1999 Mercury 225 Optimax vs 1999 Mercury 225 EFI 1999 Mercury 225 Optimax vs 1999 Mercury 225 EFI
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    1999 Mercury 225 Optimax vs 1999 Mercury 225 EFI
from AlanW #10911  
5/19/2010 4:23:28 PM

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 Obviously, the Optimax will burn less gas, but what about everything else? Both motors on same boat.
Isn't the 225 EFI the stronger motor?
Good and bad about each.
I know the 225 EFI is a gashog.
Wasn't there problems with the 99 Optimaxes?


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   early Opti's from MikeF  5/20/2010 7:45:57 AM
 You're correct; the early Optimax engines have a bad reputation.


   My thoughts from Fisherboy #10852  5/20/2010 9:21:21 AM
 
If the 1999 has had the proper updates completed and/or it has more than 100 hours on it, I would get it over the EFI.


The 1999 Optiís had issues with the throttle position sensors and injectors. Most of the 99s popped well before the 100 hour mark. But if it had its updates and survived this long it should be good to go. I would still get a computer read, compression and leak-down test no matter which motor.


The EFI in my opinion is the slightly stronger of the two with the EFI having a tad more grunt off idle and maybe about 2-3mph faster. My 2000 EFI, was a super stronger motor, better than most other EFIs, but it was a gas and oil hog. It seems like I was burning a gallon of oil and 50 gallons of gas every time out.


If I had an EFI, I would send the powerhead to Simmons Motor sports and the 335hp upgrades, but I wouldn't want it as my primary fishing motor.


   More thoughts from STRETCH1 #11051  5/20/2010 11:26:01 AM
 I have a 2000 225 OPTI, been through 3 powerheads all before they reached 50 hours on it. I talked to Mercury Marine (directly and not a dealer) and they told me that once the updates are done and the engine has over 50 hours on it they are rock solid. It must be true because since 2003 I have not had any problem and I have several hundred hours on it.


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