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2007 E-Tec 225-HP: Known Defects
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posted 07-26-2015 09:54 AM ET (US)
I have been shopping for a larger center console. I looked at a 2004 240 Outrage but not sure I can get comfortable with the 250-HP supercharged Mercury on the back. In my search I came across a very nice 2000 Robalo 2620 that was re-powered in 2007 with twin E-TEC 225's. I believe this was the first year that BPR introduced the E-Tec 225. Each motor has about 500 hours on it. The owner has all the maintenance records. Are there any known issues or concerns with the E-Tec 225's of that vintage?
posted 07-26-2015 02:16 PM ET (US)
Approximately 3 years ago I bought a 2007 Etec 200. It is the 3.3 liter 200 which was redesignated 200 HO the following year, when the small block 200 was introduced, the following year (if I remember correctly). It is the same block as your engines.
The engine had over 400 hours on it when I bought it. To date it has operated without any problems, with approximatley 540 hours on it now. The only issue that I have discovered is that there is one spot in the RPM range where one cannot advance engine speed without a rather large jump. I can't quote the spot, but it is during acceleration from displacement speed to planing speed. I haven't been able to figure out if it is a software/throttle position sensor issue or my controls/cables. I believe my cables are adjusted properly as well as the throttle linkages, but I could be wrong.
It is a little disconcerting if you or your crew are not aware of it or ready for it. We are all used to it now so it is not really an issue, though it would be nice if it was possbile to have a completely smooth acceleration range.
I am happy with my decision to buy this engine.
posted 07-26-2015 07:26 PM ET (US)
I had a 2006 Etec 225 with 1100 flawless hours on it. Nuf said?
posted 07-28-2015 03:08 PM ET (US)
I don't recall any particular defects in the original manufacture of a 2007 E-TEC 225-HP engine. I am sure there have been some problems with these engines, and I bet, in some cases, those problems became such an annoyance to the owners that the owners had a issue with those problems. But the engine itself cannot have an issue.
An engine is just a mechanical and electrical and hydraulic contrivance. Those sorts of devices do not have issues. They have defects or malfunctions or failures or breakdowns.
To have an issue you have to be a person, you have to hold a strong opinion about a topic, and you have to have a disagreement with another person.
You can read a good summary of changes in the production of the Evinrude E-TEC with various production model years or epochs at
E-TEC Model Year Changes
As you can see from the continual refinement and changes to the E-TEC, just about every model year there has been some change in some component or design of the engine.
A model-year 2007 is now eight-years-old, so it lacks all of the refinements added to the E-TEC in the past seven years. The most significant difference is perhaps the design of the fuel-injectors. They changed in model-year 2008.
posted 08-16-2015 11:59 AM ET (US)
Just now this came to mind: in certain models and certain years, there was a defective component in the cooling system of the E-TEC V6 90-degree engines. The component is the Pressure Relief Valve. This component was the subject of a factory bulletin. Evinrude provided free replacement of this defective component to owners of affected engines. For more information see
I do not belive that model-year 2007 engines were affected.
posted 08-18-2015 04:30 PM ET (US)
Didn't they do a redesign of the throttle mechanism to deal with that surge issue? I don't recall off the to p of my head which model and which years were affected.
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