Mercury 115 OptiMax

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  • Piece of Garbage

    Sep 2, 2010 by
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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.

    Summary: 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 ... read more

  • It sucks!!

    Aug 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: ran ok
    Cons: broke down

    Summary: We have had this motor for about one year and one month. While out on the lake the motor stopped. Two of the cylinders quit on it.How convenient for them to go in the middle of the lake!When we spoke to someone about looking at it, we can only ... read more

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  • Don't Do it

    May 28, 2012 by
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    Pros: Easy to find lower units of other ones with blown powerheads
    Cons: Expensive, Power head design flaw, Mercury has no apparent integrity

    Summary: I bought one of these new,  and now am trying to save you the heartache,  5 figures of hard earned money I paid for this engine and with no warning at all the motor just went. They are well known to do extremely bad in cold water.  This ... read more

  • 115 optimax

    Mar 6, 2012 by
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    Pros: Gas mileage 
    Quiet
    Reliable 
    Cons: Optimax oil is expensive

    Summary: Great engine, mine has well over 100 hours and no problems what do ever. There were bad coils going around on Mercury engines but the changed all the coils iny boat u set warranty for free. If your worried about blowing coils then put a good battery in ... read more

  • 2008 115 Optimax

    Apr 5, 2010 by
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    Pros: when it runs....quiet, fuel efficient and burns little oil
    Cons:  cons are that this engine renders your boat useless and TOTALLY UNRELIABLE!!!

    Summary: This engine is truly garbage.  I agree with the previous guy. If you want to get stranded...buy a 115 optimax. I have had mine for two years and it has ruined countless boat trips with the family as well perfect fishing days. I have blown 4 coil ... read more

  • Merc 115 optimax sux!

    Apr 5, 2010 by
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    Pros: good fuel economy
    Cons: breaks down a lot, burns coils up and service takes forever.

    Summary: I bought my merc 115 optimax in feb of 2008 and it's broken down on me 4 times ... two times due to coils burning out. Mercury is probably the worst engine you can buy so I'd recommend you not pay any attention to the cheaper price and get a good motor ... read more

  • my big black anchor

    Aug 27, 2009 by
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    Pros:  these are only good for an anchor
    Cons: these are coil burners and  if you want to be stranded buy one. 

    Summary: i bought a 2008 115 opti max for my 20ft lund alaskan i been stranded many times! what happens is the coils burn out. this is a very common problem with the optimax i talked to lots of marine mechanics they say there is a problem with the coils and merc ... read more

  • Optimax115 Mercury

    Jun 22, 2009 by
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    Pros: very happy with this engine on my 18 1/2 foot Larsen Ski/Fish.
    Cons: need a stingray to improve hole shot.

    Summary: Have only had one problem with this motor and it was caused by letting my wife load the boat. Didn't raise the motor enough at the sand bar and plugged up the leg. McGoverns Marine compounded the problem by charging me for a repair that they didn't do. ... read more

  • Avoid this engine

    Jun 5, 2006 by
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    Pros: When it does run, it runs quiet and clean.
    Cons: Unreliable and totally unserviceable by the owner.

    Summary: I've had the Optimax 115 for two full and one partial season now and it's already ruined three vacations. First, it blew a rod and the powerhead had to be replaced, then the alarm chime started sounding continuous beeps and it wouldn't rev beyond 2000 ... read more

  • Top honors in my opinion

    Jun 2, 2005 by
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    Pros: Great fuel economy. Very low noise. Excellent acceleration.
    Cons: Optimax oil is more expensive than standard 2 cycle oil.

    Summary: The 115 Optimax pushes my 18 foot Tracker Tundra fishing boat at 45 MPH with a very good hole shot. The engine gets incredible fuel economy and uses very little oil. I filled my 40 gallon tank up with 87 octane fuel and now have 10 hours on the engine ... read more

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