Strongly considering a Suzuki over Yamaha repower . . .

uglyducky

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I bet it’s outboard specialties in pompano. Suzuki’s are awesome. Great engines. Enjoy. By the way, I just purchase two scratch and dent 150’s from inflatable specialties in Ventura. It worked out pretty well. I just picked them up and installed myself. Good deals up there and near Florida prices.
they were great guys in my dealing with them I have nothing but respect. i just can't see a $16k higher value on yams to be honest. that's a MASSIVE spread.
 
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efx

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I 100% agree with you. 16 k is a lot. About four years ago I purchased 250 tohatsus for a great price down in Costa Mesa. I couldn’t believe how much they were compared to Yamaha. 16k difference sounds about right. Big engines are big money.
 
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I had one of the 1st DF70`s,and put over 5,000 hours on it over 15 years,and zero issues at all,put a brand new df140 on the Stringari in 2015,have a hair over 1,000 hours on it and zero issues at all.I had not done the water pump until last year,and it was still perfect,I change the oil regularly,and have also done the drive oil 2 times,but zero issues at all.At 1 point the df70 was giving me a little bit of hard starting,and the engine light would flash,so it was as simple as reading the flashes,and it had an Idle air control valve just like a car would have,and I tapped on it and it started idling fine,so I just took it off and cleaned it before the next trip,and it was good.I Highly reccomend Suzuki`s.I have had a few friends who have had Yamaha`s go bad right after warranty,so they are no slam dunk either.With Suzuki`s,most places want you to pay them to mount them,and you have a hard time selling you the motor in a box,but if you look hard enough,you can find them.I got my Df140 with all the cables and controls for about 11k out the door.I found places in Florida who were about 1k cheaper,but would not ship it.Good luck!
 
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efx

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How do you like the motor so far? Service level from Amber Marine?
They are 100% Honda’s so I had no problem with them. Never once took them to Amber so I don’t know about service. I just sold the boat so there is a lucky owner out there. Overall they are heavy but I put them on a boat with a 10 6 beam so it was no problem. I recommend them. You get cables, key switch and a throttle. That’s saves a lot.
 
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FYI for people in the San Diego area.... Sunset Marine is now a Suzuki dealer and service center since Evinrude has shut down production
 
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FYI for people in the San Diego area.... Sunset Marine is now a Suzuki dealer and service center since Evinrude has shut down production
Marine seems like a side business to the motorcycles at JP and Smitty is more sales than service oriented. Based on Yelp and Google, it looks like Sunset and Lake Elsinore Marine are about the two best for service in (near) San Diego. Anyone with firsthand knowledge?
 
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Hustler

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Marine seems like a side business to the motorcycles at JP and Smitty is more sales than service oriented. Based on Yelp and Google, it looks like Sunset and Lake Elsinore Marine are about the two best for service in (near) San Diego. Anyone with firsthand knowledge?
Learn how to maintain and work on your outboard yourself - problem solved snowflake...
 
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dcdude

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Learn how to maintain and work on your outboard yourself - problem solved snowflake...
Nice judgment, dude. Very constructive. You know zero about me. I’m sure you have complete mastery of 100% of the systems on your boat. I’m not going to get into my skills and accomplishments, but everyone needs a dealer for parts, at a minimum.
 
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Nice judgment, dude. Very constructive. You know zero about me. I’m sure you have complete mastery of 100% of the systems on your boat. I’m not going to get into my skills and accomplishments, but everyone needs a dealer for parts, at a minimum.
buy your parts on line and save 20%. service your own engines so you know it is done correctly. buy a counterfeit software cd and cable on ebay to hook your machine up to your laptop. order a few specialty tools if needed. a true boat captain/fisherman maintains and fixes his own shit within reason.
 
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dcdude

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buy your parts on line and save 20%. service your own engines so you know it is done correctly. buy a counterfeit software cd and cable on ebay to hook your machine up to your laptop. order a few specialty tools if needed. a true boat captain/fisherman maintains and fixes his own shit within reason.
That's exactly what I've been doing with all of my machines for years. I actually LOVE the peace of mind that DIY preventative maintence provides. Outboards on trailers are in an ideal position to work on. I misspoke about parts. I'm all about online ordering too. It's warranty work and the exceptional repairs (without reason) when I would lean on a dealer for support. I didn't feel I needed to explain "why" I was trying to gauge local dealer support, but well, I just did! :)
 
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