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Old 10-25-2012, 08:50 PM
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Looking at a 2003 Seahunt Triton 202 that is powered by a 2003 Evinrude 135 hp Ficht outboard. The boat is ridiculously clean with very low hours (less than 100) and good compression. Any thoughts about or experience with the Ficht tech.? I have talked to a few Evinrude mechanics/dealers and some say stay clear while others are much more positive. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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I think most of the ficht problems were with the bigger engines. I'd be more leery about the low hours
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Run! I had an 02 115, it blew up at 400 hrs....
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OMC went bust in 2001... any motor built after that time was by BRP (and they very carefully re-checked every model -OMC had been out-sourcing critical components those last years before the end) before going into production with them. I'd want a thorough evaluation by a pro before purchasing the rig (and must admit that any offer I made wouldn't be much more than what the hull without motor would be worth...). You might get lucky and get a few years out of the old motor.... In general I have very low confidence in any motor that's that age, but has very little hours on it. I'd much rather consider a motor that has been run regularly... good luck in your decision...
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Originally Posted by hybrid View Post
I think most of the ficht problems were with the bigger engines. I'd be more leery about the low hours
I thought the smaller motors had the problems...like 150hp;? But they say if your motor has been running for a while you have a good one?
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A 2003 FICHT was a reliable engine in its day, as the previous post mentioned anything 2002 and later was much improved by Bombardier.

Only 100 hours and already 10 years old may raise a red flag. That is a lot of time sitting unused and who knows how well it was prepared for long term storage and only occasional usage.

Have a trained tech check over the motor completely, then run fuel pressure and cylinder balance diagnostics along with a vacuum test of the boat's fuel system. Stale fuel and varnish problems are what you should be concerned with.

Of course, new water pump, filters, and a complete 100hr. servicing should be done before using the motor.
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Also, have someone take a look at the fuel pressure test port which would be located on the back side of that motor near the vapor separator tank. If the test port looks like a tire valve, have the trained tech replace it with the upgraded part which does not include the valve. The joint between the valve and the plastic Tee is known to fail particularly where E10 fuel is used.
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Originally Posted by seahorse View Post
A 2003 FICHT was a reliable engine in its day, as the previous post mentioned anything 2002 and later was much improved by Bombardier.

Only 100 hours and already 10 years old may raise a red flag. That is a lot of time sitting unused and who knows how well it was prepared for long term storage and only occasional usage.

Have a trained tech check over the motor completely, then run fuel pressure and cylinder balance diagnostics along with a vacuum test of the boat's fuel system. Stale fuel and varnish problems are what you should be concerned with.

Of course, new water pump, filters, and a complete 100hr. servicing should be done before using the motor.
Boston, Welcome.

Also, this post I have quoted should be your course of action. You will NOT find a more qualified answer then this one.
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Welcome to the site. You'll find tons of advice and info on here about anything you want to know. Try the search function and you will find lots of threads that will help you make a decision. Good luck
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Agree. I purchased a 2004 in the past year. I had it gone through with a fine toothed comb. But they guy who did the inspection kept telling me that these were good engines and not part of the Ficht stigma and a simple computer inspection should do the trick. I should have listened to him. Its been a great motor and that advice would have saved me a few hundred bucks. Good on gas and so so on the oil but if you can find someone in your area who sells it in bulk, it’s not too bad. As long as it says BRP on it and nothing funky comes up on the computer scan (like overheats), then go for it.
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Sometimes people buy a toy and never use it, Be sure this is the case, then 100 might be true, Try to confirm with others in the area.
I bought two 96 yamaha waverunners for $300 total,,, seats sun rotted but had less than 50 hrs. inside looked brand new. I rebuilt carbs, took off oil pumps, (Premix now) and re-skined the seats I've put over 100 hrs on them no problems. I ask around 1st to confirm they were not used much.....
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As usual Seahorse nails it....
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The fichts were not ready for release when the first versions were sold.
The small block V-6's were the worst of the bunch,....By the time the Ficht Ram's came out in 2000-2001 the engineering issues had mostly been conquered, but OMC was bleeding due to the ficht and George Soros bleeding the company of it's assets so they had some quality control issues. BRP took over and realigned their vendors, anything 2002 and older is as good as any other motor of the same age....depending on care and luck, any 10 year old engine can run for another 10 years or grenade tomorrow. The Fichts were among the most powerful and most efficient engines built when compared to other outboards of the same age. I would have it checked by a certified Evinrude mechanic, one that doesn't hate them, and go from there.....Bottom line is the 2002 and later Rudes were not the ones that gained the horrible reputation.
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Originally Posted by ozzyaa View Post
I thought the smaller motors had the problems...like 150hp;? But they say if your motor has been running for a while you have a good one?
Maybe so, I had a 150 that I ran for years and practically abused. Never quit or gave me a lick of problems. My fishing buddy's boat with twin 225s, on the other hand, would take turns leaving us. Kept sinking money in them for a year or better until he cut his losses and switched to optis. Merely, speaking from experience. Just seems like the bigger engines, mainly the 225s is what I hear about
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Originally Posted by lemaymiami View Post
As usual Seahorse nails it....
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Originally Posted by Whaler27 View Post
Also, have someone take a look at the fuel pressure test port which would be located on the back side of that motor near the vapor separator tank. If the test port looks like a tire valve, have the trained tech replace it with the upgraded part which does not include the valve. The joint between the valve and the plastic Tee is known to fail particularly where E10 fuel is used.
I never heard of that did the 225 hp have those? I have never seen that valve as you said maybe hard to see? Whats the cost of the valves?
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Thanks for all of the helpful info.
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Originally Posted by lemaymiami View Post
As usual Seahorse nails it....
I think you nailed it with the age quote.

No matter what brand: When they get 10 years old regardless of the hours they are on borrowed time.

As I type this I am realizing that my Suzi's are 8
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Originally Posted by ozzyaa View Post
I never heard of that did the 225 hp have those? I have never seen that valve as you said maybe hard to see? Whats the cost of the valves?
Yes, its near the vapor separator on the port side of the motor. It may have a cap on it.

Couldn't tell you the cost. They only show cost as part of the entire return line manifold.
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Originally Posted by Whaler27 View Post
Yes, its near the vapor separator on the port side of the motor. It may have a cap on it.

Couldn't tell you the cost. They only show cost as part of the entire return line manifold.
Thanks I will take a look at the tee and check it out

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