JR, I can't claim to give an unbiased report as I'm a Lehr dealer. I will be honest with you about the problems I've encountered.
The first container load of engines to arrive in the US had a lot of problems.
All of the ones we sold were replaced by Lehr.
One 5.0 I sold had a propane
leak in the internal fuel
line. Lehr provided a new fuel
One 5.0 I shipped to the West Coast
quit pumping water
in the first hour of operation. Lehr sent the customer a new engine. I haven't heard what caused the problem.
One a fellow I sold a 5.0 to, on the west coast
, called me last week to say it wasn't idling right. I put him in touch with an engineer
at Lehr. They are currently working on the problem.
Lehr asked me to help a customer who purchased a 2.5 from West Marine
It was not idling well and would often die at idle. I installed a new carburetor and it ran well in the test tank. I'm waiting to hear back from him when he's had a chance to use it on the water
Oh yeah, the latch on the front of the 5.0 doesn't line up very well. They have changed the latch design on the motors coming through now and will send a new latch to anyone with the old style if they ask.
I've been selling Lehr engines for better than two years now. When a problem comes up, Lehr fixes it.
I own a 2.5 and plan to buy a 15.
If you decide to buy one, I'd like the opportunity to quote you on it.