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Old 10-20-2009, 06:07 PM
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I have a 2005 Suzuki DF 200 motor on my boat. The cowling color (black) has started to fade and graze crack, while the rest of the motor is like new. Has anyone experienced similar problems ??
Suzuki insists they have had no recall issues but if it is a production issue I can't believe I am alone out here.
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Recalls are generally for safety related issues. I can't see a cowl having much to do with safety or the lack thereof.

What is the purpose of the question?

Whether there have been thousands of cowls with this issue, or only yours, what does it matter?
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My neighbor is on his third set of cowls in 2 years and uses sunbrella covers on his 250's. Think it's the heat as it looks every time like small cracking....Zuke has stepped up every time, although the last time they did some bitching before the gave them to him.

There will be no recall as there is no safety related issue.
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It was a primer issue as I recall thhat causes the crazing. They were replacing them under warranty, the orig factory warranty, not the secondary extended warranty. Call your dealer.
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Suzuki has a tech bulletin about this. I am not sure what years it covers. I will dig it up for you tommorow. I know we have replaced a few of them that were in the field before we became a dealer in late 2006.
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Recalls are generally for safety related issues. I can't see a cowl having much to do with safety or the lack thereof.

What is the purpose of the question?

Whether there have been thousands of cowls with this issue, or only yours, what does it matter?
Man, who hate the sugar off your doughnut this morning! The man has a legitimate question, is there an issue? Yes, there appears to be a batch of cowlings that had paint issues. Best thing is to call Suzuki direct and ask.
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This did happen to thousands of V6 Suzuki cowls and there are thousands of used ones for sale out there because of it. AFAIK Suzuki was replacing them all for free, definitely get on the phone with your dealer, although if you're out of warranty not sure how far you'll get. I hadn't heard of it happening in later model year motors.
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Probably better off having them sanded and painted . . . I know we waited for a few years on the "fix" and never got a new cowling.
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This did happen to thousands of V6 Suzuki cowls and there are thousands of used ones for sale out there because of it. AFAIK Suzuki was replacing them all for free, definitely get on the phone with your dealer, although if you're out of warranty not sure how far you'll get. I hadn't heard of it happening in later model year motors.
Never happened to "Thousands of Them" Just not TRUE. Factory Warranty covered paint and decals for the first year only.
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i've got two df140 2002's that still look great
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I have a 2002 df140 too and I haven't had any trouble. I do have a Suzuki engine cover and I do use it when I'm not using the boat.
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I had to order new decals and have the cowling repainted, it too discolored..it now has 100 hrs in the hot sc/nc sun with no failure.paint guy said he thought the paint previously used was mixed w/to much reducer?
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Okay the Bulletin # is 18A. It covers 2004, 2005, and 2006 DF200, DF225, and DF250's. If your dealer has trouble finding it tell him it is in the 2007 Tech update seminar book with the DF300 on the cover. If you want a copy send me your e-mail or fax and I will send you one.
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I just went through this, it was a bad primer used in some cowlings, your dealer has to send them photos of the cowlings with the serial numbers on them and if you are the ORIGINAL owner then you get new ones, if you are the second owner you are screwed, paint them all black and don't give suzuki any free advertising!

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Thanks to all (except the guy with no sugar on his donut) especially Eds ,I will see where my discussions with the dealer take me
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Never happened to "Thousands of Them" Just not TRUE. Factory Warranty covered paint and decals for the first year only.
Sorry - I shouldn't have said thousands, was quoting the other guy, but have personally seen a dozen V6 suzuki cowlings for sale where the original owners had theirs replaced for free, under warranty.

I figure if I can run across 12, and Glen's neighbor can get more than one bad batch, there must be a heck of a lot more out there.

Not saying anything bad about Suzuki - apparently they were giving out free replacements which is awesome. I bought one of the damaged ones off a guy whose was replaced, got it cheaper than a canvas cover and don't have to worry about tackle, dive gear, etc, scratching it. It has continued to deteriorate and while I'm sure you COULD repaint it seems that the problems are happening from the inside out so I imagine some good prep would be in order. If anyone local has one that's "not so bad" they'd like to sell for cheap, I'm all ears.
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There are alot, but within the first 3 years, first or second owner, Can get replacements.I did.
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I'm on my third set and these are looking bad now. It couldn't have been a limited time frame production run, as mine were replaced in '06, '07, '09. My last set was replaced by Suzuki, although it was outside the original three years. I did have to personally go thru Customer Service tho. The Tech. guy had denied the claim and told my dealer not to even call him avout my last set. Cust. Service approved and notified Technical. My dealer then had to call the Tech guy.
My understanding is that its not just the 200s and up, as some of the 150s and 175s were experiencing the same problem.
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Suzuki has a tech bulletin about this. I am not sure what years it covers. I will dig it up for you tommorow. I know we have replaced a few of them that were in the field before we became a dealer in late 2006.
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can you share with me that bulletin from suzuki coz my twin engine suki 225 has a defect in the paint and suzuki denies covering it since it is more than the 1 year period. I got my boat in 2007 with the extended 3 yr warranty.

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I've also heard that this was a common problem. I have a pair of 2006 Suzuki DF225's and what's strange is that one cowling has that crazing / fading and the other is perfect. The previous owner may have had one replaced is all I can figure. I keep them covered with the Sunbrella Suzuki covers when not in use and it seems to help (at least I can't see the issue when it's covered).
I looked at the cost of replacing the cowling and decided that it didn't really bother me that much
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