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Hi all,

I'm looking at a Quintrex Freedom Sport, with a 130HP Evinrude Etec. unsure of year but see pic

I keep hearing about vague reliability issues with these motors from one Facebook group: they have electrical issues, my mate works sea rescue and they are always getting call outs for these motors, they're expensive anchors etc etc.

I'm tossing up between this boat and another with a Yamaha 100. Evinrude only has 183 hours. Yamaha has 314hrs.

Any opinions on these motors?

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Run time hours is misleading with aging engines.

There are plenty of 20 year old engines with less than a hundred hours on them....that means it has still had 20 years of time for internal corrosion.

I would opt for more hours on a younger motor rather than low hours on an old motor.

Etecs with some age suffer the same problems as any other breed. 

Back when they got their arse kicked with grenading they were all newer motors that failed.   Suzuki is still suffering a problem with newish powerhead failures...



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