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I need a new starter for my 1993 200 hp yamaha. I looked them up online and they are between $325- $400 for the units from Yamaha sites.I was able to find some after market units for $150 delivered with a 1year warranty. It seems to me its worth trying. I could buy almost 3 units for the price of 1. Does anybody have any experience with these after market units or any horror stories. Thanks
 

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Bought an aftermarket a few years ago for $150...JUNK! It failed after 2 weeks. Sent it back for a full refund. Bought an Arco brand locally in NJ for around $300. Has been working ever since. Guess you get what ya pay for.
 

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I should probably take it there. The last time I took a starter there he told me it couldnt be rebuilt and I had to buy new. It is probably worth the trip as he is only 5 minutes from my boat.
 

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OEM Starters

Do a 'Yamaha OEM outboard starter' search on ebay. Look at the listings from emsglobaldirect. They have OEM starters for $179.95 plus $12 shipping. For my 225 Evinrude they had aftermarket starters for $70 and OEM starters for $145.
 

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I use a few Arco and Mes aftermarket starters as well as bringing them to Dave Guenther in Absecon for rebuilding. I keep my business local. Keep using internet dealers and when you need the local guys for help and info and there gone who ya gonna call? your internet guy?
 

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When ever possible try and utilize OEM parts the quality is so much better! There is a reason OEM parts cost more most of the time. Rather than shopping on the net ,make a gd relationship with a local dealer. As you start to buy things from them tell them you will utilize their business for your purchases and if they can discount high ticket items for you. I would rather make a few dollars than nothing at all. You will find most of the time they can meet or beat the INTERNET (especially once you add shipping and time) One it really helps your dealer in tough times and two it gives you professional advice from someone who really knows the product and insures you get the right parts.
 

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Like Dean said try to support your local dealers. The aftermarket starters are a lot cheaper than OEM but usually don't last as long. The other thing is if you do have a problem with it and you ordered it on the internet now you have try to get a hold of the manufacturer or the place you purchased it from and ship it back. If you take this all into consideration most times you will end up around the price as the OEM was and you know that starter will always fail at the worst possible time.
 
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