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    1995 Polaris SL 750 thinking about getting..

    I'm looking for my first pwc and I can't afford a new one so I found this on Craigslist:

    http://rochester.craigslist.org/boa/2275804064.html

    I don't know much about these so,
    Questions: What kind of fuel consumption per hour could I expect with this one? (preferably would like to hear from someone who has this ski). I was also looking at a '97 Seadoo XP but its rated at 11.7 gph (wot) and I wanted something a little better on gas than that.

    Also, is that a good price for it? Seemed a bit high for one that old but if he would take like $1400 would that be good? It's only been in freshwater.


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    Welcome to Green Hulk.

    I'm not sure where to find fuel consumption.But no PWC will be very good -compared to a car.
    You could look into the SL700's/SLH,they are 2 cylinder and get better mileage.

    That Pwc looks to be in pretty good shape.It is a 3 cyl. In my area,they average between $1k-$1600.

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    I have that same ski and it uses about 6 to 6 and a half gallons of gas in about 2 and a half hours of running around. Its a very fun ski if you like spinning out and doing 360s. Should do 40 to 50 MPH if everything is working well.

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    Welcome to the Hulk

    What a PWC is worth depends on many things, but one of the major factors is the actual condition of the machine, and especially the engine.

    Engine hours only tell a small part of the story. Is the engine original, or rebuilt? Rebuilt by who? How many hows on the rebuild? Cylinder compression? Has the fuel system been maintained? Original fuel hoses?

    Click my signature links below. There is a section on what to look for when buying a used PWC.

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    Wow thanks for all the replies! This is a great forum.

    BryanP, what kind of riding do you do to get fuel usage like 3 gallons per/hour? At 50mph that would be about.. 16mpg and I kinda think these things aren't that good, but I don't know. Is that at top speed? 3gph is a lot better than a '97 Seadoo XP I was also looking at the uses about 12gph at wide open throttle (wot).

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    The manual claims 50 miles at wot plus 15minutes for reserve, so at 9.8 gallon capacity that would equal a little over 5 mpg at wot
    Just playing around and limited wot I get all day on a full tank in my 95 sl 750

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    All carburetor 2-stroke PWC burn fuel fairly quickly. Some models burn fuel much faster than others.

    Within the Polaris brand the two cylinder red 'domestic' 700cc engines with carburetor have a reputation for low fuel consumption. Going from memory, that would be the SL 700, SLH and SLT 700 models (1996 and newer).

    The most fuel efficient Polaris 2-stroke engine is probably the Ficht fuel injected Polaris two cylinder, which was only sold in the Virage i model.

    Among the competing brands of 2-stroke PWC, Polaris tends to be one of the least thirsty.

    Tip: Best fuel economy tends to be with the engine running in the range of 4000RPM to 5500RPM (depending on the engine and the hull/model) which translates to a nice cruising speed. Of course there is always the temptation to squeeze the throttle harder

    The more modern 4-stroke PWC engines (2004 onwards) are even better on fuel, but those models tend to cost more on the used market.

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    Econo-Ski

    Welcome to Polaris land.
    I ran an SL750 for about 5 years. I dont have numbers but you wont do much better on a carb 2-stroke than the SL750. I have a couple of 780 engines now and I can tell the difference in fuel economy. But that is what happens when you go from 6000-6200 RPM up to 6500-6600.
    Check the links in the post above CLICK HERE, the triple oulet fuel pump is a "Must" for this ski. New fuel lines, carb re-builds ect need to be considered.

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    In 2001 Polaris went to a single carb on the 700's. My friends SLH run's all day,with some fuel left over.I've seen several of these sell for around $2k.Their top speed is about 52MPH

    The Virage/Freedom -700cc-3 seaters- also have the single carbs

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