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    Default WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    My friends and I had a debate the other night on which outboard engine was the best. So...Which outboard engine performs the best? What is the best overall outboard engine?

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    There are almost 20,000 memebers of this board. I believe you'll get about that many differing opinions.

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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    Thats easy. Its the one that you maintain properly, and the one that gets you out and back every time with no worry. Thats being said, I'm a Merc fan, so Mercs are the best in my opinion....

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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    If you take care of them, about any of them are good.It is all on how you treat them.I am a Merc/Mariner person myself.I like both.I have also had Johnny/rudes that were good also.I just like my Mariner."Nothing can be finer than your inliner"


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    If Sears don't make it, you don't need it

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    Hmmm,thats kind of a loaded question.My picks would be Johnson first with Mercury a close second.Both are high quality motors.Alot depends on application and maintenance.Mercury leans towards higher performance,where Johnson is ruggedly built for dependability.The BEST outboard is a good pair of oars!

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    loaded gun .i have onley owned johnson&evinrude untill reasentley. havent got the merc .fixed yet .iknow the merc. useto be rated different than omc and some other brands . i understand that they are rated the same now. i have 6 motors merc. omc & chrysler. ilike them all they are paidfor. they will git me out on the lake . well my merc will as soon as i git a piston .

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    I think most outboards today are pretty good. I don't think it's right to say one brand is better than another. Outboard manufacturers produce an engine line-up that spans from portable to large 6 cylinders. Each manufacture has strengths and weaknesses in their line-up. It all boils down to wants, needs, and the particular application. No manufacturer makes the best engine for all applications

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    For saltwater use: In older motors, OMC's because of their proven record for holding up. For a new motor, I'd have to go with Yamaha.

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    hands down a new rude etec if your buying new it is the best motor design I have ever seen

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    Milo,Were you able to test ride with the E-tech? Are these available? I would love to get a look at these first hand, they look and sound pretty cool.

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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    I like the ones that not only get me out on the lake,but then even if the electronics break down have the possibility to wrap a rope around a flywheel and start her that way to get back.So my answer would be the omc engines of the seventies and eighties.
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    Most definitely one that gets you out and back over and over again. So that would be a Yamaha.

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    Buy American Made products ----- Rice burners are late comers to the game ----- anyway we need to keep jobs at home. American Manufacturers can beat the competition . Plus parts avalibilty is much better. note; I personally find the fact that american manufacturers that are putting their logo on engines made out of the country sicking . MY Thoughts exactly ---Amen

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    New evinrude Fuel injected motors are great. Have almost the same emmisionsas honda 4 strokes. they are 3 star motors now.

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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    Best would be the brand carried by a local dealer you know and trust.

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    I like the new Evinrude / Bombardier with directinjection. fastest, cleanest and lightest.More Gooder.

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    I don't know which is best, but if I find a bright yellow one with green striping, I'm gonna buy it.




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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    Ditto with what 45-red said.Just happend to spend my American dollars at an American boat dealer that was owned by an American that employs Americans that carried a Japanese name (Honda) that has a corporate office in America that bought American aluminum and steel to manufacture it and paid a share of American taxes and dutys to bring it here.Next year an American company may paint it bright yellow with green striping and put an American name on it.

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    Goodddd Morning!!! The Mariner by Merc was my best motor. Can't say about the Evinrude Ficht. didn't have her long enough to get an opinon, she blew a powerhead with only 25 hrs. Just read an article the other day which says that Yamaha is the best all around. And that was from an independent survey. just bought a 2003 Ficht Cant beat the warranty. Hope that I don't have to use it. Bought me one of them $99.00, 50 mile tow packages just in case.My pappy says better to be safe then sorryyyy!!!used up my allotment of Graemlins!!!

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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    RJS I have had the opportunity to view the motor in detail I will have one on the boat mid July when they are released.

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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    I heard the Honda makes pretty good outboard engines. Some say they are quieter than most American made engines. Since I am American, I'm gonna buy an American made engine!!! I want a brand new Mercury 200HP engine! Anyone wanna buy me one?

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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    What a question! My 1952 model Martin 45 still runs great.

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    1952, WOW! You must know what you're doing! Good deal! Whats your secret?

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    Default Re: WHAT IS THE BEST OUTBOARD ENGINE TO BUY??

    Well I dont like the johnson white paint it sucks. I think my Forcebymercury is a better finished product than that. The japs make the best outboards no doubt. Honda is sweet but heavy,yamaha looks to be the best. Mercury/Yamaha/Honda/Evinrude all #1.

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