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    SeaDoo vs Yamaha

    I'm a newbie and purchasing our families first PWC to be used at a small lake at our new cottage. Looking at many user and professional reviews, I've narrowed it down to two models, both 2008. Sea-Doo GTI SE 155 and Yamaha FX HO (not cruiser). Although the FX has a much higher list price, I have sourced each at about the same price point (good discount on the GTI and huge discount on the FX). The FX is a much larger machine and has many more cool features. Although I like the stability, I'm concerned about the playfulness. I know the GTI is playful. Is the FX even close? All feedback will be appreciated. Also, I'm assuming they are both very reliable machines, am I correct? (that's why I ruled out the Kawi STX F15). Note: I'm posting the same thread under Yamaha.


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    Test ride both if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfreedman1957 View Post
    I'm a newbie and purchasing our families first PWC to be used at a small lake at our new cottage. Looking at many user and professional reviews, I've narrowed it down to two models, both 2008. Sea-Doo GTI SE 155 and Yamaha FX HO (not cruiser). Although the FX has a much higher list price, I have sourced each at about the same price point (good discount on the GTI and huge discount on the FX). The FX is a much larger machine and has many more cool features. Although I like the stability, I'm concerned about the playfulness. I know the GTI is playful. Is the FX even close? All feedback will be appreciated. Also, I'm assuming they are both very reliable machines, am I correct? (that's why I ruled out the Kawi STX F15). Note: I'm posting the same thread under Yamaha.
    Why do you say the Kawi us not reliable? I thought that ski was as close to bullet proof as you could get.

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    Kawi Unreliable

    Hi Kirk,
    Looking at many user reviews, there were many issues which I guess surrounded quality control at the factor more than engineering flaws. Pieces falling off such as a water hose on a fairly new machine which filled the engine compartment with water and mostly sunk the craft. Water got into the engine and a new engine under warranty. More that one of this occurance. As well, others with stripped screws and parts falling off. Too bad as I am a huge Kawi fan. Owned a 2000 Ninja ZX-9R for several years. Best bike I ever owed by far and yes, as stated, bullet proof. That Ninja engine is the base for the STX so it was the first craft I really looked into. Should I reconsider? There are even better deals on the STX F15. Thanks! - Howard

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    I'm looking at new non-currents from dealers. I wouldn't think test riding is an option, just like motorcycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfreedman1957 View Post
    I wouldn't think test riding is an option, just like motorcycles.
    Depends on the dealer. Many will have demo days during the summer.

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    Good advise, but probably too late in the season for that now. I want to buy this year and will have to rely on forum feedback. I don't think we'll HATE either one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfreedman1957 View Post
    Hi Kirk,
    Looking at many user reviews, there were many issues which I guess surrounded quality control at the factor more than engineering flaws. Pieces falling off such as a water hose on a fairly new machine which filled the engine compartment with water and mostly sunk the craft. Water got into the engine and a new engine under warranty. More that one of this occurance. As well, others with stripped screws and parts falling off. Too bad as I am a huge Kawi fan. Owned a 2000 Ninja ZX-9R for several years. Best bike I ever owed by far and yes, as stated, bullet proof. That Ninja engine is the base for the STX so it was the first craft I really looked into. Should I reconsider? There are even better deals on the STX F15. Thanks! - Howard
    Man, not sure. I have talked to at least 4 owners of the 15F and they all love them. I guess I just have not ran into an unsatisfied owner yet.
    I would put a post in the Kawi forum and see what the owners all come back and say. IMO, for the price, you can't beat them.

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    I'll do just that. Thanks! Here's the one post about that problem if you're interested...
    http://www.powersportsnetwork.com/en...5339&veh=24284

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfreedman1957 View Post
    I'll do just that. Thanks! Here's the one post about that problem if you're interested...
    http://www.powersportsnetwork.com/en...5339&veh=24284
    Hum.
    This could just be one of those things that owners deal with, but should not have to. I know on the RXPX, the first thing I was told by several people was to check the hoses and replace the clamps. I am not sure if this has been an issue with Yamaha; I doubt it has been.....

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