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Old 05-23-2006, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Mercury XR6 vs. Opti-Max

Was thinking about upgrading my 1993 Evinrude 150 pump. Looking to go either with the Mercury XR6 150 pump or the Opti-Max 150 with a pump. Anyone have any experiences with these motors and how they compare. The Opti-Max is 2K more so wondering if it is worth it.

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Old 05-24-2006, 10:12 AM   #2
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I would go with the Opti-Max. Great motor
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:26 PM   #3
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I know Merc seemed to have a lot of problems with the optimax. I had a friend who had 2 blow up. The carb engine might be better if you really want a merc.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:52 PM   #4
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People either love or hate the HPDI motors, no matter if it's Merc or Yamaha. From what I've heard they either run flawlessly or grenade and take out the whole powerhead. I don't think I've ever heard of a 'minor" problem with one. And for what they cost you're close to 4-stroke territory.
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Old 05-28-2006, 09:20 AM   #5
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My choice would be the XR-6 with the pump application.Have had three of them on sleds over the years,( still currently running one ) and never a problem. All have had outstanding realibity, and very good performance.The only draw back is a little smoke on the first start up of the day...Good-Luck
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Old 05-29-2006, 03:27 PM   #6
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I have the 2001 200 Opti. in a Sport Jet configuration. At 90 hours, a pintyl came off an injector. It was about a year out of warranty. A new power head is $6400 plus labor and injectors another $1800/set. Ask me how I know. AND my boat is now in the shop because the alternator bracket bolt keeps braking, chewing up $65 serpentine belts like they were rubber bands. Simple things like spark plugs, well they are $108 a set and you may or may not be able to change them yourself. Take a look at the motor and ask yourself if you can get to it without expensive special application tools. It is a pretty good on fuel economy, however the special Opti-oil, is rather spendy at $24/gallon. And it isnt available except at your local Mercury dealer. Figure on eventually getting deep into your wallet if you go Opti.
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Old 05-29-2006, 09:40 PM   #7
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Default Re: Mercury XR6 vs. Opti-Max

Thanks for the feed back. I was almost set on the Opti-Max but might re-think it and purchase the XR6. Sounds like less money and less problems in the long run.
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:23 AM   #8
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John, I'm still happy with my 2004 200hp Optimax and have over 225 hours. Cruising at 10gph seems decent to me for a 24' boat with a pump. The motor always starts right away and burns clean. I've also heard the stories about the injectors and it usually is the older models when they first came out. Yes the opti oil is more expensive, but you can find it in bulk for 18-20$ a gal. The motor seems miserly on oil too. Keeping it simple with an XR6 is not a bad option either, good luck with your choice.
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:43 PM   #9
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Default Re: Mercury XR6 vs. Opti-Max

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Anyone else have a response to which motor is better? Maybe I should stay simple and go with the XR6. :whazzup:
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Old 06-01-2006, 01:07 PM   #10
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for pump application i'd go with the carbed XR6..their reliabilty and performance has been proven for decades....for anything else I'd spring for the new technolgy

if I was running downstream in whitewater i'd want to depend on the time tested merc
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Old 06-01-2006, 05:16 PM   #11
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Hi John,
I have an XR6 150 pump on my 19ft northriver and I haven't had any problems with it. Real realiable and I run it pretty hard. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:01 AM   #12
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Default Re: Mercury XR6 vs. Opti-Max

Well, everything is pointing to the Opti-Max. I've heard from several people and they say it is well worth the extra money. Better gas mileage, less fumes and a 3 year warrantee. I know the XR6 is a good motor but leaning toward the Opti. Anyother replies before I make the jump?
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