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too many hours on an OB?

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How many hours is too many for an outboard in saltwater? Also, I have been told the general rule of thumb is not to buy an outboard that is more than 10 yrs old with out new powerheads???? Thought or suggestions?
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My last 2 stroke 115 Evinrude FICT had 3400 hours before it croaked,current 2008 115 Evinrude Fict has 1800 . This engine had the powerhead replaced at 500 hours due to a manifold defect and was under warranty ,since than running great
I agree the fuel is a major problem BUT using the best oil and not trying to save pennies pays off in the long run
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