Any one have any thoughts on a 88 Mercury's Classic 50 45hp? Good motor? Dependable? Notorious for any problems? Looking at a boat with this motor. Appreciate any feedback. Never have owned a Mercury.
Mercury Classic 50 45hp
I had one from 82 to 90 great motor, had it on a lund Mr pike.Very smooth great for trolling.
IMO there are a nice motor, I have owned one for some years and later bought one for my late father some years back. I believe one of the major problems with older motors is disuse and poor storage. If they aren't used on a regular basis they get all gummed up and are a hassle to straighten out. Friend I sold my last Merc 50 just junked las summer. He hadn't ran it in 5 years and failed to store properly. I would tell the seller you will be bringing a 'muff' along and will need to run the motor from a cold start. Advise him the motor needs to be 'cold' when you arrive. If he needs to start the motor before you arrive the deals off. Good Luck
I have a 1987 tiller on a 16' Lund predator and it does 26 MPH. No issues other than it was carboned up by a previous owner doing a lot of trolling. Took three mechanics to figure out why it wouldn't come up to power. Got that straightened out and no problems since. Everyone tells me to remove the auto-blend oil injection but I don't feel like mixing gas by hand.
I bought one new in 88 and had it for numerous years...never had an issue with it. Strong, smooth running motor.