ETEC no more...

BRP (TSX: DOO; NASDAQ: DOOO) announced today it has re-oriented its marine business by focusing on the growth of its boat brands with new technology and innovative marine products. The company will discontinue production of Evinrude E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines. Its Sturtevant, Wisconsin facility will be repurposed for new projects to pursue BRP’s plan to provide consumers with an unparalleled experience on the water.

Following BRP’s decision to discontinue E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines, the company has signed an agreement with market leader Mercury Marine to support boat packages and continue to supply outboard engines to their boat brands. BRP says they will continue to supply customers and dealer network service parts and will honor manufacturer limited warranties, plus offer select programs to manage inventory. These decisions will impact 650 employees globally.

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WowI wonder if that means

Thu, 2020-05-28 07:20


I wonder if that means they never really recovered. 



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As someone who owned an Etec

Thu, 2020-05-28 07:54

As someone who owned an Etec for nearly 10 years, that never missed a beat, I find this sad news.

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 I am of the same opinion as

Thu, 2020-05-28 08:38

 I am of the same opinion as the owner of a 2009 Etec that has always brought me home. 

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Seems they cant shake the

Thu, 2020-05-28 09:15

Seems they cant shake the stigma of being a 2-stroke. Regardless of how well they perform, it would be a stuggle against the four-stroke mindset.

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As a previous owner of an

Thu, 2020-05-28 09:28

As a previous owner of an ETEC and having dealt with BRP Australia with warranty, happy to see the back of both in regards to ETEC's. Everytime I see a great boat with an ETEC for sale I scroll on by as the rersale value is terrible, guessing now they will be worth nothing.

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In my Opinion

Thu, 2020-05-28 10:09

 This is a great day for Australian boaties! Should save us thousands on mechanical issues!

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Thu, 2020-05-28 10:34


"Just because you are a Character, Doesn't mean you have Character."

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 Etecs didn't last long up

Thu, 2020-05-28 12:41

 Etecs didn't last long up here,  Too many issues if used for trolling for long periods.

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 I had well over 1000 hours

Thu, 2020-05-28 18:45

 I had well over 1000 hours on an early one. Mostly trolling hours. They fired spark continuously no matter what stroke it was and it used to chew through plugs. 
Really didn't have any issues with it but was never inclined to roll the dice another time. 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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 They just couldn't shake the

Thu, 2020-05-28 12:53

 They just couldn't shake the bad tag they got from the FICHT series of outboards.


Evinrude outboards produce two-stroke direct-injected engines ranging from 25 hp (19 kW) to a 3.4L V6 300 hp. They used carburetors until the late 1990s, when EPA clean air regulations mandated new technologies. OMC partnered with FICHT of Germany to introduce direct injection. Extensive and thorough durability testing took place to assess the rigor and longevity of the design, but the first design did not pass testing standards.

Initial production of the first design started prior to another round of EPA regulations. At the beginning, the company tried retrofitting the previous design in order bring the motors up to the new standards. These modifications were not carefully engineered or designed and caused significant engine failures, most notably the powerhead failures. This eventually resulted in a recall of that generation of motors. The losses on these motors, the loss of reputation and the surge of competition from Japan and Mercury, pushed the company into bankruptcy in 2000.

In 2001 Bombardier acquired the Evinrude and Johnson Outboards brands; the FICHT technology was reengineered into E-TEC direct injection. This improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, oil usage, noise levels, and maintenance needs. This is due in part to a pin-point oiling system which only applies oil to the necessary components, unlike the original two stroke motors. Evinrude E-TEC was the first outboard engine technology to win the US Environmental Protection Agency's 2004 Clean Air Excellence Award, which recognizes low emission levels.[1]


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That settles that debate I

Thu, 2020-05-28 13:10

That settles that debate I guess

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 Two strokes are soon to

Thu, 2020-05-28 13:59

 Two strokes are soon to become dinosaurs so it was going to happen sooner rather than later.

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My 90.etec was just OK,

Thu, 2020-05-28 19:12

My 90.etec was just OK, injector issues were common.


Since then 4 strokes I have had have been brilliant..... 


Boston Whaler 235 Conquest......getting the flogging it was built for.

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Never liked them

Thu, 2020-05-28 19:38

If gearbox goes cheaper to buy another motor. But I know people who swear by them no issues.

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They should have changed tack

Thu, 2020-05-28 20:15

They should have changed tack to bring in a 4 banger. Many loyal Johnson Evinrude fans out there  probably would have done well. Tide well and truly turned on the two stroke