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Old 04-25-2012, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So after less than 2 years of use as just a positioning motor, my Terrova I-pilot heaved and shuddered and clunked and damn near shook the mounting bracket off the bow of the boat ...

...and died. Dead as a frickin' door nail.

Luckily it was the last hour of the 5 day trip and not the first.

Why did I ever get rid of my PowerDrive?? Spot-lock just isn't worth the aggravation.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That really sucks Don.
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that sucks Don. My terrova is three and a half and the I pilot is Two years
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At least mine is still under warranty. I pulled it off the boat and dropped it off at Christy's today. Here's hoping for a quick fix.
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I haven't had any issues with the one Ive had...I got it in 09...
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i just got mine back from the repair shop. everything that was wrong with it was not the fault of min kota. took it out today, it was $339.00 well spent
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God, spot lock is soooo awesome....I would put up with a lot...
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Why Powerdrive vs Terrova?

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Why Powerdrive vs Terrova?
I never had a whiff of a problem with my Power Drive V2 (did not have I-Pilot).
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Just got a call from Christy's MinnKota repair.

The problem was that the seal around the Universal Sonar transducer failed and let water into the lower unit and motor. So they're replacing the entire shaft and lower unit. Apparently it's a common problem. He said he had replaced "quite a few" and I know someone else that it happened to twice.

Had I known the failure history I would not have bought the Universal Sonar option.
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