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Old 20 May 2014, 13:34   #1
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Etecs, whats the problem ?

Didnt want to hi jack the dealers responses thread so here goes.

Someone help me out.

We put a new 90hp Etec on a 19ft centre console boat in 2006, it gets used and abused and rarely looked after (its out in the med). Its been frugal, quick and faultless and we are happy with it.

I know that a few Etecs have broke saddles, but I must have missed the other common problems to cause the level of love/hate on various forums over the Evinrude.

Its a genuine question (not trolling), we are currently looking for a new 70hp outboard for my dads sailing boat and at the moment its between a new Yamaha (Cos I love Yams and its staggeringly light) or a new Etec (cos our other one has never let us down.)
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Old 20 May 2014, 13:47   #2
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Etec is the smart engine for the smarter user. ;-)
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I don't know enough about them to say my opinion.

However, I think many people perception of them is of a very complicated, electronic piece of machinery. Then that leads to- if it goes wrong, it's going to be damn expensive, or there is more to go wrong etc etc.

This is not necessarily right, but what I believe to be many peoples perception of them...
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im not fan, but my opinion is that they are like the old rover k series engine - small light and powerful, and you either had a good one or a bad one. marmite really, love it or hate it.
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I don't know enough about them to say my opinion.

However, I think many people perception of them is of a very complicated, electronic piece of machinery. Then that leads to- if it goes wrong, it's going to be damn expensive, or there is more to go wrong etc etc.

This is not necessarily right, but what I believe to be many peoples perception of them...
Well .. being a two stroke theres no valve gear like all the new 4's use, no compressor like opti's use, and they are light unlike most 4 strokes, should all mean fewer moving parts, with no oil changes to worry about to conform to warranty periods. Also .. for me, it might be left to stand for long periods, so, I didnt want fuel left in the engine like you would get with 4's ... there was a lot to like about Etecs for me.. I cant say any more till Ive used it an anger though ... but I'm looking forward to it
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Well .. being a two stroke theres no valve gear like all the new 4's use, no compressor like opti's use, and they are light unlike most 4 strokes, should all mean fewer moving parts, with no oil changes to worry about to conform to warranty periods. Also .. for me, it might be left to stand for long periods, so, I didnt want fuel left in the engine like you would get with 4's ... there was a lot to like about Etecs for me.. I cant say any more till Ive used it an anger though ... but I'm looking forward to it
As I said, not my opinion. I like DI two stokes- I have a TLDI myself. Just what other people may view them as.
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Someone help me out.

I know that a few Etecs have broke saddles, but I must have missed the other common problems to cause the level of love/hate on various forums over the Evinrude.
As far as I am aware I'm the only Etec leisure owner to have a saddle break on me whilst on my hols on the west coast of Scotland.

I do believe that some racing boats have experienced broken saddles using Etecs but I guess that can also have happened with other makes of engines as well due to the extreme forces that can be applied on them when racing.
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im not fan, but my opinion is that they are like the old rover k series engine - small light and powerful, and you either had a good one or a bad one. marmite really, love it or hate it.
The K series was the worst engine that Rover ever produced! I remember walking through the warranty dept and there were literally hundreds of engines all within a year of being on the road!
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The K series was the worst engine that Rover ever produced! I remember walking through the warranty dept and there were literally hundreds of engines all within a year of being on the road!
i agree, and again im not a fan
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