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hlebowi2 posted 03-05-2003 09:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for hlebowi2   Send Email to hlebowi2  
Am looking to replace my trusty '85 Mariner 90 on my '85 17' Super Sport. Am baffled by the choices, and the high cost of a new motor. Does anyone have any real world experience with a 70 or 90 hp Tohatsu or Nissan TLDI? The dealers seem to be more willing to deal than Yamaha, Honda, Merc. And the weight is 310-314 lbs instead of almost 400 for a 4 stroke. Howard
captbone posted 03-05-2003 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
I dont have any first hand but have talked with several people who have them that love them.
andygere posted 03-06-2003 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have heard good things from Nissan/Tohatsu TLDI owners in my harbor. I think the 90 is a nice option for the 17 hull.
NedsPoint posted 03-07-2003 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for NedsPoint  Send Email to NedsPoint     
hlebowi2 - I've been eying them also. Probably a season or two away from having to repower. The press on the TLDI sure reads good. Let us know how you make out if you go for it.
lhg posted 03-07-2003 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Mercury has announced a new 90 HP Optimax. You might want to look into that, since you alread have contols for Merc, although I don't know about availability. I guarantee you it will be faster than the Tohatsu. They are known to be highly reliable slugs.

From what I understand, the system is the same as Optimax. Maybe it IS Optimax?

hlebowi2 posted 03-08-2003 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for hlebowi2  Send Email to hlebowi2     
Thanks all.
I have had many twists and turns on the road to repower. I am now thinking of replacing my '85 Mariner 6 cyl 90 with a barely used 2000 Merc I found a couple of hours away from me on ebay. Price is a big consideration as the boat doesn't get a ton of use here in the Adirondacks of NY State.
I have a new post reading motor swap. Can you all help me make a decision? I've offered $4200 for the 2000 Merc 90 ELPTO with (supposedly) 30 hours of freshwater use and a stainless steel 4 blade prop, in "perfect condition" with a factory warranty until 6/13/03 as it wasn't sold 'til 6/02. New post was trying to figure out if I can save $ using my original controls and rigging.
This is a great forum!

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