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Old 03 September 2012, 18:04   #21
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Nobody's mentioned Merc/Mariner.

Not a bad motor and good value. More grunt than the Honda & Soozook.
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As others have said, OUCH! Can't say that has had a positive effect on Evinrude's chances of getting my business.
To be fair It would appear an isolated fault rather than a common known problem with these models.. It happens. Obviously if BRP fail to resolve the problems to the owners satisfaction under warranty, then that in itself would be more worrying for future potential buyers.

I think they will stand up to the mark and get it sorted. Let's wait and see!
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Nobody's mentioned Merc/Mariner.

Not a bad motor and good value. More grunt than the Honda & Soozook.
Seems you just did. My perception is that they tend to be older technology, less 'green', even less reliable than the Japanese motors. Is that unfair?
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Based on what?
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To be fair It would appear an isolated fault rather than a common known problem with these models.. It happens. Obviously if BRP fail to resolve the problems to the owners satisfaction under warranty, then that in itself would be more worrying for future potential buyers.

I think they will stand up to the mark and get it sorted. Let's wait and see!
Fair points, well made.

Still intrigued by the lack of pricing available online though.
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Fair points, well made.

Still intrigued by the lack of pricing available online though.
Southampton Boat Show in 2 weeks. Go there and talk to the dealers on the stalls and tell them you're genuinely in the market for a new motor. After the summer we've had this year, they'll be keen to move some stock.
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Based on what?
Nothing in particular. As I said, just a perception. My question was whether that perception is unfair?
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Southampton Boat Show in 2 weeks. Go there and talk to the dealers on the stalls and tell them you're genuinely in the market for a new motor. After the summer we've had this year, they'll be keen to move some stock.
Already got my tickets, and intending to do just that, but any dealer/salesman is going to sing the praises of their product. I'm just trying to get the user viewpoint before I waste a load of time talking to people about motors I'd perhaps be wise to steer clear of.
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Fair points, well made.

Still intrigued by the lack of pricing available online though.
I think that's pretty wise all things considered. They are all battling against each other and it's a tough industry right now.

I was chatting with our supplier for new motors and he said they are killed by the mail order options out there offering them at almost cost price just to get the deal. The money is all in the servicing so it's hard to see where these suppliers make it worthwhile, as chances are they won't go back for a service if the distance is restrictive.

"POA" pricing gives them at least one chance (when you enquires) to seal the deal.
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I think that's pretty wise all things considered. They are all battling against each other and it's a tough industry right now.

I was chatting with our supplier for new motors and he said they are killed by the mail order options out there offering them at almost cost price just to get the deal. The money is all in the servicing so it's hard to see where these suppliers make it worthwhile, as chances are they won't go back for a service if the distance is restrictive.

"POA" pricing gives them at least one chance (when you enquires) to seal the deal.
But even the 'mail order/online retailers don't give prices for Evinrudes. Why should they treat them any differently from the other manufacturers' offerings?
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