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randyc posted 10-21-2008 10:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for randyc   Send Email to randyc  
I don't know where to start to talk about all the problems with Mercury 175 VERADO, so I will just mention my most recent problem. I drove 200-miles one way, launched my 205 CONQUEST, and the motor started for two seconds. It then just turned over and never fired up. I drove back and dropped the boat off at dealer, who found a small plastic tube was eaten up by ethanol. I called Boston Whaler to ask why there was no recall about this problem, but got no answer! The dealer says Mercury knew exactly what the problem was when asked. I could of been stuck out in the Ocean, not to mention two days wasted and $400.
jimh posted 10-22-2008 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It sounds like you have the usual Fuel Supply Module failure which has been plaguing a lot of Mercury motors. As you probably have read in many prior discussions here about this problem, Mercury has been replacing the Fuel Supply Module in their motors because it cannot tolerate the ethanol content in gasoline fuels in common use today.

I think the fellow makes a good point: If the Fuel Supply Module is known to be prone to failure, you wonder why Mercury has not started a recall campaign or at least sent out an advisory notice. It sounds like this is a "quiet" recall.

While your Verado is in for service, maybe you can also get it checked to see if the digital throttle and shift system contains the dangerous software malfunction which did cause Mercury to initiate a federal safety recall campaign. The software problem causes the engine to loose control of the shift function. It was apparently considered sufficiently dangerous that a recall campaign was needed to resolve it.

Sal A posted 10-23-2008 05:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I have the same boat and engine as Randyc. I have not had his issue yet. I have had others. I will trade my 60 hour Verado 175 for an Yamaha F150 with 100 hours or less, straight up. Any takers?
glen e posted 10-23-2008 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
Sal - I have sent you two emails you refuse to answer offering a Merc field service engineer to help straighten out your problems. It is almost certain your alarms are because you are wired wrong from the dealer or Whaler as 175's have been very reliable. The "all on one" [battery] wiring style of Whaler does not cut it. But since you choose to make this public so will I. I guess you like you self-chosen martyr status. Hope you get your [Yamaha] 150 - great motor.
Sal A posted 10-23-2008 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Glen I never received any emails. Please email me at sarnuk at themistrading dot com.

I promise you I have neither the time nor energy for a war, and I don't have an agenda.

Thanks for trting to help me; I'll take it.

jimh posted 10-24-2008 12:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Separated from a much older discussion on a different topic in another forum and moved here. Several comments about the annoying practice of some authors to write without following the most basic rules of capitalization and punctuation have been removed.]
jimh posted 10-24-2008 12:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
By the way, was the "small plastic tube" that caused the problem part of the Fuel Supply Module? Were you charged for the repair?
bkloss posted 10-25-2008 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for bkloss  Send Email to bkloss     
Oh my...., Maybe my verado 200(gen 1) isn't really a Verado????

200 hours and nothing has happened. I never got a recall either.....we don't have ethanol in s. california yet either.

hmm....sounds like a conspiracy.....I wonder how long my motor will work doing the regular maintenance on the motor, batteries and electronics?

It's obvious some here don't like Merc; never have - period, but eventually something will go wrong with any motor and it will need to get repaired. Does that always mean that the sky is falling when a merc breaks down or is that by design for some here?


jimh posted 10-25-2008 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Brian--People report their experiences, good and bad. For some reason there is a connotation that any report of a bad experience involving certain motors must be either part of a conspiracy to defame that brand or an outright fraud. I take a more realistic view. People report their experience, and I collect the reports.

Gasoline fuels which have been diluted with ethanol have been reported as having negatively affected many fuel system components of many brands. We don't have a policy of refusal to publish reports based on brand of motor affected.

randyc posted 10-25-2008 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for randyc  Send Email to randyc     
Thank you for response. In answer to your question, the plastic tube was part of the fuel module and no I did not get charged for the repair.

I do not have a vendetta against Mercury, in fact I think they have an excellent product, which is why I chose to purchase one. I have, however, had very unfortunate bad luck with both of my Verado motors. The first motor had a bad electrical harness which caused a short and one of the cylanders would stop firing, which caused carbon build up in the cylander amd caused less compression. The dealer and Mercury had a hard time finding out what the problem was until after several repairs. This doesn't sound that bad until you take into consideration the costs and aggravation that this caused me and my fellow fishermen. This being a brand new motor and obviously a problem with the product I was able to, with the help of Boston Whaler and my dealership, get a new Verado motor.

I have only used my new motor on 4 different occasions, the 4th being the one where the problem with the tube happened. If it hadn't been for my prior experiences this tube probably would not have been a big deal, but once again, I and my fellow fishermen were robbed of another opportunity to fish.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

Casco Bay Outrage posted 10-25-2008 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     

For the benefit of others, can you state:

- the model year of your Conquest
- for the engine, is it a Gen 1 or 2 (Gen 2 has the raised graphics.)
- approximately how many engine hours does the meter show.



randyc posted 10-26-2008 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for randyc  Send Email to randyc     

- the model year of Conquest 205 is 2006
- Verado 175 does have raised lettering ( 2007)
- it has 15.3 hours on meter
I'm looking forward to fishing next weekend.

Thank you, Randy

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