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Old 06-11-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hi, okay so i am looking into buying a Ranger or a Champion Bass boat for my first purchase. They are both 18.5 footers, but the Champion has the Merc. 150 xr6 and the Ranger has the Johnson 175 VRO. The engines are both from the 80's (I think). I have read up on both and the merc seems to have better reviews, the Johnson has bad because of the VRO. What is the VRO stand for and why does it suck? Any Advice on these two? Thanks
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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Okay, so since there are no replys. How about the boat anyone for Champion or the Ranger.?
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The Merc XR6's weren't made until 1992 or so, so it will be from at least that time of after.

Personally, I think the 2.5 L Mercs which the XR6 is are one of the best motors Merc has ever made. The VRO is an acronym for a oil injection system which is on that motor. It stands for Variable Ratio Oiling, if I remember correctly.

Personally, I like the Merc better when new, but at this point you will also want to check the condition of each engine and see what kind of shape each is in.

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Perfect, thank you very much. The merc is what I was leaning towards, but you just made it that much easier.
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Perfect, thank you very much. The merc is what I was leaning towards, but you just made it that much easier.
I would get it checked out thoroughly. A check over by a good mechanic is always a plus.

At the very least, a compression test or even better yet, a leakdown test should be part of that check over.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.

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Personally, I would pick the Merc. BUT, the boat has alot to do with it as well.
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I would defintely take the Merc too . All my boats are Merc Powered and I wouldnt have it any other way
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In todays world I really like the 4 stroke suzuki but i owned a 150 merc xr6 and it would fly and it was tough. Fuel consumption was good also. If the motor is in good condition then it is a good choice. If it was like mine it has two modules on it and if one goes bad then you can run on three cylinders and still fget home.
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You might also consider parts and service in your area. Around where I am, Merc is the motor of choice as service and parts are seemingly everywhere... I'd have to look hard to find a Johnson dealer.

Obviously, I'm a Merc guy
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