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    Question GS Vs. GTX Vs. Kaw 900

    I'm heading out this weekend to look at and probably purchase my first PWC. I'm looking for a 3 seater for my wife and daughter to tag along and island hop, but I'd also like to be able to have some fun pitching around in the waves when I'm solo.

    Here are the 3 PWC's that I'm going to look at this weekend.
    1. 1997 Kawasaki 900 $1500 (with trailer)
    2. 1997 SeaDoo GTX $1800 (with trailer)
    3. 1997 SeaDoo GTS $1495 (with tralier)

    I also have a longshot chance at a 2003 GTI @ $1,800 (no trailer)
    Just looking for general feedback from "those who know".
    Thanks for any input...heading out in the morning to check things out.



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    I'd stay away from the Kawa... The GTX if it's got the 787cc motor was a fast ski for it's day, it likes gas though...

    The others should be perfect to cruise along at 40, don't expect a ton more, but great fuel consumption. Sometimes I miss my 93 GTS with a 580cc...

    Just make sure the compression checks out on them and they are water ready.

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    i have a 97 gtx i just got and love it im going wave jumping sun

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    I've been on the phone and aded 3 more options to go look at this weekend.
    See what you think of these...

    4. 2004 Yamaha XL 700
    5. 2004 Polaris MSX 150 Turbo
    6. 2000 Kawasaki 1100 STX DI

    Would these be better choices? They are all within the same price range.

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    I would go for the Polaris if its in nice shape, its gonna be the fastest out of the bunch in stock form and is a 4 stroke motor so u just change oil and put gas in and go. All the others u have listed so far are 2 smokes and will require oil along with gas while ur riding, I had a 97 GTX and loved the ski till i upgraded to a 2002 which is a bigger hull and more powerful motor, now with the 07 RXT which is really same hull with same motor with blower and intercooler makes riding really fun, but if i could find a cheap 4 stroke to replace my second ski i would jump on it.

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    Yeah, I thought the 4 stroke would be nice...but I've had other PWC owners tell me that Polaris could be more expensive on upkeep since they are no longer in the PWC business....should this be a concern?
    Keep the info coming fellas! I'm counting on you!

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    We used to have a 97 GTX. It was a great ski. Good wave jumper for the size, and because of the hull you could still throw it around and stuff.

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    Aargh...LOL...everytime I think I have it narrowed down...I read something else and I'm back to square one! Decisions, Decisions!.

    Here's the current update...After reading about numerous problems regarding the Polaris and speaking with the owner (who told me that it wasn't running, but he was sure it just needed a battery "or something)......I've decided to pass on the Polaris...sigh.....

    BUT...here is where it gets even better...I have found a few other pwc's that have captured my attention.....

    and so...here is an updated list...

    1. 1997 GTX Seadoo
    2. 2004 Yamaha XL700
    3. 2000 GTI Seadoo
    4. Watching auction on 2003 Seadoo GTX 4Tec Supercharged

    Any standouts amongst these for performance / reliability?

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    well I am not sure about the reliability of the older supercharged 4 tecs, but if they are reliable I guess that would be the best option if you can get it really cheap. But it will be heavier then the older GTX which means not as playful or good at wave jumping. My Aunt has a 06 GTX NA and it is just down right pathetic at wave jumping.

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    Wait there brotha!

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    [quote 4. Watching auction on 2003 Seadoo GTX 4Tec Supercharged
    if this is an ebay auction stay away from it, no one in ebay really sells a good running ski. you never know if the supercharger is toasted or if it might have a bent valve or something of that kind, if you cant ride it dont buy it. stay away from sending money before getting your hands on it.

    look on craiglist and if you have mozilla fire fox use crazedlist.org
    this will let you look through out many cities of your choice.

    P.S. STAY AWAY FROM EBAY, SPECIALLY WITH THESE SUPERCHARGED SEADOO'S you'l never know how they were treated before.!

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