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newt posted 08-27-2002 10:33 AM ET (US)   Profile for newt   Send Email to newt  
I am hoping someone can clear this one up.

I have heard from a couple dealers that the Mercury Saltwater series engines have a couple differences from the Classics (90 hp carburated models). Here is how they are supposedly better:

1. Some additional parts are stainless.
2. Some internal parts on have a special corrosion resistant coating.
3. They come with the coastal flush attachment.

However, the list price difference is only $55. I talked with two different people at Mercury who both told me that there is absolutely no difference in the 2003 models except that the salt water series has blue graphics and a "salt water" decal. In fact the "salt water series" is really only a marketing thing.

Both models carry a three year corrosion warranty and are made on the same assembly lines. Also, none of the models come with the coastal flush attachment from the factory.

Can anybody confirm or deny this? What gives?

newt posted 08-27-2002 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Well, I think I found the answer (with very little help from mercury).

After calling and talking to three different cust. serv. reps, and getting three different answers, I decided to go through the online parts catalogue to try and find the truth. This is what I found:

The saltwater series has three parts that are different (more expensive)- the tilt tube, and the two nuts on either end. The retail difference in price for these three items is about $55.

Also it appears that it comes with the coastal flush kit (a garden hose adaptor and tube that screws into the engine block so that you can flush without the motor running and while still in the water). Also, the decals on the upper cowling are different. The retail price of this accessory is about $80.

Other than that, all the internal parts are the same.

jimh posted 08-27-2002 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This is good information. Thanks for tracking this down and posting the findings.


lhg posted 08-27-2002 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
The stainless steel tilt tube and nuts are worth their weight in gold, particularly if you're using mechanical or side mount hydraulic steering. Go for the Saltwater version.
Matthew posted 08-28-2002 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
And the coastal flushing attachment works great.

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