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Lou posted 02-26-2004 05:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for Lou   Send Email to Lou  
After much deliberation and reading this site, I am about to re-power my 1982 Outrage 18 with a 2004 Ficht 150. The guy who will install it is a friend of the family. He is asking $11,500 for install, motor and new controls. Ed's has the motor listed at $9,999.

It is supposed to be a very good deal. Sounds like an average/below average deal. Any thoughts from the experts?

jimh posted 02-26-2004 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The mail-order deals often sound attractive, but if it comes at the cost of a friendship, what is the real price?
Tom W Clark posted 02-26-2004 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Ed's is going to charge you for the controls, the gauges and the propellor as well as the shipping. They're going to charge you a lot, in fact.

So where's the savings?

ryanwhaler posted 02-26-2004 11:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
I'd tell your buddy and the Ed's, see what he says.

I know any friends of mine would be cool with that, he may even come down.

Bigshot posted 02-27-2004 01:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
A REAL friend would not charge you salestax ;)
Bigshot posted 02-27-2004 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Plus I don't see where you are saving from ED's unless that is installed, etc. If your friend is charging you $11,500 and water ready, good deal being a prop is $450, controls are $450, cables are $90, wiring harness and tach are $250, etc. Plus when your Ed;s motor needs service....who ya gonna call. Plus...who is gonna install it if bought from Ed?
JohnL posted 02-27-2004 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnL  Send Email to JohnL     
I called Ed's about two weeks ago doing some repower reaserch of my own. They have to ship to a local dealer to maintain the warranty. That dealer will most likely want to charge you to install and prep the motor. I just want a 25hp so I was going to just take it home and muddle through the install myself. No way I would do that with a big motor.
lhg posted 02-27-2004 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The more I hear about Ed's, the less I trust them. When you buy a 25HP Mercury from West Marine or Bass Pro, (also Mercury Dealers), they don't have to ship it to another dealer to maintain warranty. That's a bunch of garbage.
doobee posted 02-28-2004 01:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
Your friend is giving you a good deal, and you're always better off to buy it from the dealer that is servicing it.
Lou posted 02-28-2004 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lou  Send Email to Lou     

Appreciate the input - very much.

Jim - I posted in this forum after reading the post about the 225 Honda here for 11,000. The 11,500 price did not seem as strong after reading about the Honda.

The price I have includes install, controls, the idiot gauge, and I believe new cables. DOES NOT include new prop. I think the price also includes the spring rebate that Evinrude has.

Again thanks for the input.

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