Evinrude E-Tech against 4 Strokes

Hi Guys


Thinking of getting a boat around 6 metre and was wondering if anyone has a evinrude e-tech 2 stroke motor and any info on them. Some people tell me they are more economical than a 4 stroke and a much better engine and some people tell me that they are rubbish and that 4 strokes are better. If anyone has some valuable info to fill me in on that would be great.


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I know a couple of people

Fri, 2008-03-14 13:07

I know a couple of people with them and they rate them very highly, really good on fuel and great bottom end speed. I would luv one for my boast but have to sort a few things first before I make the purchace

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have 1 on a 5 m centre

Fri, 2008-03-14 13:10

have 1 on a 5 m centre consol and find it to be very reliable i dissagree that they are more economical i would still say the 4 strokes are more economical. as for pick up they get up and go better than a four stroke . long story cut short it is in the eye of the beholder as to wich is better . the only thing i dont like about the e tec is the 300 hour before its first service sledge as i dont feel any out board should go that long without a service due to the impeller grease ups and gear box oil.

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Thanks guys. Iheard that the

Fri, 2008-03-14 13:52

Thanks guys. Iheard that the three year warranty only covers fresh water for the e-techs so a boat dealer told me. Dont know if there is any truth behind it.

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Yep Got one on my 18 footer

Fri, 2008-03-14 15:19

Yep Got one on my 18 footer (115 etec). Great for trolling (no fuel guzzler there)and great pick up and fairly quiet but I think It drinks like all the others at the top end. Forget the 300 hr no service crap Mine is 2 years old now and I get it serviced every 12 months. Nothing like peace of mind when you're out the back of Dirk Hartog. Um, I recommend Etec's to anyone.




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4 stroke

Fri, 2008-03-14 17:51

I have a new 4 stroke mercury and it is very quiet and great on fuel.

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Do your homework on them.

Fri, 2008-03-14 20:27

Do your homework on them. They are going at a good price at the moment and at $3K cheaper they are not a bad option. Also watch the warranty as i have heard of horror stories over east of guys doing 300hrs and going in for first service and having things go wrong. Out of warranty so the customer has to pay.

I have only just repowered with a new Suzuki 175hp and the 5 reasons i didn't get a Etec is 1- no one can service them in Exmouth and i knew i was up here for 6 monthsand they are the same if not dearer to service than a 4 stroke due to the cost of spark plugs ( about $40ea ), 2- the cost of oil is increasing all the time, i think the XD100 oil is now about $70 a bottle and a 150hp motor uses about 15-20lts per 100hrs which works out around $300 per 100hrs, 3- it doesnt matter who says you can't smell the exhaust is full of sh*t. If you are travelling with the wind behind you a slow speeds you can smell them. 4- had a bad run with servicing on my last DI evinrude and had lots of problems which cost a fair bit of money and BRP Aust although helpfull didn't want a bar of it and threw the blame back on the dealer. 5- the 4 strokes are so much quieter, i have only done 10hrs but so far i am seeing the difference in quietness and fuel econ.


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Mon, 2008-03-17 20:50

that apply with smaller HP motors, ie. 50 HP? I'm thinking of buying a Suzuki 50HP instead of a Merc. 50HP 2 stroke on a Dinghy, 5 - 6 meters?

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