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Old 10-25-2011, 11:17 AM
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Thinking about buying a PWC; would like a three seater that can be used to tow a skier as well.

There is Sea Doo, Yamaha, Suzuki ...

Any tips what to look for and what to watch out for?

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Old 10-25-2011, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by beachnut53 View Post
Thinking about buying a PWC; would like a three seater that can be used to tow a skier as well.

There is Sea Doo, Yamaha, Suzuki ...

Any tips what to look for and what to watch out for?

thanks
I've spent a fair amount of time on a Yamaha FX HO.....nice ski and plenty of power for pulling a skier, wakeboard, tube. You'll get a thousand different answers....but if reliability is a concern....stick with Yamaha. My neighbors' sea doos are always in the shop. Most of the rental places I have seen use mostly Yamaha.
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Originally Posted by onemilehigh View Post
I've spent a fair amount of time on a Yamaha FX HO.....nice ski and plenty of power for pulling a skier, wakeboard, tube. You'll get a thousand different answers....but if reliability is a concern....stick with Yamaha. My neighbors' sea doos are always in the shop. Most of the rental places I have seen use mostly Yamaha.
I have a 1995 Sea-doo that still runs like a champ. Granted it is an older model with a 2stroke engine and many less bells and whistles, but in 15 years it has only ever required routine maintenance.

Are you looking to buy a new one with a 4 stroke, or an older one with a 2 stroke? I have no experience with the 4 strokes, but if you go used, I can vouch that the sea-doo 2 strokes are solid (at least mine has been).
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I have owned many waverunners and run a jet ski enthusiast website. I will recommend you purchase a Yamaha FX HO or a Yamaha FX SHO if you want that bit of extra power. Trust me, do not TOUCH a sea-doo unless you enjoy repairs.
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I've had a Yamaha FX Cruiser HO, a Sea-Doo GTX 4-Tec Wake Edition, a Sea-Doo RXP-X, and a Sea-Doo RXT-X.

Everyone always says Yamaha's are reliable, but both the Yamaha and the Sea-Doo GTX were always in the shop. Never anything major, always little things, but it seemed like for the 2 years I had them I rarely got to take both out at the same time because as soon as one was back and working the other would break down.

The RXP-X and RXT-X have been bulletproof so far. Zero problems whatsoever, and I don't know how many hours I've got on them but I know it's a lot. They get ridden hard, it's hard to cruise at 30mph when you can scream along at closer to 70mph. And it's hard to stay in flat water when there are waves to jump. Point being, they don't get babied out on the water, and we've had regular maintenance done at the recommended hour intervals and zero problems. My next PWC's will be Sea-Doo's. Sea-Doo, Yamaha, and Kawasaki all make nice skis, as well as Honda, but for now, Sea-Doo can count me as a loyal customer.
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They do break alot all of them. Things to look for,
-does it start easily
-does it stay running
-take seat off reach down behind motor and grab the drive shaft(while it is not running) does it slide back and forth easliy? May need new bearing.
- Is the engine rusted up, might have been rolled alot
-Does the trim setting work, these fail alot
-Is it carbed? How long has it set which both of my 2 first questions will point out
-Deep scratched in the hull or gel coat
-At the end of the season where you live, you should be able to get some good deals on them, if you are handy you can maintain them, if not they are in the shop alot.
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Loved my pair of Yamaha FX HOs. At 30mph you the water on the hull was louder than the engine...
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super charged Kawasaki was the last one I rode. what a tank it was.
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I have a SeaDoo RXP. Other than a blown supercharger because SeaDoo never informed me to change the clutch washers to metal from ceramic, it has been reliable.
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Yamaha FX HO 160 - Plenty of power, quiet, fast, stable, reliable.
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Ridden Yammies and Sea Doo's, and own a pair of 2004 RXP's. They are screaming rockets and not much repair or maintenance. I would consider buying either brand -- and would say that people down talking Sea Doo's are talking about technology prior to the RXP line.

My buddies yam is in the shop much more, but that's because he has over super charged them beyond spec. Like I said, I'd consider either.
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Just wanted to say thanks for all that responded.

Despite the different opinions; this has helped meas to what my first choice should be.
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Well I want to respond to some of the things being said, hope you don't mind.

1. Honda DOES not make a very nice ski. They have massive turbo lag (I have ridden 3 turbo honda's so far). Their hulls on the 2 seater are VERY tippy. They have massive problems with corrosion just because of how they are built. It is not unusual to see them with blown turbos after 60-80 hours.

2. Seadoo is junk. They require supercharger rebuilds every 100 hours. That is a big (expensive!) job if you don't do it yourself. Yamaha is a no brainer, fill it up with gas and go. If this is what you are aiming for then there is only one choice. I rode mine to bimini without a thought of a possible breakdown. The only known issue with supercharged Yamaha models is the clutch, but a blow off valve removes the stress caused on the sprag.

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You are 100% right. MR1's aren't very loud especially with stock exhaust. Trim is a wonderful feature on the FX series, I wish the VX series came with it as well.

Kawasaki=The 250X was released with a great hull, a nice deep V. Then issues started to come. Then they released the 260x where most of the issues were fixed and 10HP was gained. They failed to add trim to that model. Then they released the 300x, nothing but problems. 14.7PSI of boost to run 67mph while yamaha is doing the same with 5.5psi. The 300x has too many issues to describe at this point being a new model, most of the current owners have a large list of complaints.

Seadoo is an electrical nightmare. Their suspension model skis were a mistake. I have a buddy of mine who works for seadoo and told me to stay away. He said good luck after 100 hours on that thing, they saw nothing but failures. I have a few in my group that ride with me on seadoo's, I always give them a weeks notice so they can stop by the repair shop and have them ready for the next ride.
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SEA DOO OR YAMAHA never trust suziki
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I did the same research you are doing now last fall. Ended up getting a 07 Yamaha VX110 Deluxe. Except for a bad battery the ski has been flawless.
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The Yamaha FXSHO Cruiser is a great ride, the trip and the cruise control are not gimmicks they make all day riding fun.
My buddy has Sea Doo's he likes to get new ones ever 2 years.
My bro has a Yamaha VXR, which is not a great three seater, but is better handling than my SHO for 4k less $$
The other issue with the supercharged model is incredibly bad gas mileage.
The SHO hauls a 3 person tube with two on the ski with ease, its simple to knock all the kids as well.
When the Gfriend and I want to go 15 miles for dinner, the SHO Cruiser is a great ride, we can go 50 and run right through boat wakes and chop without a worry.
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Yamaha is the most reliable, Sea Doo is the most fun to ride.

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thanks again to all for responding
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Yamaha, no bout adout it.

You can even buy a few years back and get the MR-1 engine. I prefer the FX Cruiser models.

Gas it, ride it, change the oil and plugs, flush it, enjoy.
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Originally Posted by #1Stunna View Post
Yamaha is the most reliable, Sea Doo is the most fun to ride.

Not doubting it or debating, just curious as to what brought you to that conclusion. I own some 04 Sea Doo's and they are amazing, but I've ridden some 09-2010 Yams and they were very quiet and very comfortable - probably because of having much newer technology - so I like them all...

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