After you replace your FICHT with a new E-TEC you will wonder why you did not do it sooner. There is that much of a difference in quietness, quick starting, overall driveability, and oil consumption,
The thing to remember is that there are 10's of thousands of E-TEC's out in the field that are running and have been running without a problem, only the normal required maintenance., When things run well people are not known to go to boating forums and say that all is goodl People for the most part only post here because it is human nature to complain or they do have a legitimate issue. The few machines discussed here are only a minute fraction of the ones doing well.
Evinrude is the only outboard manufacturer to offer help and customer service like this. Because it is free and convenient, more and more people are taking advantage of it. Check out the Evinrude Facebook page which gets more attention from those whose E-TEC is operating as expected, and often exceeding their expectations.
Thank you for inquiring about Evinrude Outboards. In the marine industry, the several large outboard companies eliminated model years quite a while back, Mercury and Yamaha were the first to quit using yearly designations. Evinrude followed suit several years later for 2013 and newer production. Everything is by model number now. There is a date of manufacture on a label for a reference.
The warranty coverage starts the day of delivery to the customer, not the year of manufacture. The warranty is Evinrude factory administered - there is no 3rd party magagement.
We look forward to your joining the ever growing Evinrude family.
I've got 2 E-tech and talked several neighbour's at the cottage (we're on islands so everyone needs a boat). I'm beginning to wish I'd never heard about these motors.
I think they are a great idea but they just don't stand up. My 90 has gone through 4 injectors and the crappy plastic cowling on the lower unit (just out of warranty) and my 50, with 251 hours and out of warranty in April had the computer go to the tune of $1100 - the dealer says he'll chop the price of the part but the fact remains
that the major part in a low usage motor died JUST AFTER THE WARRANTY EXPIRED.
It's almost as if they are programming the computers to make the engine go bad when the warranty expires.
I certainly won't be extolling the virtues of E-tec to anyone in the future.
I've always been an Evinrude man but I'd have to think twice about buying another one.
We are sorry to hear about your experiences with your Evinrudes and thank you for taking time to inform us.
Please email your engines' serial numbers and your comments to email@example.com . They can better assist you and can look into the situations that you have experienced.
I bought a 2013 150 HP ETEC motor. I am using it on a 19ft. Seaswirl Cuddy Cabin boat that originally had 1989 Johnston 150hp. I have had excellent performance and amazing gas mileage, nothing but good things to say about this motor until this summer when the check engine light came on. I took it to the mechanic and found we had bad fuel and damaged the injectors. For some reason this is not covered by the five year warranty. I am extremely disappointed by BRP and their lack of response to emails. At this point I would no longer recommend anyone else buying this motor. BRP need to stand behind their products, instead of hiding behind email addresses which produce no results.
Sorry you had this bad experience with you outboard.
I've been in the power sports industry since 1982.
The fuel we get these days is of poor quality compared to fuel 5, 10, or 15 years ago.
I've never seen any manufacture stand behind technical issues related to bad fuel with a warranty.
It's the owner’s responsibility to use preventive techniques to reduce fuel related problems by using products to limit stale fuel.
This is stated in every owner’s manual I’ve seen in the pre-storage maintenance sections.
I recommend my customers to drain the fuel system if your engine configuration allows this method.
Alternatively, use quality fuel stabilizer products to help prevent stale or varnished fuel deposits.
If you use blended fuel add alcohol treatment.
This is a necessity on watercraft fuel as it tends to absorb more water from the humid operating environment.