The OMC stringer drive had a bad track record for being prone to damage and also being tough to repair. It was not that OMC might not develop a great drive, yet they did not intend to get included with license infringement. The ball equipment style was substandard to the u-joint drive, and the spheres gears would break after 200 hours. OMC dealers got to the point where they would not even take in a Stringer drive on a sell even if they sold it to the proprietor. Yet many people that acquired them really did not know any type of much better, OMC had a great dealership network (at the very least around here) and had many faithful consumers for their exceptional outboards.
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After the licenses ended OMC was cost-free to highlight the Cobra drive which to me was superior to the Merc Alpha drive of the period. However teething issues with the shift cable did not help things for OMC. The Gears were never a trouble even though they initially declared that some of the gears were defective.

The majority of people do not wish to purchase a product of a company that is no longer in organisation, even though there are parts available for the Cobra drive. New, utilized, as well as aftermarket. This is not even a consideration for me as I can obtain any part I need for my drive. My friend has a model-T Ford and also can get components for it very easy. The Merc 470 has many parts NLA also. Not exactly sure about older Merc drives, yet I expect the same for them. If I was given a selection in between 2 boats the very same rate, in the same problem one with a Merc as well as one with a Cobra I would take the Merc. If the Cobra was in excellent problem and also the Merc well utilized I would certainly take the Cobra.