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Hey all,

New to this site. I have always wanted a Jet Ski but just never went and got one. I bought a snowmobile a few years ago but haven't used it as much as I thought I would so I thought I would try a Jet Ski for a change. There aren't many used ones close to me. I was looking to get one probably 2001-2004. My wife's brother bought a boat from a place near me and they have a few Sea Doo's and one Yamaha. Can see them here.

I noticed some people are saying Yamaha's are a little bit more reliable. They are hard to come by around here. I did see one near me here:

I also noticed some dealers are selling last year's model Yamaha V1 for $6999-7999 w/o trailer.

The first dealer has a few Sea Doo's.. Trying to stay under $4000. Advice?
 

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I would really try and stay Yamaha or Kawasaki. If your going to do Seadoo, get a older carbed 951 engine ski.
Not sure where you are at, but craigs list is a pretty good place to start looking. You should be able to find a pretty nice ski for around 4k. Find someone that you trust, and that knows about PWC's to take with you.
Since your new to the sport, I would stay with Kawi's STX 1100 or 12f, or Yami's XLT 1200 or FX cruiser.
Jet Ski's in my area are hard to come by. There are only a handful of used Yamaha Jet Ski's.

The dealer where my wife's brother bought a boat has a 2001 Yamaha GPR 800, 120 HP with "Yamaha Oil injected engine" for $2895. Doesn't say how many hours total it has.

There is a guy on Craiglist in my area selling a 2001 Yamaha GP 1200R Jet Ski for $2500. The engine was rebuilt last summer and has about 15 hours on it.
 

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Warning! Warning Will Robinson!!

Do not buy unless you can take the machine out on the water and run it for at least a half an hour. Some problems will not occur when the machine is on the hose (cavitation for example), and some problems will not occur until a half hour of riding and the machine is good and warmed up (bogging down).

My (bad) example: in spring 2012 I bought a 2001 Yama Waverunner from a guy on Craigslist. Guaranteed in writing to run perfect. It was in March so I, the trusting fool, did not run it, nor did I check the compression. (I have learned a lot since then) When I took it out for the first run on Memorial Day weekend, I had it out for 10 min. Wouldn't go over 10 mph. Eventually found out one cylinder was fried. Found mechanic that would state in writing that the machine had to be toast before I bought it because the amount of damage it exhibited would not have occurred in my 10 min of use. (still use this mechanic, great guy) Cost me $2,000 + to rebuild engine. Sued seller in small claims court and won a $3,000 judgment. Seller went bankrupt. After the Waverunner was fixed, found out it suffered from cavitation and had to buy new intake grate and pump seal kit.

I would have found all of this out if I hadn't been in such a hurry to buy and such a trusting fool. Trust, but verify.

It would have been a lot better if I had listened to my own advice. Do as I say, not as I do.

Good Luck!

Zardoz
I know, I was browsing around the forum and read everything about what had happened to you. Glad you won in court. Did you ever get your money back? Not sure if I read anything about it. I remember he stopped paying on his house and stuff. Is he still liable to pay you even though he went bankrupt?
 

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Okay, I just may end up buying a 2015 or 2016. There is a 2014 I have been looking at as well. Which do you think will be a better deal overall?

A used 2014 Yamaha VX Deluxe with 15 hours on the machine and comes with a trailer for $7999.

A 2015 Yamaha VX Deluxe brand new just the Ski for $7999.

2016 Yamaha VX $9499.00 with a trailer valued at $1000, Free 5 year warranty and a free cover.

2016 VX Deluxe.............$10,199 with a trailer valued at $1000, Free 5 year warranty, Free cover and $25 in free gas.

The second Ski I am not sure about since there is a promotion for Yamaha Waverunners for a $500 incentive or a free 5 year warranty. So they may have applied that $500 credit to the price of the '15 VX Deluxe. Free trailer seems nice other dealers in my area are not offering a trailer with purchase on new Waverunners. Just the one dealer is. I don't have a trailer so that is definitely a plus. I know there is not much difference between the VX and VX Deluxe. NanoXcel® ultra-lightweight hull and deck, I think a Low RPM system is with the Deluxe and a re-boarding step. The RIDE feature seems, but never having a Jet Ski before, is the RIDE worth skipping on the used 2014 and going with the newer machines with RIDE?
 

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I'm not a fan of all the bells and whistles on some of the newer ski's, but some people like them. If you can get a warranty on the 15, that would be a good deal. You should be able to get a nice used trailer for about 800, or a new one for about 1200.
I checked an updated Craigslist post and I didn't see the 2015 still on there. It may still be for sale at that price. They are closed today, but the '15 is brand new so there is a warranty on it. However on the '14 at another dealer. the factory warranty may be expired already. If I can pick up that '15 for $7999 and another dealer is selling new trailers for $899, might be my best bet.

I know the Yamaha promotions end on the 31st which include $500 incentive or a free extended warranty. Not sure what they will offer come June. I know I can pick up a Yamaha extended warranty on eBay for about $725.
 

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Ended up finding a 2001 Yamaha XLT1200 with a trailer for $2150. Going to go look at Tuesday. Hull is in really good shape judging from pictures. Has about 200 hours on ski, with about 40 hours on SBT motor. Owner said new pump drive and coupler was installed, cat removed, new ride plate, new intake grate, and pump jet drive. Said he installed wave eater clips, replaced steering cable along with reverse cable.
 

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Went and looked at the Waverunner and ended up getting it. $2150 for a 2001 Yamaha Waverunner and a 2013 Karavan trailer. Thought I made out pretty decent. Guy was really nice, took about 15 minutes to go over the Jet Ski with me, showed me the Wave Eater clips and showed me just about everything else about the Waverunner. He had a nice GPR800 and another 2013 Supercharged Waverunner. He was a mechanic and the work that was needed on the Waverunenr throughout the years was done by him.
 

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