Mercury 115 OptiMax

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Piece of Garbage

Sep 2, 2010 (Updated Oct 8, 2010)
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Pros:Thank goodness for mech. to fix this garbage.

Cons:Totally unrealiable. The only thing this is good for is a anchor.

The Bottom Line: If you decide to buy one of these things. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SPARE BOAT TO USE


We purchased this motor last July (2009). We got it in the water and made 3 trips to our cottage. Then the motor would not stay running. After pulling it out and returning it to the sales people 5 times ( a distance of about 90 miles each way ) they finally decided that the charging system was the problem. That year the boat was in use by us for about 4 weeks. The summer of 2009 RUINED thanks to this motor. I found out this year that the dealer did not put in a warranty claim for the alternator. I asked about that and he said it was not worth the bother. 
This year we actually got some use out of it. When it runs it runs GREAT. Unfortunately one week into our 3 week holiday the motor just started running rough. Then Quit all together. Kind of hard to run with 2 cylinders out of it. At the time the motor had 33 hours on it just out of the recomended break in time. This time we found a dealer closer to our cottage and got it into them. They had a power head at the warehouse, BUT the fuel rail was on back order. So of course we were again looking at 3 weeks down. I called Mercury in Wisc. myself to see if they could ship one from some other warehouse and just maybe save some of my vacation. Their response was NO sorry but that is not really our problem. Maybe you can take your grandkids tubing in a row boat or something.  
I finally  picked the boat up yesterday. They had it for almost a full 3 weeks. I made it to the cottage on shake down run. NEVER MADE IT BACK. Ran great going down but on the way back # 3 injector went out. Now we again have to wait for parts. 
THANKS MERCURY FOR RUINING ANOTHER SUMMER.

UPDATED  Oct.08/2010
 After 2 weeks waiting for a new Injector we got the motor back. Believe it or not we actually got to use it for almost a full week. We made 4 round trips to the cottage. But all good things must end. Almost to the cottage on the 5th trip # 2 injector went out. Since we had 3 more days off to go we just used the spare boat. When we closed the cottage up this year we just towed the garbage down behind that boat. THe dealer got the boat and being a GREAT dealer he now has spare parts. Actually had us fixed up in a day. 
Let us hope next year will be better
  


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