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Old 18 September 2003, 06:50   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Wickford, Essex
Boat name: Seahorse V
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4
Engine: Mercury 50HP
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 57
Suzuki Engines

I have just been offered a Suzuki 55 2 Stroke Engine, power tilt/trim 1993.

Does anyone have any experience of these engines.

Are they good engines, reliable?
What is performance and fuel like?
Is there anything I should be aware of?

My current engine is a very old Mercury 50 Manual Tilt/Trim which is starting to show it's age. How does a Suzuki compare to this engine.

Many Thanks in advance.


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Old 19 September 2003, 13:29   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Paignton, Devon
Make: Chinook and Viking
Length: 7m +
Engine: 150 Etec + 125 Merc
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 526
Of the Suzuki engines we have had into work they seem fairly reliable. Down side is cost of parts a head gasket for a 3.5hp was 45 I had to price one today . Plus points over your current engine would be age, and power trim/tilt (so long as you can use it properly). Also Suzuki apear to be fairly bomb proof!

Tips for buying a used engine:
Go and see it!!
Make sure it runs without any strange noises (powerhead and gearbox)
Starts easily when hot and cold
Check tell tale and bloke temp when running
Check for excessive smoke (If oil injection shouldn't be too much!)
Check general condition of block, transom brackets and leg for excessive corrosion (and anodes will help workout when last serviced) if not before sale.
If possible get a qualified marine engineer to check it over. It may cost you an hours labour labour but thats better than 100's on a knackerd engine!!

Hapy engine hunting

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Old 22 September 2003, 23:45   #3
Country: USA
Town: Seattle
Boat name: Spirit Seeker
Make: Bombard 730
Length: 7.3
Engine: Suzuki 140
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 12
Had a pair of 85's on my last boat

They worked great. Low maintenance, ran smoothly all day long. They were both from 1989. Liked them enough that when I got my new boat I put a Suzuki 140 on her.
Never argue with idiots. They will only drag you down to their level and beat you with their experience.
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