I guess the dealers wouldn't have made much from my purchase of the Suzuki 2.5hp.
Over the last three years ..since new.. it has ran faultlessly for many many hours for me. I use it mostly at a slow trolling speed.. trying to find mackerel and the more elusive sea trout on my spinners.
It has never seen a dealer since I bought it. Simple to operate..service and get to the impeller. I have checked the impeller twice but never felt the need to change it in its three years of use.
Only complaint I have ..and its not really a complaint..but if it has been running on tick over for ages.. then I try to quickly open the throttle..it gets bogged down a bit..as if the plug has oiled up on a two stroke. However I soon learned that a couple of blips with the throttle cleared its throat and it would run at fast throttle again no problem.
Would I buy another ? Yup..without hesitation..its very light and has a huge carry handle
I cant comment on the other small four strokes as the rest of my smaller outboards are 2 strokes.