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timbaho posted 05-22-2003 12:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for timbaho   Send Email to timbaho  
I've got an opportunity to purchase a 1998 Mariner Optimax to repower my 20 Guardian with. Has anybody out there got any experience with these motors? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kevin
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 05-22-2003 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
mariner?optimax? You've got to be kidding, don't you read any of the Opti posts on the INTERNET? Try searching on floridasportsmen or hulltruth, you'll find enough on that product to keep you reading until next week.

Try Suzuki, Honda or Yamaha if you want reliability.

timbaho posted 05-22-2003 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for timbaho  Send Email to timbaho     
I'm not interested in the opinions of the participants of those particular sites. I'm looking for the opinions of my fellow Whaler owners. Thanks anyway
Fishcop posted 05-23-2003 01:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Fishcop  Send Email to Fishcop     

I have a 2000 Mercury 225 Optimax on my 25' Outrage. 300+ hours and running strong. Best motor I have ever owned.

I have been told that some of the Optimax motors have had problems. The problems I have seen are similar to all other engine manufacturers.

Check out the history of any motor you might buy and remember...there are three sides to every story (my side, your side and the truth).


John from Madison CT posted 05-23-2003 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Fishcop is right about 3 sides. There are several coherant logical arguments and stories shared on: about Optimax's.


Lars Simonsen posted 05-24-2003 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I have a 1998 Mercury Optimax (Mariner is what I understand to be the "saltwater Mercury" although my Mercury is made for saltwater). Based on my experience, you shouldn't have any minor problems with a 1998 Optimax, and there's only one part to worry about: the powerhead.

I now have a new powerhead (the last one had 60 hours on it when it blew) which so far is running fine (the last one ran great up until 2 minutes before it blew). I've heard they worked the bugs out of this motor in the later models, and I'm hoping that my new powerhead (installed last year) has all of those upgrades and will be problem free for years. Having said that, I wouldn't buy a 1998 Optimax. The one you're looking at may be fine, but I'd go with a motor that has technology that is more time tested than what's on a 1998 Optimax. Of course, if the price is right (cheap enough that if or when it blows up on your transom you can sell it on e-bay for parts and recoup enough of your investment), then I'd consider it more seriously.

Regardless of whether or not the motor you're looking at is a good one, the late '90s Optimaxes have a bad reputation, and when it comes time for you to unload it, you may find that there's not much resale value in the motor.


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