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Old 11-27-2019, 07:00 PM
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Default Newer High hours vs older lower hours

Which would you choose?

2016 F150 with 1600 hours well maintained

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2008 F150 with 200 hours well maintained

both engines look good and run well and same price. Which one?
Old 11-27-2019, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by go fish View Post
Which would you choose?

2016 F150 with 1600 hours well maintained

or

2018 F150 with 200 hours well maintained

both engines look good and run well and same price. Which one?
I'll take the newer one with lower hours
Old 11-27-2019, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by mstyle8517 View Post
I'll take the newer one with lower hours
sorry, typed in wrong number
Old 11-27-2019, 09:48 PM
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That one is tricky for me. Typically I'd say newer with higher hours, but that is a lot of hours. Even though there's no two ways about it, age is the death of outboard engines over hours being the death of them. What kind of prices are we talking about for comparison?
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Tough call...the 2018 with 1600 hours could reasonably get another 1000 hours. The 2016 / 200 hour motor could reasonably get another 2000 hours, have a certified tech check out both motors to help make a call.
Old 11-28-2019, 12:02 AM
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Yamaha F150s are 4000-6000 hour motors. My 2017 has 4k and humming right along.

I did burn a valve out on my previous 2005 F150 at 3300 hours. Unfortunately I realized too late I had this motor over propped. I would not overlook this consideration. I think besides from lack of good oil changes, incorrect propping is a sure way to kill an engine early.

To directly answer your question, I would take the newer, higher hour engine.
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Originally Posted by go fish View Post
sorry, typed in wrong number
I know Haha. 100 percent I'd go 2 years older with 1000 +fewer hours, isn't even a question unless there was a significant design change
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The new motor with higher hours hands down!

Motors do not like to sit.

Also, that 150 was built right. Awesome little motor!
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Another vote for more hr's over less age
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Take newer engine with more hours. 2016 has newer balancer assembly - both engines are due for timing belt replacement, one for hours and the other for years. Yamaha says Charlotte Water Taxi guys put 7000+ hours on 150’s before trade in. But you may experience different results!
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Lower engine hours for me all day long. I bought a boat in 2012 with an 2003 yamaha 115 with literally less than 1 hour. Zero issues for 5 years. Of course you're gonna get the I rather have an engine that's been ran for 2000 hours than one that sits blah blah blah crowd. If it was taken care of I'll pick lower hours everyday.
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To run 1600 hours and engine has to be well maintained. Usually older engines with fewer hours have run on old oil and had only one oil change every 100 hrs. Nobody reads the part about changing the oil every 100 hours or 6 mos. whichever comes first.

I'll take the engine with 1600 hrs. You can deal with the 200 hour engine that had only 2 oil changes during it's lifetime. Probably ran on gunk and crud.
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Older with a complete read FULL service thrown in.
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Originally Posted by go fish View Post
Which would you choose?

2016 F150 with 1600 hours well maintained

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2008 F150 with 200 hours well maintained

both engines look good and run well and same price. Which one?
AGE (corrosion) and lack of maintenance not runtime (hours) seem to be what takes out outboards these days (lower unit gears and bearings not included).
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Once upon a time we said it was lack of use that killed outboards more than use. Corrosion while sitting rather than actually being worn out.

Today I don't know that we can say so simply anymore. Motors are so much more complicated , it's more than likely failure of fuel injection, oil injection , corrosion, plugged carbs, carbon buildup, oil dilution , lack of cooling, etc, which cause motor to fail. motor still do not wear out for many thousands of hours. Few motors will actually ever wear out from use alone.

and these things can happen to any motor at any time unless you stay on top of maintenance rigorously, and inspect the running condition frequently before a small problem turns into a big one.


As for age and sitting, im currently running a 1995 2 stroke that sat for 13 years, without any prep, outside. No problems. So the only thing you can say for sure is, that there is nothing you can say for sure. Ran it 80 miles last week chasing speckled trout. Flawless.



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Need to know how each was used and where. Fresh water use can go for decades. Salt, I take newer. The metal will last with care, the rubber and plastic will degrade no matter what. Corrosion of electrical parts can leave you throwing money at gremlins.
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If you put on a lot of hours per year, get the older low hour engine. If you put fewer hours per year then the new high hour motor.
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Newer. Worst thing you can do for outboards is let them sit.

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