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Old 13 February 2012, 19:52   #21
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Originally Posted by Downhilldai View Post
Probably best not to bother her too much with the detail.....
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Old 13 February 2012, 19:52   #22
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Originally Posted by Downhilldai View Post
Don't let an old blueband put you off 2-strokes or outboards in general. They've come on a bit since then, but with progress, comes technology and with technology, you lose simplicity and easily-repairability, so there's always an element of risk in 'modern' technology.

Fully agree with Dai on that one, I've had a few different 2-strokes myself over the years with no great problems, as long as you winterize em they'll serve you very well, however i've never owned a blueband as there renouned for there unreliable temperament,

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Old 14 February 2012, 03:04   #23
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I like 2 strokes and there are some great ones around. Ok you need to find them and they drink more fuel but they are simple to fix, accelerate far better, sound nicer ( my XR2 made the whole estate shake when I ran her up with muffs on) no computer chips, and I love the smell of 2 stroke etc.

My 4 stroke is safe, steady, does not drink fuel, does not throw the family around when I open her up and still gets to the same speed but it does feel like health and safety brigade have made her. Yes it ticks all the boxes and yes with the amount she gets used I was better off gettinga the 4 stroke compared to the 2 stroke but for me it is like driving the new blue motion golf compared to the first Golf GTI.
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Old 14 February 2012, 03:12   #24
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I think in general modern engines are more reliable - both 2 & 4 stroke. I am sure we have all owned older cars of 70-80s vintage ...cold and wet meant a non starting car virtually guaranteed.
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Old 14 February 2012, 07:01   #25
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I have owned my Brown band, circa 1985. 50hp. 2 stroke Merc for at least 15 yrs. and I can honestly say it's never been any trouble. I winterise it and change the gear oil every year. that's all it needs really. But having said that I have never owned a 4 stroke so I can't make comparisons. I know it's thirsty and it throws me around when open the throttle, but I like being thrown around so I enjoy my 2 stroke very much.

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