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Old 12 January 2012, 12:39   #1
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Optimax 90hp v Etec 90hp?

I am looking to buy one of these two engine secondhand and was looking for peoples views on which might be better:

Evinrude etec 2009 with 94hrs on the clock with all controls, service history and fully serviced. About £500 more than:

Mercury Optimax 2005 with 160hrs, again with all controls and some service history and fully serviced.

I'm tempted to go with the evinrude but would really appreciate any advice on this!!
Thanks in advance.
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Old 12 January 2012, 13:00   #2
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It pains me to say this (especially with Gotchiguy lurking on the forum) but I'd probably go for the Etec. Sorry Martini
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Ok, so I may be slightly biased towards the E-tec as I have one but....

Its about 4 years newer, about 40kg lighter and may even have the balance of a 5 year warranty on it.

I have the E-tec 115 (Weight similar to 115 Opti) on a 5.5 rib and find it a bit stern heavy, if buying again I would probably get a 90 and save 40 kgs on the transom.

The Optimax 75, 90, 115 and 125 are all the same weight I think. Good engines but I think the 75 and 90 are heavy for their HP.
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I have an Opti, and love it, but I really like the ETECs too...... If it were me, i'd go for the ETEC....for all the reasons mentioned
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I have an Opti, and love it, but I really like the ETECs too...... If it were me, i'd go for the ETEC....for all the reasons mentioned
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I'd go etec but I could add another opti option

I know of a 2008 Opti 90HP with just over 1 yr warranty left, all rigging. 30 genuine hours.

Location Ireland. Priced £4,600

Let me know if you would like the details.
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Etec gets my vote, punchy amount of power and quieter than the Opti (in my view)
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It pains me to say this (especially with Gotchiguy lurking on the forum) but I'd probably go for the Etec. Sorry Martini
Apology accepted.

I'd probably go for the Etec as well but only if I couldn't find a Soozy 4 stroke
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happy Opti owner but looking at the age/price difference Etec would be my choice.
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I've owned both these engines and would go for the Opti.

E tec gave me alot of trouble. Well to be fair on the E tec I was starting to wonder if it was the outboard or the dealer who did not have the skill to fix it.

When the both of them were running they were good just more down time with the e tec.

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Opti 90 is a seriously lardy lump. On that alone I'd chose the etec

Given a bigger opti, it'd be 50/50.
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Both are pretty good engines I believe. Surely age and warranty vs price are the deciding factor? £500 for a few years newer seems a bargain. Any warranty and it's a no brainer.
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yeah, our rib is 5.5m so thought a 90 would be about right, its got a 70 at the moment which means its a bit underpowered.

Thanks for the info.
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I know b****r all about Optis,(apart from the ones I've seen/heard are smoky & noisy) so can't comment. The 90 Etec isn't the strongest 90 around, it reputedly only chucks out about 5hp more than the Etec 75. On a 5.5, the 115 Etec might be a better bet, especially if you're loading her up.
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Both are pretty good engines I believe. Surely age and warranty vs price are the deciding factor? £500 for a few years newer seems a bargain. Any warranty and it's a no brainer.
Not landing heavily on its arse every time you get airborne would be a deciding factor for me as well.

The Opti is the equivalent of carrying 2 25 litre fuel tanks on the transom over the etec.

However, if your transom could take a 115 Opti, I'd be swinging towards 50/50...
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Whatever you're eating/drinking/smoking (delete as appropriate) at that school of yours, I'd be thinking about stopping .
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Opti 90 is a seriously lardy lump. On that alone I'd chose the etec

Given a bigger opti, it'd be 50/50.
That's bang on, I was surprised how bulky the 90 opti was when I was tinkering with one a few months ago.
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Not landing heavily on its arse every time you get airborne would be a deciding factor for me as well.

The Opti is the equivalent of carrying 2 25 litre fuel tanks on the transom over the etec.

However, if your transom could take a 115 Opti, I'd be swinging towards 50/50...
Very true! Looks like an etec will be sold!
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