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How reliable 3.0 eng 2010 185 19 May 2017 00:42 #1

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looking to buy 2010 185 with 3.0 , how about reliability?

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How reliable 3.0 eng 2010 185 19 May 2017 01:04 #2

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We have a 2012 with 3.0. I did a lot of research on that boat and power plant. That little engine is really a "workhorse". We don't ski or wakeboard, so it is plenty of power for us. Performance was great,y improved with the addition of Smart Tabs and a 4-blade prop. Easy to work on, no problem getting parts, everyone knows how to fix them as well. Compared to the 4.3, the disadvantage in my opinion is the low end torque to pull skiers...but I guess the 3.0 does pull skiers when asked to. This thing sips gas too. Run it hard all day and cost you about $25 in fuel....

We love ours...

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Hell, Michigan (yes we really live in a city named "Hell" in Michigan)
2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
1985 Harris Flotebote Classic 240
1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO

How reliable 3.0 eng 2010 185 19 May 2017 01:05 #3

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Smart tabs..

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Hell, Michigan (yes we really live in a city named "Hell" in Michigan)
2012 BR 185 - 3.0 TKS
1999 Chaparral 233 Sunesta Ltd., 5.0 Volvo
1985 Harris Flotebote Classic 240
1993 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR
1993 Yamaha Waverunner III
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III GP
1995 Yamaha Waverunner III VXR PRO

How reliable 3.0 eng 2010 185 19 May 2017 04:37 #4

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My '98 has close to 3000 hours on it, still economical. If you do a lot of water sports, consider a 4 blade prop for better starts.
I normally use the original 3 blade prop for better economy and lower RPM since it only takes a few minutes to change props. The 4 blade uses a little more fuel because it turns at higher RPM for the same speed. A hydrofoil or smart tabs is less expensive than trim tabs and reduces bow rise: really important for water sports when you spend more time at planning speed.
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Furuno 1622 Radar, Garmin echoMAP44dv, Si-tex ADF, Uniden Cl 2 VHF with Hailer,
2 batteries with Combiner, Joystick Wakeboard Tower
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