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Old 03-15-2019, 04:45 AM
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The OP asked about the new Etecs yet the people commenting on problems are referring to the old Etecs. I could say that my original generation Etec has run 100% fault free for 14 years, but it's not answering the question the OP asked as it's about a different engine.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:15 AM
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Well might as well put this thread to bed...I am not buying that boat as just found out last night the trailer, which was in storage, is rotten (boat was stacked at a marina). So 5 grand for a new trailer and not my preference for power sort of kills the deal. Its only a 30k boat so power/trailer is a big portion of the value and I need a trailer. One of the caveats of shopping for boats in urban marina areas is that trailers are often not used regularly and maintained. Boat is 450 miles from me so was waiting for final pics.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:12 AM
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So, you've had etecs before, didn't like them, post a thread about newer etecs knowing you have no mechanic near by.....what was the purpose of the thread? You already had your own answer.....I've run boats for 35 years....here's a list: Early 70's 125 HP Johnson Twin Mercruiser 302 fords, Late 70's Johnson 175, Twin Merc 150 Black Maxes, Twin Cat 3208's, Twin VRO 150 Rudes, 25 hp Johnson, 9.9 hp Johnson , Late 90's 40 HP Merc, Twin F225 Yamahas, Twin F250 Yamahas, Twin 140 4 stroke Zukes....and currently Twin 250 etecs and a 150 HO etec.......let's be clear, no newer engine is going to be nice to you without a nearby certified dealer.....just like the newer cars, it's not going to be a pleasant experience.....Our etecs have been great engines, you just have to treat them right...run them frequently and run good fuel......out of all of the engines listed above.....the 150 Black Maxes and the F225 Yamahas were the worst for me personally.....period.....that doesn't mean they all suck.....your thread was poisoned from the get go.....but at least you didn't buy the boat....
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:25 AM
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The purpose of the thread was what I asked at the top:= are the newer gen of etecs considered to be as reliable as 4 stroke jap engines.
First service on etec is at 300 hrs I am told so whats the big issue of having a tech close by! Unless....
I think my question was answered indirectly.

Etec mktg slogan is “ experience more with less scheduled maintenance”
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Old 03-15-2019, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by floridarob View Post
So, you've had etecs before, didn't like them, post a thread about newer etecs knowing you have no mechanic near by.....what was the purpose of the thread? You already had your own answer.....I've run boats for 35 years....here's a list: Early 70's 125 HP Johnson Twin Mercruiser 302 fords, Late 70's Johnson 175, Twin Merc 150 Black Maxes, Twin Cat 3208's, Twin VRO 150 Rudes, 25 hp Johnson, 9.9 hp Johnson , Late 90's 40 HP Merc, Twin F225 Yamahas, Twin F250 Yamahas, Twin 140 4 stroke Zukes....and currently Twin 250 etecs and a 150 HO etec.......let's be clear, no newer engine is going to be nice to you without a nearby certified dealer.....just like the newer cars, it's not going to be a pleasant experience.....Our etecs have been great engines, you just have to treat them right...run them frequently and run good fuel......out of all of the engines listed above.....the 150 Black Maxes and the F225 Yamahas were the worst for me personally.....period.....that doesn't mean they all suck.....your thread was poisoned from the get go.....but at least you didn't buy the boat....
It's a drive by.
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Old 03-15-2019, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by seahorse View Post
If you want accurate information you need to consult with techs who are trained and experienced, which means they attend factory annual update seminars, have access to online factory information, service bulletins, and manual, and work for authorized Evinrude dealers.

If you only want information not knowing if it is correct coming from strangers with unknown credentials and perhaps questionable or non-existent ability and experience, then knock yourself out in the world of open forums.
This is the place for folks with unknown credentials and questionable and non-existent ability and experience.

Any answer that one wants can be found here. Unfortunately too many answers that are not wanted (or not correct) will also be provided.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by tesoro View Post
S/n is 05459752 E150DSLAB ( DSLAB = dead on slab!?)

Will look at etec forums thx..but like many specific forums people tend to post when have probs and not when no issues as nothing to bitch about. So can get turned off easily. Certified mechanics cant really speak their minds..esp in this day and age of media spying.
That is the way of the world. Folks here in the US love to bitch.

Stories of truly bad motors will travel far, wide and often. Over and over again. The story of a good motor usually never leaves home.

Which skews the statistics about the good, the bad and the ugly of motors. The motors that are sold and widely used the most may seem to be the worst. One out of a thousand failing will be repeated a thousand or more times. The motors that are not selling so well will seem to be the best. Reason being that if not much is being sold then there is not much to fail and not be much to bitch about.

Regarding what mechanics and dealers are saying, none of them are to be trusted according to The Hull Truth. At least when they don't like what is being said.

Dealer A says he sells brands X and Y. He reports that X is the better of the two. In his humble opinion and based on his experience. All of the Y advocates slam the dealer for being a liar.

Dealer B says he sells brands X and Y. He reports that Y is the better of the two. In his humble opinion and based on his experience. All of the X advocates slam the dealer for being a liar.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:53 PM
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I remember hearing about your F225's if those have been your worst motors consider yourself lucky.

