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skookum point posted 07-16-2003 07:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for skookum point   Send Email to skookum point  
I have noticed numerous posts on this forum describing the 2 and 3 cylinder OMC loopers of the 1980's as being unusually bulletproof and reliable motors. But what about the 40hp to 70hp 2-stroke Johnson/Evinrudes of 1990's?

And are the new 2003 mid-range 2-stroke OMC products proving to be reliable motors?

I have read in the financial press that quality control and manufacturing processes at OMC had severely deteriorated in the years prior to the Bombardier acquisition, but they have dramatically improved since then.

Can I buy a 2003 Johnson 50 hp and expect it to be a reliable product? And what about used Evinrude/Johnson's from the 1990's? Should they be avoided?

I recently replaced a 1987 40hp OMC with a 1997 50hp OMC (good compression - unknown hours) and now I'm toying with the idea of a new 50 instead, just for the sake of new. I prefer OMC 2-stroke for weight, cost and the existing rigging.

Any advice?


JBCornwell posted 07-16-2003 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
I think the Bombardier Johnsons are as good as any Johnson ever made, SP.

Go for it.

Red sky at night. . .

whalerron posted 07-16-2003 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
My brother and I both bought new 2001 Johnson 90s. Each outboard has been absolutely flawless so far. You will probably see alot of discussion in this thread about the different manufacturers motors being crap. My opinion from what I have been reading is that all of the outboards are about the same quality and you will be equally safe buying whichever manufacturer you are most comfortable with. I like Johnsons. So, if you buy the Johnson, leave the VRO intact and you will be happy with the motor.

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