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Plotman posted 01-07-2004 07:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for Plotman   Send Email to Plotman  
I know I have read on the forums that there were several production years in which the Evinrude 150 2-strokes have a bad reputation, but I can't find it in the archives.

Can anyone point me to the info or otherwise help? Was it for the carbed engines, EFI (is there such a beast) or both.

Specifically, I'm interested in a 1996.


Sal DiMercurio posted 01-07-2004 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
97,98, & 99, only the FICHT DFI engines 150s & 175s, [ same block ].
Beware, those were the engines that broke OMCs back.
cyclops posted 01-07-2004 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for cyclops  Send Email to cyclops     
The first year OMC came out with the Ficht they were Johnsons. That was 1998 I believe but not sure. My father in law had one of these jewels that blew up. After all the problems of the first year the Fichts were moved to Evinrude.
jimh posted 01-08-2004 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Here I shall just repeat some undocumented information passed along on the internet.

My recollection is that even at their worst point, the Ficht engine had about a twenty percent failure rate. This means that 80-percent of those engines are still running and working fine. If you find one that is running and operating properly, you could assume it was part of that 80-percent majority of Ficht engines that had no major problems. That might be called the optimist's point of view in this situation.

half shell posted 01-08-2004 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
My 1998 150 ficht runs excellent 450 hrs old.
Regards Bob
Bigshot posted 01-09-2004 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Depends on what wrong info a dealer or mechanic drops on your lap. My thoery is the bad years are the ones that are no longer running. If it is used and still running, must be a good one.

Ficht came out in 97 as a Johnson. I would buy one if it was REALLY cheap. I hear Bombardier does not make the blocks and some parts anymore for these....who knows.

lhg posted 01-09-2004 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I would say the really good OMC 150's came out with the introduction of the 60 degree V-6 block, originally invented by Mercury. Everybody seems to rave about them and they seem to be pretty hot performers. A 1996 should be fine. This introduction (don't know the year) coincided with the expiration of Mercury's patent on such a block configuration, so I guess you could say it was "reverse engineered"!

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