Had my wife’s mother and daughter in town and decided to take them out on the gulf on my tri-toon along with my wife, my mother and sister. Got out a ways, shut off the e-tec 150 and went to restart and nothing. Made for a long, stressful evening. Not cool. Took it to the dealer and they said the EMM went bad and they do that with no warnings. They quoted $2000. $2000 for a engine computer? Ouch! The dealer said it would be about 2 weeks and only take about 1 hour to change when they get the new one. I plan on washing my hands of this brand and read reviews on my next brand choice. I see now it’s a common expensive problem.
Sorry to hear of your experience. If I was you I would join a few different engiine manufacturer forums. You will soon see that they all have problems and from my experience, often it is Evinrude that will 'go the extra mile' for you.
Guess you haven’t had one go bad yet? It’s not a maintenance issue that can be prevented. It’s a design flaw that’s way overpriced. These really aren’t all that hi-tech or bulletproof
03-03-2019 12:50 - edited 03-03-2019 02:08
To try to receive information from a 'dead' EMM is often possible by disconnecting Plug J2. At least that way it may have some information on the root cause of failure as well as the program required for the new EMM.
Not knowing your model number, here are the prices for EMMs in Australia, converted to U$ dollars.
2007 150 HP around: U$ 1400.
2009 150 HP around: U$ 1150.
AA model 150 around: U$ 1175.
We are sorry to hear that your engine experienced an EMM failure. Please ask your dealer to contact Evinrude dealer service and see if any consideration could be extended to the cost of the EMM. You may also contact Evinrude with the engine serial number, dealer name, and a brief history of the motor.
Electronic components are very expensive as they have to withstand a great amount of abuse, voltage fluctuations, temperature changes, and long periods of vibration. Some other outboard manufacturers have onboard computers that cost far in excess of the price you were quoted.
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