E-TEC Concerns

- Advertisement -


Dear Motorhead:

I’m thinking about buying a Ski-Doo 600 E-TEC Renegade Adrenaline and was wondering how reliable these engines are.

As you’ve tested a lot of these I’m wondering if they would make it to 10,000 miles.

How good is the 600 RUSH Pro R and which of the two would be the better buy?




Thanks for your email!

There are E-TEC 600’s running around with big miles on them right now. I would suggest any snowmobile engine with 10,000 miles on it – 4-stroke or 2-stroke – will require “freshening”.

I’ve heard of both 2 and 4-stroke motors clearing the 10,000 mile mark however, my feeling is this – the rest of the sled will need a complete going over – re-bearing, all mechanical bits refreshed and then the drive-line clutches, chaincase etc.

The engine at this point might be running however, a normal life cycle of a snowmobile – in my opinion – from a mileage perspective – not a time perspective – is about 12,000 miles or around 20,000 klicks. That’s not to say you can’t go further, but at what cost versus trading in the unit and buying a new one?

The math of rebuilding or literally riding a sled to the 10,000 mile mark doesn’t square when you can deal the sled at the 5-6 thousand mile mark and invest less than riding it all the way to the level 10 and then paying to rebuild the entire sled.

I know, you only asked if an E-TEC will clear 10 thousand miles. Yes, I believe with proper maintenance it will.

Should you buy a Renny 137 E-TEC? If you have a good dealer then the sled will impress. Should you buy a new Rush? Yes, if you have a good dealer the sled will impress.

I can’t make this decision for you – you need to research and RIDE both to determine which is right for you. Again, the dealer can make all the difference.

Good Luck!

Motorhead Mark

Trending Now



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Recent Comments