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|Author||Topic: Nissan outboards|
posted 09-21-2001 02:42 PM ET (US)
Anyone had any experience with Nissan outboards? My brothernlaw is looking repower a '17 Montauk and is considering one because of price. Thanks for any help.
posted 09-21-2001 05:05 PM ET (US)
All reports I have heard are good. The dealer network is not as strong as some other brands but a good motor.
posted 09-21-2001 05:08 PM ET (US)
They're actually Tohatsu engines, which I hear are pretty good, but not particularly fast within a giving HP rating. He'd be better off driving a hard bargain on a major brand.
posted 09-22-2001 11:45 PM ET (US)
I'm presently running a 1984 25 hp Tohatsu on a 12.5' inflatable. The engine has been in my group of buddies since new and historically used all year round in Florida. It's been trouble free. I understand they're not the best for trolling (fishing), due to sputtering at low speed.
I just acquired a new Nissan 2001 30 hp tiller that came on a 13' Whaler. It looks alot like the 84 Tohatsu and runs good too. I was told that they may be lighter in weight than most other brands..
My buddy still runs a 1989 Tohatsu 40 HP on his 14' hard bottom inflatable in Ft. Lauderdale, and has had no problems either. He bought it new.
So far, so good..
posted 09-23-2001 02:17 AM ET (US)
Along the lines of what someone has already mentioned...the biggest problem with any outboard other then one of the major brands will be lack of dealer support.
Last year I sold a '88 boat with a '88 Suzuki 200 on it. The motor delivered flawless performance for all 12 years we owned it. But despite that, no one wanted to buy the boat with that big Suzki on the stern.
We used the boat in AZ and the nearest authorized dealer was in Anaheim CA (325 miles away)!Thankfully it never needed any work other than routine maintenanc.
I would have to think that the same situation exists for Nissan, Tohatsu etc..
posted 09-23-2001 08:56 PM ET (US)
Had a two cyl. 40hp Nissan on a 13 whaler
that ran great.It did run a little rough at
If the price is right and you have a
dealer to support you the Nissan would work.
Maybe you could take quote to the local
Yamaha dealer and get him to match it.
posted 09-28-2001 08:10 PM ET (US)
A friend of mine owns an inflatable boat store and has been selling yamaha, nissan and tohatsu outboards for over 20 years. He has told me on numerous occassions that nissan and tohatsu are every bit as reliable and resist corrosion as well as the yamahas. He also will tell you that the yamahas run a little bit quieter than the nissan or tohatsus and sometimes have a few more features. With respect to the dealer support issue, my friend has told me that if you are only going to use the motor in the U.S., this should not be that big of an issue. If you will use the motor outside of the U.S., you may have problems obtaining parts for a nissan
Good Luck, Jeff
posted 09-30-2001 09:17 PM ET (US)
While on vacation in northern Michigan, I realized I left a critical part (tapered spacer) for my Tohatsu at home. I called Tohatsu (from the road), received the names and numbers for several Michigan dealers, and for two of their largest dealers. I called one of the largest dealers and had the part drop shipped to my destination. It arrived the next day. My experience is all positive, but I only have about 35 hours, and it is just about broken in. Good luck!
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