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Old 07-07-2014, 05:42   #1
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Opinions on an Isuzu C240

Hello everyone I'm finally hoping to be able to enjoy a boat I purchased almost 3 years ago as a boat and not just a floating apartment. My existing engine a Volvo Penta MD21B has seen better days and I've located an Isuzu C240 with approximately 500 hours on it in an old sailors garage. He's quite an accomplished sailor with several Pacific crossing under his belt and he expounds about the engines reliability and suitability for my boat. I have a lot of faith in his opinion but thought I'd also consult the collective wisdom herein. With the electronic panels and full wiring along with a 2 to 1 transmission he's asking $6000 CAD. Is this a reasonable valuation?
Other thoughts that have crossed my mind are: Are parts still readily available worldwide? Or in the connected internet world we live in is that somewhat of a given just a matter of shipping costs for part X?
What am I not asking what I should be asking?
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:03   #2
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Re: Opinions on an Isuzu C240

You can always check with the Isuzu dealer, about parts availability. I have dealt with the one out of Portland, OR and he has indicated that if he doesn't have the parts in stock, he can and has ordered them out of Japan. I have and use a 6bd1 engine from 1987, and have had no trouble obtaining parts, the few that I have needed. I cannot speak to your particular model engine. I have a 4 cyl, genset, and a 6cyl turbo main, and I swear by those two. I think that they build a reliable long running engine. Again, I have no experience with your model.
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Re: Opinions on an Isuzu C240

I installed an Isuzu 3kc1 in my 30' steel sailboat 25 years ago and it has started first crank every time since without so much as a new belt. Cast iron head, relatively slow revving and parts available in most countries. Love that engine!
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