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Old 27 January 2008, 10:31   #1
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Outboard Servicing - Suzuki

I am just awaiting delivery of my new rib, which is fitted with a Suzuki 175.It requires a service after 10 hours so im looking for the best place to take it. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any servicing dealers that are of a good quality and donít cost the earth! I had a tender for my previous sports cruiser with a small outboard fitted and the quality of service I received when having it serviced was awful so im not keen to take my new engine there! I donít have a trailer so this makes things more difficult unless you no if the engineer that could come to a marina.

Any information or tips very helpful!

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Old 27 January 2008, 10:41   #2
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My (much smaller) yamaha was due a 10hr service too - when I asked the local yamaha engineer for a price which I baulked at - he said I could do it myself - when I checked the warranty detail I could (and so did - saving about £70!).

[quote=Chrisg;235617] I donít have a trailer so this makes things more difficult unless you no if the engineer that could come to a marina. /quote]

I would expect that there will be someone on the south coast offering a mobile service. However I suspect that the engine will need to come out the water anyway as the gearbox oil probably needs changing.
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Old 27 January 2008, 10:49   #3
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Are you sure it says 10 hours, usually the its 10 hours of break in and first service at 20 hours on all Suzukis.
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Old 27 January 2008, 10:52   #4
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It does need to be lifted, but to be honest I just want someone to service it who is not miserable and not make me feel like im being a pain asking them to service it!! A happy/expert seems difficult to find down here!!
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Old 27 January 2008, 10:54   #5
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I have been told in needs doing after 10 hours but I will double check!

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Old 27 January 2008, 11:14   #6
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Hi, we have just taken delivery of our new engine a suzuki 175 and the manual says 20hrs (which ties in nicely with the end of the break in period). Really its just oils and an inspection at 20 hrs so if it can be done by the owner then all the better / cheaper.
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Old 27 January 2008, 11:19   #7
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Thank you very much gives us a bit more time to find someone or to learn how to do it myself! How is the engine? Any issues?
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unfortunately the weather and lack of time means i havent actually had it on the water yet.
We were supplied with a 17 prop not sure if i need the 19 but other than that i dont see any problems.
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if i had to complain about anything it would be the lack of noise when its at idle
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Old 27 January 2008, 11:25   #10
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I used to trailer the boat down to SAL Marine in Lymington, mainly because they originally supplied the engine, but I also found the mechanics very knowledgeable and professional. I was very happy with the service I got.

As the new boat doesn't have a trailer I'll be needing a mobile engineer and the person recommended to me was Mike @ MB Marine (down by Shamrock Quay).

I thought the first service was @ 20 hrs. Anyway, engine will warn you with beeps when servicing is due.
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