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Old 12-12-2012, 01:07 AM
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Default What's Mercury's reputation these days?

They're not popular around here at all, but when I visited northren Florida I saw nothing but Mercury. I know in the past they've had some hate and discontent thrown their way.

The new 150 four-stroke seems to be developing a pretty decent reputation, and I liked it's performance, though its noisier than what I'm used to.

The general consensus among those in the know seems to be to stay away from the Verado (complex, high maintenance, etc).

How about modern Optimax outboards?


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Ive got over 6400 hrs combined on 5 Verados with the only issue one blown lower unit. They have improved the lower units substantially on their newer versions. I would buy them again and recommend them to anybody unless you cant get good local service. Quieter, smoother shifting and with better power steering than anybody elses motor. The best customer service. And priced better than Yamaha.

I have an Optimax 225 HPon my other boat and its fine too but I cant compare the noise or shifting to a VRod.
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I definitely like the pricing but local service could be an issue. I think the nearest dealer is in southeast, VA (90 minutes away). Looks like I can buy two four-stroke 115s, two Optimax 115s, two Optimax 125s, or one Optimax 250 for roughly the cost of an F200.
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had verados on my old boat great power smooth quiet until the superchargers start growling. optis on the new boat more power better efficiency. i prefer the opti bc of the cable shifting and throttle and more mechanical aspect to it from a oh crap im 300 miles from home and nobody can work on a verado part of it. for anything local the verado was great. the newest verados are very good and have had all the bugs worked out. weight is an issue with the verado though. but with any of these motors if you dont have a good mechanic nearby they are worthless
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The general consensus among those in the know seems to be to stay away from the Verado (complex, high maintenance, etc).?

I think the general consensus is wrong. I had an 07 Verado 150. It was smooth as silk and I loved the drive by wire. The only issue I ever had was the fuel float which was replaced under warranty and caused by ethanol. I put over 200 hours on it. Sold the boat in the fall of 2009 to a guy I still keep in contact with. The engine now has 700 hours and not one problem. As bradv said........if you dont have a good mechanic nearby they are worthless. You need one for any engine now.
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The new Optimax engines are rock solid. The Verado Gen1 engines had there growing pains. The new Vrats are great engines. I would not hesitate to buy another Mercury product and I use to own nothing but Yamahas.
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They are the #1 outboard in the US and have the largest dealer network. Go to www.mercurymarine.com and go the dealer locator. I cannot imagine a populated place that would only have 1 dealer withing 90 miles.
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ed's,

why dont you all sell Yamaha anymore? I remember you used to sell them by the tractor trailer load.

Mean nothing other than curiousity
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I have run thier Opti's (pair of 225s and a pair of 300s) with little to no problems. I owned one of Mercury's problematic Promax motors that would burn a piston every 30 hours. Even though that particular motor was a huge piece I was impressed with the way Mercury stood behind it in my case. And standing behind it was not a safe place because there was no telling when and what would come flying out of the cowling.
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Ed's, I did that long ago...63 miles (90 minute drive). Whether Suzuki or Merc, I plan to buy from you.
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Had Verado's on my last boat and have them again.

Love them; very happy all around.
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Always have gone Mercury (Verados) for my boats; for me, they are reliable and the absolute best performance motor out there, IMO. Nothing runs like them when your running hard.
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I have owned 8 Mercs. Had some trouble with a 150 black max circa 1984. Other than that could not be more happy. Got two new 2012 Opti Pro XS's to prove it too!
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Mercury is a very good outboard and now one of the top brands avaidable.
Brunswick is also the owner and Brunswick owns alOt of boat brands including boston whaler and I think tracker marine (so also Mako).
One specific problem they do have is with there lower units breaking (my couzin has gone through atleast 4 units allready).
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2008 opti 150 on my boat and I love it. I did have the problem coils and had all 6 replaced under warranty. I haven't had any other issues out of it. I love mine.

Of course it may help the motors reliability being in FL seeing as how we boat all year round. The worst thing you can do to a motor is not run it.
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Yamaha's corrode.
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Buy the Mercury platinum protection. It's the only engine that takes the gamble out of buying a warranty and not needing it. We do 2.5 liters at our shop like crazy. Always burning down cylinder 5......even the new ones.
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Their good enough for GM to contract with them to build the Corvette ZR1 engines.
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Originally Posted by TwentyFourSeven View Post
Yamaha's corrode.

so did my center and left 2005 250 Vrods,whats your point?
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Originally Posted by jayyy View Post
Their good enough for GM to contract with them to build the Corvette ZR1 engines.
Really? Tell us more... what parts of the engine are they manufacturing/designing?

I know the ZR1 has an aluminum block... do the Verado's have an aluminum block as well?

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