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About 7 weeks ago, I sold my old Lund with an E-tec 90 that had served me very well. Just before walleye opener, I located my dream boat and was able to work a deal to purchase a new '14 Lund Pro-V 1775 "double bubble" (which is hard to find at a dealer without special ordering one). If I had ordered what I wanted, I would not have had a boat for opener, so I accepted the boat rigged from Lund with a new '13 Merc 150 (25" transom). Lund boats is owned by Brunswick, so they make it VERY difficult to buy one of their boats without a Merc on it.

I'm having buyer's remorse. I miss my E-tec. Oddly enough, I have no complaints about the Merc other than the fact that it is a Mercury. However, I am admittedly very brand loyal, and my previous boats have been rigged with E-tec's and Johnson (Suzuki) engines, and since I have had such good luck with them, it is simply my brand preference.

Needless to say, the value of the Merc is too high for a dealer to be interested in taking it on trade. It makes 100% sense, my trade value is probably higher than their dealer cost. 

I thought that  I might be able to find a dealer with a noncurrent E-tec 150 that they would prefer to move, but I am finding that up here in the upper midwest, very few dealers have any noncurrent inventory. I also have been unable to find a dealer w/ a used newer 150 either. 

What do you think? Try to sell my Merc on Craigslist? Ebay?? I just don't see it bringing a decent price on Craigslist. Any thoughts??

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Good luck selling that Merc. The 150 Opti (if that's what you've got) is probably the most reliable Merc I've been around but is a hard sell in the used market. You literally have to give them away up here.

Craigslist or eBay might be your best bet.

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Yeah- it is the new style Merc 150 that was introduced last year. It does seem to be a better outboard than previous Mercs that I have been exposed to or owned. Fuel economy is reasonable, but it vibrates more at idle, and is louder than I expected. My previous Johnson/ Suzukis were much more refined.

Performance is good. Turning a 19p stainless prop, it pushes the Lund Pro-V to 50.5 mph at 5600 RPM, and at 48 mph w/ a full tournament load. 

I have heard back from several BRP dealers around me, and all of them basicly say that they do not have noncurrent stock, and a deal is not workable on a new E-tec. 

What I miss from the E-tec is the ungodly torque, and quiet buttery smooth idle. I would imagine that a E-tec 135 would provide a comparable top end compared to the Merc 150, and an E-tec 150 would be a rocket ship compared to the Merc. 

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2014 Lund Pro-V 1775
Klotz Full Synthetic Outboard- TCW3 setting (don't even go there)
Mercury Marine Enertia 14-5/8 x 16 Pitch SS 3 blade prop (5700 RPM's WOT/ 46.2 MPH)
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Check Craigslist in the fall for an etec. I found a great deal on a 150ho last fall from one of the local water ski clubs in WI (madison, beaver dam, shawano). The ski clubs get new motors each year or two.

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X2 for those ski team engines. Deals on engines that had to run well every time.
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Hi Bryan, I have no real suggestions, aparat from the what guys have said, on how to move the Merc, but if it is the 150HP they released about year ago it will be their 4-Stroke one and from all reports it is meant to be a nice engine so if you do swap her out it would be good to do a comparison, on the exact same boat, between this new Merc and an E-TEC.

Good luck in the sale and if you get an E-TEC fitted let us know what you think.

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Where are you located?
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Never mind. I saw your location. I was going to check if one of the dealers on the bayou had a 150 ETEC for you. I will still look, but might be to far away. Mercs sell well in the south.
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I did get a response tonight from a dealer in Western WI. He does have a '14 E-tec 135 H.O. in stock- exactly what I want. However, he states that he needs to make a profit on the Merc (completely understandable), and will allow only $9K on trade. That would be about $4K to trade up for the E-tec 135 including rigging. I am just not in a position to do that, and can't justify taking such a big loss on the Mercury 150 that really has only been out on the water 8 times. I did ask to see if he has access to any noncurrent 135/150's that might get us a little closer together on price. 

I know this is really silly to try to deal like this. I admit it. But, I have to say I really have loved my E-tecs!!!!!

I located a dealer in Holmen, WI that has a '07 150 in the crate, but it WAY too old and is only for a 20" transom. Also as I recall the upgrade in injectors and NMEA2k occurred on the '08 models. So that one is on the other extreme and not an option. 

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Model# E135HGXABG S/N 05433989
2014 Lund Pro-V 1775
Klotz Full Synthetic Outboard- TCW3 setting (don't even go there)
Mercury Marine Enertia 14-5/8 x 16 Pitch SS 3 blade prop (5700 RPM's WOT/ 46.2 MPH)
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Use the merc and wait a couple years for the new e-tecs to work out any problems. 
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Thank you to the guys that have been feeding me leads. I have a couple that I am pursuing- 1 dealer in MN and 1 in WI. This is such a great group- the support here is a huge reason why I am such an E-tec fan!

I am still shocked that more dealers don't stock E-tecs for repower options! There are quite a few dealers up here in the upper midwest, but it seems that no one has much for inventory. When the economy tanked in '08, it seemed that there were dealers stuck with noncurrent Evinrudes everywhere.

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Model# E135HGXABG S/N 05433989
2014 Lund Pro-V 1775
Klotz Full Synthetic Outboard- TCW3 setting (don't even go there)
Mercury Marine Enertia 14-5/8 x 16 Pitch SS 3 blade prop (5700 RPM's WOT/ 46.2 MPH)
OMC Tech Series Gauges
Stupid people die first then they come back again as beer cans....
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If you're worried you want get what the boats worth by selling it, you might wanna think about just donating it. Charity Boats has a donation program that accepts all sorts of boats. They may be interested in taking the boat off you hands. Plus your boat donation will end up helping multiple individuals and families in need. Beginning the process is easy, you just have to submit this form. Once it's submitted they'll contact you with more information. If you have questions they're always available to help. Hope this is helpful! [biggrin]

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