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I have a FICHT now what to do with it?

Old 03-15-2019, 10:00 PM
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Hello Guys,
I recently bought a boat that I really liked. Trouble was it had a 1999 Evinrude 150 on it. The hour meter on the boat reads 185. Not sure if that is right or not. Visual inspection appears to be perfect. The guy I bought it from swore it ran and ran well and never had any problems. Couldn't run it as it was 23 degrees out. If I waited for spring someone would of picked it up. To be honest I loved the boat so much, the boat was hard to come by, and the price was so ridiculously good that I had to take it. Now what to do with it. What would you guys do? List it cheap and get rid of it. Or should I invest in a diag program, shop manuals,, and just send the ecm to CDI to get it done up. Injectors probably are dirty there is another thousand to send them out to get serviced. But still a hell of a lot less than a new one. I am pretty good at working on my former 1989 140 hp looper which I kept running tip top for years. Not sure if this FICHT is going to be too complicated for me and what the real chances of this motor constantly failing if I take care of it. Got a quote on a new Zuke. $14500 is a tough pill to swallow. What would you do? Fix it up, run it and see what happens or dump it?

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:06 PM
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1999 150's were not one of the good ones. I would run it until it dies but not put much money into it
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:10 PM
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See what you can get for the Futch as is. Buy used newer flavor if choice. Ride it like you stole it.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:36 PM
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I sold a 1999 Ficht 115 about a year ago. It was still running great when I sold it. It ran great for me for a few years. I think it would have run for many more years.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:47 PM
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Before making any rash decisions, why not at least get it going and take it for a run?
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:49 PM
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I sold a 1999 Ficht 115 about a year ago. It was still running great when I sold it. It ran great for me for a few years. I think it would have run for many more years.
the V4 FICHTS had no issues, they performed as expected from day one.
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:13 AM
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Well this is a 6 if I'm not mistaken. I hate to pawn it off on some poor guy who doesnt know what it is. My luck I'd buy a new motor and it would be in the shop all summer while the guy with my ficht would be zipping around. I hate to just run it without proper maintenance. I think that would guarantee that it blew up. Thanks for feedback guys. Decisions decisions.....
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:42 AM
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A 20 year old FICHT has very little market value. I would look at that as a good thing. It is very freeing.

- First thing I would do is make sure it starts at all. I would do this at home with a barrel of water to make sure it will run for a few minutes.

- Next thing I would do is make sure there is oil in the lower unit and then launch the boat somewhere where I had easy access to a tow and do a shakedown to see what works and doesn't work. Makes sure it goes in F and R. Will idle, throttle up, hit WOT for a second, etc.

- If you got this far and don't have a huge punch list of expensive items to fix. Get the book, do a full service so you know what has been done, and then use the boat as intended and hope for the best.
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:53 AM
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I had a 2001 150 and it is still running today with about 1800 hours. . Had some issues up front but really have done very little maintenance outside of the standard stuff in the last decade.
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:36 AM
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Have you not even attempted to run the motor? Seriously?!
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:03 AM
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Your post and concerns are really premature and unfounded.
Run the boat.....
These motors has some issues but the scale of that issue is really is really blown out of proportion.
It's no worse than the Yamaha exhaust corrosion or the Suzuki corrosion at the top of cylinder block area, or the older v6 suzzukis eating the #5 cylinder.
Worst case is you might occasionally replace the culprit electrical box..
I personally know tons of those mk it's zipping around here with tons of hours...

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Old 03-16-2019, 05:34 AM
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Thanks dreamweaver. I think that is a good idea. I kind of had the feeling of "hey I own the damn thing why not see how far it goes." My alternate thought was "this is the Lund I always wanted why mess with junk." I have seen the horror of these motors but I never had one personally. I threw the question out on here to see what the consensus was. If one out of five ran well for 600 -700 hours it is probably worth the chance to gamble some time and money. Once the ice clears we will see what happens.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:53 AM
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I'd keep the Ficht, but as a safety net, get a new (or newer) kicker so if you get Ficht Fucht out on the water you can get back to the dock. Even a new motor can malfuntion so having a kicker's not a bad idea. Plus, if you troll, you can save hours off your main motor.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:55 AM
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Weren't the 150s one of the more reliable ones? - if it starts and runs reasonably well, makes sense to at least put the money of a service into it as you'd have to do that with whatever engine you owned. I bought a boat with a 150 Optimax intending to sell the engine pretty quickly - 7 years later, I've learnt it has a lot of virtues and still running it.

If you do end up selling it and don't want to 'dump' it on an unsuspecting buyer, what not part it - I think a lot of the parts are common to more than just the Ficht 150.
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:14 AM
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Run it, you may be surprised. I had a 2000 175HP that NEVER missed a beat. I always used OEM oil and had it dealer serviced annually. Just sold it last year.
These motors need a good strong battery to start. The only negative is that it was so loud compared to a current 4 stroke.
Good luck with yours.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:22 AM
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My 04 150 Ran like a champ the 3 years I had it until it suffered corrosion at the head/injector. Decided to Repower since fixing it was no guarantee by the dealer and the new injectors were no longer available. I didn’t want to start putting used parts on this motor. Love the power and efficiency so much so I went with a G1 150.

Do some basic maintenance/service and see if you can get this motor to start and run before taking it out to the water. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:46 AM
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It's a 20 year old outboard. It may have had the updates but even if it does, not worth much as a 20 year old motor. Run it until it blows up and then part out. Good gear case will be worth a few bucks.
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Originally Posted by yardpro View Post
Your post and concerns are really premature and unfounded.
Run the boat.....
These motors has some issues but the scale of that issue is really is really blown out of proportion.
It's no worse than the Yamaha exhaust corrosion or the Suzuki corrosion at the top of cylinder block area, or the older v6 suzzukis eating the #5 cylinder.
Worst case is you might occasionally replace the culprit electrical box..
I personally know tons of those mk it's zipping around here with tons of hours...





that is some comical stuff right there

Run he motor if it will run, if not sell it for parts. Do not go down the rabbit hole trying to fix anything major. Do not waste money with "occasionally replace the culprit electrical box". That is just not smart with these motors, EMM repairs cost more then motor is worth. Hopefully that motor will run with minor maintenance and you can run the piss out of it until she blows.

Bright side about these motors, if it does run you know you are on borrowed time, so hammer down. And when it does blow, and some do in spectacular ways, you have not lost much.
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