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Old 09-15-2008, 08:13 PM
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Default Mercury OptiMax 150 or Yamaha V-Max 150?

Hello guys,I want to purchase a 150 and was wondering which would be the better buy of the two?Has anyone ever compared the two motors together?
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:21 PM
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Yamaha. 9 out of 10 fishermen in SoFla will tell you to run like hell from the opti pops.
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My personal experience is the Merc will out run the Yamaha
and get better fuel economy to boot.
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Get the mercury.

Are you limited to 150 horsepower for a reason? Merc 175 proxs would be my choice for a sub 200 outboard.

What about the 150 Etec?
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My dad runs the 150 merc on his center c. he has had zero problems with it. 2 of his friends have the yamaha motors same set up. Dont know what there maintanance is on the Yamaha motors however he gets a considerable amount better gas milage than the yamaha's. He also has a friend running a Suzuki and has had good results. Not sure what model the Suzuki is. I know its a 150 though
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Think the Yammy motor is only in 20" shaft, if that matters
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I had nothing but problems with my Optimax. Before I bought it, it had the powerhead replaced as a warranty issue. after that I had problems with the injectors and the wiring harness. It was a very expensive fix because of the time it took to diagnose the problem. Also, all of my recirculation lines had all rotted on a 1999 OB by 2006. I don't know if that is common or not for other brands.

After I had all the problems I talked to a couple of friends of mine in FL who are OB mechanics and they don't have anything positive to say about the Optimaxes.
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I bought a Yammy because the warranty was 5yrs instead of 3yrs. No problems at all. Both have problems though. I would buy the one that best matches your boat!!!!!!!!!!!!!


P.S. ETECH is a great running motor but here in OK we have had a ton of powerheads go bad with low hours. Mabey its our drivers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I had nothing but problems with my Optimax. Before I bought it, it had the powerhead replaced as a warranty issue. after that I had problems with the injectors and the wiring harness. It was a very expensive fix because of the time it took to diagnose the problem. Also, all of my recirculation lines had all rotted on a 1999 OB by 2006. I don't know if that is common or not for other brands.

After I had all the problems I talked to a couple of friends of mine in FL who are OB mechanics and they don't have anything positive to say about the Optimaxes.
ya ya ya i have a 1959 merc that runs like a top neave been torn down when yam can top that then tell how well there built i know the guy that rebuilds most of the power heads for the dealors around here . i see more yam at his place then merc .
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I've heard great things about the older Mercury Blackmaxes. Thrillseeker and I were looking at them for the Whaler that we just picked up. I just personally didn't have a good experience with the Optimax and haven't heard good things about them.
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