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Old 05-10-2006, 03:28 PM
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Default 1998 200HP Mercury EFI

I'm considering purchasing a boat with a 1998 200HP Mercury EFI engine.

Is there anything I should be worried about with this engine?
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:37 PM
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Default RE: 1998 200HP Mercury EFI

I'm currently running a 95 200 EFI. Besides the normal maintenance stuff I would check out the steering arm. Mine looks awful, but is still functioning. I had to have the shifting rods unstuck last year. She would go into forward, but not reverse. Last, make sure you lubricate the starter a couple of times per year. For some reason a little bit of corrosion can get in there and the starter will spin but not fast enough to engage the fly wheel. A couple of shots per year of WD-40 or T-9 and mine has been fine. Besides that a good engine. Mine starts well even after winter storage every year.
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Old 05-11-2006, 08:17 AM
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I have an 01 200 EFI and love the darned gas guzzling thing to death. It's been solid and runs like a scalded cat. I'm currently in the process of having the lower unit "re-sealed" as I was getting a tiny amount of water in the lower unit lube. It currently has about 270 hours and I'm expecting a whole lot more in the upcoming years.........
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Old 05-11-2006, 04:24 PM
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Default Re: 1998 200HP Mercury EFI

I have a pair of 97s and I'm very impressed with their power - a quick jab at the throttle while on plane will knock passengers off their feet. (pretty good for a 27' CC!)

The 97s were 2.5 liters. Your 98s may be a 3.0?

Generally speaking most people I talk to have a lot of good things to say about these engines. Fuel economy is NOT their strong point.

Mine are surprisingly quiet, powerful, and so far I've put 70 hours on them since buying the boat and no complaints. I'm not sure I could say they both start on the first try every time, (close though) but it almost never takes more than twice.

I keep looking at more fuel efficient engines but honestly having a hard time justifying that when everyone tells me these are some of the most reliable ones out there.
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97 here. Bulletproof.
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Old 05-11-2006, 09:02 PM
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Good engines, keep the steering arms sprayed and usual maintenance.
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Old 05-12-2006, 08:15 AM
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Don't they have the plastic gear for the oil injection that should be addressed?
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