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Exc has 102k on it. Tranny fluid was flushed as part of regular maintenance at 90k (when I bought it). Fluid level is right on, and fluid is clean and smells good.
The motor doesn't sound bogged down, it really sounds like it stalls, and catches itself just before it completely dies. When it happens, if I stay on the pedal, the engine hops back up to idle, then dies, hops back up, then dies...
I wouldn't guess it to be a load issue as the boat is very light, and it actually happened 2 times before with no boat, one time I was backing up a hill to hitch up to a flat trailer, the other time the wife was driving around a building site and was climbing a fairly steep little hill. On level ground, I can smash the pedal to the floor and I have gobs of power and the beast hauls the mail, nothing unusual (at startup or at highway speed), and I just pulled a stock trailer of cattle to the auction barn about 1hr 15min from here with no trouble at all. I even stomped on it just to see what she had, no troubles. (1st 2 times it happened was before this)
The only time it ever happens is on hills and it has happened both ways, backing up the hill and driving up the hill. The very first time it happened, was at the building site and my wife was driving and I thought she was doing it (like pumping the pedal or something). The first time it happened to me was backing up to the flat trailer, it was low on fuel and I was sure it was sputtering on its last drop. I shut it down, walked home and got more fuel for it. The last 2 times it happened I had 3/4 tank or more.
Sorry to go on forever, but I write in hopes that it helps diagnose.
Thanks for listening.