Originally Posted by MikeSmith1
Who makes the best outboards these days? If you were to buy a brand new outboard which make would you choose assuming price is not a problem. The main criteria in my opinion are:
2. Fuel efficiency
4. Ease to maintain
Yamaha for dealer network, longevity, and fuel economy. Once you start getting past a few hundred hours, the cost of timing belts and valve adjustments will start to add up. Once you start getting around 800-1000 hours, the engine will probably start to burn a little oil, but it will still be usable... caused by a combination of ring wear and valve guide wear.
Evinrude ETEC for ease of maintenance (lots of shared parts between ETEC models) and performance. However, a rebuild at about 1500 hours is recommended.