Is there a difference between these outboards, other than the few Hp (since the 135HO is actually high in horsepower than the 135hp sticker)?
I can't find any other differences, and the 135HO is about $800 less expensive.
I was really to get the 115hp, but now I'm rethinking, since the 135HO will only run me about $1900 more, for about 30hp more...
The 135 HO outperforms or matches the 4-stroke 150s and is almost as fast as the E-TEC 150. It is the best value in a V-6 design.
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I bout a 2014 135HO 25inch and I am telling you the extra $$ you think you are going to spend is extreamly well worth it. I replace the 2008 150 EFI Merc. and I have friends that have 150 4 stroke Yamaha's and this thing will run circles around them. Fuel consumption is very low compared to the Merc. This is the best OB I have ever owned. The hole shots are increadable. I have to tell every one to hold on when I get ready to go. I say go for it.
135HO, 150, 150HO, or 175 are all going to run within 5-7mph of each other on that type of hull. Holeshot will be very similar. Resale will not. Boats powered to max on the plate always bring substantially more at resale as the next buyers tend to make two assumptions:
1) The bigger motor wasn't run as hard.
2) If the original owner felt compelled to save money buying a smaller motor what else did they feel they had to cut corners on over the life of the rig.