No more etec

Discussion in 'Saginaw Bay and its Tributaries' started by storman, May 27, 2020.

  1. smbassman

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    Evinrude lower units were the demise of their bigger outboards. Failure rates are significantly higher than other brands and they just kept increasing their warranty to sell them instead of fixing the problem. No wonder they are out of business. Evinrude on a slow boat is just fine. Put them on a go fast boat - even a glass walleye boat the catches a little air time to time and the LU will be gone in no time. They nearly disappeared on the bass boats because of the issues and long time pros gave up cause they couldn’t compete getting towed in every couple tournaments.
     
  2. Trophy Specialist

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    And just like that all evenrude motors are worth considerably less money. If you think warantees, parts and service will stay the same, then you are not grounded in reality.
     
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  3. waldowillie

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    Evinrudes Rock!! Everytime I see someone with the cowl off their engine at a launch, its alway a Merc or a Chrysler.
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  4. JetJockey13

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    So goes the idea of a New 2075 Tyee with a 250 G2. I love my current '08 Etec 150. Been a real work horse without a single issue!
     
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  5. CrawlerHarness

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    Is this true? That line of thinking has never made sense to me. So a company that builds an inferior product and has more issues.....they offer a longer warranty.....and cost themselves more money?

    I remember hearing that same line of thinking in the 90's and 2000's about the long warranties that the Japanese car companies offered. And what do you know.....the Japanese car companies had fewer problems than the big 3.

    I still only buy cars from the big 3, but companies only offer longer warranties when they think they aren't going to need repairs. Not when they think they are going to have to subsidize more repairs in year 5 or 7.
     
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  6. Gordon Casey

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    Could be Evinrude included longer warranties to increase purchases and break the negative cycle. The warranty payments on lower unit issues were probably not that high. Evinrude wanted positive news and optimistic customers. Negative news travels fast, especially in the fishing community. One guy gets a lemon and tells 100 people the Evinrude's are junk. Today people are talking about the 10 year warranty (optimistic) but the warranty rate on the lower units could be the same. Back in the day, I had a little warranty strategy experience.
     
  7. DecoySlayer

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    I have had zero problems with my 115 Etec. My concern now, will I be able to get the oil?

    I hope I never need to replace my engine since I won't have Etec as an option. I don't want a 4 stroke.
     
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  8. piketroller

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    The E-tec manufacturing facility didn’t make the oil. You’ll be fine.
     
  9. DecoySlayer

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    I know they did not make it there, my concern was how long it would be available after they stop making the engines. It's already expensive, with no new two strokes being made it will only go up and then production will someday end.
     
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    If it gets scarce, have the dealer reprogram it for XD30/50 and just run any TC-W3 oil. It will go through it faster.
     
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    I will likely start stocking up on "the good stuff". I may buy a case, or two. My engine sips the stuff so it would last me a while. I will be looking for sales.
     
  12. Shoeman

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    Just the thought of owning a $12-28K motor where the parent company folded would piss me off to no end!
     
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    That would piss off anybody. But that’s not what happened. The parent company is still alive and well. They just stopped making new outboards. What is unclear is whether things like blocks, machines lower unit housings, transmission gears, etc. were done in house and now will become scarce. But most service parts should have good availability unless BRP decides to pull the plug on that and piss off a ton of future customers.
     
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    I wouldn't be too concerned for parts, at least for a while. It's the resale value that would get my goat.
     
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  15. Trophy Specialist

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    A long warantee is often used as a sales tactic to restore confidence in a product or company. Look at GM and Chrysler during the last recession. They had to extend their guarantees after they went bankrupt. Evenrude's had bankruptcy problems to with some very bad products. Remember the Ficht?, they never did really ever recover from that bad one.