Originally Posted by timw
No "major" breakdowns?...surely there should be none at all for new modern engines.
What do you mean by "major"?
The type that warrant over £18000 work after only 300 hours. I dont believe that there is an engine out there that since its launch has not experianced any breakdowns world wide, whether new and modern or not, unfortunately things do at times go wrong, hence the manufacturers give you a parts and labour warranty when you buy new.
However the Verado has recieved quite some stick from the 'forum' gangs around the world and much is innaccurate. Accepted they are not the lightest or most economical or even the fastest outboard available but using the car anology they are like a Merc S class, they do most things really well. Not the best track car or mudplugger but never the less a great piece of engineering and a fantastic car. The Caterham may be quicker and more fun and there are outboards that fit that bill too but fitted to the right application the Verado is a joy to own. People all want differant things from an engine and a boat and agreed they are not right for everybody but when they suit the purpose they are wonderful. I have over 100 hours this season on my 275 and its fantastic, would not change it for anything else, except maybe the new 300 Verado