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Old 12 September 2011, 16:25   #1
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Merc or Suzuki 115 ?

I am going to buy a new engine. 115 is around the right power, does anyone have any views on which one . I hear that Suzuki have a good rep but I might be able to get the Merc cheaper...
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Have a look at where your nearest dealer is, there both pretty good so you have to look at what else you get. Good back up, good spares, running costs, and can you get it fixed quick in the middle of the summer when you really want to use it!. Personally Mercury is the best but i would say that! Other thought is Optimax 115/125hp. Less money than the four stroke and a little more fun!
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Suzuki Hands down every time for my money. I should say Merc as in the used market you get a lot more of them come in. Suzuki hardly ever. That says it all!!

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Other thought is Optimax 115/125hp. Less money than the four stroke and a little more fun!
115 Opti - good motor.

I don't know how prices compare, but if the Evinrood brand is available for consideration, the 115 e-tec may be worth a look. I had a ski behind a RIB with one on a couple of weeks ago and its torque was incredible.
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If your going 2 stroke opti is a good shout. If your wanting 4 stroke its a no brainer.

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Suzuki Hands down every time for my money. I should say Merc as in the used market you get a lot more of them come in. Suzuki hardly ever. That says it all!!
What does that say?

- that Merc sold more engines in the first place?
- that all the Suzi's have disolved/siezed and so aren't sold on?
- that perhaps Suzi dealers do good trade ins for brand loyal customers?
- that Merc dealers spend less time getting the right size engine?
- that Merc have had some big commercial customers which mean there are lots of used "contract service/lease" engines in circulation?
- that Suzi's are often sold as part of a boat/engine package and so perhaps to the type of owner who is less likely to chop and change an engine?


I'm not implying that any of these are actually the case, but rarity doesn't always correlate to desirability.
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What does that say?

- that Merc sold more engines in the first place?
- that all the Suzi's have disolved/siezed and so aren't sold on?
- that perhaps Suzi dealers do good trade ins for brand loyal customers?
- that Merc dealers spend less time getting the right size engine?
- that Merc have had some big commercial customers which mean there are lots of used "contract service/lease" engines in circulation?
- that Suzi's are often sold as part of a boat/engine package and so perhaps to the type of owner who is less likely to chop and change an engine?


I'm not implying that any of these are actually the case, but rarity doesn't always correlate to desirability.
Plus if there are more, there are probably more spare parts, more dealers etc

We had the 3cyl 1.5L Opti in 90hp guise. The 115 is the same engine block, couldn't fault it. Great fuel economy, fantastic torque and throttle response plus very quiet. (We now have the 175hp. Its a 2.5v6 which is just loud. )

I personally think that up to 115hp ish on 6m or less boat, the difference in economy is negligible in monetary terms between a modern 2stroke and 4 stroke.

I'd take a 115hp opti 2stroke over a comparable 4st any day. Unless all you are going to do is trawl along and fish.
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115 I had a ski behind a RIB with one on a couple of weeks ago and its torque was incredible.
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