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Re: Tohatsu Reviews?
I owned an 18hp tohatsu, electric start, for about 6 or 7 years, which made it about 10 years old, when I traded it in. Started every time. Ran very quiet. I changed the oil twice per year and the plugs about every other year. Never had any major maintenance failure. I ran it dry and stored it outdoors each winter (which is not ideal).
The shop told me that one of the cylinders was losing compression, but you would have never known.
Anecdotally, I see a ton of tohatsu OBs on charter boats, which would suggest they are a good value and reliable. They are not top of the market, which I think is reserved for Yamaha.
As for buying a used OB, it can be a real crap shoot. You can't know how it was cared for, let alone broken in. Many don't realize they really need to full full power for the first hour or so, to set the rings. If that wasn't done properly, you can never recover.
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