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Old 13 February 2012, 13:09   #1
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Do the 4 stroke engines seem any more reliable than a 2 stroke ???
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Old 13 February 2012, 15:13   #2
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Cannot comment on statistics but a 2 stroke (maintained) is not exactly unreliable. Not a reason to base the 2 vs 4 stroke decision on TBH IMHO.
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Just interested to see people's thoughts
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Old 13 February 2012, 16:02   #4
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Yes!!
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I was thinking that was Likely to be the case, slightly more heavy but a lot more reliable
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I'd have thought alot was to do with maintenance.....
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much much more to go wrong on 4stroke - sensors etc. if by reliable you mean easier to start then i would say yes.
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I have had bad expierience with older outboards in the past which is why I asked the question, I want to pull the cord and it start no hassle.
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Hard to find 4 stroke outboards of the ages that the remaining 2 strokes are. But 4 strokes have been quite common and reliable as I/O stern drives for decades. The bellows seem to be the weakest link and 4 stroke outboards don't have those. High performance high pressure injection 2 strokes have planty to go wrong with them too so its not a simple comparison to make.

In small pull start sizes I would say the biggest weak link is the carburator getting gunked up and both 2 and 4 stroke models would be equally susceptible.
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I used to have an old blue band mercury years ago and I spent a fortune try to get that pain in the arse to run right and it left a sour taste in my mouth with outboards.
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