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Ficht's with update kits?
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posted 12-07-2003 09:35 AM ET (US)
Hi anyone here on this site own or have any experience with Fichts that have been thru OMC updating? I was in Canada over the weekend and stopped by a marina and they had a 99 Ficht 90, for a real good buy. It had OMC updates and dealer says he has sold two identical motors with no problems. I would not consider these engines had they not been such a good buy. After much consideration of adding a new E-tec to an older hull (16'7 Eastport) I can save some coin with this updated Ficht. Anyone with experience or info please let me know, thanks, Martin
posted 12-07-2003 11:45 AM ET (US)
The 90s were [ are ] good engines, the problem engines were the 1999.... 150s & 175s, they are the "V" 6.....60 degree engines.
posted 12-07-2003 03:51 PM ET (US)
For what it's worth, I have a '99 175HP Ficht with all the OMC updates (pinned heads, etc.) on my 20' Outrage. It's got about 110 hours on it at this point, and has been absolutely trouble free. Starts in two revolutions, idles quitely at 600 rpm, great gas (and oil) mileage.
posted 12-07-2003 04:20 PM ET (US)
I recently ran into a guy with Fichts, and he told me that the real secret is to have the BOMBARDIER produced upgrades in them. Remember Bombardier's ad campaign about scrapping millions of poorly produced OMC Ficht parts and components, and how they re-designed and improved ("re-applying for the job" campaign) these Ficht components. Those are what you want incorporated into that engine, 2003 parts.
Then you should have a highly reliable outboard.
posted 12-09-2003 10:55 AM ET (US)
I too recently spoke with an old OMC/now Bombardier dealer who said the exact same thing that Larry recommends. The last of the OMC outsourced parts were horrible. Bombardier took the designs and used their manufacturing abilities to make the parts correctly. In fact, his comment went further to say, if Bombardier had been manufacturing these engines earlier on, they would have been great engines. The design is apparently very good: the building of the design was terrible.
He also said that if you have a Ficht engine and have had good service to date, but have not upgraded, do so now. Don't wait until it ignites.
posted 12-09-2003 07:01 PM ET (US)
I have a 1999 90hp Ficht which I purchased new and have had all of the updates. The motor had a couple of problems the first year, leaking oil pump "O" ring and a weak starter bendix drive, but has been perfect ever since. I use Evinrude RAM oil and PRI-G in the gas to avoid carbon build up and decarbon once a year. I have a 1975 boston Whaler Bass Boat and run 42mph WOT GPS and get 7.5 mpg at 4000 rpm.
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