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Old 05-14-2005, 10:27 AM
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Just thought I'd bring this subject up again to get any "latest and greatest" reports from Etec owners. I am getting a 22 ft. Avenger built and I'm looking hard at a 200 Etec for it. I've been lurking on all the sites I know of to see what reliability issues might come up and all I've seen is how great they seem to be, (with a few exceptions). How 'bout it Etec owners? Any advice, positive or negative, on the Etec's?
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Old 05-14-2005, 02:17 PM
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Well......I have a 250 etec but not delivered yet. I dont think you can go wrong with any motor choice at this time. There have been a couple folks with what seem to be minor issues. There are apparently some etecs out there with several hundred hours (by report) that are doing well.

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http://www.e-tecinfonet.org/
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:04 AM
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We have about a dozen customers with the 200 and 225 here at our marina. They are all very happy.
They are has quiet has the four strokes, burn very little oil, and have great horse power.
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Old 05-15-2005, 11:12 AM
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Only around 12 hrs on a pr. of 225's...was just out yesterday out of Seward cruising all day...very big swells rolling in off the Gulf of AK once out of Resurrection Bay....

No problems. Start immediately, very quick and strong...no 'lag' like my dad's Yam 4. Fast. Cruising at around 4K: 9-10 gph / engine...32knots in a 10,000 # 30ft aluminum pilot house Seawolf.

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Old 05-15-2005, 12:09 PM
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I cant think of any advantage of a 4 stroke that rules out the purchase of the E-tec.

Fuel mileage is around the same (at some speeds higher, other speeds lower). Noise is around the same (not as quiet as Verado but quieter than F250). Cost to operate not significantly different. Emissions are about the same (Etec just got an EPA award for low emissions and is 3 star rated). Power is about the same (reference the Powerboat reports test where all the 250's are roughly the same). Upfront cost are all comparable.

I decided on the Etec primarily because of the 7 year warranty and low maintenance requirements. I probably could have been just as satisfied with a 4 stroke in which case I wouldve gotten the Suzuki to get the 6 year warranty. I probably would not have gone with the F250 as there was no free extended warranty and you have to use 89 octane. The boat I was looking at does not offer Mercury so I did not consider these. Honda does not make a 250 so this was out for me.

I think that folks are correct in saying that current 4 strokes offer advantages over the latter generation 2 strokes (Ficht, Yam SWS, carbed Mercs, Suzuki 2 strokes) but the Etec has leveled the field a bit. Of course, some of the same folks who are on the 4 stroke or nothing bandwagon are the same folks that say buying foreign trucks is un-American.

I believe that Bombardiers experience in Learjets, trains, PWC's, and ATV's will result in a reliable product.

I will be interested to see in the next 5 years how the other manufacturers will cope with more strict emissions requirements. It will also be interesting to see if the Etec becomes more widely accepted. It seems to have made great inroads in the freshwater world but is only emerging in saltwater.

It is definitely a good time to be looking at new motors....must to choose from.
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606zpx- Bombardier Recreational Products is no longer related to the Bombardier operation that builds airplanes and trains. Ask any local PWC rental operator, and all will tell you that Yamaha products are mor reliable than the Sea Doo's manufactured by Bombardier. Let's give the E-TEC some time to prove themselves.
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606zpx- Bombardier Recreational Products is no longer related to the Bombardier operation that builds airplanes and trains. Ask any local PWC rental operator, and all will tell you that Yamaha products are more reliable than the Sea Doo's manufactured by Bombardier. Lets give the E-TEC some time to prove themselves.
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Old 05-15-2005, 03:33 PM
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Best advice is what I tell all Ficht owner. Use full synthetic oil. You will have less plug fouling and absoultely no smoke ! If you plan on using the XD100 make certain to have your dealer re-calibrate the oil feed rate !
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i have twn e-tec 200's & they have been great....fast,very little oil,no smoke ,& quiet.
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Old 05-16-2005, 08:16 AM
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Had my 90 for over a year now and its been GREAT! Has started every single time on the first turn of the key and ran like a top! Very happy with the purchase
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thanks for the responses. Any other etec owners with good or bad news?
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WAITING ON A PAIR OF 250 E-TEC'S FINALLY HAVE A DELIVERY DATE OF 5-23-05 I WILL BE GLADE TO SEE THEM,
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:37 PM
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i love hearing about the positive e-tecs responses. it is my hopes that e-tec proves to be a competitor for the four strokes. i will have to wait to hear consumer response to this product as the e-tec rep was vague in is promotion of the engine, and when asked direct questions, himmmed and hawwed with the answers. i like direct answers to direct questions. i do not believe in testing a product on a consumer.
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Old 05-17-2005, 10:56 AM
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I took delivery of a Key West 225cc with a 225HP E-Tec on April 12th. So far, I love the motor. Gobs of torque, decent gas mileage, and as quiet as any big four stroke I've heard.

As for the comments on PWC reliability, I also own a 1999 Yamaha GP800 Waverunner that is garage kept and babied. It's on its THIRD engine. One top-end rebuild and one whole new short block. But I don't really think that has anything to do with a discussion on E-tec reliability.
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