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Old 03 September 2013, 02:31   #41
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I run the new merc 150 four strokes. They come so that you can self service. Just scan the QR code on the engine and a detailed video of how to do it comes up in your phone. Very easy to do too. This saves on dealer time. Obviously you can't plug in but i haven't had to yet and I've done 168 hours do far
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Old 03 September 2013, 02:39   #42
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I run the new merc 150 four strokes. They come so that you can self service. Just scan the QR code on the engine and a detailed video of how to do it comes up in your phone. Very easy to do too. This saves on dealer time. Obviously you can't plug in but i haven't had to yet and I've done 168 hours do far
Not if you want to keep the 5 year warranty.
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Old 03 September 2013, 14:08   #43
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Not if you want to keep the 5 year warranty.
I haven't been told otherwise but will check that. http://www.mercurymarine.com/mobile/...0%2BFourStroke
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I haven't been told otherwise but will check that. Mercury 150 FourStroke | Mercury Marine
I believe that to qualify for the extended warranty this engine still falls under the same conditions of the rest of the range, despite the self service gimmick. So be careful.

"An Authorized Service Centre * must perform the recommended routine
servicing/maintenance requirements and repairs and log these with Mercury.
The recommended service intervals and main
tenance recommendations must be adhered
to 3mth, 12mth, 2yr, 3yr, 4yr, 5yr
or
20hr, 100 hrs, 200 hrs, 300
hrs, 400 hrs, 500 hrs, 600
hrs...; whatever comes first. "

http://www.mercury-marine.eu/media/8...arranty_en.pdf
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Redthunder quote: 'I run the new merc 150 four strokes'.

Are you happy with the engines; any issues or are they performing well?
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Redthunder quote: 'I run the new merc 150 four strokes'.

Are you happy with the engines; any issues or are they performing well?
There are great motors. Fantastic acceleration and economy.
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Some interesting thoughts and comments in this thread, dealers do seem to be very poorly regulated from the manufacturers compared to the automotive industry.
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Some interesting thoughts and comments in this thread, dealers do seem to be very poorly regulated from the manufacturers compared to the automotive industry.
Poorly regulated! if only it was that good
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Some interesting thoughts and comments in this thread, dealers do seem to be very poorly regulated from the manufacturers compared to the automotive industry.
I'm not so sure the automotive industry is any better, my experience of a local Land Rover main dealer has left me less than impressed

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Poorly regulated! if only it was that good
I think it's as much to how you get on with them as how well they may be regulated, regulation just means ticking boxes not doing a good job.
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Poorly regulated! if only it was that good
General question open to all:
What is the criteria to become a distributor of a manufacturers outboard engines?
Does it vary from brand to brand?
Are there different levels of distributorship? (there are certainly different levels of customer service...)
I looked at Suzuki for a price on a DF90 and note that some "dealers" appear to be predominately boat manufacturers who also supply engines, others appear not to stock anything of the range and only appear as dealers by name on a website.

Does a distributor have to have a factory trained technician on site with all the "tools" or can they just be an individual with a bit of cash that says hey I want to sell the odd engine or three, can I stick your logo on my website?
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