Originally Posted by Zippy
im looking for first hand experience of peoples Verados. have they been as reliable as everyone is making out?
Are they as efficient as the claims make out?
I see they are releasing a 4 cylinder 200 HP model as well as the 6 Cylinder 200 hp model. any suggestions on relative benefits of both?
also, what do the smart guages actually do???
Many thanks in advance...
Firstly I have run one for 75 hours now and my experiances are on the whole very positive.
The power delivery is a real rush, feels like a powerful car, smooth and progressive, although in the case of my boat not quite the performance I expected at WOT about knots short of my expectations, but in reality that does not matter I guess.
The silent running is a real treat and something that never gets old, the power steering and DTS throttle are a real joy to and make driving the boat very tactile and relaxing.
My engine is not the most economical in the world but I think that weighed up against all the other costs of boating its not such a big deal. It is about ..2 of a litre per mile more thirsty than my Opti 225, that is about 20p, so not such a big deal unless your on a strict budget or doing really big miles.
The Smart Gauges give you all sorts of useful info including fuel usage, average fuel usage, fuel to waypoint, cog, speed from GPS or paddle and various engine management screens. Overall the whole package works really well and feels very luxorious, I would buy again in a second.
Finaly there is a great website at www.veradoclub.com
the guy that runs it is a bit short at times but never not had a question answered correctly and quickly.