E-TEC for me, partly as I have to do my own maintenance and it takes a ton of things out of the maintenance equation. I also have all the diagnostics, which you don't seem to be able to get for most of the others. I arrived at it partly by accident, as it was the preferred engine from Osprey at the time I bought the boat, but when I looked into the other choices, it made sense for those reasons.
I've never used a modern 4 stroke so can't compare directly but the responsiveness of the E-TEC is brilliant when you shove the throttle forwards. And I dragged it out of the garage last week for the first run since April and it started on the second or third revolution of the engine.
To be honest, if I had a dealer to go to that would take care of the extra whirry bits, I probably wouldn't care, though it would probably have to be Japanese so Suzuki, Yamaha and Honda would be on the shortlist.
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