Thanks for the input so far.
Today I went to WM and put my mitts on a Merc 3.5. It seems nice, well built, and easy to maintain. Every thing under the cover looked like it was easy to get to. The cost seemed high, but I know thats the Merc name and the typical WM mark up.
Next, I went to the local Suzuki dealer and scoped out the 2.5. I was pretty impressed. It's smaller and lighter, which I like a lot. It looks just as easy to maintain as the others, if not easier. The cost is lower. And one factor that is making me lean towards it more, it has a bigger fuel tank than the others I'm looking at. A smaller engine with a larger fuel tank, that weighs alot less
. It's now at the top of the list, but just barely. Of course when I mentioned that I was interested in Tohatsu to the Suzuki guy he started giving me the usual sales pitch trash talk, but I can see through some BS. He is a local guy trying to make the sale, which I kinda like too becuase I can put some cash in the local economy. Also, if the engine gives me problems, I can just walk over to his shop and work it out.
Anybody have first hand experience with a Suzuki 2.5?