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Johnson Venom 200 -- Newby Looking for Friendly Advice from you Experts

cschuler

Looking for a little help here. I have heard some horror stories regarding the Johnson Oil Injection motors.

I am looking for some friendly advice on wether I should steer clear of purchasing a used boat with the above motor?

Thanks,

Curtis

[edited]

2002-02-05
omctech Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with an OMC product. However, here are a few things you might want to look at before buying.
1) Compression.... should be at least 110# each cylinder with no variation between your highest and lowest reading of more than 7#.
2) Have them perform a spark test where you can see all 6 cyl's are firing.
3) Test run the boat harder than you will actually run it for at least 20 minutes. This will tell you if they tried to "band-aid" anything just to get the sell.
4) Make it a stipulation that there is a new impeller and thermostat in the motor.
5) If it is a dealer, ask for 5 references AND CALL THEM!!!!!!! See if they are satisfied with service after the sale.
Now, if you are satisfied with all of the above, buy it and enjoy. If not, take your time and make sure that your boating experience is a good one!
2002-02-05
cschuler I appreciate the input. So, would you recommend taking the boat to an authorized dealer to inspect it more thoroughly? The seller is an individual,not a business.

I am currently planning to test drive the boat this weekend, so I should be able to tell if there are any obvious problems. I am not so sure that I am qualified to look deeper to look beyond the bandaid fix that could be implemented for a one time outing.

Curtis

2002-02-05
jegervais Absolutely take to an authorized dealer, especially if you're uncomfortable checking things out yourself.

Now a word (or several) about "authorized" dealers - just because the have a Johnson or Evinrude sign (or Mercury or Yamaha or any other for that m

2002-02-05

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