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Old 22 September 2005, 18:25   #1
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Engine on ebay.........dodgy??

I saw this on ebay a few days ago and have been following it. Do people think it looks dodgy - the seller has no feedback although the wording does sound ok (unless its been "stolen" from another ad somewhere). Seems like a bargin if it is genuine.....
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Old 22 September 2005, 18:29   #2
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I saw this on ebay a few days ago and have been following it. Do people think it looks dodgy - the seller has no feedback although the wording does sound ok (unless its been "stolen" from another ad somewhere). Seems like a bargin if it is genuine.....
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
seems cheap enough, but would get int he car and go visit him and see it running and perhaps pay for an inspection, ask for reciepts for rebuild work, call em and ask etc, if all checks out could be a bargain

contact the seller
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Don't think my 4.1m boat would be too happy with that on the back.....
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I'd like to think that it's genuine, as that would fit on our transom just nicely!

But look at the top LH corner of this pic... I'm slightly suspicious. I wonder how the seller would react to an request to view? Over to Nosforatu!

Also, I'm a bit uncertain if Yamaha ever marketed a 225hp 3.1 litre Vmax motor in the UK. I could be wrong though.
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Is this a UK product? I don't know much about Yamaha, but the description has a "yank" feel to it. Also, it may be cheap, but no-one is exactly biting his hand off.

Personally, I would never bid for a high value product from a zero rated seller anyway.

As always, caveat emptor!
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It's probably a con...

If you look at the company plaque behind the motor (plus the sticker visible on one shot) and you'll see ARG Marine. They are a company in Palm Beach, Florida. I don't think they have a branch in Melton Mowbray...

Come on Nos - go get him!
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Old 22 September 2005, 19:58   #7
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must admit, if i was looking for a 225 v max i would jump in the car and go and see it, if genuine then could be a cool buy, is easy enough to check up on serial numbers etc and if been overhauled in the uk then to check with the guys that did the work

now if i put that on the 4 plus 2 that might make the baby jump out of the water a bit quicker, could drop the doel fins then, might even be lighter than my honda!!! has anyone ever seen a shetland 4 plus 2 pass them when they are doing 50 mph?
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Well spotted - if you check their site the engine is still listed with location of riviera beach Florida

http://www.argmarine.com/moredetails...code=argmarine
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It is a private listing as well - starting to smell a rat BUT it could be ok - if you get a phone number and speak to him - then arrange to pay cash on collection no problem - otherwise - no way!!!

Remember some people use other people's ads and photos etc if they have similar items for sale!!!
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I've emailed ARG Marine asking them about their Melton Mowbray office (!), and also sent an email to ebay regarding the attempt to defraud.

He's keeping the identity of the bidder secret to avoid anyone emailing them and pointing out that the motor doesn't exist.

We now need Nos to put in a huge bid!
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