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Old 02-08-2020, 04:15 PM
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Im getting a pair of 300s on my new boat is it worth an extra 10 grand for the 300 Yamaha instead of 300 Suzuki's
Old 02-08-2020, 04:24 PM
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Thats a good deal if its only 10 grand difference. It can be easily 12 to 14 grand.

You will get all kinda responses on here. The Yamaha requires 89 octane for full power.

Resale is better with Yamaha. But Zukes are selling well now and many happy customers.

Local dealer working on them would be a deciding factor to.
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Old 02-08-2020, 04:29 PM
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One of each!

Really? $10K is $10K just like 300hp is 300hp.

Sit back and think about that for a bit. The only time they are Blue or Charcoal, is at the Dock, or when you are looking backwards. Watch where you are going instead.
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Just my opinion, if price isn't a factor to you Yamaha all day long!
Old 02-08-2020, 04:57 PM
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Not worth it in my opinion. Surprised the difference is not more. My 2015 300's saw a dealer for the first time this year at 765 hours. A gear reduction stripped. Non selling dealer fixed it in 2 weeks at no cost. This was at the end of the season.
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I was up against the same thing you are and after a long wait and lots of discussions I decided to go with Yamaha. Re-sell, service and reputation all came into play for me. Should get the boat back next week. Good luck and to each their own.
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Originally Posted by Phishingfiend View Post
I was up against the same thing you are and after a long wait and lots of discussions I decided to go with Yamaha. Re-sell, service and reputation all came into play for me. Should get the boat back next week. Good luck and to each their own.
x2 and glad I did.
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I own boats with both. Yamaha has the top-end advantage were due toe the gearing , the Suzuki will have better mid-range and cruise. IMO. I am very happy with both brands.
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Originally Posted by ixlr8 View Post
Im getting a pair of 300s on my new boat is it worth an extra 10 grand for the 300 Yamaha instead of 300 Suzuki's
no way.

it's the same damn thing- a well proven/reliable mass produced 300 hp outboard. It's even impossible predict which will have 'more resale'(and whichever one does it will pale to the 10k diff now) because you don't know which of the two FOR YOU will be kicking strong after 6 years vs needing some work. So just save the 10k for the same damn thing and you won't know a bit of difference and they will do the exact same thing.
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I currently own outboards from Suzuki, Yamaha, and Mercury. For $10k less I would buy the Suzukis yesterday, today, tomorrow, and next week.
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Originally Posted by tango2echo View Post
I currently own outboards from Suzuki, Yamaha, and Mercury. For $10k less I would buy the Suzukis yesterday, today, tomorrow, and next week.
At a resent Boat Show, the Zuks were on a lot of boat packages...Suzuki has definitely turned the corner on Yamaha.
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Need to wait until Kendall does a search and weighs in
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Just got a Suzuki 300 on our last boat. For one motor the price difference was almost 10k between the Zuke and Yamaha. No regrets so far.
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Originally Posted by ixlr8 View Post
Im getting a pair of 300s on my new boat is it worth an extra 10 grand for the 300 Yamaha instead of 300 Suzuki's
Me thinks you have a great Yamaha quote or a lacking Zuk quote.
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when I repowered it was 5k more for the Yamaha. .... 405 hours on the Suzuki and, so far, dont regret it.
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no way I would spend an extra $10k on Yamaha. Maybe a couple thousand solely due to resale considerations.

I’ve owned both and liked both. Subjectively, the Yamaha seemed sportier and the Zukes smoother/quieter overall, but barely on both of those and could’ve just been the difference of the boats.

There’s good service for both in my area.

I had a warranty issue on my Zukes in the dreaded secondary warranty period that was handled perfectly, even when they could potentially have disputed it.
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I had the 300 Yamaha. I would certainly save the money and go with the zuk.
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300 Suzuki's
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$10K? That’s a lot of hookers and blow. I’d go with the Zukes.
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Repowered a Parker 2520 with a Suzuki DF300 Apxx (white) last Spring. Previous engine was a 2005 Yamaha F225. Hard to make direct comparisons from a 15 year old 225hp engine to a 2019 300 horsepower engine . I was not anti Yamaha with my experience with my F225. I would have considered a Yamaha 300 but at the time, depending upon who you asked there was a supply problem on new Yamaha 300s. What I can say for sure is at the time I was shopping repower, local Yamaha Dealers, who I spoke with were not even a little enthusiastic with getting back to me with quotes so there had to be at least a little truth to the shortage story.

My first 207 hours with the new Suzuki have left me with nothing to complain about. Looks great, boat jumps up on plane when heavily loaded, fuel economy is significantly better then previous engine and I absolutely LOVE the way it sounds in the 4000-5000 RPM range.

I did all required service myself this Fall including removal of the lower unit and replacing the water pump. Overall I would say the new Suzuki is easier to work on then the Yamaha was.

Supposedly timing chain on the Suzuki is “maintenance free”. I am hoping this is true even if experience tells me no mechanical system is truly maintenance free. I do like that there is no hourly limit set on the chain, I use my boat a lot and it doesn’t take long to rack up a 1000 hours. Not having to worry about a service interval on the timing belt like I would have with Yamaha appeals to me.

I have C-10 Gauges on my Suzuki 300 and they look great and provide a ton of information but unfortunately there are quite a few threads popping up with owners of C-10s reporting issues. Fingers crossed that mine keep on keeping on. New Suzuki Gauges available that are supposedly more reliable.

Resale value had almost no impact on my decision. Plan is to run the new engine hard and for a long time. What it might be worth in 10+ years and hopefully thousands of hours meant nothing to me.

One season and 207 hours isn’t enough time to determine the overall quality of $20K+ investment in a new outboard, what I can definitively say, SO FAR I love my new Suzuki and have 0 regret with the purchase.

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