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What are your opinions of Mariner outboards?

I'm in the market for a new (or rather used but new-to-me) outboard. I have NOT been happy with Mercury outboards in the past because of reliability issues. I also seem to recall that Mariners are made by Mercury.

Anyway, I'm looking at a 1999 Mariner 9.9 2-stroke longshaft for $800. But again, I'm hestitant because of the brand.
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Many of the early Mariner outboards were made by Yamaha but I believe by 1999 they were all Merc's.
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Also, the most recent small Merc four-strokes are actually re-badged Tohatsus...
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Also, the most recent small Merc four-strokes are actually re-badged Tohatsus...

Yes up through about 18 horse power the Mercs are Tohautsu/Nissan's. Why buy the Merc when the Tohautsu is less $$$$$$$
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I won't buy anything but Johnson. I have two of 'em now. I wouldn't own a Mercury, much less a Mariner.
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I would be hard pressed to pay $800 for a 1999 9.9 motor. What about a nissan for $1800 new with a 3 year warranty?

Just a thought. Best of luck
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I've had friends with very balky and trouble-prone Mariners...and I'm in fresh water at the moment. I own a Mercury 2-stroke 9.9, but it's from 1999, so may be a Tohatsu, and a 1985 Honda BF100 9.9 4-stroke. The Mercury is 30 pounds lighter, but I prefer the Honda, which might tell you something.
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The Honda is also a lot more fuel efficient and quieter, being a four-stroke.
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That was part of it. Even a new two-stroke leaves a slick and a blue trail of exhaust...they are manifestly nasty devices from a pollution point of view, even if their mechanical simplicity tends to make them reliable and hard to kill.
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Yes up through about 18 horse power the Mercs are Tohautsu/Nissan's. Why buy the Merc when the Tohautsu is less $$$$$$$
.... and Nissan gives a better warranty for the same engine!
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