Thread: 2000 Yamaha XL 1200-good deal?
12-20-2011, 05:37 PM #1
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- Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C.
2000 Yamaha XL 1200-good deal?
Im trying to get my first pwc really badly but I just want to make sure im getting a good deal. Right now, I have three options:
1. 2000 Yamaha XL 1200 with trailer.(Owner says engine w/PV has one bad cylinder and 3 bad pistons but the engine is out of the ski)-$700
2. 1996 Seadoo GSX prestine condition cosmetically and mechanically with trailer-$1100
3. 1999 Seadoo GTS with trailer(owner says not running but isnt sure why and needs traction mats and seat cover)-$200
Which option is best? I only have $1500 and was hoping to have some left over for gas money for riding this summer
12-20-2011, 06:24 PM #2
The '96 Sea doo sounds like a pretty good deal. Go over it though. do a compression check and if its too cold to take it out, at least run it on the hose for a bit before you close the deal.
Are you anywhere near Spokane????
12-20-2011, 10:19 PM #3
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I'm a Yamaha fan and not a big Sea-Doo fan, so I would likely go for the Yamaha. But....... how much work are you willing and able to do and do you have the time and tools to make it happen??
12-23-2011, 02:15 PM #4
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- Texas City, Texas
The Yamaha gives you by far the most boat for the money. You will be hard pressed to pay for it and have it all put back together for 1500 bucks. The man told you of what he knows and what is obviously wrong with it. There is no telling what other problems that are unseen that may be there.
The GSX if it has the 800 engine in it.... well that engine is bulletproof and a very good deal. If it has the 951 in it, it is just as good of an engine, but the carbs develope a lean spot at the 3/4 throttle range. It is easily fixed by rejetting the carbs, but you should ask if that has already been done. For a beginner rider, this is probably the best choice if the boat is "prestine". They are stable, run well and have a decient top speed. As was suggested, you should try to ride it
The GTS is a builders dream! If the trailer has wheels on it and they will roll down the highway, then the trailer alone is worth 200 Bucks! My advice is to buy the boat and trailer, part it out completely sell the components and use the extra $$$$$$ you generated to buy a sweet ride.
By the way, welcome to the forum.
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