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9 minutes ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

He's been "nice" to me alot:lol:

Some people would rather be lied to than to hear something they don't wanna hear.  I certainly don't enjoy upsetting anyone, but I have a hard time letting someone believe something that I know is BS......even if I could potentially profit from it.  :rolleyes:

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56 minutes ago, shrapnel said:

If Honda outboards run anything like their 4 wheelers I'm surprised their isn't a bigger following for them, only see a handful of them on the water.

Back when I rode dirt bikes I was all about Honda's.  And if I ever get another one it will either be a Honda or a Kawasaki. Awesome machines!

Not too impressed with their outboards but in all honesty I haven't gotten to spend much time with one.   I had one brought in with a bad starter relay and a tilt/trim problem so I called the nearest dealer to see if they had a starter relay in stock, and to speak with their tech about the trim issue.  The tech asked me if I had completed Honda's "platinum service training" course, and I said Nope.  So he says "well why are you working on it then?" :blink:  I asked if he did service calls to Gravois Mills, and he said "No".   I said well THAT'S WHY I'm working on it then I guess.  Bottom line is that he wouldn't advise me one bit on the trim issue, and the starter relay, while reasonably priced, was backordered from Japan and took just under 3 months to receive.   

The reason nobody can last very long as a Honda outboard dealer is because the factory refuses to share technical information to anyone who is not in their dealer network, and it's hard to sell a motor to anyone who lives more than 30 miles from a dealership because nobody else can knowledgeably service one of them.

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The EPA needs to be Trump Stomped on this outboard motor thing.  We had some truly fine outboards being built until those douchebags came along.  They haven't succeeded in cleaner water, they've only succeeded in costing folks a lot of money to own and maintain watercraft.  

Instead of the fine, strong and reliable/easy to maintain motors of the 80's-90's now we have the Rock'em $ock'em Robot, and The Conehead-Blownhead pushing 2018 boats.  

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I run a 99 Johnson 130 on my rig. I have been extremely happy with it. I am going to need a little carb work done on it this spring, but besides that, it's just been the general maintenance issues. 

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2 hours ago, Rodmaker said:

I run a 99 Johnson 130 on my rig. I have been extremely happy with it. I am going to need a little carb work done on it this spring, but besides that, it's just been the general maintenance issues. 

Your right in wrenches well house with your motor and carb rebuilds. 

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2 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

Typical Mercury shenanigans.  This is what I'm talking about....

I know and have fished with Nick, he is impeccable on maintenance and doesn't drive like a maniac.  Still he gets the shaft.

Aw man; that stinks for Nick..........that’s some pretty crappy shenanigans indeed. 

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This might be a dumb question; but any idea if he will buy another Mercury after this one? (I would hope not:-)

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2 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

Typical Mercury shenanigans.  This is what I'm talking about....

I know and have fished with Nick, he is impeccable on maintenance and doesn't drive like a maniac.  Still he gets the shaft.

That is totally wack. The Ozark Angler definitely handled that video in a much better and more mature way than I would have. 

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15 minutes ago, motoman said:

 

This might be a dumb question; but any idea if he will buy another Mercury after this one? (I would hope not:-)

If he ever buys a NEW boat he will pretty much be forced to.  That's the way they operate.   Merc offers deals almost impossible to refuse, for the folks that rig and sell new boats.   Almost every new boat comes with a Merc hanging on it.  It's pretty much a force play.   Johnny M. could put an end to that, and I hoped that he would when he started gobbling up boat companies, but apparently the greed got the best of him.  

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