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Abaco posted 01-21-2004 10:43 AM ET (US)   Profile for Abaco   Send Email to Abaco  
Not haveing a lot of experiance with outboard engines, I could use some help in making a decision on a new engine. With all the things involved in a total refit, I don't have the budget for a "new engine". I have found a '99 Merc Optimax with 450 hrs and 9 months of warranty remaining for $5,000. Having read all the threads regarding re-powering Outrage 22's, I'm confident 225 is the right power. My question is was 1999 a good year for Optimax (DFI) technology and is $5,000 a fair price for that engine?

Your help would be appreciated.


Abaco posted 01-21-2004 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Abaco  Send Email to Abaco     
One other point I'd like to make, is the motor will be run at idle speed quite a bit as my house is 45 minutes or so from open water. The boat is also used for quite a bit of canal and river cruising in no wake zones.
lhg posted 01-22-2004 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have little experience with Optimax engines, but I would have a Mercury dealership mechanic go over it. This would include plugging into the computer diagnostics for engine history, and checking out warranty claims/work done and engine upgrades. Don't take anybody's word for it. Have it done yourself, and be there to see the results and talk to the guy. The computer will even give you engine hours and how hard it has been run. They'll tell you whether to go for it.
Abaco posted 01-22-2004 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Abaco  Send Email to Abaco     
Thanks for the advice. I'll do it.
Lars Simonsen posted 01-23-2004 06:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
Some of the 1998 and 1999 optimaxes, particularly the 225s had some pretty serious problems. I have a 1998 Optimax 135, and the powerhead blew at about 70 hours. Despite it being out of warranty, Mercury stood behind their product and gave me a factory remanufactured powerhead for free. I just had to pay shipping and installation.

My new powerhead has all of the upgrades, and is great. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a new optimax. I would still hesitate on the older ones, but if it's an older one with all of the upgrades, it should be fine. I'm now very pleased with my optimax.

At 450 hours, I would think the 225 you are looking at would have all of the "bugs" worked out of it. Personally, I would be more worried about a 1999 motor with low hours that I would one with several hundred hours.

LHG's advice is very good. Find a mercury mechanic (preferably a mercury "master" mechanic) that has the DDT reader, and have him give the motor a thorough going-over, including checking the computer for "faults."

lakeman posted 01-25-2004 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I agree with everyone above, but find a dealer/repairshop that will pull the Mercury serial numbers up for that motor and see what problems the engine has already had and what the fixes were.
Fishcop posted 01-25-2004 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fishcop  Send Email to Fishcop     

I have a 2000 225hp Saltwater Optimax. It was made in 1999. I have 450 hours with one air injector change and a set of plugs.

I agree with all the advise and strongly encourage you to take the motor to a mercury mechanic for a diognostic test.

This will advise you of any "fault codes" that have taken place and the SN will show what upgrades/work has been done.

Or, you can get the SN and call mercury. They will give you the info on the current owner and all the work that has been completed, and any remaining warranty.

You will also need to transfer the warranty card into your name. At this point, I would buy the warranty extension from mercury for as long as they will extend it. Labor and parts to repair a bad Optimax is very, very expensive.

The 225 should move your boat very well. I troll for salmon at 560-700 rpms for hours using the smartcraft controls and have never had a problem.

Let me know if I can be of any help.


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