Bass Pro Mercury Motors?????
Does anyone know what the story is on the "older" models of mercury outboards
Bass Pro sells?
still looking at all options on my repower.....
Mercury uses a code to identify each outboard model it produces. In the past, the second-to-last character in the code was used to identify model year. Because Mercury had a model year, that character within the code was automatically updated every 12 months. For example, a 1-225V23DD model code referred to a Mercury 225XL Verado and the "D" in the second-to-last position represented the 2005 model year.
Going forward, that same second-to-last character will now be used to identify the "production era" of a given model. Further, by eliminating model year, Mercury will no longer arbitrarily update the model code every 12 months. Instead that will take place only when a significant product change occurs, such as a new model introduction where the newest variation replaces a prior version.
With this system, any models sharing the same code are physically identical, regardless of when they were built. Your Mercury dealer can help you identify the model code(s) on the engine(s) you are interested in and ensure you are getting the very latest product. This is also of particular importance if you are re-powering a boat with twin, triple, or quad engines.
Thanks for all the info
I found all that out when I bought a new sea hunt from Ed's in 2009...I really wasn't concerned when the motor was made
as it had a six year warranty......I have since sold that boat....
Bass Pro lists the year when the motors were made, I'm just wondering if anyone has every had any dealing with these motors
or have heard any info on them.....
I do remember last year the day after Thanksgiving the wife and I drove over to Bass Pro and talked to someone who said
people were taking motors out right and left.....
we weren't interested so never looked into it....
hope to hear from someone who knows...
Have never been a Mercury fan, but I ended up buying a 125hp Opti Max in December. It was a 2010 model but was "new" as it was still in the crate. Got a decent deal and got 5 years of warranty from the date I bought it. So far I've been happy with the engine. It pushes my 20ft cc well and is fairly economical at 3 mpg at cruise.
The motors on the bass pro site are all new crate motors....2007 and older only have a one year warranty and the
2008 and newer have full factory warranty....prices are the same no matter what bass pro you check out....
I bought my 135hp optimax in 07 and at the time Mercury was running a 7 year warranty special. Ive never had a bit of trouble other than with the ethanol gas. As for the boat, the hull was replaced due to gell coat failure. The service from the manufacturer and BP were the worst Ive encountered. I'd build a log canoe before I bought another from them.
Got a boat, just need a motor....
Have you contacted Ed's? They have the best prices that I have seen. You could also call Whelan's marina on the Rappahannock River, they are great folks to work with.
I have a 25' Mako with 2-200 optimax motors. Neve any problems with the motors but I have had issues with two sensors going bad. Execelent gas milage at reasonable speeds and I dont know how you could justify the expense of a four stroke for gas milage. I fish mostly out of Oregan Inlet and Hatteras and have never burnt over 55 gallons within 50 miles of the inlet.
on the smaller motors ( 90 & 115 ) there is only a couple of hundred difference in the opti and the four stroke....
I know Ed's pricing because he lists it...I haven't checked with other dealers yet...
In 2009 I bought a new sea hunt from ed's, I tried to buy the boat from norfolk marine first but they wouldn't come
close....about six months after I bought norfolk marine had dropped their price to what I paid....If they had done
that to start with I would have bought from them...
The same will apply when I buy whatever motor I buy...if I can get it locally all the better....