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    Registered Platinum Member THEJOKER's Avatar
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    Thumbs down Mercury to build outboards in China

    I just read that Mercury is going to let the Chinese build their smaller outboard engines. The article says they can be more profittable if they build em in China. Great move - what's next a China built HP 500 efi? BH

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    I cannot imagine some of the jokes that will posted about this. Good old American outboards,right. The 3.0 Mercruiser is built in Mexico,has been for years. The new Bayliner is built in Mexico,nearly all of Merc's control boxes are from Mexico and have a pretty high failure rate,as do a lot of their electical components from there. Their 4-stroke outboards are mostly Yamahas painted black,but are very high reliability. I've been a Merc guy for 35 years,guess I have to embrace Global Manufacturing.Kind of sad, but maybe their accoutants mandated it.I will watch with interest altho we no longer sell outboards.

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    It's all about the profit margin.
    Lazy unionization and burdonsome liabilities make it a no-brainer sometimes. So what if 10% are returned as warranty claims. They probably cost next to nothing to make.

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    Look at the bright side, they will include a free fortune cookie with each purchase.
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    when you run it the exhaust smells like noodles

    goodyear does the same thing
    the china made tire is $20 cheaper than the goodyear
    us made tire


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    I hear it is Yamaha making their 4 stroke outboard engines.

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    Charter Member #71 Charter Member DanB's Avatar
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    Merc motors built in China
    Hondas built in the US

    Kinda evens things out. NAFTA damn near made me go bankrupt...thanks again Clinton you a$$hole


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    Someone has to stop the exporting of Jobs in this Country!

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    Bent Klinton and Gore made this place very Business unfriendly during the rule and Years of the rats that aside from the selling of our manufacturing technology to China and the encouragement to American business to build high end Factory's there in the 90's and even a Friggin Half wit has to admit :

    The basis for a solid economy is from the Earth up Manufacturing and the World Market we do not do this any more well we sell scrap to Japan.. to continue;

    and on top of that he singlehandedly pushed for the MFN status this was a highly desired prize sought by the Chi Coms from their Lackey Bent Bill

    Its all coming home to roost now, the only thing we can do is seek out the meager offerings that are still produced here..
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    EPA is the reason

    Actually, if this story is accurate and Mercury is shipping production of the smaller outboards to China, it might have more to do with the 2006 EPA emissions regulations. Under current EPA regs, all manufacturers of domestic outboards must meet minimum emmissions standards in the same vein that auto manufactures must. In other words, it's okay to produce "dirty" motors if you make enough "clean" ones to balance out your overall production. The problem is apparently that the smaller engines cannot be made "clean", thus, the four-cycles. This rule applies to any foreign manufacturer that wishes to import into the U.S. The problem is that there is apparently no penalty for a foreign corporation that sells outboards in the U.S. (that are clean) if the same company makes engines elsewhere (that are dirty) and sells them elsewhere. But this is not true of a domestic corporation: ALL of its engines, regardless of where they are sold, must meet the EPA standards. It's simply a lack of even-handedness in enforcing the regulations. Bureucrats!!! What did Reagan say? Something like "the best business people are not in government; if they were, buisness would hire them away." 14-H.

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