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Yanmar 4JH3E life expectancy

I am interested in buying a 2005 43' from a charter company. The engine is a yanmar 4jh3e with probably 3500/4000 hours. What is the expected number of hours you should get from this engine if the maintenance is done as it should be done and a normal wear and tear.

I know that actually it has probably been abused a few times, but this is not quantifiable.

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10,000 - 12,000 hours with correct maintenance, and some repairs...see if they can get you the engine log...for major r/r items....
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From what I've seen, Sunsail and Mooring in the Caribbean do a pretty good job of maintaining their engines with frequent fluid changes and inspections, but the engines do get treated pretty hard. Good luck on maintenance logs, when I asked them for maintenance logs I got a blank stare and then then a hearty laugh.
The hours shown are pretty average for a boat coming out of charter. If you have the chance, opportunity and are willing to make the effort see if you can talk to the actual maintenance people about your (potential) boat, they will know each boat and each engine and won't be shy about discussing issues, particularlly over a drink or two. Even after several years I met technicians who still remember what they did on my previous boat; and this was at Sunsail/Moorings BVI where they have several hundred boats!
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Thank you kd3pc and zanshin for the info and tips.
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depends. i know of a guy who had 4500 hours and had to replace his yanmar. i think 10k hours is an exception.
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It all really depends on the quality of the maintenance.
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depends. i know of a guy who had 4500 hours and had to replace his yanmar. i think 10k hours is an exception.
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