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Old 14 October 2018, 09:40   #11
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It wouldnít worry me at that age for a good motor. Depends on how itís been used - a 16 year old car is not like a 16 year old outboard that is looked after. Think how many more miles a car does in that time. So mechanically it should be fine. Get it checked and if itís relatively low hours wouldnít concern me. Modern engines are so reliable. Itís price would reflect its age / level of use.

For example we have a 140hp Suzuki 4 stroke (on sale on here atm as we are looking at a larger engine) and it hasnít missed a beat in 14 years, incredibly reliable and in very good condition.

As we say as we get older - age is just a number and itís how hard itís been worked (and maintained) that matters.
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It the low hours that can kill an outboard,corrosion is rife ... cant see many car engines living very long in terms of the environment an outboard has to work in and being a old second hand outboard ,do you really know how its been looked after?
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Old 14 October 2018, 12:09   #13
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It the low hours that can kill an outboard,corrosion is rife ... cant see many car engines living very long in terms of the environment an outboard has to work in and being a old second hand outboard ,do you really know how its been looked after?

Itís rarely the engine on a 16 yr old car where the problem lies (it was your comparison), unless itís been used as a taxi etc with stupid mileage. Few cars get stored inside in the warm and dry, or any maintenance at all outside their annual service. Many, but certainly not all outboards will have been stored inside, seen grease/oil/wd40 etc far more than on a car. Looking at the engine will tell you far more than the original purchase receipt. After all it could be 18 months old and have been upside down in the sea because someone over cooked their showing off.

New outboards can fail too, so from a safety perspective Iíd say it is no different unless there is something clearly wrong or that gives real cause for concern - so that you expect a failure.

Iíve been vaguely kicking around ideas about replacement boats, but those in budget often have 15 yr old engines. One of the things that has held me back is that the budget would not support providing a replacement engine if it dies in the first year or two.
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Old 14 October 2018, 14:27   #14
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It the low hours that can kill an outboard,corrosion is rife ... cant see many car engines living very long in terms of the environment an outboard has to work in and being a old second hand outboard ,do you really know how its been looked after?


Which is why itís always best to check out any second hand engine my point is that age alone doesnít mean itís a high risk if itís low hours and been looked after. May also depend which engine it is - some are well known for being solid, some less so
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Even a decent looking engine can cr@p out on you... i got my rib with a yam 55 of about 1975 is lh vintage. Started with no more than a twitch of the key,and i frequently had to throttle it back....

One winter i went to change the thermostat... long story short -the powerhead had turned into swiss cheese due to a broken but looked intact earthing strap...

Those who remember me (its been a while!) will know i then totally rebuilt a Merc clamshell, which at a nominal 30 odd years old hasnt missed a beat since i ran it in... other than the Easdale trip where the battery let me down. ....

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Condition means lots.
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