Who Makes Nissan Outboards?

Nissan outboard motors are made by the Tokyo, Japan-based Tohatsu Corporation. As the second-largest manufacturer of outboard motors in the world, they create the TLDI series of two-stroke low pressure direct injection outboards, which adhere to current US Environmental Protection Agency requirements. All Nissan outboard engines sold in the US and Canada are Tohatsus with a Nissan decal, and Mercury outboards with 30 horsepower or less are rebadged Tohatsus. Rebadged Hondas are sold as Nissan Outboards in Japan.

Nissan Marine no longer sells its outboard motors.

produced by Tohatsu Outboards, a longtime business associate and supplier of Nissan Marine. Tohatsu

All current Nissan Marine engines can use the parts and accessories from outboards because they are equivalent and interchangeable.

offers a comprehensive array of outboards, ranging in power from 2.5 hp to 250 hp, all backed by a 5-year limited warranty, and features the same high-quality engine you’ve come to rely on.

are made to improve the performance of your engine and are compatible with your Nissan outboard.

The most recent details about your Nissan Outboard are available on Tohatsu’s Technical Info website, along with solutions to frequently asked maintenance queries.

A Synopsis of Nissan Outboards’ History

Nissan Marine established their North American headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1984.

Nissan outboard motors have always been produced by Tohatsu, a business that can trace its roots back to 1922, and the Takata Motor Research Company. The only difference between these outboards and the Tohatsu models was the addition of Nissan decals and paint.

Over the first five years of its inception, Nissan’s Marine Division grew rapidly. It became its own independent corporation in 1991 after being split off from Nissan Industrial Equipment. The new business at this point relocated its corporate headquarters to Dallas, Texas.

The design’s effectiveness and dependability contributed to the success of the brand. Furthermore, even though the bulk of their outboard motors were 4-stroke, they were already environmentally friendly and complied with the new EPA regulations when they were put into place in the 1990s.

Nissans were already compliant, saving them the expenses of re-engineering while other outboard makers had to adapt their engines. Nissan Marine maintained its profitability throughout this period while other brands experienced a downturn.

The majority of Nissan vehicles switched to 4-stroke engines in 1999, substantially enhancing their dependability. All the vehicles with less horsepower were covered in this. Honda, not Tohatsu, produced the majority of Nissan motors sold on the Japanese market.

Up until the middle of the 2010s, sales were consistent. The primary market for Nissan Marine’s products—pleasure boats—in Japan had begun to decline by this point.

In 2014, Nissan Marine stopped producing all of its products worldwide, including outboard motors. Outboard motors are still produced by Tohatsu under both their own and other brand names.

Older Nissan outboard motors are still serviced by Tohatsu because they were the same as their own brand with different stickers.

Are Tohatsu and Nissan outboards the same?

The answer to the frequently asked question “are Nissan and Tohatsu outboards the same?” is “yes.” Since Nissan Marine was established in 1984, Tohatsu has produced all outboard motors for the company under the Nissan name. With the exception of the engine covers, which had the words “Nissan” on one and “Tohatsu” on the other, Nissan outboards and Tohatsu outboards that shared the same model number were identical in every manner and utilized the exact same parts. For instance, the Nissan NSF25B and the Tohatsu MFS25B are twin vehicles that share all of the same parts and pieces. The Tohatsu 25 HP motor and the Nissan 25 HP outboard motor are both compatible with the parts of each other.

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Dana Seero wrote: “I believe it means a Mercury-brand Tohatsu is ready to go, then.”

Mercury/Mariner outboards with 5 HP or less are produced by Tohatsu. The original poster specifically asked about a 30 HP Nissan, so even if the Merc connection to Tohatsu is intriguing but not directly related to his issue, I didn’t bring it up.

Will your Mercury dealer fix your Tohatsu under warranty if it breaks down? Nope.

That is definitely a *very* good point. While finding Merc dealers is difficult in my “other neck of the woods,” where I do most of my boating, finding Tohatsu/Nissan dealers is incredibly difficult. The pain of having a new product break down would be made that much worse by having to schlep it across the state to get it fixed under warranty, even though I’ve never had to have warranty service done on any product. In light of this, it is still vital to think about what warranty repair facilities are available where the product will actually be utilized because that is where it will fail.

Will your Mercury dealer repair your Tohatsu if it has reached the end of its warranty? Perhaps, but you’ll hold out till after he attends to his Mercury customers. If your Tohatsu breaks down, your Mercury dealer might order parts for you, but he also might not.

That depends on the dealer’s type and location. Since it is the greatest method to win over customers there, in some regions, motors purchased at the dealer while still covered by warranty are given priority, and everyone else is forced to wait in line regardless of the brand, color, or other characteristics of the vehicle. Service is their main source of income, and these “dealers” sell more used outboard motors of all brands than new ones of their own. It pays to research the area around the water you boat in because this is not a general scenario.

Tohatsu just doesn’t have that welcoming outboard motor close by. Their previous name, Toyko > Hatsu-doki Company, Ltd., was probably a better choice. You are aware that Merc aided their entry into the outboard industry, right?

I’ll have to look through some of my old World War II items to see what unique items were produced between 1935 and 1945.

Due to financial constraints, my original plan for a small riverboat with a jet drive outboard motor was shelved. As a result, I’m now searching for a normal motor in the 15 to 25 HP area. When I searched, I discovered that Nissan outboard owners had nearly entirely good feedback, although much of the data was at least a few years old. I’m looking for opinions from people who own Nissan 4-stroke engines, or who have relatives or friends who do. Any assistance is really welcomed, so thank you.

I had a 30hp that I installed on a 14′ and I loved it; it still runs great. If they manufacture their four-stroke engines the same way they make their two-stroke engines, there is no need for concern.

decent outboards. Nissan and Tohatsu produce identical outboard motors, and Tohatsu also produces some of the smaller, portable Mercs. A few websites online will have prices that are less expensive than those at Cabela’s.

On my 1775 Pro-V, I had a 6 horsepower Nissan 4-stroke kicker that ran like a champ. I thought about keeping the motor even though I was happy with it because my new boat had a T8 Yamaha kicker with throttle control. I can say that the T8 might very well be the greatest kicker in its class, and the 6hp single lunger performed a respectable job considering the price.

Although I didn’t have a service nearby, I had also considered purchasing one. The Nissan was even less popular than the Nissan because I had a Suzuki that I was unable to even get serviced within two hours of me. (Wisconsin)

I highly doubt Mr. Yamaha left his position as president and CEO of Yamaha and joined Tohatsu in order to gain knowledge of the outboard industry.

When Yamaha first introduced outboard motors, they were required to pay OMC a royalty on several engine models because they had imitated some of the designs a little too closely.

Last year, I purchased an 8 horsepower, four-stroke Tahatsu with an electric start.

I adore it. Simple to start and has kitten-like purrs. I saved a lot of money by purchasing it directly from their website without paying any tax or shipping costs.

I merely provided a link to a conversation, not endorsing any of the information. Nissan (Tohatsu) appears to be popular among men on areas with salt water? Never owned one, but my kid is in Florida working with a 9.9 4-stoke Nissan and claims it is pretty delicious. Probably not as sweet as my 9.9 Bigfoot, though. LOL