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    2004 FX HO that needs some work

    What would you guys do ? Would you even make an offer and if so how much would you offer ? When I asked what happened and is the motor in working condition, here is what he states about it and below that is the link to the CL ad. I am capable of getting it welded or replaced and putting the motor back in, but I am a little leery, as I should be.
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    I have the motor. The lower cooling jacket cracked from not being properly winterized. The motor runs great. I think it has around 70 or so hours on it. I'm taking any reasonable offer. It's an easy fix to weld the jacket but it's a few hours putting the motor back in. I don't have the time to fool with it now.
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    If you are capable of performing the repairs, I'd pay his $1 asking price.

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    Thanks for the info. I wasnt sure what to offer at this point either
    Last edited by kdaily; 05-20-2014 at 10:01 AM.

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    I wouldn't offer more than $1000 w/o trailer.

    Remember, if it was an "easy" fix as he says, he would fix it and sell it for $3500+. Who wouldn't?

    Just the fact that he doesn't want to fool with this "easy" fix is a red flag and how I justified my lowball offer.

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    That is one of the questions that I asked in my original posting. How much would you offer him ?

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    See post above yours.

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    Apparently we were both typing at the same time. Either way thanks for the input. I will wait and see if anyone else chimes in with their thoughts before I go back to him.

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    Well as someone who has a bad back, working hunched over a ski is no fun, and can be quite painfull. In fact i'm about to sell my other ski with a bad oil pump or lines (oil leaked everywhere into the hull this winter) as I just bought a FXHO that needs no work. Sometimes good deals can be had because someone is incapable of servicing something for whatever reason.
    Best bet is to go look at it. I would think $1k is a reasonable price as it sits, so long as everything appears in good shape. Check cables, hull bottom, seats, etc.

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    A used ski brings the most money when it is running and in great condition. Although he says his ski "runs excellent" (when running), nobody in their right mind would consider that when making an offer. Not to mention, my version of "runs excellent" and your version of "runs excellent" may be on different pages. Reinforcing such a claim takes proper seat time in running condition. In this case, it needs to be treated as a ski with no motor, which is exactly what it is.

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    My general rule of thumb when buying something like this (non running) is -
    as a worst case scenario, how much can I get if I parted it out. I take into account a few of the higher priced items (seats, display, pump, etc) and not all the little $5-10 stuff.

    At least this way if its a total wash and unrepairable, you are not going to lose money. A little time parting it, but thats better than lost money most of the time.

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