3 weeks ago
I am new to this forum and could use some advice on a Evinrude motor that's powering a boat that I'm considering buying. The motor is a 2004 Evinrude 175hp. Saltwater model that has 150 hours on it. The motor looks brand new and the current owner says it runs great. He has only owned the boat for 1 season and took it out 5 or 6 times with no issues. He has no maintenance records from the original owner on the motor. It has never been in salt water and always stored inside when not in use.
My concern is if there are any known issues with this year and hp. motor. I've been reading about the older OMC FICHT motors and the issues with them. I know this Evinrude is made by BRP, which was a fairly recent addition to their product line. Was wondering if they worked out most of the kinks, or if there are any lingering issues with this model. Serial # on the motor is #175FPX5RE. Thanks in advance for any input from the forum members.
2 weeks ago
That is a FICHT motor that has been greatly improved since the early models from the 1990s.
They run well when setup and maintained properly however parts are very expensive as the motors are no longer in production, some places will not work on them, and various replacement parts are no longer available.
"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
-- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald
The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.
The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.
2 weeks ago
Thanks so much, that's really good info. Parts being to expensive doesn't scare me much as outboard motor parts in general seem pretty expensive, but not having parts available to fix a problem is not good.