? Could you let us know the age of the outboard.

Never had, or presently own a Yamaha...Just an observation..
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I'll never buy another Yamaha outboard. [snip] My next motor will without question be a Honda.
Sorry to hear of your problems.

To balance things out a bit, I've run my F115 for the past 4 years (something around 350 hrs) with nothing more than a couple of overheat alarms from picking up kelp blades over the water intakes.

Out of curiosity, have you looked at Honda forums and see if they have the same complaints as on the Yamaha forum? I personally hear of more probs with Honda than Yamaha. Might just be me, though.

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