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Huey

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The side panels aren't being painted in the production process, the only colour variables are whether you get a graphite engine or a white one. The side panels are just pieces of plastic that are mass produced in different colours and stickers, not even manufactured by BRP according to the dealer. The engines are produced with a standard side panel (the graphite 140s come with a charcoal side panel) and the dealers can then switch the side panels out to suit the customer's preference. So there's no production line fiddling whatsoever, the engines come out of the factory identical. The side panels are an off the shelf item, dealer has a wall full of them. Just a shame they're so expensive, given they plaster the customiser on every single G2 engine page and prominently on the home page of the website - easy to accessorise they say, just not so easy on the old wallet.

In my case they're competing against Yamaha and Suzuki at this particular dealer to be on a new boat transom, in Australia BRP are pushing really hard and doing great deals to get them in BMT packages. Sadly the savings of the Etec are largely nulled should you not want the standard (in my view bland) charcoal side panels. Puts you in a bit of a conundrum when choosing. As in, I like the Etecs, but on sheer principle I struggle to come to terms with paying over 900 bucks for some basic plastic pieces - and I really don't like the look of the 140's charcoal/red side panels. I need to like how my boat looks. So something as simple as over charging for some side panels gives some points back to the Yamaha alternative, as the Yamaha already looks neat without having to buy panels for it.



Price up what customization costs with the other brands you mention, to my knowledge you do not have any such option from these OEM's. Everyone has an opinion on colours and I personally like the graphite colour and if I did not like the red strip STD, I would peel it off and add another colour stripe or as mentioned before get them wrapped or you have the choice to fit another colour side panel-again something no one else offers. 

All brands are pushing real hard and if you were to repower a second hand boat the price advantage would go to the other brands especially the very old design 140HP Suzuki. As a BMT package, the pricing is good because the install and PDI are all done at the factory vs a Y or S dealer most likely getting his least qualified person doing the rigging.

When you price up the others too make sure you price up a SST prop, digital throttle and shift(not possible) power steering option (again not possible), gear lube monitor bottle (again not possible), single entry rigging which does not move when turned(again not possible), digital gauges, unmatched performance, unbeatable fuel economy, lowest emissions, in particular CO,a 5 year non-decling factory-backed warranty and lowest ownership costs.

At the end of the day, if you think the graphite does not look good, you have the option of going white, getting the side panels or buying another brand that you like the colour of but you will lose all the benefits I have just mentioned.


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To finish this topic, as mentioned by a few guys, the I-3 G2 come STD with the side frames complete with the side panels-they are not removable like the V6 G2's which when one buys a V6 G2 you can the choose of coloured side panels in the price. As mentioned above you can buy different colour side panels for the I-3 G2, they just cost more and some people think too much, but I for one would wrap them if I thought it was too dear for what they are.
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Price up what customization costs with the other brands you mention, to my knowledge you do not any such option from these OEM's. Everyone has an opinion on colours and I personally like the graphite colour and if I did not like the red strip STD, peel it off and add another colour stripe or as mentioned before get them wrapped or you have the choice to fit another colour side panel-again something no one else offers. 

All brands are pushing real hard and if you were repower the price advantage would go to the other brands especially the very old design 140HP Suzuki. As a package, the pricing is good because the install and PDI are all done at the factory vs a Y or S dealer most likely getting his least qualified person doing the rigging.

When you price up the others too make sure you price up SST prop, digital throttle and shift(not possible) power steering option (again not possible), gear lube monitor bottle, single entry rigging which does not move when turned(again not possible), digital gauges, unmatched performance, unbeatable fuel economy, lowest emissions, in particular, CO, 5 year non-decling factory-backed warranty and lowest ownership costs.

At the end of the day, if you think the graphite does not look good, you have the option of going white, getting the side panels or buying another brand that you like the colour of but you will lose all the benefits I have just mentioned.


They are a compelling package when you factor in everything. I have ended up ordering the package with the G2 140 (which is max horsepower for the hull) and negotiated side panels into the deal for less than what was originally offered. Still paid an outrageous amount for a few pieces of silver plastic but at least it will look the part. The white engines cost more and won't match the hull colour regardless.

The biggest competitor to the G2 140 in my view is not the Yamaha 130 or Suzuki 140, it's the 3L Merc 135, which at 206kg + steering would have put a bit more weight on the transom but will also stomp a 1.9L G2 for low end torque. Ultimately though, power steering and digital throttle/shift are big items to pass up.

The only thing I haven't queried yet is the warranty. Five years is plenty but it also looks like some dealers up North are advertising the 10 year warranty promotion even though it isn't boat show season. May have to query that one.
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Congratulations on the new boat. The warranty is 5 years, no 10-year warranty offer running at present.  I have a soft spot for Merc as well having sold them for 25 years and still service them today but to say the 135HP would stomp the G2 140HP is wrong-simple as that.  I have used both and trust me the G2 does not lack low down grunt and without the extra 35 Kg's of weight my money would be on the G2.
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