A friend repowered his boat
a couple years ago with a similar engine.
To this day he regrets that he went with a local dealer.
He chose to go with a local dealer, for aftermarket service
and warranty. All of which never materialized. He looked into the import
engine enough to determine the duty and shipping
details (which were not significant).
I agree with the general consensus “If it appears to be to good to be true it probably is” but it’s hard to get a baseline cost of that engine here in the US. The lack of transparency makes it difficult for a layperson to determine the cost.
The OP’s question was “ Has anyone tried these distributors?”. In this and the linked thread no one had. One poster provided good information in regards to doing business in Indonesia
(or most likely any developing nation). But otherwise, no first or even second person information.
I’m happily retired but at some point I worked for a large multinational company that built and operated equipment
. It was common to use exchange rate, vat, and other legal
variables to buy identical equipment
in other nations. This was done for various reasons, but mostly bottom line value. On a personal note we have friends that in better times flew from New Zealand
to the US west coast
to visit. They commented how much cheaper a round trip ticket was departing from New Zealand
than the US. I never really checked but have the perception that the cost was based on the exchange rate and what the market will bear. I don’t really know but is this the same type of thing?