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Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

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  • Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

    ok, I know almost everyone on this forum will pick the E-Tec over almost any other engine offered.So exactly is soo much better about the E-Tec as compaired to the Optimax?The 90HP E-Tec is $400 more then the 90HP Optimax.The 115HP E-Tec is $600 more then the 115HP Optimax.The Dealer quoted the E-Tec Pricing, the exact same as the Mercury 4-Stroke at the same HP.So that puts the Optimax in the middle for pricing.I don't have a problem spending $400 more if there's valid reason. But if I (as an amature boater) wont know a difference between the E-tec and the Optimax, Then its money lost to me.Thanks,-TheChad
    2006 Lowe Fish & Ski (FS175)
    -Mercury 115HP EFI 4-Stroke
    --Mounted 3rd Hole From The Top (Middle Hole)
    -Mercury Vengeance SS Prop (16 Pitch)
    -Lowrance LCX-26C HD


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    Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

    Chad: I'm no expert but I can share my experience with you. I have a 50 hp e-tec and it's very quiet. I've also been around some Optimax motors and have found them loud. As i undestand it, the e-tec is newer (and better) technology. But as i said, I'm no expert. In effect, though, I'd say the etec is quieter. Maybe others have had both and can give you more info. By the way, the e-tec is not perfect. I speak from experience.Good luck, Bill

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    • #3
      Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

      Bill,Thank-you for the Honest answer.I really apperciate a responce such as yours.Thanks,-TheChad
      2006 Lowe Fish & Ski (FS175)
      -Mercury 115HP EFI 4-Stroke
      --Mounted 3rd Hole From The Top (Middle Hole)
      -Mercury Vengeance SS Prop (16 Pitch)
      -Lowrance LCX-26C HD

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      • #4
        Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

        Hi,I'm no expert either, but have done a lot of research prior to my decision on new one, what I discovered from lots of articles, forums like this, and general talk with boaters was...that:-The Etec is very advanced, yes very quiet, super economical, but does lack a little in top end and low end. I also read that at low revs it has 'stratisferic'? combustion, which saves fuel when trawlling, the article did say there was a lag in throttle response as it changed out of this.This all said, is only what I've read etc., if it was cheaper I'd have gone with it for its economy, but I was buying 40hp, I bought Mercury Classic, I didnt consider optimax at all as it wasnt available in my hp.RgdsRon

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        • #5
          Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

          The troll continues....ala the 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke thread....

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          • #6
            Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

            All things being equal I would take the 2 stroke over a 4 stroke every time because there are simply too many moving parts in a 4 stroke.

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            • #7
              Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

              Thanks for the input.I've read enough on the 4-strokes the know the + & - of them.The major Thing i am trying to find out here is OptiMax vs E-Tec.I know ALOT of people on this forum are partial to E-Tec, and will say how great they are, but i've found very little fact's, specs, etc showing how it is better then the OptiMax.Both OptiMax and E-Tec are 3-star rated, both claim fuel economy, both claim theirs is best..But what facts are there to show one better over the other?THanks,-TheChad
              2006 Lowe Fish & Ski (FS175)
              -Mercury 115HP EFI 4-Stroke
              --Mounted 3rd Hole From The Top (Middle Hole)
              -Mercury Vengeance SS Prop (16 Pitch)
              -Lowrance LCX-26C HD

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              • #8
                Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

                Which do you like? I think that is the question. The optimax was around before the e-tec(I belive) and it may of had problems and the e-tec is new. I have neither but I own two Merc. classics(40 and 50) and would not have any problem to buy another Merc. Again, I have read about the E-tec and sounds like a solid motor. I would go with the one that I like, not what somewhat else likes. If I listened to other people I would not of been married for 27 years. Go for yourself.

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                • #9
                  Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

                  In the testing i've read,the e-tec was quieter,had better fuel economy,faster(although Merc used a different hole,that was what there reps decided to use),better acceleration.I am a fan of new design/technology(check out the technical developments for this engine on there website) and i like the fact that BRP designed this engine from the ground up.I'm not sure of the recommended dealer service for the optimax but with E-tecs not needing to be serviced for 3 yrs,alot of money should be saved that would make up for the difference in price.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

