I've got a '95 40HP Force and although I've had a couple problems(Stator, fuel pump, tilt relay)over the course of 400-500 hours, none were difficult nor expensive to repair, and parts are easy to get (at least for Mercury models). They are simple no frill motors that are not super fuel efficent and won't be winning any clean air, or quiet running awards. I can't complain about mine.
I would stay a looonnnnggggg way away from Force motors!!!!! They are the lowest end of any maufacturers food chain. Know of to many horror stories to tell here about major rebuilds to these piecies of junk.
Good luck and tight lines, Jeff :grin: :grin:
About three years ago. I purchased a new 50 hp merc. At the time Mercury was still producing Force. Though after talking with the service department at Cascade Marine. I learned that even though Mercury had bought out Force, it still had the same Chrysler/US marine engine configuration with less expensive inferior parts added to it. Mercury quit producing Force in 2000 because they could not meet emission standards. Additionally the horsepower on a force was not rated the same way as a Merc. Therefore the Merc 50 hp put out more power the the same 50 hp Force. The fact that the Force is only 750.00 should tell you something!