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Small 4-stroke - Merc vs Tohatsu

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  • Small 4-stroke - Merc vs Tohatsu

    I know the older Merc 4-Stroke small engines (a 9.9 in particular) were just rebranded Tohatsu. Is that still the case? If not, when did Merc begin selling their own engines?

    I ask because I had a particularly troublesome 6 HP Nissan and am now looking at a brand new 2009 9.9 Merc. Selling dealer claims that this engine is 100% Mercury. I want nothing to do with another Tohatsu.

    TIA
    2004 Crownline 216LS 350 MAG BIII "All Paws on Deck"
    2007 Lund 1660 Classic Sport


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    Re: Small 4-stroke - Merc vs Tohatsu

    Originally posted by RMB View Post
    I know the older Merc 4-Stroke small engines (a 9.9 in particular) were just rebranded Tohatsu. Is that still the case? If not, when did Merc begin selling their own engines?

    I ask because I had a particularly troublesome 6 HP Nissan and am now looking at a brand new 2009 9.9 Merc. Selling dealer claims that this engine is 100% Mercury. I want nothing to do with another Tohatsu.

    TIA
    Let that be the last time you talk to that dealer. The only 100% Mercury outboards built in the states are 75hp and up.

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      Re: Small 4-stroke - Merc vs Tohatsu

      Like Jeff states Do not belive that dealer!
      Oldman570

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        Re: Small 4-stroke - Merc vs Tohatsu

        what kind of problems did you have with the nissan, just curious?

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          Re: Small 4-stroke - Merc vs Tohatsu

          Pretty much all the small outboards under 15hp are made by Tohatsu. Nissan, Merc, even Evinrude 9.8 and under are made by Tohatsu.

          You could look at buying a Yamaha or Honda. Otherwise it's going to be a Tohatsu. (Great little motors by the way).
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            Re: Small 4-stroke - Merc vs Tohatsu

            Originally posted by Star View Post
            what kind of problems did you have with the nissan, just curious?
            It developed a bad knock with low hours. Long story short, it ended up needing to be rebuilt. Took forever to get parts to have the work done.

            I've had two Hondas. That Nissan couldn't compete with the Hondas. Never had any trouble with Honda and they are SO much quieter. My last one was a late '90s 9.9. I never should have sold it.
            2004 Crownline 216LS 350 MAG BIII "All Paws on Deck"
            2007 Lund 1660 Classic Sport

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