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#12319449 - 07/01/17 07:41 AM Motors to avoid when looking for a boat???
Bassfisher6704 Offline
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Registered: 07/10/08
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Loc: Brenham, Texas
Im in the process of looking for a new to me boat and have seen a lot of comments about the Yamaha HPDI... im curious what the issues with them are and if there are any other problematic motors that are know for issues to avoid while searching for my boat purchase?

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#12319466 - 07/01/17 07:56 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
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#12319468 - 07/01/17 07:58 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
Zach Starling Offline
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Registered: 09/03/09
Posts: 1935
Loc: Lake Tawakoni
We have a 225 hpdi and I love it

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#12319471 - 07/01/17 08:02 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
JMac-D Offline
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Registered: 11/27/13
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Loc: Cleburne Tx
Any four stroke that doesn't have a warranty

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#12319508 - 07/01/17 08:28 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
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I'm running a Yamaha SHO, have 0 problems with it and would never own anything else but like any engine that uses oil and gas you have to take care of them and that means proper maintenance. Keep the oil, oil and fuel filters changed as required and use only the ones recommended in your owners manual. There are a few year models of all manufacturers that had issues but for the most part if they were maintained properly you should be ok.
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#12319531 - 07/01/17 08:40 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
Bassin Fever Offline
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Registered: 01/30/06
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Loc: Colorado City
I've had zero problems with my 225 Yamaha. I do have every thing changed once a year such a mentioned by Gig'Em Aggies above. Routine maintence and good starting batteries.

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#12319537 - 07/01/17 08:48 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
Bob Landry Offline
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Any motor that has not been maintained can be a pig. Ficth was a pig from day one.
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#12319541 - 07/01/17 08:51 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
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If it says Ficht on it stay away. Not to many around anymore.

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#12319547 - 07/01/17 09:03 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
5Redman8 Online   content
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Registered: 10/15/07
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Loc: Forney
Just Google HPDI and you will understand avoiding them.

People on here that have one on their boat will tell you they are great and they have never had an issue.....cause one day they know they will need to sell theirs.
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#12319567 - 07/01/17 09:31 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
Kevin Bryant Online   content
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Registered: 09/23/04
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Loc: GRAPEVINE, TX
If you're gonna get a boat without warranty, get one with an Optimax. They are tanks and will last a long time with proper maintenance.
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#12319654 - 07/01/17 10:56 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
rducky625 Offline
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Registered: 05/22/07
Posts: 556
Loc: Forney, Texas
I am running a 2008 250 HDPI and have never had a problem and yes I would go with another Yamaha on a new boat.

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#12319714 - 07/01/17 11:47 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
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Registered: 06/09/08
Posts: 2635
Loc: The Great State of Texas
To me it's about your insurance company , anything mechanical is going to have it's problems.

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#12319716 - 07/01/17 11:48 AM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: rducky625]
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Registered: 10/31/04
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Loc: San Diego, Ca/ Sanger, Tx
Any motor can be a headache... try to look at service records to be sure all recalls have been done, all yearly maintenance has been done, take it to a dealership that specializes in that motor to have it looked at... if the seller really wants to sell it, either they will or you take it to a reputable dealer..
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#12319727 - 07/01/17 12:01 PM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
Klinker Offline
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Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 107
Avoid early Optimax motors.

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#12319750 - 07/01/17 12:34 PM Re: Motors to avoid when looking for a boat??? [Re: Bassfisher6704]
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Registered: 02/28/04
Posts: 18941
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I've got an HPDI 250 and I think it's the best motor out there. nannyboo
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