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Old 02-14-2020, 05:46 PM
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Default Mercury 200 XS Pro V8 or 200 V6?

I am looking at repowering my Aqualine 660 plate Aluminum boat, used for game fishing off the east coast of Australia.
currently the boat has a 200hp Mercury Verado L4.

I’m looking at both Mercury 200HP V6 and 200HP V8 XS Pro.
how do you guys find the reliability, prefomance of the two, I know they are fairly new. Also a friend told me that the XS Pro are hand built in America while the standard four strokes are made in China? ( Don’t know how true this is.)
saying that are the mercs as reliable as a Honda? As I can get a better deal on a Honda 250hp?
your help is much appreciated
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I’d opt for the V8 but you wouldn’t be disappointed in the V6. Both have unbelievable amounts of torque and outstanding fuel economy. Reliability is just as good or better than any other brand. Go with the brand that provides the absolute best local dealer service to you.

Your friend doesn’t know what he’s talking about as all Mercury engines above 60hp are built in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Tohatsu produces all of their engines from 2.5-30hp and the 40-60 is a joint venture between them to manufacture the majority of the parts in Wisconsin and the final assembly takes place in China.
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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post
I’d opt for the V8 but you wouldn’t be disappointed in the V6. Both have unbelievable amounts of torque and outstanding fuel economy. Reliability is just as good or better than any other brand. Go with the brand that provides the absolute best local dealer service to you.

Your friend doesn’t know what he’s talking about as all Mercury engines above 60hp are built in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Tohatsu produces all of their engines from 2.5-30hp and the 40-60 is a joint venture between them to manufacture the majority of the parts in Wisconsin and the final assembly takes place in China.
Thanks David ,good to know.Always heard rumors.
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Originally Posted by davidwademarine View Post
I’d opt for the V8 but you wouldn’t be disappointed in the V6. Both have unbelievable amounts of torque and outstanding fuel economy. Reliability is just as good or better than any other brand. Go with the brand that provides the absolute best local dealer service to you.

Your friend doesn’t know what he’s talking about as all Mercury engines above 60hp are built in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Tohatsu produces all of their engines from 2.5-30hp and the 40-60 is a joint venture between them to manufacture the majority of the parts in Wisconsin and the final assembly takes place in China.
thanks David I will go for the V8, also in terms of economy and fuel burn how does the V8 4.6L compare with the V6 3.4L
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Not one owner or dealer is able to give me a simple measurement of noise with the proXS v8. The 6 is nearly silent and is really nice at cruise speed. As is the 250 four stroke/verado.

The XS 8 sounds great on startup, but no one will put a sound meter or just take an unbiased video of one at cruise speed without wind noise etc. Tells me they’re obnoxiously loud and uncomfortable to listen to. Hopefully merc adds the extra muffler/ does the sport exhaust aka verado across the range soon.
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Not one owner or dealer is able to give me a simple measurement of noise with the proXS v8. The 6 is nearly silent and is really nice at cruise speed. As is the 250 four stroke/verado.

The XS 8 sounds great on startup, but no one will put a sound meter or just take an unbiased video of one at cruise speed without wind noise etc. Tells me they’re obnoxiously loud and uncomfortable to listen to. Hopefully merc adds the extra muffler/ does the sport exhaust aka verado across the range soon.
Someone has “told you” they are obnoxiously loud?? Or is this your conspiracy theory?
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Someone has “told you” they are obnoxiously loud?? Or is this your conspiracy theory?
their are a few videos on YouTube saying how quiet they are? It’s hard to really judge from a video. First hand experience would be helpful
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Originally Posted by Buriedpast View Post
Not one owner or dealer is able to give me a simple measurement of noise with the proXS v8. The 6 is nearly silent and is really nice at cruise speed. As is the 250 four stroke/verado.

The XS 8 sounds great on startup, but no one will put a sound meter or just take an unbiased video of one at cruise speed without wind noise etc. Tells me they’re obnoxiously loud and uncomfortable to listen to. Hopefully merc adds the extra muffler/ does the sport exhaust aka verado across the range soon.
I’ve been on plenty of boats powered by V8s. They’re quieter at idle and just as quiet as the L6 Verado at cruise. The sport exhaust on the V8 Verado is only functional at idle speed. It actually opens at a certain RPM and makes the same amount of noise as the V8 ProXS or standard V8 FourStroke. Plenty of videos are available, you just haven’t looked hard enough.
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You’re very wrong.

I6 Verado quiet.
v6 3.4 four stroke quiet.
v8 4.6 four stroke quiet.
v8 4.6 verado quiet. With clicky loud mode. (Have run one)
v8 4.6 pro xs noisy at startup, then significantly noisier than v8 fourstroke in operation. No one can just honestly say how much.

