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Posted by Paul H on Feb 13 2006
While reliable 90 horse and smaller direct inject two strokes have been on the market for a few years from Tohatsu and Evinrude, the over 100 horse is new this year and only from Evinrude. Some manufacturers have tried to retrofit their old tech 2-strokes to direct inject, but they aren't in the same league as the Tohatsu and E-tech. Tohatsu has been rumored to have a large TLDI in the works, but it has been delayed and will only be offered in 115 horse this year.
The plus side of the direct injects is they are lighter than 4-s's, slightly more fuel efficient, and less maintanence. The downside is they are more expensive than some 4-strokes, the larger ones are new to the market so reliability for the new models is unknown, and that's about it.
In your size range I'd give a hard look to the Suzuki 140 horse, they've been out for years, have a solid reputation, are light for their size, and are reasonbly priced for their hp, in fact they're the same price as the e-tech 115 horse. The difference in price between the 140 suzuki and 150 e-tech would pay for years of oil changes and slightly higher fuel consumption.
I'm all for proven reliability on the water, and am very leary of bolting an engine on my boat that hasn't been on the water for at least 2-3 years.
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