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Old 22 April 2007, 13:50   #1
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Which engine make??

Looking for a four stroke between 115 and 150 hp.

Have had 3 x Suzuki's and really had no major issues with the exception of the current one.

I know my advise to others would be the local dealer, but when they are all as good / bad (diplomatic of me) as each other, I thought I would start a fresh.

Suzuki, Johnson or yamaha, these are really about the only choice due to local dealers.

The boat is left in the water most of the year, so robust anodes etc and economy is paramount if there is such a thing with ribs!!!

Thanks
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Old 22 April 2007, 14:26   #2
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Aren't Johnson going to dissapear soon?

What about the new breed of 2 stroke such as Evinrude eTec. THey seem to get good reviews?

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Old 22 April 2007, 17:13   #3
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I can only talk about yamaha as we have had
100 F/Stroke 115 F/stroke a 225 F/stroke and we now have a 250 F/stroke
i say with fingers crossed never had a problem, so as you can imagine i am sold on Yamaha, also the fact that i have BHG marine near us, who in my opinion are the best dealers i have come across
i rest my case m,.lord
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Old 22 April 2007, 17:14   #4
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I would go for Suzuki every time. Had one on my old fishing boat and did 1500 hours in 3 years with no probs. I have fitted one on my new fishing boat as I always belive if you find something good why change!

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Old 22 April 2007, 22:08   #5
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Looking for a four stroke between 115 and 150 hp.

Have had 3 x Suzuki's and really had no major issues with the exception of the current one.

I know my advise to others would be the local dealer, but when they are all as good / bad (diplomatic of me) as each other, I thought I would start a fresh.

Suzuki, Johnson or yamaha, these are really about the only choice due to local dealers.

The boat is left in the water most of the year, so robust anodes etc and economy is paramount if there is such a thing with ribs!!!

Thanks
Which Suzuki do you have? Is it the DF200? What sort of problems have you had?
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Old 23 April 2007, 03:37   #6
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Which Suzuki do you have? Is it the DF200? What sort of problems have you had?
What do you know about this engine?? Are there well known issues.
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Old 23 April 2007, 06:50   #7
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What do you know about this engine?? Are there well known issues.
I think there were some problems with the 250 when it first came out - something to do with running to lean damaging some of the cylinders - don't know if it was a problem with the 200 but it's the same block I think. The cure was to reprog the engine management - it is a common problem with modern engines when they try to meet the latest environment laws. Engines just love running a little rich!!!
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