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#11419026 - 02/16/16 09:27 PM 150 vmax
Pumadon Offline
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Registered: 01/29/03
Posts: 1154
Loc: Royse City, Texas
Need some input about 150 vmax. Maintanence issues, fuel and oil usage and are they worth the money given today's market. Got a buddy looking at 18.5 skeeter with this engine. No slams just opinions. Thanks for input.
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#11419054 - 02/16/16 09:37 PM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
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Registered: 02/27/13
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Loc: Rockwall & a lake somewhere
Great motor, bulletproof, low maintenance, likes gas but not bad, same for oil, good power, very reliable, does not like cold weather.
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#11419068 - 02/16/16 09:42 PM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 6362
Loc: Boerne, Texas
I have a 99 Vmax ox66 (fuel injected). I have zero complaints after 17 years of ownership, the only problem I ever had was when I lost the fuel pump and it was covered under warranty.

I don't have any problems in cold weather. In fact, my motor is still using the factory water impeller (just to show how bulletproof it is and how stupid I am for not having it changed).

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#11419126 - 02/16/16 10:22 PM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
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Registered: 03/17/04
Posts: 8086
Loc: Granbury, TX
Just replaced the impeller on my 2000 vmax this last year. Second owner and as far as I know it's only time as well. Regular maintenance is pretty much all as said above. Is slower to start when cold but tough as they come for motors.
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#11419432 - 02/17/16 07:01 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
BAJackson16 Offline
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Registered: 03/22/06
Posts: 146
Loc: Henderson,tx
I have that same motor. I have a 98 skeeter zx185c with a 99 yamaha vmax150.

Like someone else mentioned, it's bulletproof. I've never done anything to it, I've added gasoline and oil to the boat, normal yearly tuneup, and it's now 17 years old with zero issues.

It is a booger to start when it's below 40 degrees, but after she fires up once, it's easy after that the rest of the day. I wouldn't be scared to buy another, that's for sure.

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#11419527 - 02/17/16 07:35 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
Troutnout Offline
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Registered: 05/31/14
Posts: 315
My sons boat is a ZX185C, with a 98 VMAX 150. Compression is great on all cylinders, and it is super reliable. Fires right up reguardless of cold or hot weather. And it runs like a top............
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#11419531 - 02/17/16 07:36 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 6641
Loc: Happy Place
I have a 2000 Vmax. I fish all year. Never had any problem in cold weather.Ring free or any anti carbon additive is very important IMHO.As said, bulletproof.
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#11419579 - 02/17/16 07:45 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
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Registered: 02/01/15
Posts: 197
I have 2010 Skeeter 190zx with the 150 VMax. No problems, only lately in the cold weather I have to use the manual choke to get her going at times.

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#11419589 - 02/17/16 07:49 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: grout-scout]
Nutman Offline
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Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
Originally Posted By: Frank the Tank
Great motor, bulletproof, low maintenance, likes gas but not bad, same for oil, good power, very reliable, does not like cold weather.
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
I have a 99 Vmax ox66 (fuel injected). I have zero complaints after 17 years of ownership, the only problem I ever had was when I lost the fuel pump and it was covered under warranty.

I don't have any problems in cold weather. In fact, my motor is still using the factory water impeller (just to show how bulletproof it is and how stupid I am for not having it changed).

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I have the 2000 EFI andlove it. Zero issues, zero starting problems, great motor. It does like it's gas & oil.......but no issues.
I also have it on an 18.5ft DC Skeeter and it will pop the boat right up on plane, no problem with hole shots or speed. 65mph floored and smooth water w/tournament load. will cruise nicely at 60mph


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#11419625 - 02/17/16 08:02 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
thirtysixit Offline
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Registered: 01/11/16
Posts: 101
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I've got a 2012 Stratos 189 VLO and a 150 VMAX. ZERO issues with this motor. I don't think its bad on gas or oil at all. I highly recommend the motor without reservation.
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#11419719 - 02/17/16 08:39 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 6362
Loc: Boerne, Texas
I forgot to mention earlier that I do use the ringfree at every fill up, other than that it's just mid grade gas, oil and go.

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#11419767 - 02/17/16 08:58 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
Troutnout Offline
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Registered: 05/31/14
Posts: 315
Forgot to mention Yamalube since new...
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#11419825 - 02/17/16 09:17 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
JDJ01 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/14
Posts: 255
Loc: Keller, TX
Mines the same... Little tough under 40* but after a few seconds... Off to the races

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#11419895 - 02/17/16 09:40 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 2929
Loc: North Richland Hills, TX
I had a 2000 Vmax 150 and I had the same experience as everyone else on this page. I tuned it up when I bought it and never even had to touch it for the 4 years I ran it. Just run some ringfree or something to keep your carbon buildup low and it will be fine. Also Mine sipped the oil. Drank the gas but I went through very little oil.
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#11419921 - 02/17/16 09:50 AM Re: 150 vmax [Re: Pumadon]
DJB Online   content
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Registered: 09/01/11
Posts: 1695
OK....... I had a 2000 150 max that blew 2 weeks after warranty was up. But I feel it was more from a bad tech and dealer. Blown motors happen to every brand so I would check out the maintenance as much as possible and have a reliable tech give it a look

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