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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎07-12-2018

Should I buy another ETEC?

I am in need of a new boat combo. I've ran Etec's the last 13 years. I love them and hate them.  I love the low maintenance and power and weight.  But myself and everyone I know with ETECS have chronic cover cracking issues.  I spent $2500.00 replacing covers every 10 years.  So, that equates to $250 per year just for plastic covers. Evenrude or extended warranties don't cover it. They say it's 'cosmetic."  Even whtn the lower covers fall off.  Why doesn't  Evenrude address this? Is there anything a person can do to keep the covers intact?


My merc covers never crack.

Posts: 930
Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: Should I buy another ETEC?

As a dealer tech I haven't seen any covers cracking since the 08 model year so you should have no problems with the newer ones as long as the cover screws are tightened properly whenever they are removed and installed.
Posts: 9,387
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: Should I buy another ETEC?

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The cover screws have a torque spec of 24-36 inch-pounds and the covers have to be fully positioned and seated into place before torquing them. 


A new lower cover for a 2005 E-TEC 90 is about $476.




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