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Old 12-05-2013, 11:58 AM   #18
City: Carefree, Arizona
Country: usa
Vessel Name: sunchaser V
Vessel Model: DeFever 48
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 7,065
Skidgear, I repeat and as you state, a very diligent owner using the shop manual, special tools, dealing with the head gasket and different marinization issues - can keep these engines running happily. Finding parts can be problematic, if what one reads on boatdiesel is accurate.

But we are not talking about maintaining an engine here, we are talking about boat shopping. The buyer should be aware that the 8.2s are not a popular engine of choice, and do indeed benefit from a very smart and passionate person, someone like you. Not all 8.2 owners are that hands on or boat savvy thus the OP himself should be diligent and introspective.
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