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Those engines are what as known as a 2+2, have you ever heard that term before?
They are good engines and they do not have any known problems. Mercury made them for close to 30 years with no real design changes. As far as what to look for, the biggest thing is to make sure it makes full power under a load. With the boat at full speed, the engine rpms should be roughly 4750 to 5250.
That being said, they do not like to run at medium speeds because of the 2+2 design, and can feel a little "choppy" if run at medium speeds. They also do not like to troll for extended periods of time either. But other than that, they still are considered good engines.
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