Are Johnson outboard motors reliable?

They are very good engines. They are basically the same as the evinrude oceanPro engines produced through the 90’s. They are carbed 2 strokes that are pretty thirsty for gas and oil. However, if well maintained, they are very reliable.

Is Evinrude 88 SPL a good motor?

The 88s are the same as the 90 hp engines, except without oil injection. You have to pre-mix gas and oil at 50:1. These engines have a reputation as highly reliable, but thirsty for fuel.

Can old outboards be reliable?

The “good old” outboards—the ones that were built in the 1950s and later—are even better than those early, antique outboards. They are just as reliable, and a lot easier and cheaper to fix than state-of-the-art motors.

What horsepower is a Johnson 88?

Johnson’s 1981 88 SPL produces an 88-horsepower output. Their 100 Commercial offers an output of 100 horsepower.

Who makes Johnson outboard engines?

Bombardier Recreational Products
The Johnson brothers held over two hundred patents, and revolutionized the American outboard motor. The company was first acquired by Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) in 1935. OMC filed for bankruptcy on 22 December 2000. It has been owned since 2001 by the Canadian firm Bombardier Recreational Products.

How much horsepower does a Johnson outboard motor have?

The Johnson 9.9 High Thrust made in 1999 offers a relatively low 9.9-horsepower output. Johnson’s 1981 88 SPL produces an 88-horsepower output. Their 100 Commercial offers an output of 100 horsepower. The 2004 Johnson J175PL outboard motor produces a relatively high 175-horsepower output.

When did the Johnson 88 SPL outboard motor come out?

Johnson has introduced different models of outboard motors every year between 1981 and 2008. Two of their longest running series include the “Commercial” line and “Special” line of outboard motors. The engine of the 1981 Johnson 88 SPL, or 88 Special model outboard motor is a four-cylinder, two-stroke engine.

Is the 88spl a good outboard motor?

The 88spl is one of the most tried and true designs OMC made during its tenure. As with any used outboard, maintenence is the key, make all of the necessary checks of the motor before purchase and I am sure you will not be disapointed.

How long do Johnson outboard motors last?

Given about 200 hours of use a year, this would be about 7 or 8 years, but Johnson outboard motors can achieve regular oil changes (say every 50 hours) and maintenance and a rebuild or two, 10, 15, or even 20 years. Johnson outboards are historically right in this range, perhaps a little more to the longevity side.

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