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Old 07-09-2007, 01:40 PM
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Have a '96 Yamaha 220 Exciter as a play around boat for tubing, etc.

Went in for the winter ok.

Comes out needing a new engine according to the mechanic (replaced the other 5 years ago) plus a new steering cable.

His back of the envelope quote was $3500. Seemed like that was a little high.

Saw remanufactured engines online for $1200. Do they even sell those engines new anymore?

As always, appreciate the advice.
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:35 PM
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Does seem a little high...would think you could get away with a shortblock installed for around 2k-2.5k. They're pretty easy to do if you have a couple nights free.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:59 PM
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What do you mean it went in for the winter OK and now it needs a new engine?? They don't just "go bad" in 3 months.
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:52 PM
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Did you tow it at all. Did you leave the hose hooked up when flushing it without it running? Motors just do not go bad.
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Sounds like your mechanic did not properly winterise it . Or, perhaps, again after somone took it for a joy ride. I'd be so suspicious that I'd take my business elsewhere. Any competent mechanic can tell you if it was put away wet or otherwise compromised by neglect.

If the second opinion clears shop #1, return there next year. If it doesnt then send the bill to the people who who are liable for this charge. While you're at it ask for a refund for the services performed since you dropped it off. If they dont pay you can decide if you want to pursue it in court or forget the whole thing.

It's possible there are criminal issues here but that would be harder to prove and would delay using the PWC or recoverring any civil judgment. You could also end up going back and forth to court wasting your vacationtime or losing pay.

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Old 07-10-2007, 12:10 AM
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As for putting it away fine and coming out needing a new engine...I am suspicious too and thought that winterizing might have been the issue.

I'm at the point with the boat that I don't know how much it is even worth, and if it is worth putting the new motor in it. If it were newer, I'd be all over the mechanic. Wondering if I'm better off donating it, taking the write off and moving on.
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:32 AM
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It sounds to me like the mechanic F'd up. I had a BW Rage in Fla. and the mechanic forgot to hook up the water line and my step father fried the engine. Warning buzzer wire was also disconnected. Unfortunately, the company was sold right after we picked it up and the new owner would not honor squat from the date prior to the sale.

One option you might want to consider is this, check with your local VoTech Center and see if they would like to use it as a Project boat. Usually, you only have to pay for parts and it's been my experience that the kids do a pretty damn good job. I had a VoTech Center in Naples re-build a OMC Sea Drive and I kid you not, they did an awesome job and that engine ran better after they got a hold of it than it EVER did while we had it. Maybe it's because the students are working for the sheer satisfaction and passionfor their trade as opposed to being paid?
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:20 AM
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Just1more - 7/10/2007 7:32 AM



It sounds to me like the mechanic F'd up. I had a BW Rage in Fla. and the mechanic forgot to hook up the water line and my step father fried the engine. Warning buzzer wire was also disconnected. Unfortunately, the company was sold right after we picked it up and the new owner would not honor squat from the date prior to the sale.

One option you might want to consider is this, check with your local VoTech Center and see if they would like to use it as a Project boat. Usually, you only have to pay for parts and it's been my experience that the kids do a pretty damn good job. I had a VoTech Center in Naples re-build a OMC Sea Drive and I kid you not, they did an awesome job and that engine ran better after they got a hold of it than it EVER did while we had it. Maybe it's because the students are working for the sheer satisfaction and passion for their trade as opposed to being paid?
VoTech sounds like a great idea. I'm going to look into that.

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Old 07-10-2007, 10:53 AM
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Use the analogy.................is there another $1500-$2500 boat that will give you as much enjoyment ?


I'd likely have VoTech fix it for the price of parts !
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