                    Originally posted by telmanmn: Which do you like? I think that is the question. The optimax was around before the e-tec(I belive) and it may of had problems and the e-tec is new. I have neither but I own two Merc. classics(40 and 50) and would not have any problem to buy another Merc. Again, I have read about the E-tec and sounds like a solid motor. I would go with the one that I like, not what somewhat else likes. If I listened to other people I would not of been married for 27 years. Go for yourself.
                    That's great input!Unfortunitly, I don't have a 'like' because this will be my first boat/engine. Almost every dealer prices their boats with Mercury's, so obviously there's huge dealer support. But that doesn't mean its the best. However i can't see a dealer pricing every boat they sell with an engine manufacturer that has problems, because when the customer is unsatisfied, they are going to come down on the dealer, not the manufacturer.So to me if soo many dealers are pricing their boats with Mercury's, they can't be as bad as soo many people claim they are. All the dealers I've looked at price their boats with Mercury's, they all sell Evinrude, Johnson, Yamaha, and Mercury, but Unless asked, none of them even give you pricing with any other motor.When I asked the dealer about the Evinrude E-tec, I was told "yeah its a good motor." When i asked about mercury in general i was told "They are good engines, we have been selling them for 2 years now, and have not had any major problems"There was more excitement about the Mercury engines.. Now that could just be higher profits for the dealer, who knows. But i havent really seen anything solid telling why an E-Tec is soo great.I think there is alot of Evinrude love on this forum, and with proof or not, those people will just say how great the E-Tec is.Now don't get me wrong, i have no problem with the E-Tec, again i don't have experience with any of the manufacturers. I just want to try and make the right engine choice for my boat, as i plan on keeping this boat/engine untill it sinks or other wise wears out. So its very important to make the right choice, the first time.-TheChad
                    2006 Lowe Fish & Ski (FS175)
                    -Mercury 115HP EFI 4-Stroke
                    --Mounted 3rd Hole From The Top (Middle Hole)
                    -Mercury Vengeance SS Prop (16 Pitch)
                    -Lowrance LCX-26C HD

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                    • #11
                      Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

                      i am mercury loyal but have a reason to back this up. i have see t.v ad commercials and have read articals about the e-tec and i would have no problem getting one but, i have owned 4 mercurys over the years from the 60s 70s 90s and a 2005, and have not had a single problem with any of them. My grandpa bought a 1962 dorsett w/ a 1962 mercury 50 brand new in 1962 and still to this dad it run perfectly with no major problems at all. i also have a 1972 mercury 20 h.p that was not taken care of at all, and in my 20 years of owning it i never did one thing for maintance..winterizing, tune ups, nothing, and it still ran perfect when i sold it.(yes, i no, not a good practice at all but that has changed completely.) i know that this may be luck and other people may have problems with their mercurys, but this is the main reason why i am mercury loyal. id bet that every 10 boats i see going down the highway 8 or even 9 of them have mercury outboards on them, and almost every dealer i go to prices their boats with mercury outboards or inboards. to me, that shows that mercury must make a good product or else dealers wouldnt price them on their boats just like thechad said.
                      2005 Glastron SX 170
                      2005 150 Mercury XR6


                      1999 fisher V-1667 utility
                      1992 Mercury 40 classic (4cyl)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

                        Just one piece of info. One poster above indicated the e-tec was not good on the low end. On mine, the RPMs were dialed down to 650. That gets a fairly narrow boat to troll at 0.9 mph. That's very slow for a 50. The 50 merc 2 stroke i had prevoius would get down to only 1.8 mph. Bill

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                        • #13
                          Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

                          I'm not saying this is the case, but you should consider that a lot of business issues figure into what motors are offered by dealers, in addition to (or sometimes instead of) technical superiority of one motor over another. The fact that Mercs are offered on all of the boats you are looking at could also be a function of Brunswick's control over the hull manufacturers and dealer network. For example, my local Boston Whaler dealer will not offer you a Whaler with anything other than a Merc, since Brunswick owns BW. However, if you ask for it, they will replace the Merc with a Yamaha in a flash, as they are still a Yamaha dealer, and actually prefer Yamaha over Mercs. But they can't say that out loud over fear of losing the BW line.I have an E-TEC 90, and I love it, although I just had the fuel pump replaced under warranty (a freak thing, I've been assured!). I guess if I were to summarize the difference, it would be that you are paying for the no break-in period, the no service for 3 years or 300 hours, the 3 year non-declining warranty, and the new technology. The E-TEC is lighter, but only slightly.I was looking at the Merc Optimax 90 site, and they claim superior fuel economy, speed, hole shot, etc. over the E-TEC 90, but if you look closely at most of the numbers, they are indistinguishable.Maybe the real question is whether blue or black goes better with your hull colors?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

                            Thanks guys for the great input!All your responces have been very helpfull.Anyone else with input, please share..Thanks again,-TheChad
                            2006 Lowe Fish & Ski (FS175)
                            -Mercury 115HP EFI 4-Stroke
                            --Mounted 3rd Hole From The Top (Middle Hole)
                            -Mercury Vengeance SS Prop (16 Pitch)
                            -Lowrance LCX-26C HD

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                            • #15
                              Re: Evinrude E-Tec vs Mercury OptiMax

                              Here's my opinion, which is not based on fact or experience. I think you should get the one you're more comfortable with design wise. Forget about who beat who by .1s or who beats what by .01mg/hr emissions. Pop the cowl off each and decide for yourself. Frankly, the high pressure fuel pump and air compressor on the Optimax gives me the willies. But that's just me. Someone else might appreciate the more years on the Optimax's design, or not appreciate the big computer bolted to the the e-tec.

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