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Merc 250 XS
|Author||Topic: Merc 250 XS|
posted 10-14-2005 10:57 AM ET (US)
Anyone have any experience with the late model 250 XS Opti's (2004)? Thanks!
posted 10-14-2005 12:20 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 10-14-2005 08:25 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 10-15-2005 11:45 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 10-16-2005 02:57 PM ET (US)
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
It is a $2,000 premium for the XS engine.
posted 10-18-2005 05:51 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 10-18-2005 07:44 PM ET (US)
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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