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Mercury Outboard Motor

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by glenn mcleod, Apr 10, 2009.

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  1. glenn mcleod

    glenn mcleod Member

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    The Mercury 25 HP outboard and the Honda 25HP are about the same price and the dealer says the Mercury is the better motor now because it has EFI and the Honda & Yamaha still have a carburator which is not as good. He claims I will be much happier with the Mercury. What do you arm chair mechanics think? Glenn
     
  2. Inspector 12

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    Lots of Hondas and Yamahas that have worked fine for years with carbs. Merc makes a great product also. Which is better will depend on how long Merc has had the EFI in production and if they have worked all the bugs out of it yet. Seems like all new EFI systems have to go through a teething period.
     
  3. REA

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    A dealer told me Yamaha parts were very expensive. I've worked on some older Mercs, 1983 or older and didn't like them. Poor wiring, hard to work on and so forth.

    I prefer Johnsons and Evinrudes. Suzuki's are good. Tohatsu parts are expensive. Actually, they all are but some are higher than others.
     
  4. School Teacher

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    In larger engines, IMO Mercury is best. In smaller engines, say 40 HP down, Evinrude and Johnson IMO were best. That said, between a Mercury 25 HP and a Honda 25 HP, I would buy the Honda. Honda makes great products and IMO a Honda 25 HP with a carb will run just about forever so long as it is serviced as required and given clean fuel.

    Parts from all vendors are expensive but most outboards are not run all that much. Frequent use makes them go on forever.

    I love my Honda lawnmower. It has a carb and starts easily after 10 years.

    I had an OMC made Lawnboy with a carb that lasted over 20 years until the deck rusted out. Great mower.

    Ed Ward
     
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    Real Americans but American
     
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    May I say that four stroke has the least gas consumption in any brand a consideration while you shop.
    Bill
     
  7. glenn mcleod

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    This new Mercury is a 4 stroke and is also very quiet. I've never been fond of the old mercury but the dealer says I'll be sorry if I don't go with the EFI because it is better and the rest are switching to the EFI because it is better. I did talk to a mechanic and he said you MUST drain the gas out of the carburator inn the fall or he'll be working on it in the spring. I was hoping someone that owns a Mercury EFI motor would weigh in. Thanks for the replys. Glenn
     
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    I do know if a car was made with a carb, it would probably not sell today. Motorcycle buyers also want EFI so I think that should answer your question. EFI starts much easier for sure and the mileage is better, requires less up keep
     
  9. glenn mcleod

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    Cubancigar, This is exactly what the salesman says. Thanks Glenn
     
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    I would go for an EFI system every time, also for a 4 stroke rather than a two stroke. Once you change from carbs to fuel injection, you will never go back.

    J Bergman
     
  11. twoatlow8

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    Get the Merc and enjoy the FI. This is my 1952 "Thunderbolt" KG9 Still running strong!If any one has one of these to sell drop me an E-mail just remove the XX.
    Thanks, Scott
     
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    We have a 2004 Honda 9.9 4 cycle and it won't even get a 14 ft alum narrow bottom john boat up on plane. It is good for slow trolling and a fair boat anchor. The big honda's are a different story. I would take the Mercury! Jackie B.
     
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    Is it any value that it will start all the time?

    If it is- go with the EFI

    Gene
     
  14. Dave P

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    I will always stick with Mercury's. I worked there during summer vacations from college in the early '60's when the main plant at Fond du Lac, Wi. was a converted big old dairy barn. They were good about giving college kins summer jobs. I even raced outboards when Mercury and the local paper sponsored a race up Lake Winnebago and The Fox River at Oshkosh. Old man Kiekhaefer the owner would fire you for looking cross wise. He once fired a worker sitting on his butt at the loading dock and gave him severance pay. He didn't realize the worker was a truck driver was waiting for a fork lift and worked for some trucking co.-I was there.
     
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    I have a 1989 115 hp Mercury behind a 1850 Lund Tyhee and it still starts on the first crank. Darren
     
  16. Bob Schultz

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    I have a Merc EFI 4 stroker 2004 model. Its quiet, easy on fuel, always starts on the first or second crank. Just went out this afternoon and fired it up as the fishing will be getting good here in a couple of weeks. Second crank it fired up after 5 months outside storage!

    Clean fuel and proper care will insure a long life.

    I like my Mercury's!

    Bob Schultz
     
  17. glenn mcleod

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    Thanks Bob, That's what I wanted to hear, a personal experience with the motor. Believe it or not I can't even get my boat out of the back yard yet because of the snow banks up here in Northern Minnesota so I can take it to town and have them install the motor. I have decided on the EFI and the Mercury. Glenn
     
  18. Bob Schultz

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    Glen,

    Maybe a snowmobile would be more useful? Send some of that Global Warming to Al Gore would you?

    You will like the Merc.

    Bob
     
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    Twoatlow8, I remember that Merc well. I had one on my 10' hydroplane I raced back in late 50's. Great motor.
     
  20. glenn mcleod

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    Doda, You just might be right, I've read that somewhere before that they are the Tohatsu design. Glenn
     
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