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Evinrude E-TEC 130 Reliability

Old 02-18-2011, 04:30 AM
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Default Evinrude E-TEC 130 Reliability

Need some input here.
I am about to change my single big Honda with Twin Evinrude E-TEC 130.
I was told that I am better off with twin E-TEC 150 because the E-TEC 130 has its electronic controller close to the water and will tend to give in (corrode or fail) faster than the E-TEC 150 which has them placed in the engine head.

I would like to go with the E-TEC 130 but dont want expensive high maintenance over time. Both engines are within my boat choice.

Any one with input on the matter or experience with the E-TEC 130 reliability over time?
Old 02-18-2011, 05:15 AM
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I ran a 130 E-TEC for a year without any issues. I know its not long term, but I moved up to a bigger boat with a 200 E-TEC. The Electronic control for the engine is on the same place on the motors. It is on top of the powerhead.

As far as going from a 130 Honda, you can go to a 150 E-TEC or even a 200hp E-TEC and the E-TEC will weigh less and have a lot more power.
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You don't say what kind or HP your current in is. You will need more HP with Twins due to the added weight on the transom. I would suggest the maximum HP your boat is rated for.

In regard to the Etecs, I've never owned one but have heard very good results from people that do own them.
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Etecs are simply awesome!! I run twin 250's and have never had a problem.
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The 130 is a pretty new model. The 150 came out in 2007. I bought one of the first ones and have had 2 problems. one bad injector only issue when cold and the trim/tilt switch since march 2006 and 800hrs. they are proven, i would go with them. the 150 is the lowest hp in the series of V6 2.6L blocks, 150hp-175hp-200hp.
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the 130 and the 115HO are the exact same engines... i've had my 115ho on my 17'er for 1 season and love it.. winterizing was a joke! i just watched the youtube video on my phone at the ramp when pulling out of the water for the season .. although in your situation i think i would go for the twin 150's .. the cost isn't that significant right now because of the incentives evinrude has... the 130 and the 150 are 2 completely different engines tho.. the 150 is a v6, where the 130/115ho is a 4cyl.. both should be about the same in fuel/oil usage .. but i agree with what ironworker said and go with the maxhp which is probably 300 .. so 2-150's .. you wont regret having the additional hp for the cost difference ..

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