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Old 17 May 2011, 12:07   #11
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2-3 years ago one of those Parsuns was tested by a local boat magazine, it was kind of a longevity test. Can't remember all the details, engine was a Yamaha copy, but quality, materials, craftsmanship and reliability was far from the original. Nothing I would put on a boat in sea conditions. Maybe they are better now, but still rather buy a used known brand for same money.
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Old 18 May 2011, 03:53   #12
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Aye, that's the thing. Is it a copy (in which case I would excpect there to have been some legal wrangling) or a resprayed/ re- badged thing as built in the OEM factory?

Which mag? I'd be interested to read that......
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Old 18 May 2011, 09:19   #13
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I recal it was mentioned to look like a old version Yamaha copy but defenitly not a re badged thing made in a OEM factory. Plenty of parts was in bad condition after dismantling the engine. Guess that the difference in quality and market segment is so huge that Yamaha did not bother to put much effort to legal issues, would serious Yamaha buyers purchase a Parsun instead ?

Can try to find the mag, however might be a pretty hard effort to read it, finnish is not that easy
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Old 18 May 2011, 10:45   #14
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I recal it was mentioned to look like a old version Yamaha copy but defenitly not a re badged thing made in a OEM factory. Plenty of parts was in bad condition after dismantling the engine. Guess that the difference in quality and market segment is so huge that Yamaha did not bother to put much effort to legal issues, would serious Yamaha buyers purchase a Parsun instead ?

Can try to find the mag, however might be a pretty hard effort to read it, finnish is not that easy
I wouldn't be surprised if Yamaha sold them their old,well worn tooling. As far as I'm aware, this is what spawned the rash of Honda CG125 and C50/C90 engine clones.There's a company making copies of the immediately post-clamshell Merc 60s as well.
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Old 20 April 2012, 20:21   #15
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Hi everyone, I am new here and thought it was high time that someone had some praise for the hidea brand of outboard.
I recently purchased a new Hidea 4 hp 4stroke outboard, and I have to say how impressed I am with it.

At almost half the price of well known brands, it is well worth considering if money is a key factor- it was in my case!! I needed a 4 hp kicker motor, with reliability, affordability, and warranty.......... Hidea offered it all.

When it arrived- 3 days after ordering online, I was keen to get it into the test bin and see how it behaved, firstly I was impressed with the overall look/design, the weight is reasonable and the paintwork certainly acceptable, after oiling and fueling, three pulls and up she fired, and ever since its one pull.
If you are considering a Hidea, bite the bullet and try one, alot cheaper, work well and reliable too!

As they are basically clones of the yamaha engine, most parts are interchangeable, the four year warranty is fair, and they do the job well enough.
I am under no illusions that the resale value of these motors will be alot lower than a comparible yamaha/suzuki etc, and if you want a yamaha.......buy a yamaha, but you will pay three to four hundred more for the essentially same motor.
I guess what im trying to say is, Hidea are a good outboard for those on a tight budget, more than acceptable quality, and I would buy another without hesitation. tom. cornwall.
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Hi everyone, I am new here and thought it was high time that someone had some praise for the hidea brand of outboard.
I recently purchased a new Hidea 4 hp 4stroke outboard, and I have to say how impressed I am with it.

At almost half the price of well known brands, it is well worth considering if money is a key factor- it was in my case!! I needed a 4 hp kicker motor, with reliability, affordability, and warranty.......... Hidea offered it all.

When it arrived- 3 days after ordering online, I was keen to get it into the test bin and see how it behaved, firstly I was impressed with the overall look/design, the weight is reasonable and the paintwork certainly acceptable, after oiling and fueling, three pulls and up she fired, and ever since its one pull.
If you are considering a Hidea, bite the bullet and try one, alot cheaper, work well and reliable too!

As they are basically clones of the yamaha engine, most parts are interchangeable, the four year warranty is fair, and they do the job well enough.
I am under no illusions that the resale value of these motors will be alot lower than a comparible yamaha/suzuki etc, and if you want a yamaha.......buy a yamaha, but you will pay three to four hundred more for the essentially same motor.
I guess what im trying to say is, Hidea are a good outboard for those on a tight budget, more than acceptable quality, and I would buy another without hesitation. tom. cornwall.
how do they warranty the motor if it was bought online? Do they have a dealership network were you can get parts or do you have to ship the motor back to them ?
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Old 21 April 2012, 02:44   #17
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Hi

They have a dealer network and its growing. As stated above by others we don't get enough in to make any solid judgement.

What I can tell you is that they devalue quicker than other engines, so I am not sure the saving at the front end is worth the pain when you sell and that's if all things i.e. build quality was equal to the other makes.

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They do represent good value for money but they have not been around long enough to see if they will last the test of time. I am sure that if you wanted to use on an "Occasional" basis it will do the job. As for corrosion and general wear and tear of componants, well? I have a 20 year old Mariner outboard that doesnt get used very much at all, probably every two years or so and and all I do to it when I want to use it is replace the petrol with new, blast compressed air into the carb and it normally starts. Alan P first time.
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Until Chinese material quality equals that of the big makes, I wouldn't buy one. I want to know it's not going to corrode so badly it seizes all the bolts and blows gaskets.


Of course, I could be missing a trick here-they COULD be identical to Yams in every way. However, until someone hands me one to dismantle that's had extensive salt water use I'll be avoiding them like herpes. I've seen too many Chinese copied bike engines turn to powder in UK conditions-some in as little as 18 months.


It's amazing how it always seems to be the 1st post from someone praising these things too.
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It's amazing how it always seems to be the 1st post from someone praising these things too.
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