I find the g2 HO 200 to be too loud and unable to have a conversation at slow trolling speeds. Speeds a merc 250 v8 4s is nearly silent at.
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If you think the V8xs is too loud. Buy a different engine.
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I don’t know if it’s too loud. As aside from startup videos and then wind noise there’s nothing online I can find just showing their relative noise to someone having a chat. Probably as they’re almost exclusively on bass boats and they have no friends to talk to .

If it’s as loud as a G2 or a v6 2stroke Yamaha for example, no I don’t want one and will put a 250 Suzuki on instead. But the 200 XS for me is top pick if a dealer could say with a straight face if it’s a noisy obnoxious lump to listen to all day trolling or nice and quiet like the 250.
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Originally Posted by Buriedpast View Post
I don’t know if it’s too loud. As aside from startup videos and then wind noise there’s nothing online I can find just showing their relative noise to someone having a chat. Probably as they’re almost exclusively on bass boats and they have no friends to talk to .

If it’s as loud as a G2 or a v6 2stroke Yamaha for example, no I don’t want one and will put a 250 Suzuki on instead. But the 200 XS for me is top pick if a dealer could say with a straight face if it’s a noisy obnoxious lump to listen to all day trolling or nice and quiet like the 250.
You know more than everyone here but want information and then when you get it you tell professionals and others with experience that they’re wrong. Bless your heart. Enjoy your Suzuki.
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Originally Posted by Buriedpast View Post
I don’t know if it’s too loud. As aside from startup videos and then wind noise there’s nothing online I can find just showing their relative noise to someone having a chat. Probably as they’re almost exclusively on bass boats and they have no friends to talk to .

If it’s as loud as a G2 or a v6 2stroke Yamaha for example, no I don’t want one and will put a 250 Suzuki on instead. But the 200 XS for me is top pick if a dealer could say with a straight face if it’s a noisy obnoxious lump to listen to all day trolling or nice and quiet like the 250.
If I were a Merc dealer, I wouldn't want your business. If you are this big of a whiny, belligerent, inconsolable crybaby prior to the purchase, I can only imagine how insufferable you'd be after you bought it. I wouldn't even wish you on Yamaha.
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their are a few videos on YouTube saying how quiet they are? It’s hard to really judge from a video. First hand experience would be helpful
I think the only way you can truly make your mind up is to try and get on a boat running the same engine and witness it for yourself - one person's noisy is another person's quiet - and also the type of noise has an effect on how pleasant it is - for instance I went on a boat with a small Honda - it was quiet but sounded more like a hair dryer than an engine - I'd sooner something a bit noisier that sounds like an engine.

Also, different boats make different amounts of wind noise - I've been on plenty where the noise of the engine becomes irrelevant because the wind noise drowns it out.
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I think the only way you can truly make your mind up is to try and get on a boat running the same engine and witness it for yourself - one person's noisy is another person's quiet - and also the type of noise has an effect on how pleasant it is - for instance I went on a boat with a small Honda - it was quiet but sounded more like a hair dryer than an engine - I'd sooner something a bit noisier that sounds like an engine.

Also, different boats make different amounts of wind noise - I've been on plenty where the noise of the engine becomes irrelevant because the wind noise drowns it out.
Update,
I went to the dealer yesterday with the intention of getting the 200hp XS Pro, walked out putting a deposit on the 250 XS Pro, as it was in the show room which meant no wait time and got a good deal,
now I have to find a buyer for my L4 Verado installation can happen immediately after.
will keep yous posted on how it goes.
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Holy sheeeeit. Actually found something relatively perfect/back to back.

https://www.facebook.com/oceanbluebo...8609119991890/

no no idea how I stumbled upon that but it looks like a v6 175-225 and obviously an XS v8 of some power.
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I don't understand the too loud engine thing. These are all modern day outboards that are much quieter than the redneck with the straight piped chevy that passes you on the highway. When you're underway the wind noise is usually loud enough to drown out the majority of engine sound. Personally I love the sound of my Etec 150 H.O. over the Yamaha 4 stroke that was on my last boat.
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Holy sheeeeit. Actually found something relatively perfect/back to back.


no no idea how I stumbled upon that but it looks like a v6 175-225 and obviously an XS v8 of some power.
I'd like to see the comparison numbers between those 2 motors, but couldn't seem to find any further testing on that Facebook site. The Pro XS is much louder at idle, the V6 is whisper quiet.
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I personally prefer being able to hear my engine running at idle. I’m in the middle of a re-power as we speak and I went with the Pro XS for that very reason.

Not a fan of engaging the starter on a running engine but that happens quite a bit with the new whisper quiet motors when idling.

As stated, wind noise at speed overpowers engine noise in most cases anyway.
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Originally Posted by Buriedpast View Post
Holy sheeeeit. Actually found something relatively perfect/back to back.

https://www.facebook.com/oceanbluebo...8609119991890/

no no idea how I stumbled upon that but it looks like a v6 175-225 and obviously an XS v8 of some power.

Off topic......but that is one ugly boat

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