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jimh posted 05-17-2001 09:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Mercury has apparently notified some dealers that 2001-model year delivery of Optimax 200-HP and 225-HP engines has been suspended due to unspecified problems.

Reportedly John S. Ward, Vice-President of Outboard Sales and Service, faxed the following to dealers: "We are currently assessing some performance related problems on the 2001 model year 3.0 liter 200 and 225 horsepower OptiMax engines. Regrettably we have decided to discontinue shipment of these engines for the balance of the 2001 model year."

jimh posted 05-17-2001 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It might be good to note that the "2001 model year" probably ends June 30th, as many marine manufacturers switch model years in July.


Lil Whaler Lover posted 05-18-2001 06:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lil Whaler Lover  Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover     
jimh is right on. I have a copy of the letter dated May 11, 2001. Mercury is "investigating and developing solutions" and by the end of June expects to announce the necessary field service actions.

They suggest either changing current orders to other Mercury engines or waiting for 2002 model Optimax 200 or 225 models available for shipment in June.

Mercury will not let this start looking like Ficht problems!

Wagon1 posted 05-18-2001 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wagon1  Send Email to Wagon1     
200 and 225? I ordered a plane-jane 40 EO 4 weeks ago. The dealer has been told twice that the motor would be shipped in 2 days ( from WI), both times it was not. We have been told the delay is do to a parts back-log and my motor is stuck on the assembly line. What is going on at Merc??
jimh posted 05-19-2001 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
A copyrighted article on DowJones Newswire cites additional problems with the Optimax 220 and 225 engines.

According to the article, Mercury spokesman Tom Mielke characterized the problem as "rough-running characteristics under some rarified circumstances." He went on to say one such case occured in racing tournaments where the engines were required to idle for long periods, then suddenly accelerate to full throttle. A problem with the way fuel is mixed is suspected.

Mercury engineers are looking for a solution that won't require motors to be derigged from hulls.

Because they use different components, the 115 and 150 Opti-Max engines are not affected by this problem.

The $13,500 (retail) Optim-Max 225 engine had been a very strong seller. Some dealers were delivering as many as 12 a month!

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