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Didn't we do this go-round a year or so ago? I'll repeat for consideration the Pathfinder - still in business, I believe, based on the world-wide ubiquitous VW Rabbit diesel. I'd think that the engine parts would be available as easily as any of the others world wide.. the marinization parts (pumps, manifold, etc ) are mainstream brands like Jabsco, Perkins, etc. Aluminum block for reduced weight and the last time I checked they were pretty favourable on the price point. Turbo versions are now producing over 60 HP I believe and based on the larger 1900cc engine, but I'd probably avoid a turbo for various reasons.
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