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Old 11-27-2019, 02:01 PM
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Would you buy a Tohatsu 150.

Application is for a 24' stoutly built flat bottom skiff. Motor will be jack plate mounted. Saltwater use. Mostly inshore, shallow water. Occasionally deep water on a nice day. Top end speed is not the primary concern here. More interested in low maintenance and dependability. Boat will be stored on trailer or boat lift.

There is local dealer support for maintenance and parts.

Please give a reason for liking or disliking besides other brand loyalty if you respond.
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I legitimately feel like most of the major manufacturers are making quality motors these days. If the price was right, it had a warranty and a good dealer network... I wouldn't hesitate to buy any of them. Hell a lot of the manufacturers even buy blocks and internals from each other. I know for a while Yamaha was selling blocks to Mercs and Honda built bigger motors for Hatsu. There's all kinds of crossover.
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I have owned a 70hp 2s and a 9.8 hp 4s both were excellent engines, my 70 replaced a 100 Evinrude 2s my mph was 2mph faster and 35% fuel saving. The 9.8hp 4s was used as a kicker on my 9500lb cat which would do 6.5mph WOT and troll .9-3.5 mph all day long, I thin the new 4s are Honda. Yes I would buy
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Its a rebranded Honda. Maybe name recognition wouldn't be as good for resale. I'd buy one if price was equal to some others.
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If it were cheaper than I could buy a Suzuki for? Yes. I would. I happen to think that Tohatsu makes a pretty good motor!
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I'm a lifelong two stroke evinrude guy and I bought a 25 Tohatsu which is also my first four stroke two years ago. So far no main issues with the motor. Some areas here and there they skimped on, like paint quality (i'd say 8/10) but nothing major.

My main reason was my OB mechanic who I've used for over 20 years became a dealer.

Second, the ETEC guy in my area takes a minimum of two months to make repairs under warranty, which I realize with a brand new motor having a guy close and available is important.

I think over 150 is a honda powerhead
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It's a Honda k24 engine. Same thing that's been in Honda's for years. It's only 2.4l so it's not going to be as torquey as the bigger displacement competitors. They are a long lasting engine though.
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When I quoted twin 150's tohatsu was about 4k less than honda. But that's just the dealers I checked. Twin tohatsu was $27k
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The commercial Guys around here are running them...it’s a discounted/rebadged Honda. I would def consider...
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I bought one, as everyone has said, it;s a Honda painted a different color.
Two seasons and zero problems so far.
Great price!
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Uh no. Not unless you plan to keep the boat and motor a lifetime or you willing to take it in the shorts on resale. It may be a fine engine but on the same model boat rigged with more popular brands you will be last in line. Also people will expect to pay less due to the fact you paid less for the motor.
But I wouldn’t buy a Honda either so my opinion probably not very popular.
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They make engines for Merc. I have one and it’s great. But a Tohatsu on a Boston Whaler would not make for an easy sale.
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The 150 is the Honda engine, but I thought that the Tohatsu does not have the digital throttle control that the new Honda 150x has. I don’t know if that makes a huge difference for your purchase.

In terms of resale, I didn’t know Tohatsu was Honda for their higher HP lineup until I bought a Honda. I would not have bought a Tohatsu before, but now I would, as I have been pleased with my Honda.
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Tohatsu is a good motor . It's as good as a Honda because it is a Honda and Honda's can take it. I fish out of a boat that has a 225. The owner has owned Honda's on all of his boats for 20 years. Won't buy another brand.
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I would buy the "genuine" Honda.
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90% of all the outboards I have seen in Asia / Far East have been Tohatsus.

They sure seem to like and trust them.
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I have a 2015 250 hp 1200 hrs not a problem great on fuel too I would buy again
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Originally Posted by CCBayFisher View Post
The 150 is the Honda engine, but I thought that the Tohatsu does not have the digital throttle control that the new Honda 150x has. I don’t know if that makes a huge difference for your purchase.

In terms of resale, I didn’t know Tohatsu was Honda for their higher HP lineup until I bought a Honda. I would not have bought a Tohatsu before, but now I would, as I have been pleased with my Honda.
I believe the big Tohatsu's are coming with Honda controls since they are identical.
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Had a deal in place to put down a deposit the following Monday on a 300 Suzuki and get in line for rigging. On a last minute trip to a boat show I saw the Tohatsu 250 for $3200 less, 150 miles closer to home and I'm now very, very happy with my ToHondasu!!

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