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Old 07-22-2008, 06:08 AM
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Honda, Yamaha or Suzuki?

* Looking at a 4-Stroke preference in the 150hp range.
* I fish 95/5 - Freshwater/Saltwater
* I average 4-6 hours on the motor per week.
* A low RPM trolling speed is important.

Top 5 Priorities
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#1 Reliability.
#2 Reliability.
#3 Reliability.
#4 Reliability.
#5 Purchase Price
Old 07-22-2008, 06:38 AM
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I think you will have a hard time getting a straight answer to your question but these are all very good motors.
You may be better off selecting according to the "best dealer in your area" scenario. Or go over the features
offered, for instance the Yamaha has the auxillary charging lead setup ect.

I think you could get any of the new 150 hp outboards as they are all good.




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These motors are all so reliable - choose on the dealer and if that is equal choose the color that goes with your boat best

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If you want a 150 horse power, I would go with a Honda. The Honda 150 v-tec pushes 155 AT THE PROP....standard 5 year warranty. From your prop nut to your gauges.
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I believe the Suzuki is the lowest cost option.
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I have owned and sold them all...Yamahas, a Honda, Suzuki 2 strokes, Mercs 2 and 4 strokes, a few Johnson's and Rude's thrown in too...UNLESS SUZUKI SCREWS UP AND CHANGES SOMETHING FOR THE WORSE I WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER 4 STROKE MOTOR OTHER THAN SUZUKI...PERIOD... Two stroke...Optimax...

Suzuki is easier on the wallet too...
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Choice as per priorities:
#1 Yamaha
#2 Yamaha
#3 Yamaha
#4 Yamaha
#5 Suzuki
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I have an 07 Suzuki 150 w around 170 hrs and absolutely no problems and great economy even with the larger block.
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Both my Yamaha and my Suzuki have been great for the year that I've owned them. I've owned Yamaha engines for two years now.
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Stop outsourcing and buy "Made In The US".
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fishingfun - 7/22/2008 9:51 AM

Stop outsourcing and buy "Made In The US".
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fishingfun - 7/22/2008 9:51 AM

Stop outsourcing and buy "Made In The US".
Tell that to the us companies first, then ask us
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Merc doesn't outsource, right?
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fishingfun - 7/22/2008 12:51 PM

Stop outsourcing and buy "Made In The US".
BRP isn't made in the US, but I'm sure you know that.
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Yamaha was the best for a long time; however anyone who owns a Suzuki will tell you they are the new kid on the block. Great engines, built tough, sips gas, quiet as can be and more affordable. What else can you ask for? I have a Zuke 175 with 236 hours in 14 months of hard use and not one hiccup. Plus the dealer network is expanding very fast..


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Reliability=Yamaha
Price=Suzuki
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Default Re: Best Japanese motor for the money?

Also, keep in mind that the differences between these three motors might be negligible given the criteria. In other words, brand A, B, and C might have reliability of 98%, 97% and 96%.

In my opinion all three of these brands are the best out there, so shop for value and personal preference.
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ufg8rmike - 7/22/2008 11:06 AM

Reliability=Yamaha
Price=Suzuki
Resale/ quick sale --YAMAHA
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go fish - 7/22/2008 2:11 PM Resale/ quick sale --YAMAHA
Agree (at least as far as I'm concerned)

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