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Old 07-26-2005, 02:37 PM
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Default what year did tracker marine buy mako boats?

i am looking at a used 1999 21 mako. is this the tracker version or the more solid version? does anyone know when this transition took place? i am also looking at a 1994 21 mako.
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Old 07-26-2005, 03:38 PM
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the 1994 would be a good year, not so the 99. There was an owner group in between tracker and the original family. After 1996 you had better beware. Mako went downhill very fast. I don't know much about the new boats.
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it is actually a 1997. have you heard anything about this year? the wierd thing is that the guy says it is a 1997 21' mako cc, but on mako's webpage, they only show the 22' and 19' cc being built. then i was searching and came across an article saying that there were structural problems with the 1997 mako 216. i can not find any other records of this hull. does it exist?
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fishcall-try www.classicmako.com

all the information you will need
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I'm holding right here in my formerly nicotine stained fingers a 1997 Mako brochure. Seems like what you say is correct.

191 CC (19'4")
221 CC (21'10")
No mention of a 216

In the '98 brochure the same 191 and 221 are present. Still no 216.

Classic Mako should be able to answer your questions.

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I have a '94 211 - love it and have had no problems (yet). Feel free to PM/e-mail if you want to discuss this particular boat !
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:12 PM
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Do not want to upset anybody, or to bash Mako, but my experience with them has been a nightmare. Bought a brand new 2002 leftover from local dealer. I was concerned that they had a 4 year old new leftover. I ask freinds and local fisherman at a large fishing club that I am a member of. All told me not a bad boat but there is no warrenty, not on a 2002 or for that matter not a 2006. The manufacture is in and has been in dire straight for some 6 or 7 years now. With that being said buy the boat if you can buy it at 30 % behind low NADA. I went to my dealer he said he agreed with me this was the last one he had and he would sell it to me for that price. He also fessed up to the reason he was giving up the line, WARRENTY, there is none Mako was in to him and many other dealer for thousands of dollars. But he would submit the warrenty info to Mako and wish me luck. Well I thought that was great so I purchased the boat and away I went. Love the boat then and still do, but don't be misslead by any dealer telling you there is warrenty, the warrenty you have is from the dealer, not Mako.
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Where's the nightmare? You bought a boat you love, saved 30% knowing there was no warranty.

Mine is a '97. Put in an order with Texas Marine in Beaumont.... OOPS! Did I say Texas Marine? Didn't mean to say TEXAS MARINE. They gladly took my $4,000 deposit in April, lost the Mako dealership shortly after, and lied to me until October. Had an extremely hard time getting my money back out of those thieves.

Reordered the same boat via the new Mako outlet, Meek's Marine in Kema and had it by December. All my warranty work and special orders were handled without question. Guess I got the last of the good '97s. Have had great luck so far, but my nightmare has been on the original dealer end, not with Mako.

Mako has had it's problems, changing management, owners and plants, but it sounds like they may finally be getting back on track. Let's hope so. I still don't think I would deal with Bass Pro on a boat.
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Do not want to upset anybody, or to bash Mako, but my experience with them has been a nightmare. ............... He also fessed up to the reason he was giving up the line, WARRENTY, there is none Mako was in to him and many other dealer for thousands of dollars. But he would submit the warrenty info to Mako and wish me luck. Well I thought that was great so I purchased the boat and away I went. Love the boat then and still do, but don't be misslead by any dealer telling you there is warrenty, the warrenty you have is from the dealer, not Mako.

Ladies and gentleman,

When you buy a Tracker Maine Group boat your warranty is with them.....not Mako, not SeaCraft, not Kenner, not Nitro, not even their extended warranty plan can make a move on your boat with asking the Tracker Warranty people.

You may have a dealer here or there that will cover something and just take the beating on doing the work if they can't get paid from Tracker.

I know I'm straining a gnat with type info, but no matter how badly the guys at Mako, SeaCraft, Kenner or any of Tracker other boat lines want to help you they can't without the blessings of the brass in Springfield!

I wish it were different, but it's not.....
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Hey Nimrod,

Austin, Texas eh? I'm originally from La Grange. Now I live in the land of the Razorback...it's hell being a Longhorn fan. I still wear the burnt orange with pride just to piss off as many razorback fans as possible. Too bad the Horns don't play the Backs this year instead the Backs get to get murdered by USC on national televison...that should be interesting. I'm thinking 63-6 final (at least).

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Hey Nimrod,

Austin, Texas eh? I'm originally from La Grange. Now I live in the land of the Razorback...it's hell being a Longhorn fan. I still wear the burnt orange with pride just to piss off as many razorback fans as possible. Too bad the Horns don't play the Backs this year instead the Backs get to get murdered by USC on national televison...that should be interesting. I'm thinking 63-6 final (at least).

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No nightmare, just wanted to let people know that if you buy them right your OK.
I'ts just tough for me to fathom how a dealer can sell boats with 0 warrenty, but I guess that is why there is a new dealer in my area every 2 years.
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UPDATE ON MY EARLIER POST!

I have received word (from a secert source) that Tracker is/might be going to allow the warranty to be handled in house by their manufacturers.

If that is the case and they don't transfer people from Springfield to handle it.....Tracker will have made a huge improvment in their relationship with the boat buying public. Mind you they will still have to build something that will stay in one piece, but it will be alot better to have the guys who build it, repair it....as apposed to some hidden repair shop that no one has ever heard of.
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J.R. i see you at wdyh when I am there...stay away from that boat. Makos are not the old battle wagons they were pre tracker..Just look at what they did to seacraft,kenner,and even flats boat{silver king???] Almost everything bps/tracker touches quality goes down...you are to much of a class act to ride arround in junk.
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Maybe you guys can answer this for me.

I went looking at the makos at our bps here in orlando to see what the complaints were. While I couldnt really see any structural problems with the boats with my parking lot survey, I did notice something pretty odd.

The wiring under the console on the CC was a total rats nest, I mean it was worse than my seafox was. It had unbundled wires just hanging all over the place. However the w/a had one of the cleanest installations I have seen on a sub-100k boat. All the wiring was encased in split loom and secured to the bulkhead with clamps. It was very professional.

My question is, why would they go to such an effort to do a good job on the w/a, and just toss the rats nest into the cc?
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I'll throw my 2cents in!! In May i purchased a brand new 2004 232 Mako CC from a dealer on Cape Cod. While picking up the boat, i found a couple problems(Nothing major) that need to be fixed. So my dealor had to order the parts from Mako. Well, within a month or two, the parts were in. Dont get me wrong, i was still able to use the boat while i was waiting for the parts. But, is what i am saying, is yeah it took some time, but i did get the parts. It did seem like Mako did a sloppy job with the wiring, but that is nothing that cant be fixed pretty easily by the owner. Spend an hour down there, and you can have it looking how you want it. Now about the boat, I leave mine on a mooring all summer and i have been using the hell out of the boat. Tons of hours, tons of miles, and have loved the boat. I have had no problems, and the boat has ran great. I have been out in some pretty nasty stuff and the boat handles fine.....No complaints!!! And for the warrenty, I have the warrenty through Mako but it clearly states on the warrenty that they are not responsible for stress cracks or gel coat cracks. This seems to be the only problem with them. I have noticed a few small stress cracks but that is about it. Nothing for me to worry about. If anyone has any more questions please feel free to pm me.
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