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Old 07-28-2020, 03:46 PM
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How many times has it been in the shop ? I live in east texas, people are trying to talk me out of Suzuki because of lack of dealers, In my mind , one good one within 75 miles is all I will need


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My expereince.... bought a new DF200A in FEB 2015 that now has 320 hours. The only time it's been in the shop is for annual services. However, the old SIMS gauges and C10 gauges are not reliable and will often throw codes or warnings making you think your engine has an issue until you run a history report on it and see it's never had a real issue. The new SMG4 gauges apparently don't have that issue.

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I've had issues with the C10 which is now intermittently not receiving data. Probably an issue with the cable.

The engine itself has had no issues in about 2 years. Only about 120 hours but that's mainly because I'll often run the engine 1-3 hours when I take it out and only once since COVID started.
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2016 df 140
love it!
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Mine had a handful of issues over the past 5 years, but I still consider them very reliable overall, and chose them again for my next boat. I don't see the need for MORE than one good dealer, but if they weren't any, it would push me in a different direction.
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I had a powerhead blow at 420 hours.(2018 115)
suzuki did take care of it.
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I have a 300AP with 110 hours on it and its been flawless. I can tell you that you need to run a 1000MCA / 880CCA Marine battery. This may solve some of your codes. Don't use a cheap battery, the new Suzuki motors have multiple computer systems on them and are constantly diagnosing the engine functions. Volts and amp consistency is important. I find that a dedicated battery to the motor is a must today regardless of motor brand. Just my 5 cents.
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DF 90. Prob nicest little motor I ever owned
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I own three Suzuki outboards.One 300 on a bay boat 250 hours 2016 mod and two 200 I4s on a offshore boat .The only time i have had to take one to the Dealer was the 300 because of the crap gauges it came with.Other than the gauge problem they have been flawless.
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Bought twin 175s, 140 flawless hours before i sold then for 400 hr 250s. So far so good. Only in the shop for service.
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2013 DF225 and no issues.
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Originally Posted by mozingo1952 View Post
How many times has it been in the shop ? I live in east texas, people are trying to talk me out of Suzuki because of lack of dealers, In my mind , one good one within 75 miles is all I will need


thanks in advance

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Not what are you asking but I have a 2003 115. Never been in a shop.
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DF300 with 125 hours...no problems. Have a DF200 ordered on the next boat, and I’m looking forward to using it. They are easy to do maintenance on.
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There are no Suzuki dealerships in my state, but I bought a ‘16 df140 anyway (out of state). No issues. I do my own scheduled maintenance.

There isn’t a need for “special” manufacturer knowledge. A competent tech can repair any motor. Parts are overnighted from a faraway place so it doesn't matter where you are.
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I have had 3. A pair of 200's new in june 2016 with 340 hours on them end of 2017 and sold the boat. Great motors not a single issue, did all maintenance myself. The third motor is a 2019 300 hung in february of 19 with 435 hours on her now. Another trouble free motor that purrs... doing all maintenance myself. For major milestones I take it in to the cert mechanic though. I will buy Suzuki again and would recommend others do the same.
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We have a df175 with close to 3k hours and still going. I’ve been very happy with it never one hiccup,
it’s always started and has been flawless and I’d own another one with no reservation. At about 1500 hours we had new seals put in the lower unit and always stayed on top of all maintenance.

She’s still running but admittedly she’s getting tired....
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I’ve had and 225,140. No issues . I had a 300,no issues, I have a 90,no issues. I do flush and follow the maintenance schedule and use non ethanol fuel
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where at in East Texas? Several dealers around Kemah, lake Charles also has a good one. Commercial service in Port Neches.

have pair of 2015 200s, 800 or so hours no problem.
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Zukes and Mercs have put a hurt on Yamaha's sales. Zuke makes a damn good motor. Glad to see a lot of happy boaters with them.
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I'm only 15 mins from Outboard Specialties who is one of the best Suzuki dealers in South Florida - Bought a pair of new Suzuki DF300s and I only saw the dealer three times in 5 years. Great motors.
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