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Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke #13860431 01/25/21 04:23 PM
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I'm looking at buying a 2015 boat with a 2015 Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke. The motor has 323 hours and no warranty. I know there is a risk to buying without warranty. How comfortable would you be with this engine? What to look out for?

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Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger Guy] #13860436 01/25/21 04:27 PM
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I have this motor and I am sitting with 850+ hrs on mine and it hasn't missed a lick

Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger Guy] #13860443 01/25/21 04:31 PM
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Compressor seems like the big thing on these motors. I would make sure the seller had yearly service done as well and could provide the proof or his mechanic could provide the proof of service.

Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger Guy] #13860458 01/25/21 04:42 PM
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Buy it contingent on a compression test.


Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger Guy] #13860489 01/25/21 05:16 PM
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Wouldn't worry much. That's a healthy number of hours for a 2015. My 2013 200hp pro xs has 560. I've started having lower-unit seals and gaskets up top replaced for minor leaking. Also having new reeds installed as a precaution (the 200's came with steel reeds that will likely kill the engine when they fail). That 250 you're looking at has carbon fiber reeds already so no need in messing with them till one breaks (they won't hurt the engine when they break, just makes it run weaker).

Like the other said, verify compression test and buy with confidence.


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normal to below average hour for one that age, just have it compression tested

Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger1] #13860884 01/25/21 09:12 PM
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Thanks for getting back to me. Assuming parts availability for this engine will not be a problem?


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Originally Posted by Ranger Guy
Thanks for getting back to me. Assuming parts availability for this engine will not be a problem?


No not at all

Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger Guy] #13861066 01/25/21 11:31 PM
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There are millions of Mercury 2 stroke XS’s in the world. Parts will continue to be produced! (OK, I made that number up but I bet there’s about millions out there!) One of the 250’s is in my garage. laugh

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Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger Guy] #13861100 01/26/21 12:02 AM
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I have a 2008 250 Pro XS with 600+ hours.

Could blow up tomorrow but I have been very happy with it


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Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger Guy] #13861204 01/26/21 01:02 AM
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That is low hours. I would get it.

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Just bought one myself and am very pleased with it!


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Re: Need advice on Mercury 250 Pro XS 2 stroke [Re: Ranger Guy] #13861713 01/26/21 02:45 PM
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Best advice on any motor is spend a couple hundred bucks to have a good tech give it the once over. Compression check would be my first test. Motors have changed allot and technology has helped them be more dependable. When i bought my first boat, I had a boat shop check it out. He said once he cleaned out the dirt dobbers it was a good engine. I asked for his advice on anything that he would recommend, he said for 70 bucks he would remove the oil injection and goto manual mix. The weak link in the older merc was a oil injection pump going south and blowing the power head. He pointed to a row of boats along the fence that needed rebuilds. That was valuable and probably the only reason my old motor is still running. If the price is right, and checks out you are as lucky as anybody buying a motor. Also, if you know the seller, how does he drive? Is he a zero to 100% on every move from spot to spot, or is he a laid back driver.. Not too many laid back drivers in a bass boat any more. Good luck, and get insurance on whatever you choose. Keep us updated.

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You can buy an after market extended warranty thru reclending i did on a 2012 not cheap but nice having piece of mind.

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