Tohatsu 4-Stroke 6HP S/shaft Review

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Guest's review of Tohatsu 4-Stroke 6HP S/shaft

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“I just bought a 2011 6hp 4-stroke short-shaft Tohatsu...”

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!!

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 28/09/2011

I suggest you read the menu throughly especially on the section regarding the steeering . I have no problem for either steering or low speed idling. But I agree that the power is not feel like a 6 but something like a 4.5, and is quite noisy and the vibration is quite obious.

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Robfaith's Comment

Written on: 10/10/2012

We are not alone! Our new longshaft 6hp Tohatsu bought for our 25ft Tophat yacht is also a complete lemon with EXACTLY the same list of problems which could be catastrophic in tight situations. Total lack of after sales interest at local and regional level.

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