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    2003 or 2008 seadoo sport/speed/ster 155 hp which to buy?? $5K delta

    After a horrible experience last summer with a 2002 Sportster LE which didn't last an hour before dying and then waited till the last week of August to get it back only to find out the rebuild failed. I AM NOW ONLY INTERESTED IN A 4-TECH!!

    So I'm looking for a 15 ft Seadoo 155 hp boat. I'm in Canada:

    Here are my options right now, both come with trailer and SeaDoo covers:

    1st option private sale older gentleman who seam 150% honest on the phone:

    2003 Sportster 155HP 2nd owner, who bought it from a marina 5 years ago (for 15K!) with only 30 hours on the boat. He claims it been barely used as his grand kids just didn't get into the boating and in fact he states it wasn't even used two of the 5 years he's had it. Claims to have it properly winterized each year and oil changes done. No print out of hours but he doesn't think he's put more than 25 hours one since he's owned it. He says he never had any problems with it. $7,500 and may or may not have to pay ~ $500 tax at a later date

    2nd option, Dealer employee selling the boat through his dealership (which sells everything mostly farm stuff but also BRP), seams legit but who knows? no warranty

    2008 Speedster 150 155 hp 1 owner plus the dealer employee who's been using it. I'm told its clean and has 72 hours on it and the the guy GPS'ed at 89 km/h ~ 52 mph. last weekend, so its on the faster side $12,800 (which is inclusive of 13% HST tax)

    Both will give me a water test.

    Both have approximately the same hours and should be in approximately the same physical condition ( I know the 2008 has the new dash), but one is 5 year old, the other 10. Both are a three + hours drive in opposite directions from me so I will only choose one.

    I'm borrowing to buy so either amount is doable but the $8K seams so much easier to stomach.

    What do you guys think, should I shell out the additional $5,300 for the 5 year newer boat? Or will I be fine with the 2003 and should save the ~ $5k

    Many thanks


    Last edited by M_R; 05-28-2013 at 08:42 PM.

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