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Hello! 1st Question:Rx Used Yamaha Best DIY Repair Friendly, Reliability, MPG

New here. Been reading old Threads as I look for my first PWC. I want a Yamaha, prefer <$8,000. Great Forum.
Please recommend (Rx) model/year/engine used Yamaha to look. I want the "1998 Toyota RAV4" of PWCs! If you don't suggest a model, at least vote for 3-cyl. vs. 4-cyl. engine & which Yamaha engine(s) enjoy "rock solid" reputations. I'm a self-taught DIY mechanic who appreciates solid, simple engineering vs. bells & whistles:

1/ Well-built, solid, reliable, longevity (when well-cared for). "Will last near-forever." [Toyota, not Fiat]
2/ Easy, simple to DIY work on, low-maintenance, reasonably-priced OEM repair parts [Toyota, not Lamborghini]
~~(where DO you buy your OEM Yamaha parts?)
3/ Few/far between repairs if well-maintained (DIY oil changes, salt-water flush-outs, e.g.) [Toyota, not Mercedes]
4/ I'm just a slow cruiser, not into WOT racing. No super-charged, turbo, high-performance or racing engines. Just most efficient-- comparable to Toyota 22RE (one of the finest engines ever built!) [Corolla, not Porsche]
5/ When shopping on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, how do I tell if it's been rinsed out (flush valve) faithfully & generally well-maintained vs. trashed?
P.S. I like "Limited" editions based on 4-Pull-up Cleats (cool vanity feature)

Does this waverunner exist? If so, what year-model should I hunt for?

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P.S. It's just me, no kids/wife to haul around. No water skiing or pulling inflatable tube requirement. Just leisurely cruising in the Gulf of Mexico near Gulf Breeze. Hopefully I'll find out which engine(s) get best MPG or GPM (ha ha).
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Additional info: in case you didn't guess, will be hauling the used Yamaha waverunner w/ 1998 Toyota RAV4.
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New here. Been reading old Threads as I look for my first PWC. I want a Yamaha, prefer <$8,000. Great Forum.
Please recommend (Rx) model/year/engine used Yamaha to look. I want the "1998 Toyota RAV4" of PWCs! If you don't suggest a model, at least vote for 3-cyl. vs. 4-cyl. engine & which Yamaha engine(s) enjoy "rock solid" reputations. I'm a self-taught DIY mechanic who appreciates solid, simple engineering vs. bells & whistles:

1/ Well-built, solid, reliable, longevity (when well-cared for). "Will last near-forever." [Toyota, not Fiat]
2/ Easy, simple to DIY work on, low-maintenance, reasonably-priced OEM repair parts [Toyota, not Lamborghini]
~~(where DO you buy your OEM Yamaha parts?)
3/ Few/far between repairs if well-maintained (DIY oil changes, salt-water flush-outs, e.g.) [Toyota, not Mercedes]
4/ I'm just a slow cruiser, not into WOT racing. No super-charged, turbo, high-performance or racing engines. Just most efficient-- comparable to Toyota 22RE (one of the finest engines ever built!) [Corolla, not Porsche]
5/ When shopping on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, how do I tell if it's been rinsed out (flush valve) faithfully & generally well-maintained vs. trashed?
P.S. I like "Limited" editions based on 4-Pull-up Cleats (cool vanity feature)

Does this waverunner exist? If so, what year-model should I hunt for?

Thank you for the join. I appreciate your candid, thoughtful, helpful input.
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This is always a hard question to answer.
Let's start with a few questions back to you for back ground.
1) Where are you located and intend to ride?
2) how many people do you intend to carry?
3)do you intend to pull tubes or skiers?
4) what's main intent for use.
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Sorry, guess I should have read further.
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The vx cruiser sounds like it would be a good choice it's an entry level no frills. There supposed to offer very good fuel mileage. Can carry 3. Has an 1100cc motor.
If you want more frills the fx cruiser ho is a step up 1800cc and more amenities and storage. Storage is aways nice especially when at sea. My gpr I have to stow stuff in the engine bay when I go out on the bays/ocean.

Biggest thing when looking is basically if it looks well taken care of it probably was. If they've been abused it shows. Look at the bottom for damage. Lots of beaching will show wear on the keel up front and paint wear. This could be bad if hull is worn thin. The paint is soft so light scratches are typical. Deep gouges will need repair. Check motor compression. All cyl should be within 10% of each other. Preferably closer. Know what full compression should be before looking. Test ride if possible, at least 15/20 min ride. see how it performs, does it overheat or act differently when warmed.
No real way to tell if it's been regularly flushed but if it looks well care for it probably has. Always flush with salt away/salt terminator. It reduces the corrosion in the motor. Nuetralizes the salt. This is where the valve in the cooling line helps as these flush agents are expensive and you want all of it to go into the motor and not out the pump entrance. Although you can spay the whole ski and trailer with it.
The 4 strokes can go to high hundreds to 1000 hrs before needing rebuilt. Depending on care. but the lower the hrs is always better.
Look at Babbittsonline under OEM parts, jet skis, year, and look at models for that year. Then search you tube for any videos on that model. Gain info that way to know options out there. I looked at 11/12 vx/fx cruisers.

As you stated stay away from supper charged models. They require a lot of upkeep and are troublesome. Clutch failures.

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