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Old 24 September 2009, 14:24   #1
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Evinrude 250hp E-Tec Major Problems!!

Have had a 250hp e-tec fitted to my boat for 2 1/2 years and has been nothing but trouble. It only has 235hrs use and has a list of problems which have left me with no confidence in the engine and was wondering if anybody else has had similar issues.

Below is list of a few of the issues.

After approx 2 months power head was found to be loose and gaskets blowing (this required removal and re-fitting of powerhead)

A short time later the main engine wiring loom was chaffing off the block and shorted out.
(This was repaired initially, but later failed again and had to have a new loom fitted)

Bushings on tilt pin have now been replaced twice.

After approx 1 year the power head had to be removed again as the exchanger plate?? was cracked and leaking water into engine cowling. (this was replaced along with new gaskets)

Gear box seals have been replaced 3 times as gear oil was leaking out off vent hole on side of leg.

Bottom mounts are completely gone and have cracket outer casings as well as having wore paint of main casings from day one!

Plug leads are arcing off bottom injectors and are wearing holes into unit.

Earth cables on plug leads are corroded and broken on 4 leads

Trim power leads are completely worn through.

Command Unit has failed but has been replaced.


This is to name a few of the issues and I now don't feel happy taking my children out on the boat as I'm just waiting for the next issue!

Evinrude have told me that my warranty is up in February and they have no intention of extending it!

Surely with a list of problems like this from day one and an engine that has been rebuilt twice I am not being unreasonable to expect some sort of extention to my warranty!

Has anybody else had these sort of problems with these engines and did they get them resolved. I would appreciate any information people may have.

Thanks
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Old 24 September 2009, 15:17   #2
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I think your friend has posted your problems in a separate thread:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=32352
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Old 24 September 2009, 15:22   #3
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By the sound of it the engine was duff from the start - some of the problems appear to be from the repairs carried out - for example the chaffing of the wiring loom.
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Old 24 September 2009, 15:22   #4
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E-tec problems with 60 and 150hp

I had problems with my 2007 60hp E-tec after 70hrs of running time the data box died. Took 3 weeks to get it replaced. Not funny at all. The Evinrude guys said that this rarely happens.

I have a friend who has had severe problems with his 150hp E-tec 2008. The first season the pistons jammed, this summer the drivetrain broke. Now there are mystic sounds when reversing.. The Evinrude guys said that this rarely happens.

I bought the E-tec because of the compactness and long service intervals. Please tell forum members about your E-tec adventures, positive or negative.
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Old 24 September 2009, 17:41   #5
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Sounds like you need to find a dealer who has a clue.

The biggest problem E-tecs have is their dealer network IMO.

Good luck
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Old 24 September 2009, 18:14   #6
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yeh right!!
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Old 24 September 2009, 18:28   #7
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Evinrude have told me that my warranty is up in February and they have no intention of extending it!

Surely with a list of problems like this from day one and an engine that has been rebuilt twice I am not being unreasonable to expect some sort of extention to my warranty
if this were my engine and in the UK, it would have been rejected as not fit for purpose some time ago. The fact you have "accepted" it for so long, and that there are no current faults doesn't stand in your favour. Your sale of goods legislation will be slightly different - but over here my understanding is you should stop using the item and ideally return it to them asking for a full refund. I note that in the UK you would return it to the dealer not to evinrude, as that is who your "contract" is with.
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Old 24 September 2009, 23:17   #9
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etecs suck

if anyone has ever had a new ski doo sled they are throw aways after a year mega wireing issues. The outboard etecs are the same just poorly made to make money replacing parts dealer care to sound off what great outboards you sell but the proof is in the sadness in owning one of the piles of dung . I really wanted one till I met a dealer in a town close to me and got to see first hand the problems in hard to make money they have wasted on this brand I bought a merc and found there is really one brand really Yamaha maybe a zuki maybe all things are going high tech meaning less running time in the longrun cheers wish I was wrong Im sure some will disagree and have the right to do so
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Old 25 September 2009, 08:23   #10
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Had ours for 2.5 yrs now and done about 150hrs.

Never missed a beat and always started instantly. Uses very little fuel and oil. So far, not spent 1 penny on it as the first service is not for another 6 months.

One very pleased owner.

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