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Old 02-03-2021, 12:30 PM   #1
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These MCI engines have got a bad rap here over the years because of oiling issues. I was checking an old backup drive I had laying around yesterday and found a spreadsheet I made long time ago where I kept records at the golf course I worked at. It had year models and serial numbers on it.

We had 30 of these TXT carts where I worked with MCI engines. Not once did I ever have to repair one according to my records. They got run 7 days a week. We changed the oil and air filter every winter.

Because they cut our budget these carts were still running when I retired in Feb of 2012, and never any issues.

I also found this which I don't think I have ever seen. Though some might like to see what it said about these MCI engines. I am sure a few will disagree with me but thats ok to.
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Old 02-03-2021, 01:42 PM   #2
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Nothing but respect for you Tommy. Good info. However, The only factor I can see that hasnít been accounted for here is that those carts were new when you were working on them. They are 13-18 years old now and not been maintained like they would have been when they were new on the course back then. Add in other wear and tear and in my opinion just donít hold up as well as the earlier versions. When they run right, yes itís a sweet smooth running engine. I just donít think that they were designed to hold up as well long term.

The phrase ďthey donít build them like they used toĒ comes to mind. The Kawasaki that replaced them certainly isnít as refined and smooth as the robins. But at least you can still get parts for it at a reasonable price.

Just my thoughts anyway
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Nothing but respect for you Tommy. Good info. However, The only factor I can see that hasnít been accounted for here is that those carts were new when you were working on them. They are 13-18 years old now and not been maintained like they would have been when they were new on the course back then. Add in other wear and tear and in my opinion just donít hold up as well as the earlier versions. When they run right, yes itís a sweet smooth running engine. I just donít think that they were designed to hold up as well long term.

The phrase ďthey donít build them like they used toĒ comes to mind. The Kawasaki that replaced them certainly isnít as refined and smooth as the robins. But at least you can still get parts for it at a reasonable price.

Just my thoughts anyway
Yes parts for these are getting harder to find but if you know where to look most things are still available for now. The MCI was only built four years so I know the parts for them will soon fade away. I got a few spare parts stowed away .

I am rebuilding two PRE -MCI engines now that I have been putting off for two years. I did buy all the parts back in 2019. The blocks are perfect on both so someone took care of them before I got them.

I also will be honest. I am glad they are the Pre-Mci.
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Nice find Trig, i seem to recall getting a similar memo when these were introduced.

It also helps by explaining the differences in the engine and why you cant mix and match a lot of the parts between pre and MCI.

CP has a point about the age and lack of proper maintenance after leaving their original place on the golf courses and i must also admit to having no problems with them when new!
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