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Old 05 September 2006, 15:08   #1
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suzuki df250

Any one have one of these beauties? What do you think of it and how has it performed overall?

Did a search on here about them realise at wot they are thirsty but they do seen quite good in the mid range for fuel consumption?
Are there any little niggles to watch for?
What is the service period on one (100 hours) and how much to service?
Is there anything to check for/look out for to find potential problems?
thanks for any input as i'm trying to way up a boat purchase.
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Old 05 September 2006, 17:51   #2
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I seem to remember posts on here recently indicating a nasty tendency for them to go bang.... but I have no experience of it myself.
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Old 05 September 2006, 17:54   #3
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Check for recall work done buy Suzuki.
Very very quiet engine (sometimes lacks the excitement of a 2 stroke).
Powerful but lacks the immediate punch of a 2 stroke and I don't think economy is far off an opti. I have driven this a fair bit now, it is a nice smooth beast. Maybe the way it is set up but throttle/gear control is awful.
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Old 06 September 2006, 05:40   #4
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I've read the thread about them going bang but that doesn't mean that they all do?? (cross fingers)
Our work rib had a yamaha F115 throw its piston through the side demolishing the casing/starter and fuel rack ...but that doesn't mean the f115 isn't a good engine..... but it does make me think about it a bit more.
Any commercial operators out there use the df 250??
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Old 06 September 2006, 07:53   #5
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I've read the thread about them going bang but that doesn't mean that they all do?? (cross fingers)
Our work rib had a yamaha F115 throw its piston through the side demolishing the casing/starter and fuel rack ...but that doesn't mean the f115 isn't a good engine..... but it does make me think about it a bit more.
Any commercial operators out there use the df 250??
Of course it doesn't - and remember there is a good guarantee with them anyway. Suzuki has recalled them to reprogramme the ECU - probably to alter the fuelling to stop cylinders running too lean.

Often perfectly good engines get a bad reputation purely because they are forced to comply with OTT environmental regs.
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Old 06 September 2006, 15:02   #6
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Had mine for 550 hours now. Exept from crappy gearshift in the beginning no foults. Very happy with the dealer also. Here in Norway I know of 3 blown engines. Head gasket caused by what seems to be a productionfoult in the casting.
They are slower in acleration than my colleges Veradoes, but they dont blow up so often.Verado kompressors and gearhouses seems to be a major problem on those.

Im so happy with Suz that I have bought 2 more 250's
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Old 06 September 2006, 16:37   #7
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Suzuki problems

Hi guys

See http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=Suzuki


Interesting to see how Suzuki have progressed over the summer.

They had a bunch of dealers in St Malo in Sweeden lasr week to test out the new 300hp. Anybody hear any news??

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