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The Merc 9.9 is made by Tohatsu, same engine as the Tohatsu 9.8 but with more bells & whistles, ones not needed on an engine of that size. When I was looking for the same type engine last year, many of the mechanics I spoke with said the Merc is over engineered (whatever that means). One thing I recall different between the two, is the Merc has the shifter on the tiller, and from what I understand, you cant rev the engine unless its in gear? How many times have you wanted to rev a cold engine a bit when you first start it? That option on the Merc was the deal killer for me, not to mention the addition $$.
BTW, you can get a new Tohatsu for the price you want to pay for a used Merc??? Why the heck would you do that? Thats expensive lift gear and what ever the other things are? And the Tohatsu comes with a 3 Gal tank, mute point IMO.
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Last edited by T37Chef; 01-07-2011 at 09:29 AM.