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    Alright so I have a 1995 Javelin 400TE with a 225 Evinrude Vindicator that happens to have two cylinders with holes and one pretty beat up head , I'm weighing my options right now as to get a rebuilt powerhead for it or to just scrap it and get a new outboard. My question is this; have any of you bought a rebuilt outboard off the internet, and how did it work out? I regularly search on ebay for 200 or 225 Yamaha Vmaxs, Evinrude Etecs, and Mercs and they seem to run in the $7000 range which seems pretty good to me. Any other sources would be welcome

    Thanks.
    Catching largemouth on frogs is like finding the last beer in the fridge.:Drink:

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    A rebuilt motor is only as reliable as the mechanic who performed the work.............just my 2 cents
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      before you buy, gimme a shout. i have a connection in Bluff City, TN (Watson's Marine) who will take care of you. same guy who squared jay away w/ his motor. used motors come w/ a pedigree (tech inspection, computer read-out, etc) and they'll stand behind what they sell. won't get much better than that w/ a used motor.
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      • #4
        I have never purchased a rebuilt motor but I would think a mechanic that offers a warranty would be the way to go.
        Kirk
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        • #5
          i second Nate on the rebuilt motor and the mechanic. I have bought a rebuild from the internet and that will not happen again. I just bought a new (to me) motor for my Saltwater boat it has a new power head with 0 hours for a old motor in need of repair this is the only way i believe i would go. I did this motor due to trusted friends giving me the info on the shop and mechanic i got it from. I got a 250hp Suzuki 4stroke ran it yesterday and loved it.

          I will say though the guy 31 uses is where i would go for a used motor. I know Jay and he has a good motor and they treated him right. If you go used get a print out if at all possible from the ECM on the motor that will tell you a lot about how the person ran the boat and if any major issues were encountered with the engine.
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          • #6
            I certainly got lucky with Watson's(thanks 31) because of the motor they had. I put an 04' Evinrude DIHO(last motor before the ETEC) on my stratos, the motor has been great and they treated me right($$$$) at Watson's. Used motors are a crapshoot so you have to keep on the look out. You can also go the route Rick has gone and get a motor with a new powerhead. There is a guy out of Richmond selling rebuilts with a 1 year warranty, you are probably looking at 6-7k installed.
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            • #7
              Thanks a lot guys! 31Airborne I'll definitely give you a shout when I figure out what I'm going to do (not going the internet route for sure now).
              Catching largemouth on frogs is like finding the last beer in the fridge.:Drink:

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