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    1997 Pro VMAX 150 - Is this a good motor?

    So I'm looking at a 97 Ranger 461vs that has what I'm assuming is a 97' Yamaha Pro VMAX 150 on it. I'm new to bigger motors, and don't know a ton about this one specifically in terms of reliability, etc. I'm fairly mechanically inclined, but would like to know general thoughts on the quality and reliability of these motors. Also any specific things other than compression testing I may want to look at, etc.........I'm going to run the boat tomorrow and will have a chance to really check things out at that time. The guy that's selling says it runs great, etc........but I'd like to know from others what I should be looking for at this motor.

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    Re: 1997 Pro VMAX 150 - Is this a good motor? (rick james)

    I had a 2000 VMAX 150 and it was a very reliable motor. I have heard a lot of good things about the Yamaha 150's & 200's.

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    Re: 1997 Pro VMAX 150 - Is this a good motor? (rick james)

    I had a 1997 Pro V 150 on a boat I just sold. I bought the boat in 1999 and just sold it a couple of weeks ago. The motor was bullet proof. The only thing I ever had to do to it other than routine maintance was replace the lower fuel pump. They are very good motors.

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    Re: 1997 Pro VMAX 150 - Is this a good motor? (rick james)

    My 150 Pro-V is old enough to buy beer now, and still runs like new. The Yamaha 150 carb motors will probably go down as the most reliable outboards EVER built.

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    Re: 1997 Pro VMAX 150 - Is this a good motor? (rick james)

    My yamie is only 4 yrs old just do the scheduled maint. and it should last a long time.


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    Re: 1997 Pro VMAX 150 - Is this a good motor? (Stratos Steve)

    I ran a used 94 ProV 150 for six years and it never missed a beat

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