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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

Just to document the pain of owning a Volvo; A friend had to replace the thermostat for his MD7a this summer - it cost him $90
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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

I have to put in a shout for the Universal diesels based on Kubota blocks. I have just completed a complete rebuild of a Universal 5416 (16hp 2-cyl) and was able to get 90% of my parts from Kubota tractor dealers for very reasonable prices. These Kubota-based engines have a good reputation for reliability, which I'm hoping is well-justified. My rebuild was a little over $2K including machining, which translates to 25% of the price of a new engine.

I also had an Atomic4 for 8 years. Sweet little engine. Replaced oil, plugs, points and checked timing every year. Never had any other issues.

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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

IMHO, if you've got a choice, get a Yanmar. I've had them on 2 boats and never did anything to them but oil/coolant changes and impellers. They were rock solid for us YMMV.

We've had a couple of fresh water cooled Westerbekes and a raw water cooled Volvo. Made them both work (I would not take them out of a boat, or eliminate a boat from consideration that had one), but they were both more trouble. Seems like we were always fixing some little thing, but with attention they were reasonably reliable. Volvo was definitely the hardest to keep running, but it was raw water cooled, and 20 years old, so who can complain?
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Re: Which engines would you think twice about

where i currently occupy space, the easiest engines to find parts for are perkins and tohatsu. they propel forkilfts, tractors and buses.
mercedes benz also for bus propulsion
donot try to find yanmar. more than one month for shipping from san diego. no sources here.
no volvo
no universal
no beta
havent seen too many ih, cat or detroit...rare finds, only one john deer tractor, brand new, on roadside, was farming...
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no beta
Kubota diesel is the base for the beta.
Kubota is supposed to be available a lot of places.
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