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Old 02-10-2019, 11:44 AM
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Couple things potentially have changed with my 300 verado order so looking at different power options. Iíve read every thread on THT about the 350 Suzuki, but havenít read about any wide spread problems. I read one guy has had some lower unit issues and a blown motor due to that.

Are they proving to be as reliable as the 300 Suzuki? Any concerns with the complex lower unit (dual prop) on a single engine hybrid? I will be 50+ miles offshore at times and want reliability and efficiency.

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We are a distributor to the OEM market. We have yet to hear of any issues. So far, just add reliable as the 300.

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Iím getting 6 years of warranty, but understand the last 3 years are from a third party company. Any issues with getting warranty done the last 3 years?


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Old 02-10-2019, 12:36 PM
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We have not had any warranty work come back our way. I do understand there was a unit with a failed lower unit due to an end user not doing a proper fluid change. It was filled less than half way. But most issues would go back to the dealer level and honestly, we do not hear of most of those issues.

So far, boat builders are very comfortable putting them on boats and like the dive efficiency of the twin props. Most of or builders are aluminum boats in the PNW. But there are a number of glass boat builders that are now using this engine. Some have been able to show better economy at a faster cruise than the 300. So, it's all been pretty positive so far.

When I repower my 2902, it will be with these engines.

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Everything sounds good. I spoke to a crabber in Venice that had 10,000 hours on a Suzuki 300 and he said it had no major break downs. Thatís pretty good!
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Most of commercial customers are using diesels up north. We are the distributor for John Derre, Scania, Yamnar and Kubota marine and industrial engines as well. The 300 had been a staple on many tenders. But we are seeing more customers switch to the OXE diesel outboard so they can use a single fuel source at a much better price point.

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Most of commercial customers are using diesels up north. We are the distributor for John Derre, Scania, Yamnar and Kubota marine and industrial engines as well. The 300 had been a staple on many tenders. But we are seeing more customers switch to the OXE diesel outboard so they can use a single fuel source at a much better price point.

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You have these in the field?
Better price point than what?
Any pictures of what they are going on?

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They have been in use in tour boat and commercial use. Sorry, I want clear about the price point. I was referring to fuel costs. Primarily off shore in Alaska.

I have some pics at the office. I'll see if the marine sales guys have something they can share. There are a number of manufacturer videos online as well.
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Originally Posted by fishin2deep4u View Post
They have been in use in tour boat and commercial use. Sorry, I want clear about the price point. I was referring to fuel costs. Primarily off shore in Alaska.

I have some pics at the office. I'll see if the marine sales guys have something they can share. There are a number of manufacturer videos online as well.
I understand that, I want to see a live one in the wild.

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We have numerous boats with them here is SE Florida and everyone loves them. I am building a new boat now and these are being installed.

The boat is being for ultimate reliability to travel deep into the Bahama family islands.
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We have numerous boats with them here is SE Florida and everyone loves them. I am building a new boat now and these are being installed.

The boat is being for ultimate reliability to travel deep into the Bahama family islands.
Seriously? And no build pics?
What new boat are you building?
Who has the numerous boats?
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I think Danny is referring to df350's not diesals
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I think Danny is referring to df350's not diesals
Ok, that would fit, I put out an APB on the Cox's, thought that was what he was talking about.
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
I understand that, I want to see a live one in the wild.
PM Outboard Specialists or InternationalMarineMike, I'm sure they will be glad to help you find your way in the wild.
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Pretty Hard to go to far into the wild when high octane is required, that's why I didn't go that route.
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Originally Posted by fishin2deep4u View Post
Most of commercial customers are using diesels up north. We are the distributor for John Derre, Scania, Yamnar and Kubota marine and industrial engines as well. The 300 had been a staple on many tenders. But we are seeing more customers switch to the OXE diesel outboard so they can use a single fuel source at a much better price point.

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PM Outboard Specialists or InternationalMarineMike, I'm sure they will be glad to help you find your way in the wild.
For a Cox Marine Diesel?
Are they dealers?

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Pretty Hard to go to far into the wild when high octane is required, that's why I didn't go that route.
Some info on the web is confusing. You will see some pages state that the Suzuki DF350 requires 95 Octane (RON). RON is a European octane rating. The equivilent AKI rating for the US is about 90. REC 90 is what is suggested for the DF350 and can be found easily throughout the Caribbean.

My comment about the engines being commonly used in SE Florida refers to the immense #'s of them on the backs of just about every brand of outboard boat.

As for the boat we are building... An Andros 32 Offshore.
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I too was a bit confused about the octane rating. I was told at the boat show this weekend that 89 octane can be used in the 350 with out issues.

Is that correct or does it need 91 octane ( no 90 octane that I know of around here)?
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Originally Posted by Blazer7420 View Post
For a Cox Marine Diesel?
Are they dealers?
This thread is titled "Any known issues with the 350 Suzuki," but you keep hijacking the thread pushing for diesel information. Why not start your own diesel thread - or better yet, travel down to the Rickenbacker Causeway later this week and then you can report back here with first hand experience.


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This thread is titled "Any known issues with the 350 Suzuki," but you keep hijacking the thread pushing for diesel information. Why not start your own diesel thread - or better yet, travel down to the Rickenbacker Causeway later this week and then you can report back here with first hand experience.


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