had a 2005 johnson 3.5 2 stroke
. ran really well for about four years, then started giving me all kinds of trouble. wouldn't start sometimes, wouldn't run well sometimes, would die and wouldn't restart sometimes. i rebuilt to carb and retested the ignition system a dozen times to no avail. i finally got it running (sort of) by advancing the needle in the carb one notch. then i just put it in my garage and took out my old 1998 yamaha 3hp 2 stroke. had to rebuild
the fuel pump
(who ever heard of a small 2 stroke with a fuel pump
AND an internal tank with no way of attaching a remote
tank?). runs fine - quiet, usually starts first time.
a few weeks ago i gave away the johnson to a down on his luck sailor. he couldn't even get it to turn over - said he thinks it's seized up! well, that johnson sat in my garage a lot less time than the yamaha did and the yamaha runs fine.
yeah, i'm looking around for a replacement. i hate the thought of buying
a four stroke but it looks like the time may soon be coming.....