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Old 03-05-2018, 09:11 AM
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Guys I went to a boat show this weekend and found a 22 foot bay boat that I really like. It comes with a 175 hp Suzuki. Just talked to a friend of mine and he advised me that those motors are complete junk.

I'll a little gun shy but trying to close on the boat this week. No other options on the motor. Are the Suzuki motors a good investment?

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03-05-2018, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by slb9981 View Post
He sells boats... Yamaha dealer... lol

Talked to the mechanic at the store and he prefers Yamaha motors but didn't have anything negative to say about Suzuki. He did say to make sure I flush it after salt water use.
That is funny. You should flush any saltwater used motor. If it was a swipe at Suzuki, then he should google "Yamaha corrosion"
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Suzuki is the largest outboard maker in the world. Very reliable, easy to work on power. I know several people who have put over 6000hrs on their Suzuki outboards (including 175's).

My Honda has been very good to me. However I would not hesitate to hang a Suzuki on my guide boat.
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what year? new boat with new motor? warranty?

Zukes are picking up market share more recently and have proven to be pretty reliable...I wouldn't worry about it. Yamaha gives you better re-sale value...
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Originally Posted by slb9981 View Post
Just talked to a friend of mine and he advised me that those motors are complete junk.
Your buddy is a clown. The engines run very very well. Well priced and fairly ez to maintenance. I've had 5 of them with up to 2k hours and no major issues.

You should listen to him presicely zero times whenever he gives you any type of maritime advice.
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Suzuki's business model is to make a good product at a fair price.

They aren't the best in every area but good in all areas.

They are simple to work on.

The only issue you may see, which a lot of the japanese mfgs have, is that you need to stay on top of corrosion and stay on tops of bolts, screws, that you may have to remove in the future.
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Thanks guys!!!

Now I'm down to worrying about the trailer. It's on a magic tilt. I really want an Ameritrail.
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Brand new motor.... 2018.
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Was your buddy drunk when he told you Suzuki was junk? What kind of boat and motor does he own?
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Maybe I can help you with both:
10 year old Suzuki DF300............flawless...maintained per Suzuki manual
22 year old Magic Tilt trailer....No issues....replaced both axles, springs, and related hardware @ 20 year mark. It has had 3-4 sets of drum brake assemblies, 3 sets of tires.......get or change over to stainless Kodiak discs when needed. Magic Tilt often "dog talked" not sure why.
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My Magic Tilt trailer is almost 16 years old and in fantastic shape. No issues whatsoever.
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I'm afraid your buddy is clueless and has not been paying attention to motors in the marine industry for the last decade.

Suzuki has been increasing market share very aggressively. The motors are well engineered, durable and reliable. I am going on my 3rd set of Suzuki motors on 3 different boats and have been extremely happy.

Most outboards today are very reliable but I would have zero problem recommending a Suzuki four stroke.
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I'll let You know in about 5 yrs. Waiting for a 2018 DF-250 AP to come in I ordered!
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I bought twin 300's a few years ago and love them. My closest dealer isn't the best, but I found one an hour away that I absolutely love.
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You will be very happy with Suzuki. The only issue is to be sure there is adequate service coverage in the areas that you boat. They don't have the large (can't swing a dead cat without hitting one) coverage of Yamaha.

I've sold, serviced, and used Magic-Tilt's a lot over the years - good product, good company.

Congrats on your new boat!
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Yet another fan of the Zukes, and a “no problem” Magic Titl trailer owner. My trailer is a heavy-duty tandem under a big fat cat, and has been very good. I did hubs and brakes this year, for the second time in just over 10 years. I maintain the bearings every year, flush the trailer religiously, and believe that the M-T trailer has been a solid purchase.
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What does your buddy do for a living?
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
What does your buddy do for a living?
im betting something under a big red tent
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He sells boats... Yamaha dealer... lol

Talked to the mechanic at the store and he prefers Yamaha motors but didn't have anything negative to say about Suzuki. He did say to make sure I flush it after salt water use.
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Originally Posted by slb9981 View Post
He sells boats... Yamaha dealer... lol

Talked to the mechanic at the store and he prefers Yamaha motors but didn't have anything negative to say about Suzuki. He did say to make sure I flush it after salt water use.
That is funny. You should flush any saltwater used motor. If it was a swipe at Suzuki, then he should google "Yamaha corrosion"
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Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
That is funny. You should flush any saltwater used motor. If it was a swipe at Suzuki, then he should google "Yamaha corrosion"
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