Written on: 18/05/2011
I just bought a 2011 6hp 4-stroke short-shaft Tohatsu outboard, and after breaking it in, wish I hadn't wasted my money. It has excessive vibration, is noisy, the steering stiffener and throttle stiffener don't work well at all, and it won't idle at slow rpm. The tiller is too short. And when you let go of the tiller, the motor immediately steers to one side -- very poor. At trolling speed, the throttle jumps up and down unexpectedly.
It was inexpensive, but when something doesn't work, it doesn't matter how good a deal you got, it isn't worth it.
Pros: it's very economical on gas, and it's lightweight so is easy to remove and service or transport.
Cons: vibration, noisy, steering, throttle, idle, throttle
Since my troubles, I've read LOTS of other bad experiences with this motor online. BOTTOM LINE: DON'T BUY THIS MOTOR!!