I’ve got two questions and would appreciate any advice that anyone could provide. My engine is a 2013, 150 HP E-TEC, with about 130 hours. It’s had standard maintenance with a new impeller two years ago.
When the boat was put in the water this year, the reverse gear was completely unusable. I thought it was covered, but as it turned out this was two weeks after the end of the BEST coverage. In hindsight, the gears seemed a little noisy at the end of last season, but I didn’t think to have it checked out then.
My first question is about warranty. Evinrude seems to be saying it’s out of warranty - end of story. But the motor has had very light use, and the issue was clearly there during the warranty period. Will they ever reconsider and offer some help in a case like this?
The second question is if anyone knows if there’s an economical way to have a lower unit rebuilt or get a refurbed unit. The dealer is saying a new lower unit could run $5 - 6,000 +.
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
You can plead your case by sending your serial number, dealer name, and the engine history to
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