March 20, 2007
How Do You Tell A ’06 Engine From A ’07 engine?
YOU CAN’T! I’m not too sure how many people know about this, but many of the leading outboard manufacturers, Yamaha, Honda, and Mercury to name a few, have done away with model year designations on their engines. Yamaha started in 2006 followed by Honda and Mercury with what was to be the 2007 model year. Their reasoning for this was to help dealers and boat builders so that they wouldn’t be stuck with engines from the “wrong” model year.
For me, it’s aggravating and rather single-minded on the part of the engine manufacturers – what about us, the consumer? What they didn’t think of was the customer – how can we be sure we’re getting latest and newest engine? What about when it comes to financing a new boat – will not having a model year wreak havoc on the process? But more importantly, what if I want to buy a used boat – how do I know how old the engine is?? Well, the good news is that retailers are starting to have some of the same questions and are discussing them. Stay tuned and if I hear anything more about this, I’ll let you know.
Posted by ribcraftusa at March 20, 2007 11:47 AMBack To Index