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Old 12 January 2012, 12:39   #1
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Optimax 90hp v Etec 90hp?

I am looking to buy one of these two engine secondhand and was looking for peoples views on which might be better:

Evinrude etec 2009 with 94hrs on the clock with all controls, service history and fully serviced. About 500 more than:

Mercury Optimax 2005 with 160hrs, again with all controls and some service history and fully serviced.

I'm tempted to go with the evinrude but would really appreciate any advice on this!!
Thanks in advance.
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Old 12 January 2012, 13:00   #2
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It pains me to say this (especially with Gotchiguy lurking on the forum) but I'd probably go for the Etec. Sorry Martini
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Ok, so I may be slightly biased towards the E-tec as I have one but....

Its about 4 years newer, about 40kg lighter and may even have the balance of a 5 year warranty on it.

I have the E-tec 115 (Weight similar to 115 Opti) on a 5.5 rib and find it a bit stern heavy, if buying again I would probably get a 90 and save 40 kgs on the transom.

The Optimax 75, 90, 115 and 125 are all the same weight I think. Good engines but I think the 75 and 90 are heavy for their HP.
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I have an Opti, and love it, but I really like the ETECs too...... If it were me, i'd go for the ETEC....for all the reasons mentioned
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I have an Opti, and love it, but I really like the ETECs too...... If it were me, i'd go for the ETEC....for all the reasons mentioned
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I'd go etec but I could add another opti option

I know of a 2008 Opti 90HP with just over 1 yr warranty left, all rigging. 30 genuine hours.

Location Ireland. Priced 4,600

Let me know if you would like the details.
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Etec gets my vote, punchy amount of power and quieter than the Opti (in my view)
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It pains me to say this (especially with Gotchiguy lurking on the forum) but I'd probably go for the Etec. Sorry Martini
Apology accepted.

I'd probably go for the Etec as well but only if I couldn't find a Soozy 4 stroke
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happy Opti owner but looking at the age/price difference Etec would be my choice.
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