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Old 02-21-2009, 07:18 PM
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Default Suzuki 300 vs Yamaha 250..which one

Looking to power a 26' cc and was trying to decide which to go with. Both have wire controls now right? I have heard that Suzuki is having trouble with service/parts availability. I like the idea of 300hp vs 250 hp but mostly want reliability and ability to be serviced most places. Opinions?

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Have you considered twin F150's?
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Have you considered twin 225s?

That's what I would want.
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I have both, no problems with either. Yes, both are electronic controls
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I don't understand the supposedly parts availability problem with Zuke. My zuke shop in Goldsboro, NC has no problems getting zuke parts at all. Where is the supposed shortage problems coming from. And for the OP, I'll always take the 300 ponies if it's a reliable motor and there's been lots of compliments on the zuke 300. Good luck!
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Default Re: Suzuki 300 vs Yamaha 250..which one

Having a good dealer is a big plus, but those 300 Zukes would be a lot of power.
Tough call.
I don't think its THAT hard to get parts for Zukes, but I'm sure more people will chime in your thread with more info.
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On the merits of the motors alone, I am surprised you are even asking. Suzuki!

As for parts, Suz in N.Am does have a lighter dealer network than Yam or Merc, and does keep fewer major parts in the supply chain (eg, lower units or powerheads). But, if you have a dealer nearby, and are only talking about regular service items, they are absolutely fine. I am basing this opinion both on what I hear from others, and on my personal experience owning Zukes over the last 6 yrs.


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Biff, why are you surprised he's even asking? Both motors are very strong engines with solid reps. They both have digital controls. You can't go wrong with either. Pick which one you have a good dealer for service.
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Word on the street- Suzuki 300 is having gear case troubles..... don't take my word for it,ask around. I was leaning towards Suzukis before I found this info out.
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I am looking at both of these right now as well. Reliability is imperative. I agonized over the decision to purchese the Honda 4 years back. If only we had a crystal ball.

How long have the Zuke 300's been out? What about the Yam 250?
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Default Re: Suzuki 300 vs Yamaha 250..which one

Here is some real life info:

Freeman 33 hull #1 has Suzuki 300's. 1 gearcase lost at 600 hours. Thats it. No other problems at 1600 hours of running at 4500rpm.

Freeman 33 hull #2 has Yamaha 250's Both gearcases lost before 500 hours. No other problems at 900 hours of running at 4500rpm.


Both are very good motors. The Zukes push the boat 5 mph faster across the board and get as good or better fuel economy.
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That's surprising that they've lost gearcases like that. Launching the boat with the gearcases leaving the water?

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yamahafan101 - 2/22/2009 7:15 PM

That's surprising that they've lost gearcases like that. Launching the boat with the gearcases leaving the water?
I dont think they lost gearcases because of abuse. Just the nature of putting a pile of hours on a charter boat. It is rare that the Freemans leave the water in average conditions.
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The Zuk 300's arent really having true gear case problems. They had a problem with the electronic shift actuator in the early batch of fly-by-wire stuff where the engine wouldn't shift into forward gear, but the gear case's themselves are tough.
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The actuator replacement is covered by a service bulliten for 2007 DF300 engines. Its an easy fix.
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Default Re: Suzuki 300 vs Yamaha 250..which one

Yea I know, I was just clearing it up for these guys so they don't get the impression the gear case is no good, just a little bug. Im a huge Suzuki fan. After running a bunch of boats will all different size Zuks on them lately. The tourque, the responsivness, the smoothness, the seamless shifting of the gear case even on the big ones, the muscle car tone they have. I just love them. Would love to put a pair of DF175's on the Sailfish, I think that would be an un-real combo!
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bully - 2/22/2009 7:26 PM

yamahafan101 - 2/22/2009 7:15 PM

That's surprising that they've lost gearcases like that. Launching the boat with the gearcases leaving the water?
I dont think they lost gearcases because of abuse. Just the nature of putting a pile of hours on a charter boat. It is rare that the Freemans leave the water in average conditions.
I have put 2700 on a regular rotation gearcase. My counter rotater locked up at 1500, was replaced, and has since been fine. It's odd to lose them at such low hours.

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