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Lower Unit Repair (MLB Area)

I replaced my 1999 Merc 250's lower unit with an aftermarket SEI replacement that came with a 3 year warranty. Of course this year was year 4 and its dead again. :banghead

Now I'm exploring different options. New Merc lower unit, used merc lower units, or trying the after market part again. Of course cost is a big consideration.

Also, I'd be curious if anyone had any recommendations on where to take it. Last time I had it replaced at Boathouse and it ran me about $2K.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone whose had to replace theirs in the past.



  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,265 AG
    Work done at the coast costs more...I drag my rig to the big lake and save a bunch of money on purchase and service,
    Chad at Lakeshore in Okeechobee is my go to man.
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • Paragon1Paragon1 Posts: 510 Officer
    Ive used Boathouse several times, they're not the most expensive, and not the least. Adam, however, is extremely knowledgable and the guys there go out of their way to turn the boat fast if i need it in a hurry. Haven't done a lower unit (yet) and hopefully wont need to in a while.
  • SebagolowSebagolow Posts: 23 Greenhorn
    DJR - Thanks for the Okee. tip not sure I want to tow that far but its good to have options.

    Paragon - Don't disagree. Boathouse hasn't done anything wrong but at the same time they haven't done anything to win me completely over either...

    Anyone have any thoughts on new Merc lower unit vs. used Merc lower unit vs. aftermarket lower unit?
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,265 AG
    Well, I saved 3 grand on the purchase of my 140 HP...and for that money I would push it there....and any service was half of what they want locally....twice the distance from home but half the price....but a big $$$ savings.

    As far as which L/U...How many hours on the long will the powerhead be viable? I know hours alone are no true indicator...but if you are in the may want to go used or cheap rebuild rather than OEM.
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
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