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I’m tossing around the idea of getting a new engine for my 2003 18 MA. I’m currently running the v max 175 HPDI. I had some fuel issues after I first bought it mainly due to the previous owner running ethanol fuel. Other than that it’s been a great motor. I’m looking at getting a 4 stroke 150. (Yamaha more than likely.) I love how quiet the 4 strokes are I’m getting tired of buying yamalube. Anyone re- powered lately? If so where’s the best deal on a new engine? I’m in South Carolina but will travel for the right price.

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32 minutes ago, Carolinadrifter said:

I’m tossing around the idea of getting a new engine for my 2003 18 MA. I’m currently running the v max 175 HPDI. I had some fuel issues after I first bought it mainly due to the previous owner running ethanol fuel. Other than that it’s been a great motor. I’m looking at getting a 4 stroke 150. (Yamaha more than likely.) I love how quiet the 4 strokes are I’m getting tired of buying yamalube. Anyone re- powered lately? If so where’s the best deal on a new engine? I’m in South Carolina but will travel for the right price.

Adding oil is easier than changing it! :D  You can buy a lot of Pennzoil Premium Plus (Cheaper than Yamalube) for the price of that repower! LOL

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Maybe check out those new mercs. I personally like the push of the 2strokes esp in a non offshore boat. I would only re power my MA18 with an Opti—- today.  But they aren’t quiet. Have a set of ‘12 225s on a CC w over 2000hrs. 

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The deals usually pop up at the end of summer and fall. If you keep your controls, you’re looking at 12-13k. If you go new everything, you’re closer to the 15-16k range. When I was shopping the Zukes were substantially cheaper; like 3k cheaper. I’d hang a Zuke on the back if given the opportunity. They’re great motors for the money. I know of a set of 150s with 8000 hours that are still going. 

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I'm in the process of a rebuild of my 1990 MA. I opted for the Suzuki 140, I'll let you know how it does once the engine gets put on the back of it. 

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Had a friend repower his 18 with a Evinrude 150 HO . The least expensive, least weight and most warranty. Oh and made in USA.  

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You should definitely do a Yamaha 175 SHO. 😎 Yeah for sure. 🤘 🤘Mainly because thats what I would have as my first choice and I would rather someone else hang it, prop it and run it and tell me what they think before I write a check lol.

On a serous note....I did just get a quote from Central Marine Service in St. Pete. Mainly because they have big presence on social media, not because they are close or I have used them but they do seem to have engines when others don't. Karl quoted me 12K for the F150, 13,300 for the 150 SHO and 13,500 for 175 SHO on a new one in the crate. For warranty to be in place a dealer has to hang though he said. No numbers on that yet but buddy spent 400 last spring on the install labor but sold his old one for 1K and it was blown. 

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Yea I just had a buddy here in Charleston get a quote for a F150 at $12,800 without controls and new gauges. I would probably skip gauges and just run the Cable to my HDS 7. I would need a new throttle though.  I will probably wait until late fall and see if I can find a deal. Also get the extended warranty they always offer late fall/ winter. 

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I hadn't either and I may have mis understood as it was during the time period last month when Yamaha had the free warranty extension and I was asking him how that worked if I bought it in the crate and tossed it in the truck and I thought he said Yamaha shop had to install to initiate it and it wasn't valid on the extension if not so I muddied the water ponding the promo. 

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I am pretty sure I have heard the same thing, in order for the warranty to be valid a dealer had to hang the motor or do the initial startup, maybe both.

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