: Village Marine Little Wonder 150
Guarantee: Lifetime on pump when bought (with nice embossed certificate to that effect), but Parker voided all guarantees and warrantees when they bought VM. When VM damaged my HP pump while rebuilding it in their shop, Parker refused to cover it and would only give me the option of buying
a new pump at full price
or pounding sand (again, THEY damaged it in their shop, not me - they even admitted the damage was caused by their incorrect rebuild!).
Date installed: 1998 by original owner - then stored from 2003-2008 - then reinstalled by me.
Problems since install: The unit has run mostly flawlessly for the past 5 years. A new HP pump was bought before installation
in 2008 after VM damaged the original one that was sent to them for a routine rebuild
(see above). Also, the original pressure vessel was replaced because it developed a non-repairable leak around a fitting.
I would no longer recommend Village Marine at all since Parker bought them. They no longer focus on the marine consumer market and I would not be surprised if they exit this market in the future. Parker is absolutely one of the worse companies to deal with in the consumer marine market - I view them equal to, if not worse than, Xantrex.
Also, while our 1998 unit uses mostly standard components and membranes, this is no longer true. VM now uses a non-standard sized membrane and pressure vessel that they sell at outrageous prices. My suggestion to anyone looking for a watermaker
is to boycott any company that refuses to use standard membrane sizes and pressure vessels. There is absolutely no reason, or advantage, in using non-standard sizes here other than to gouge consumers on necessary consumables and keep them beholden to the company for everything.