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JJN3 posted 10-14-2005 10:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for JJN3   Send Email to JJN3  
Anyone have any experience with the late model 250 XS Opti's (2004)? Thanks!
captbone posted 10-14-2005 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
I think that it is one of the best engines on the market in the HP range. It comes can come with several different gearcases from the factory and is basicly handbuild by Mercury Racing. While it is a handbuilt racing motor designed for mainly performance, I have seen it used in a recreational application and it was very well manored. The down side is that you can only get a 3 year warranty. These are amazing engines.
jimh posted 10-14-2005 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I assume these hand-built engines come with a premium price. How much of an up-charge is there for the Optimax 250-XS model?
captbone posted 10-15-2005 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
They are very close in price to other outboards in the HP range. The going street price is $15,000 for a 2005 out the door.
jimh posted 10-16-2005 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
To answer my own question about the price upgrade for the XS, here are the manufacturer's suggested retail prices:

2006 OptiMax 225 = $15,540
2006 Pro XS 225 = $17,540

It is a $2,000 premium for the XS engine.

JJN3 posted 10-18-2005 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for JJN3  Send Email to JJN3     
Thanks for the feedback; we probably wont go this route as finding 92 octane fuel in Cape May seems to be a bit of an issue. I wonder if the 2006 modification to the PCM that allowed these engines to burn 87 octane can be retrofitted on 2004 engines?

captbone posted 10-18-2005 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
Yes, A really good marina would be able to do it in a few minutes. The problem is finding one that has the ability or willing to do it.

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