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Old 20 March 2015, 17:19   #1
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Which make of outboard?

Hi folks,
I'm looking for opinions of different outboard manufacturers. I'm thinking about reliability, longevity, economy, performance and servicing and parts costs.

What are your thoughts/experiences?

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Old 20 March 2015, 17:57   #2
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Any.

Seriously. All the current makes are very similar at the end of the day. The most common advise is to go with the dealer close to you that you like the best.

I have a 2013 Suzuki 4 stroke and love it.

Some people even like the current 2 strokes still.

They also like to point out the few pound difference in weights between manufacturers but I weight 100lbs more than most of you so i never followed that argument.

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Old 20 March 2015, 18:41   #3
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Horses for courses.

Everybody will have their own opinion for their own reason.

None of them will be wrong.

I was on the hunt for an engine not so long back and I asked one of the trade members (who is an outboard dealer) on here for a recommendation, his advice was that i should choose a manufacturer that had a dealer close to me.
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Let battle commence!

My nearest dealer is 8000 miles away, and I bought an E-TEC. Can't say anything other than it's been flawless for four years. But I'd agree, whatever is nearest to a dealer, in most cases. The E-TEC dealer diagnostic gear and factory workshop manual is available to Joe Public, which was one supporting reason in my case, being remote from any dealer for anything. Not that I've ever needed it, but I have it just in case.
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My nearest dealer is 8000 miles away
do you live on the moon?
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Nearly, but the neighbours aren't as friendly


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I think you're getting BogMonster confused with the soup dragon .

(Apologies the OP for worsening the signal to noise ratio here.)
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Old 21 March 2015, 04:03   #8
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I've been told that suzukis are more expensive on parts due to Suzuki obsoleting old parts and models quickly. Anybody had this experience?
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Old 21 March 2015, 04:34   #9
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I dont know which is best,but when i used to work the stand at boat shows, if i was on the mariner stand, I sometimes had someone come on the stand and talk to me( well someone had to)They used to say they didnt like the mercury brand, and the other way around. I didnt have the heart to tell them the only differance was the colour of the top cowl. If anyone reconnizes their selfs from this sorry.
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I've been told that suzukis are more expensive on parts due to Suzuki obsoleting old parts and models quickly. Anybody had this experience?
I doubt that. Try Tohatsu or Honda.

If you buy new, what kind of parts do you think you need to replace? The impeller and gear oil gets done, new sparks, thermostat and gasket every few years, timing belt, oil for sump, etc. Not exactly going to break the bank all things considered.
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