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So, you've had etecs before, didn't like them, post a thread about newer etecs knowing you have no mechanic near by.....what was the purpose of the thread? You already had your own answer.....I've run boats for 35 years....here's a list: Early 70's 125 HP Johnson Twin Mercruiser 302 fords, Late 70's Johnson 175, Twin Merc 150 Black Maxes, Twin Cat 3208's, Twin VRO 150 Rudes, 25 hp Johnson, 9.9 hp Johnson , Late 90's 40 HP Merc, Twin F225 Yamahas, Twin F250 Yamahas, Twin 140 4 stroke Zukes....and currently Twin 250 etecs and a 150 HO etec.......let's be clear, no newer engine is going to be nice to you without a nearby certified dealer.....just like the newer cars, it's not going to be a pleasant experience.....Our etecs have been great engines, you just have to treat them right...run them frequently and run good fuel......out of all of the engines listed above.....the 150 Black Maxes and the F225 Yamahas were the worst for me personally.....period.....that doesn't mean they all suck.....your thread was poisoned from the get go.....but at least you didn't buy the boat....
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:29 PM
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We have voyaged thousands of miles on boats with E-TEC 90, 115, and 135HO motors.

All three have provided outstanding service, are easy to maintain, and connect via laptop to E-Diagnostics. I do all my own service, as the closest dealer is over 30 miles away.

Only time they didn't bring us back was when we lost the starter on the 115 while fishing in the Keys one evening, Towboat US towed us to the closest dealer. They installed a new, in stock starter before 10 AM the next morning. No charge, covered under warranty.

Great motors, easy to obtain spare parts, and strong support network..
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OK all six of the ETEC fans have replied. End of thread!
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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
OK all six of the ETEC fans have replied. End of thread!
Nope. Thread not over until whatever the current reincarnation of Florida Dan posts.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by pfithian View Post
We have voyaged thousands of miles on boats with E-TEC 90, 115, and 135HO motors.

All three have provided outstanding service, are easy to maintain, and connect via laptop to E-Diagnostics. I do all my own service, as the closest dealer is over 30 miles away.

Only time they didn't bring us back was when we lost the starter on the 115 while fishing in the Keys one evening, Towboat US towed us to the closest dealer. They installed a new, in stock starter before 10 AM the next morning. No charge, covered under warranty.

Great motors, easy to obtain spare parts, and strong support network..

Could you not have pull started the 115 to get you home?
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Originally Posted by tesoro View Post
Could you not have pull started the 115 to get you home?
Unfortunately on that one, no.
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by tesoro View Post
I havent had 150 etecs since 2006 - bought new twins on a boat I built and great engines other than lost some injectors due to dry Venezuelan fuel had to use. Lost a computer on an engine 3 yrs later..maybe 500 hrs faster I sold boat.

Now I am looking at pulling the trigger on a used boat that was re-powered with a 150 etec and has the extended warranty till 2023. Has 300 hrs and only problem was something to do with lower unit right off the bat, which was fixed. So it has had the bugs shook out..or not?

I have no experience with the newer gen of etecs and I dont have avail service anywhere close by. I know that there have been 100 etec threads that go either way but I am asking specific to this one engine and reliability. I really want the boat and would pay a premium it is had a 150 yam on the back as its a rare boat with the config I want. I think I should try to discount the sale price somnewhat as etecs are shunned in the pacific north west area where I live. Unfortunately the owner is new to boats and really dosent understand all of this stuff. He got suckered at a boat show with the engine re-power.

The question is how much more likely is it for me to blow my wad 20 miles off shore with one of these engines vs a Japanese 4 stroke? Thats is really all I care about as I plan on keeping the boat for the long term.

Sure like to hear comments from etec owners who have racked up some real hours..not ones with 225 hrs and 'very happy so far', which seems to be the norm on many engine threads..
Considering the G2 150 came out 2 1/2 years ago, I don't think you're going to find owners with more than a couple of hundred hours on them. I'm sure there are some commercial users out there using the small block in commercial operations, but the lions share of the segment is probably on the recreational side. Using THT logic, I have two of the 150's, so should my opinion count for twice as much as a guy with one G2 150?
The motor you're looking at was sold to a sucker, and he had a problem right off the bat.
You clearly need to run from this motor.
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Old 03-17-2019, 08:34 AM
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I think I should have clarified things in the beginning...when I said I have no experience with the 'newer gen' of etecs, I meant the ones that looked like my old ones of 2006 era but made in 2016. One would want to assume that they have worked out most bugs over 10 years. Or not?

I wasnt referring to that scary looking next gen G2. They probably come equipped with OnStar

The motor I was looking at was sold new in crate to the orig owner who had the lower unit replaced under warranty at 40 hrs. Yeah I go by the THT logic: If I buy 2 engines and they both have premature failures vs another guy buying only one having premature failure then my vote has 66% weight and the other guy 33%. And I also lost double the money and triple the ridicule from the ' I told you so's'. I took a gamble once and not going to take that same gamble again. Thats why I asked if they have been improved.
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Originally Posted by tesoro View Post
I think I should have clarified things in the beginning...when I said I have no experience with the 'newer gen' of etecs, I meant the ones that looked like my old ones of 2006 era but made in 2016. One would want to assume that they have worked out most bugs over 10 years. Or not?

Over on the etecownersgroup.com is a post outlining changes made over the years. I believe the author is JiMH
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I took a gamble once and not going to take that same gamble again.
So, choose a different motor and take a different gamble.
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So, choose a different motor and take a different gamble.
I will but with better odds!
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