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Pricing for failed motor repair? 3 weeks 3 days ago #148797

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Sincerely looking for advice here.

Earlier in the year I was trying to figure out what to do about my 1967 Mercury 1100. A gentleman reached out on FB and said he could fix it, that he’d have it back to me and it’d be a reliable motor for many years to come.

After researching his work and weighing a few other options (new motor, slightly used, the fact that this huge outboard would be going to a landfill) I pulled the trigger.

His initial estimate was $2k + materials and I was to have it back by mid-May. I did ask for a couple additional tasks as he’d have it on the operating table. (Install a fish finder & hook up my marine radio)

Last night he emailed telling me that he had it running but now it’s lost spark and he can’t find the problem. Also that my tab is over $4k. I’ve already paid up front for about $1k in parts, so this would bring my total to $5,000 with no running motor.

I respect that he has time into it. But I’m also no closer to a running motor than I was when he started.

What would be a resolution that’s fair to us both?

Thank you in advance.


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Pricing for failed motor repair? 2 weeks 6 days ago #148799

Hello Alana,

Maybe the old Merc folks here can assist the gentleman?


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