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Old 08-20-2006, 12:32 PM
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Does anyone know what rebuild times would be between the two? Also no one knows what dealer cost is between the two? Thanks
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I don't know dealer cost but a pair of 525 xr lists at 106,200.00 496ho bravo 62,280.00. I have one 525 ITS XR when I told the ins co. they said sorry but go elsewhere. if I had a 496 HO they nwould have wrote me for less than a 1/3 of what I am paying now. If I had it to do all over I would go with the 496HO just for the price and ins cost. Fact is I am thinking new 33 with 496HO bravos for next year. the blue motors just arn't worth all that go along with'em just my 2cnts :
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what are you looking to put these motors in?
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. And sorry, resale is BETTER with 496's in the bilge. Ask anyone who sells boats for a living.
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Thats like comparing a chevy 305 to a 350.
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I have always had blue motors in my last few boats and with mostly good luck.Yes the look and power is awesome but.......
With my latest purchase i found it a better situation to go with the 496HO MAG power for ;
1) Insurance cost as with my 28 Eliminator cat it was a fraction of what a 525 powered boat would be
2.) extended warranty.

My current boat still goes over 100mph with the twin 496 MAG HO package so i felt it was the way to go.

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Does anyone know what rebuild times would be between the two? Also no one knows what dealer cost is between the two? Thanks




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You are looking at at LEAST $35K to $40K more for 525EFI-XRs over 496HO-XZs. If you build your boat with 496HOs, and have them installed by a Mercury authorized technician; all blessed and such by Mercury, you can have CMI headers installed and KEEP your warranty.

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496 and XR's in my 35 Fountain. The $30K I saved buys a lot of gas and the insurance was about half. 5 year warranty is great piece of mind. I'm about 8 mph off the top end as compared to the 525's. Great cruise efficiency and you can pound on them all day and they don't make a peep. And sorry, resale is BETTER with 496's in the bilge. Ask anyone who sells boats for a living. I've also heard that the CMI pipes on the 525's in the salt are maintenance intensive. Flush them frequently or they bust motors.

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Very good points. I don't know about the resale is better with the 496HO's over the 525's, (not doubting it) but I think he means that alot of people are buying with these motors for the reasons stated above
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