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Originally Posted by T37Chef
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.
Same engine except for:
1) Paint color
2) Engine cowling cosmetically different
3) Engine tilt mechanism is different. I don't think one is better than the other, Mercury just wanted one that matched their old design.
4) Shift mechanism. The Tohatsu shift handle on the front is more reliable, however, the Mercury shift in the handle is more convenient for some users who are morbidly obese and need to sit further forward in a boat
5) Warranty may vary. Three year standard on both, but Mercury often runs a five year warranty as a promotion.
6) Five times the number of Mercury dealers to Tohatsu dealers.
Solution One Maritime
Last edited by TohatsuGuru; 01-17-2011 at 10:48 AM.
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