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Old 04-06-2012, 22:12   #16
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I have a mer 9.9 1997 and a Nissan 9.8 2009 . The newer Nissan has so many nuts and boats of regular steel all rusted while the old merc is all stainless. If I were buying now I would pay close attention to what kind of fastners each brand uses.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:30   #17
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Re: Nissan 3.5 HP or Mercury 3.3 HP 2-Stroke Engine?

Thanks for all the feedback. We are having our 15hp fixed right now and debating getting the small engine until the end of the summer when we leave from Grenada. Having a backup sounds great in some ways but also a lot of hassle in others. I can see us getting lazy and leaving one sitting too long. Rowing hasn't been that bad if we were close enough to the town dock...
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:56   #18
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Re: Nissan 3.5 HP or Mercury 3.3 HP 2-Stroke Engine?

Tohatsu or Nissan get my vote. Have had both with very good results.
I currently have a Tohatsu 4 stroke 6hp which works great.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:17   #19
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Re: Nissan 3.5 HP or Mercury 3.3 HP 2-Stroke Engine?

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Hi Tellie,

I'll bet there is ethanol involved.

I wouldn't take that bet
I wish I could bolt my old 4/stroke lawnmower engine on instead. I've tortured that thing for ten years, rarely changed the oil, put in old and dirty gas that sits around for months. Except for the rusted out base it runs like the day I bought it.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:54   #20
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Re: Nissan 3.5 HP or Mercury 3.3 HP 2-Stroke Engine?

[QUOTE=msulc;964168]I have been trying to look at the posts and have seen some comments about Nissan and Mercury being basically the same engines from the same chinese factory.

Why do you say "chinese factory"? Tohatsu are one of the world's largest and oldest manufacturers of outboard engines. They are in Japan.
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Old 07-06-2012, 16:53   #21
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I wouldn't take that bet
I wish I could bolt my old 4/stroke lawnmower engine on instead. I've tortured that thing for ten years, rarely changed the oil, put in old and dirty gas that sits around for months. Except for the rusted out base it runs like the day I bought it.
The latest Seagull eh?
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