Originally Posted by RibRoy
Good evening Martin, Why do you want to go for the Verados ? Not happy with your twin 250 Suzukis ? ( Apart from the crappy gearshift )
Belive the Verados are thirstier at full speed and also are a lot heavier.
Was Merc able to give you the same warranty as Suz ?
The Suzukies are exellent+, except from the gearshift so far. The Veradoes have nice gear and powerstearing. The Merc.dealer called me today and said that they would give me three years warranty and a nice price. If I by the Veraroes, I will make sure it is made in 2006, so that Mercury have had two full years to take care of poblems.
Thirstier Verado, yes it is thirstier and that is no good! I have a testreport of the four big 250`s on the market. It shows where to find the best speed gasmilage etc. The Verado uses 20%more at WOT, but at 4000 rpm it uses less than any other engine and that is where I spend most time. But there is no doubt that it will be a higher gasolinebill with the Veradoes, but mayby not that much.
When it comes to the Suzukies, they are really good when it comes to good gasmilage, due to the fact that they have the highest cruising -speed at 4000 rpm. This is probably because high torque and low gearing making them spinning big propellers and therefor losing less speed.
When it comes to Evinrude, no more! Last year we carried 400l. of two-stroke oil to our 2X250hp Evinrude DI. That oil is priced like gold, and we had to change sparks every 60 hours, and 12 sparks cost a fortune. This year we have done three times that many hours on the water, so the oilconsumption would have been higher even with the new E-tech using a lot less oil.
Two friends have so far bought the first E-tech 250 out on the market, both broke down and the engines were replaced without question. (titek.no and lofotodden.no). Not that it makes Evinrude any worse than the others, but it might show that it is not smart to by an engine which is out on the market for the first year, same as Opti, Yamaha 300HPDI and maybe Verado?
Hopefully, I am wrong about the Verado. But if I by them, I will let you all know what I think about them after some hundred hours.
Why cant Mercury use me as a free testbench, let me have their engiens, and if they survive me, anyone can use them:-).
Reading US-forums, it is one thing that is sure, there is no such thing as a perfect engine, but in the long run the japaneese engines seem to have the best history on the water.