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Old 09-06-2020, 08:01 PM
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Default Strongly considering a Suzuki over Yamaha repower . . .

I'm not concerned as much with resale but rather longevity, service, warranty and gearing. Boat is a 27' commercial hull Whaler and sits at 6200lbs dry and rated for 300-600hp. Thank you all in advance for any input! Really looking forward to getting this boat dialed in to be a fishing beast.
Would you do (and why)?:
1) twin 250 yamahas
2) twin 300 yamahas
3) twin 250 suzukis
4) twin 300 suzukis

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Old 09-06-2020, 08:18 PM
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On the Suzuki side the DF250 is a detuned DF300. Your boat is rated for it and weight should be the same, price is only a couple hundred bucks difference per motor. Going with the 300's seems like a no-brainer. Let someone else sound off on the Yamaha options.
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i'm strongly leaning in that direction right now.
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Both 300's are great motors
Yamahas going to cost a a bit more

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Google "Yamaha making oil"
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Originally Posted by 54bullwinkle View Post
Both 300's are great motors
Yamahas going to cost a a bit more
trying to figure out what the justification for the cost is for my repower at this point. for an objectively superior motor, i'll shell it out. As of now, i don't see why i should.
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So if you buy a specific motor for a couple of grand more than another then you sell a few years down the line for a couple of grand more than the other does that truly mean it has better resale???

Yeah each brand has their loyalists but the whole resale thing on Yamahas is old news from the ‘90s

To me, I don’t think you can go wrong with either motor. That said, I wouldn’t pay a premium for either one of them.

Service may be something to consider but I see more and more Suzuki dealers around in South Alabama so I think that excuse is getting outdated as well.

I have 200 hrs on a repower with twin 2019 Suzukis and they are great.

I have a 2016 200 Yamaha (smaller than what you’re looking for) on my bay boat and it is good too. Sounds a little more mechanical than the Suzuki’s but is a good motor as well.

All really good motors so pick the one you get the best deal on it what looks better to you and don’t look back.

Good luck!!
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I would Pick #2

Tried and true motors with a less hassle warranty. I have learned Suzuki is good until you need help. Once there is warranty work, frustration sets in fast.
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Agree on the warranty front. I have no personal experience with Suzuki but a lot with Yamaha. Have always had swift response and warranty coverage with Yamaha.

However, I believe you are going to get better fuel efficiency out of the Suzuki. Those Yamaha 4.2l just don't seem to put up great numbers. Would be worth evaluating some performance bulletins (provided on each manufacturer's website) on a boat of your length and weight to see what wins out.


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Most people seem to pick Suzuki based on price.

If price isn’t an issue.....

As far as warranty goes, I would wait a month to see if Yamaha throws in the 6 year warranty again like they did last October.

250 vs 300? For both the 300 is not much more expensive.

Every time I ask a mechanic, they prefer the Yamaha. When price is considered, they seem to be torn.
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Originally Posted by datlhookYa View Post
I would Pick #2

Tried and true motors with a less hassle warranty. I have learned Suzuki is good until you need help. Once there is warranty work, frustration sets in fast.
Not true in my experience it’s all about your dealer
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My experience with yamaha customer service was terrible. The dealer was great, the service from Yamaha factory sucked. I would put 300 Suzuki’s on the boat.
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Both engines are goin g to be very reliable. My experience with Yamaha is the engines are usually fairly weak for their hp minus the V8 stuff.

service is going to depend on whatever dealers you have in the area. Out of the 2 I would buy a zuke 8 days a week.
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My only concern with Suzuki would be the potential problem with the drive shafts sticking. My next door neighbor works on them and when I dropped my LU the other day, he told me Zukes have a pretty bad problem with this. Something about the way the shaft doesn't go directly into the power head but instead has some gears? I think the official term is an "offset drive shaft". I have no idea and it may be hogwash but just passing it along so you may want to look into it.

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I’m in NC. I had a F150 on my bay boat and was an awesome engine. Never let me down in 600hrs. Just bought a Sportsman this spring and it has the F300. LOVE it!

Makiing oil is a real thing! Early with my F150 it did make some oil. After I stopped babying it, it never made oil again. So I’m not babying the 300.

Now here in NC the view from “most”. I said most....a boat with a Yamaha is worth more. The F300 was already on the Sportsman which is what I wanted. I checked with a few buddies that had the 300 and all said it was a great engine.

just my input....
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Originally Posted by Cable Mariner View Post
On the Suzuki side the DF250 is a detuned DF300. Your boat is rated for it and weight should be the same, price is only a couple hundred bucks difference per motor. Going with the 300's seems like a no-brainer. Let someone else sound off on the Yamaha options.
Same for Yamaha, same 4.2L motor. Looks like a pretty heavy hull, I'd go 300s. What's on it now?
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buy the suzuki 300s and enjoy your boat. they are smooth as silk and powerful as hell. the savings will buy a pile of new electronics and the performance, efficiency and longevity will be equal. Yes you will have to do your routine maintenance on either selection. Best of luck
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I was one of the first folks in my area to put Suzuki's on a Parker. Since then (6 years) I've seen quite a few. My Suzi's (Twin 175) have been 100% flawless in 6 seasons. I would not hesitate to buy them again and I would not hesitate to buy a used boat with Suzukis.
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No direct experience with either 300, but seems there are a lot of reports of the Yammi 300 making oil. Have not heard any similar complaints about the Zuke (??).
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Have you priced both sets of 300’s? I have been happy with my Suzuki so far, and I think they’re a good value over all. Definitely get the electronic controls they’re very smooth and spoil you quick. That being said as already stated look into the drive shaft issue, do your homework on that and make sure you’re ok with it before proceeding. Can’t go wrong either way but if the price difference is significant I’d go with Suzuki. If it’s pretty close the Yamahas hold their value better(I’ve seen it time and again, close friend has an extremely nice 37 sea hunter with Suzuki’s he’s having a hard time getting someone to even look at it),have a better reputation And I’d personally go with them if they’re close price wise. yams seem to only make oil when they’re babied, try to keep the rpms 4K and up and you should be fine.

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