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Wear and Tear items or warranty? - Decals on 2000 Optimax?
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posted 08-03-2004 11:01 AM ET (US)
The decals on the rear of the cowling on my 2000 135 Optimax (100 hours) have decided to curl at the edges.
While I consider it no big deal, the motor runs fine, it looks like crap.
Has anybody else experinced this? And since my Optimax is warranted at least another year, should I have my dealer replace them?
posted 08-03-2004 12:53 PM ET (US)
I have same problem with my 2000 2oo hp optimax. I think that when the engine is tilted up the sun beats on the sticker.
posted 08-03-2004 03:57 PM ET (US)
The bad news is the sticker is almost $200.00!
posted 08-03-2004 06:04 PM ET (US)
No brainer in my opinion:
- Engine still under warranty
I'd go back to the dealer. I'm guessing (based on the other posting) that this has happened before and they'll take good care of you.
posted 08-03-2004 09:10 PM ET (US)
My Optimax sits in a marina slip tilted up, not abused, not scratched nor banged up, just looking up at the sun until the next time I use the boat. The northeast is much cooler than some of the other climates these Opti's reside in as well.
I'll call the dealer tomorrow and will let you all know how it goes down.
posted 08-03-2004 09:57 PM ET (US)
Cleary a warranty item in my opinion. If it were paint, it would be covered, right? The choice of the manufacturer to use decals rather than detailed painting does not relieve them of the responsibility of producing a defect free product.
posted 08-05-2004 10:51 AM ET (US)
After you get the decal replaced, have the cowl clear coated by a good paint shop. The clear coat will go a long way to keeping the decal in good shape over a longer time. BillS
posted 08-09-2004 08:49 PM ET (US)
Over the past year I have gone thru phases where I lust after a late model Outrage or Dauntless. During these phases I look at a few boats. I am struck by the number of boats where a great weakness is the paint/decals on a Mercury. The decals seem more suspect than the paint. D
posted 08-10-2004 11:47 AM ET (US)
My 2000 150 Optimax has 80 hours on, as of May. It's stored on the trailer in a garage, very litte exposure to sun, only three weeks of salt water/air in those 80 hours! already has cracking and peeling on the decals. Lots of heat under my collar everytime I see it....
RonB, please let us know how things work out, maybe I should inquire about getting my dealer to replace it if your successful.
posted 08-10-2004 01:38 PM ET (US)
I wonder if the optimax runs hotter, leading to premature failure of the decals?
posted 08-10-2004 02:49 PM ET (US)
I don't want to risk an attack by knocking my Mercury too much on this site.... but, you might be on to something... mine has often run to the tune of the temperature alarm.
Or, more likely, it's just a bad bunch of decals.
posted 08-10-2004 04:06 PM ET (US)
Moose- I don't think my anecdotal analysis is due to engine heat. Simply, cheap decals and possibly cheap paint. Let me continue with my anecdote. The late model Outrages that I look at are typically 5 +/- years old. I've looked at approx 10, with all but 2 showing cowling wear and tear. Granted, the boats are all in Central Florida. Now, I live on a canal where the neighbors all have boats hanging over a canal in their backyards. (Mine, a 22' Outrage '86 is the oldest). We have a nice representation of Mercs, Yamahas, OMCs, newer Bombs, no Susies. While the Mercs all have cowling issues, the others seem unblemished. It would appear to me that Merc cowlings breakdown more rapidly than most others. Maybe the black color has something to do with it? I'd be curious what other Merc owners have experienced with their decals and paint- say, out 5 years on the engine. David
posted 08-10-2004 05:25 PM ET (US)
Perhaps I'm out of line here but in my mind, usage in the hot Florida sun is no excuse for decal failure. Rumor has it that people have been known to boat in Florida from time to time... and (I'm told) even while the sun is out (he says with a huge amount of scarcasm) I agree with David "CHEAP DECALS".
Ron, we're dying to find out if the dealer made good on the decals... please let us know.
posted 08-10-2004 09:02 PM ET (US)
Not knowing where all of the posts reside, in my experience the decals have more problem with extreme temp differentials(Extreme Hot to Extreme Cold). In the heat the decal expands and the cold it contracts. Those having the most fluctuations in temp may have the most problems. My 2002 90 ELPTO(uncoverd)stays in an ambient temp from high 90's to high 60's lo 70's and has had no pealing.
posted 08-19-2004 10:35 PM ET (US)
Sorry, been offline a bit, wife took a spill and broke her arm so I've been running around doing things around the house that my better half normally does. I'll pin down the dealer tomorrow and update later on tomorrow.
Gotta get the kids in bed...
posted 08-22-2004 12:57 PM ET (US)
Have not been back to the dealer yet (100 mile trip) but the black paint is peeling from the lower unit of my Mercury 2004 60 hp 4 stoke. My expectations are that it's a warranty item. Decals are ok as of now.We'll see when I bring it in for winter storage.
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