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180 posted 04-16-2002 06:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for 180   Send Email to 180  
Does anyone have any experience with a Mercury Pacemaker motor? I am thinking about buying a 200 opti pacemaker. From what I understand, a pacemaker motor one used at the mercury mechanic school.
Pros v. cons?
colstorck posted 09-27-2009 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for colstorck  Send Email to colstorck     

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Buckda posted 09-28-2009 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Kevin -

If I understand it correctly, a motor is designated a "pacemaker" by Mercury and sold to recreational owners at a discount after the motor had arrived at the mechanics training facility as a new motor and was subjected to classroom demonstration and possibly work by student-mechanics.

I assume that the motor is then re-inspected by a certified factory team and given a clean bill of health.

It is probable that the motor has several hours on it from it's time on the bench at the mechanics school.

It is slightly possible that a mechanic made a mistake in the classroom instruction for this motor, but my guess is that most mechanics heading to Mercury's certification school are accomplished small-motor mechanics already. It is unlikely that permanent or long-lasting damage was done.

I would interpret this as a motor where the only difference from one that rolled off the assembly line is that it has been wrenched on by nearly-certified mechanics under the supervision of an instructor.

Because the instructor has the task of grading (pass/fail) the mechanics-in-training, it is likely that mistakes (if any) were caught, graded appropriately and noted in the history of the motor for the re-certification crew to correct at the end of the motor's service at the school.

I don't think that I would have very much heartburn about buying a "pacemaker" motor if the discount was significant.

However -

In the current economy - there are many motors that are already available right from the assembly line for a significant discount, including New, Old Stock motors that are still in the box at dealerships. Unless the discount to buy a "pacemaker" is attractive beyond these significant discounts already available, I would buy one that had not been practiced on. Your mechanic is sure to do his own practice in two or three years when the first service is due.

Also - is the warranty coverage the same for these motors? I assume it is, but if not, that would also factor into my evaluation and price comparison.

Best regards,


Tohsgib posted 09-28-2009 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I have been told that "mechanic" engines are nolonger available to the public due to warranty issues. My friend used to get outdrives from the school where people would learn how to take them apart and put back together, that died a long time ago.

I have been told that pacemakers are either demo motors or display engines. In other words they could have been run or they could have been on display at shows like miami or ?? for a year or so. It would really pay to look and see if the engine has had any use(missing paint on skeg, etc). You may just want to contact Mercury and ask. Also the dealer should be able to put it on a computer and show you how exactly it was run, if any.

Buckda posted 09-28-2009 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Kevin -

There has been previous discussion of "Pacemaker" motors here on this site:

Opinions vary and the use may not be as described above.

Caveat Emptor - pay attention. I think I'd want to inspect the motor myself (i.e. already "in stock" at my dealer) before making an arrangement to buy.

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