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Old 02-22-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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Evinrude Etec vs. Suzuki 4stroke

If you were going to outfit a new 17ft Dargel Skout with one, which would it be and why?

We are strongly considering trading in our big boat for a small, new one. This past weekend really cemented that idea with me after dropping over 400 dollars on a weekend at the coast with the guys...and that was SPLITTING all the costs!

I cant afford that, espeically when it is just me paying for it all, and even if i could, i dont want to!

Anyway, that said. Im wondering about the pros and cons of said engines! Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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etec cannot speak for suke I have an 08 115 etec and its doing just fine .
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:58 PM   #3
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Just went through that same decission myself and the Suzuki 4-stroke won out. Had a chance for a very good deal on en E-Tec and was tempted but I've also run a DF115 Suzuki for the last 6 years with absolutely no problems whatsoever. Changed the oil every 200 hours, water pump every other year and plugs at 5 and that's it. Biggest issue would be who is going to service in your area and how good they are.
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Suzuki.... Did a lot of research on the higher HP models and the Suzuki was clearly the better/more reliable motor. The E-Tec was kind of a **** shoot as to whether you had reliability or shop queen based on the dozen or so owners I spoke with.. The suzuki on the hand as 100% reliable - straight from the owners (also about a dozen or so)
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you also need to look at your application, if you are going to have 3 folks on that boat, getting up in shallow with a 4 stroke will be a bit tougher than the hole shot of a 2 stroke, no matter the brand that is the case. If you dont do real shallow, then no need to put that into your equation. good luck, take some rides and have fun making the decision. BTW I love my current Etech and used to have a Suzuki 2 stroke 175 hp (4 power heads) but I just assume I got one serious bad apple!!!
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Lot of Suzuki's....what is people's aversion to the Etec?
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Lot of Suzuki's....what is people's aversion to the Etec?
Well....To start with, No inspections or adjustments, no changing gearcase lube, no spring tune-ups. For a full three years, then every three years after that. Up to an extra $1,850 in your pocket.

195 fewer than a four-stroke. No valves, belts, camshafts or pulleys to adjust or replace. No telling how much that could cost.

No oil changes A four-stroke gets one every six months or 100 hours
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:18 PM   #9
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what size motor? Is E-tec and Suzuki the only motors they rig on Dargels?
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Well....To start with, No inspections or adjustments, no changing gearcase lube, no spring tune-ups. For a full three years, then every three years after that. Up to an extra $1,850 in your pocket.

195 fewer than a four-stroke. No valves, belts, camshafts or pulleys to adjust or replace. No telling how much that could cost.

No oil changes A four-stroke gets one every six months or 100 hours

You sound like a suzuki brochure.
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