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    Are you looking at the etec or new G2? The g2 seems to be a better motor then the etec. I would get the g2 over an etec, but the g2 is not a cheap motor. I have a 150 Pro xs on my ranger, it's a great running little motor. I run about 50-60 hrs on the motor per season and use about a 10L jug of oil. If I had the option I would go 4 stroke. The merc 150 is a solid motor with very little issues. If you want a little more performance look at the Yamaha sho but again it's much more expensive. Best band for the buck is 150 optimax Pro xs it's putting out the most power at around 175.
    Its a etec 1 and it also comes with the extended warranty. Dealers giving me a good deal on it as he wants to make room in his inventory for the G2. Its the last on he has in stock, lots of mixed reviews on these. Some say they are amazing others sat they are problematic. Are the optimax mercs discontinued now? I would probably consider a good used one if I can find one. Any good websits selling used outboards? decisions, decisions. I'm going to be upgrading from a merc efi that was bullet proof.

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    I think I jinxed myself in my pervious post. Took to DR on Friday fired right up, idle out to river doesn't sound good. Giver the gas to get going, won't go over 5mph and sounds bad. Got kicker working and used that for 2 hours while we got our 4 man limit. Took to shop, first thing they asked if I use it for trolling. Never have. Supposed to tell me today what's wrong.

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    Ignition coil went, so could have been a lot worse. Seems like any motor I own has the same problem. Had a 60 merc that went just before I got the 90, but it caused an engine fire.

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    Ignition coil went, so could have been a lot worse. Seems like any motor I own has the same problem. Had a 60 merc that went just before I got the 90, but it caused an engine fire.
    That's not to bad, these etecs with the 10 year warranty are tempting. Now that you have had yours a few years, would you buy it again?

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    The 10 year warranty ended yesterday I was told. Deal tried to talk me into another motor to get it. I know them well was just playing around. This is the first issue I have had in the almost 7 years I have owned it. 90 seconds to winterize and starts up with no choke or priming every time, even with the ignition coil bad. I'm so confident with this motor that its first start of every year but one was an hour drive away in the DR with 3 guys coming along. the other year was a warm spell in mid-march uncovered it and started again in the marina as we were going fishing. Fished twice winterized again before pulling out of water, covered it up again and waited for spring. So yes I would recommend the etec. From what I have heard here and from the dealer you don't want to troll with them. But I think a 90hp is too big anyway. I have fouled up my 60hp four stroke merc trying to use it to troll when electric died. I have a 8hp merc kicker and a 80lb electric so I should never have to use the big motor for trolling.

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    Sounds good thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabmgb View Post
    I have fouled up my 60hp four stroke merc trying to use it to troll when electric died. I have a 8hp merc kicker and a 80lb electric so I should never have to use the big motor for trolling.
    I have a buddy that uses his 4 stroke 115 Merc for trolling all the time.
    He has never had a problem. Trolls right down for hours on end.
    Motor is 2 or 3 years old.




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    Quote Originally Posted by rick_iles View Post
    I have a 75.... I havenít had an issue. Sips oil and gas. Trolls all day long without a miss. It winterized itself and needs service every three years. I wouldnít hesitate to buy another one.
    X2 I totally agree... have the same one myself.
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    Well I ended up buying the 150 e-tec, so far really impressed. It’s starts with a bump of the key and runs very smoothly. No smoke or gas smells at all. Lots of low end hole shot power.
    Last edited by fishhawk; July 12th, 2018 at 11:15 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blasted_saber View Post
    I had an '09 model at work and hated it.

    Underpowered for its size (90hp) and it drank oil for breakfast. Literally a $50 dollar jug every ten days on the water. The service techs told me nothing was wrong with it, that it was using oil at its prescribed rate.

    We used it for a few years and traded it on a 4-stroke Yamaha, couldnt be happier.
    Doesn't this make sense though? 5L divided by 10 days equals 500mL per day. At 50:1, this means you burned 25L of gas per day. It is pretty hard for me to spend a day on the water without burning 25L of gas. At 100:1 that's 50L of gas in a day which doesn't seem unreasonable either.

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