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2018 Mercury Pro XS 250 #14421999 07/17/22 12:54 AM
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Pretty bummed out today and very disappointed in Mercury. My 2018 Pro XS 250 ( 2 stroke) blew up today. Was on the lake last Saturday and all was fine. Went to lake at daylight this morning and hit the start button and motor made awful sound. Turns out it came apart on the inside. All systems check were okay. Go figure.

Anyone have thoughts on this? Motor had 420 hours and well maintained . I'm very meticulous with my stuff and take very good care.

Going to get new powerhead and not sure if I should keep the boat / motor ?

Anyone else have this kind of strange bad luck?


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no warranty?


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I am not doubting you but usually a motor comes apart when its running, not when you engage the starter.

I am curious if you had no issues when you shut it down the last time.


Re: 2018 Mercury Pro XS 250 [Re: Ranger Guy] #14422026 07/17/22 01:57 AM
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It happens,

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Are you sure it wasn’t the compressor that grenaded?

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Originally Posted by grout-scout
Are you sure it wasn’t the compressor that grenaded?


That was my first thought also.

Re: 2018 Mercury Pro XS 250 [Re: Ranger Guy] #14422125 07/17/22 09:57 AM
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Mercury Optimax 200 had more trouble than any motor I ever owned. Never the power head. Two compressors and a lower unit.

Running 200 Suzuki now. No issues but only 100 hrs. Opti had 600-


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I hope it's something minor that has been overlooked. If you own a boat, it's when not if. Only a matter of time. I have been extremely fortunate that I've only blown one engine in my 35 years of boat ownership, and it was my buddy's boat. I paid half to get it going again and then we sold it......the infamous RedRanger. It's sad that you have to spend around $80K to get a loaded new boat and still have to worry about engine blowing up......they're all high performance until they blow!


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hate to hear that--
400-500 hours is about the normal life span of the compressor.

Re: 2018 Mercury Pro XS 250 [Re: fishnfireman] #14422295 07/17/22 03:38 PM
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Yea, I have extended warranty and that's the silver lining. It is strange that the engine was running fine last Saturday when I loaded the boat, cleaned it up and put back in garage. Out to the lake yesterday, hit the start button and a bad knocking and clanging. Just doesn't make sense. I agree, engines usually go out while they are running.

The mechanic did a quick check and found pieces of metal lying in bottom tray. Not sure if metal from a piston, etc... will have to wait until they tear it down. Hopefully not totally blown but the mechanic thinks so. And as usual, the service center is backed up for two - three months and with supply chain issues possibly delaying parts. Who knows.

Now hoping I don't have any issues with Mercury warranty. Thanks to all of you that responded.


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There are two types of motors. One that has blown and one that will blow.

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Trust me, it sucks way worse when it's not under warranty.



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Originally Posted by Ranger Guy
Yea, I have extended warranty and that's the silver lining. It is strange that the engine was running fine last Saturday when I loaded the boat, cleaned it up and put back in garage. Out to the lake yesterday, hit the start button and a bad knocking and clanging. Just doesn't make sense. I agree, engines usually go out while they are running.

The mechanic did a quick check and found pieces of metal lying in bottom tray. Not sure if metal from a piston, etc... will have to wait until they tear it down. Hopefully not totally blown but the mechanic thinks so. And as usual, the service center is backed up for two - three months and with supply chain issues possibly delaying parts. Who knows.

Now hoping I don't have any issues with Mercury warranty. Thanks to all of you that responded.

Did he pressure check all your cylinders ?

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I feel your pain, I maintain my stuff also and my Yamaha did the same to me. After having new powerhead installed I should have sold it immediately while there wasn’t any more issues. Look under boats&motors YAMAHA OIL LEAK for rest of story. If I had it to do all over again I would dump it. Love the boat hate the motor.

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Originally Posted by BThomas
There are two types of motors. One that has blown and one that will blow.


That's true of anything mechanical. Those Pro XS 250's are almost bullet proof. But, as you say....

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