hehe.. Thanks all for the comments.. I've seen alot of posts online especially on facebook, that call out the simplicity of the carb and being able to fix it cheaply themselves. To Mikes point about being screwed on the lake with an EFI failure, I believe guardian mode is supposed to help with that.... Time will tell I guess.
I do like Shrews comment about "I've never seen anyone's trip ruined because of fuel injection." and believe this is what I seek here..
I just purchased a new Mercruiser 4.5L MPI ... I went with a new engine as opposed a longblock/ Mercruiser reconditioned, as I didn’t want the same set of problems with reliability again. Hopefully it will live up to its new reputation.. Owning it from new, I will have full accountability on its reliability, treatment and condition. I plan on doing a re-power post on this forum to discuss the journey, so that someone else in the same boat (see what I did there) can learn too.. Just waiting for it to be delivered...
Thank you for alleviating any buyer’s remorse