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Old 20 August 2013, 14:19   #1
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Which 2.5HP New Outboard

I am in the market for a brand new outboard to pull my Dinghy.

I had a Mariner 3.5 on it but its just too heavy to carry so need something a bit lighter to use mobile.

Anyway the Mariner has now been sold so the search begins.

Suzuki seem to offer a good deal around at around 520

Tohatsu around 527

Yamaha a bit more expensive around 570

Which is the best engine in the class?

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Old 20 August 2013, 14:33   #2
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Suzuki..lightest , quiet and will have good warranty (not that you'll need it)
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Old 20 August 2013, 14:45   #3
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That depends on on what your buying criteria is

suzi v light and we get lots of good servicing work from them and they often get clogged up and have the probably the worst gear box in history.

Tohatsu: great wee engines but heavy like the yam made by nissan and the same as mercury/ mariner

Yam: heavy but amazing build quality and considering the numbers sold it is a tiny number that get issues. also a lot of commercial guys use them

Honda: air cooled , v light at 12kg v v reliable but due to being air cooled it is the loudest by far but no louder than a 10 hp 2 stroke. also 6 year warranty so an extra year than the others.

so.......

if you can live with the noise honda ( its no that loud so hear one running so you can make up your own mind)
if not and reliability is more important than weight yamaha
if noise and weight are the most important thing the suzi
if its based on units sold then yam or honda

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Old 20 August 2013, 14:52   #4
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Why not get a Yamaha 2Hp 2 stroke. Ok its going to be a few years old but they are bullet proof. I have just got rid of my Mariner 2.3 4 stroke because of the weight issues.I can pick up the wee Yammie with one hand.I got an immaculate one for 175.Missed one on Gumtree that went for 100!!
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Old 20 August 2013, 14:56   #5
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Why not get a Yamaha 2Hp 2 stroke. Ok its going to be a few years old but they are bullet proof. I have just got rid of my Mariner 2.3 4 stroke because of the weight issues.I can pick up the wee Yammie with one hand.I got an immaculate one for 175.Missed one on Gumtree that went for 100!!
+ 1 agreed they are v v well made
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Got a nearly new small Honda Air-cooled from Biff a couple of years ago V-light-first pull every time and surprising torque ...Great Little engines..and no flushing-no Hassle!!
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Old 20 August 2013, 16:46   #7
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Thinks its either of Suzuki or the Yam.

MMMMMMM

Decisions.
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Old 21 August 2013, 00:38   #8
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well it comes down to how reliable you need it to be then as though the yam outsells the suzi by a huge factor we fix and repair more suzi's than yams.

Note: I am not talking about all suzi engines here just the ones under 5hp ones.

Either way dealers are lucky to make anything on these as margins are around 10% i.e. 50 - PDI ( pre deliver inspection), adding oil, running in test tank, paperwork, demo of engine, credit card charges etc so...buy the suzi please as these are a good income stream in the future!

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The Mariner 3.5hp four stroke you can buy new only weighs 18kg. Is this the one you had on your boat?

So if weight was the main issue then I would go with the Suzuki DF 2.5 four stroke, as it is the lightest at about 12kg.
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its the same weight has the honda and has less warranty!
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