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    Help with my My First PWC

    I am getting ready to buy my first PWC. First I need some feedback on what to look for when buying a used ski. I'm concerned about getting taken and have to replace the engine in a week.

    2nd do I go with a 2001 GP800R with 80 hours, very clean for $3,000 or a 2006 vx110 with 38 hours, spotless for $6,000 (I offered 5K and he took it immediately).

    The ski is mainly for me. I don't have kids but have friends who will probably use it as well. I'm not going to race it although I do like speed.

    I'm not much of a mechanic so I won't be doing much to it myself.

    Thanks for the info

    Kevin


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    Did you take a look at the dealers for new? 5k for a used VX, you can get a new one for low 7s list, and I am sure that you can get a great deal on a brand new VX for less than that, I know in my neck of the woods you can.

    Other than that, the VX would be a more stable craft. Easy maintenance, and reliable fun. The GPR, although its very agile, its not the best ride without hull modification.

    If you want to go faster, maybe a used FX or a Seadoo RXP or RXT. They would be just a bit higher priced than the VX for a used ski, but have higher speeds, and especially the seadoos can get some killer speed.

    BTW: Welcome to Greenhulk!

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    Thank you so much for the great info. Hate to get taken. I will check out the new ones and the seadoos.

    I appreciate your response.

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    no problem doc. there are alot of great skis to buy in that price range used. If you just want to ride, the VX is a great way to do it. You could also consider trading up as you outgrow your ski.

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    first off if u like speed i wouldnt go with a vx especially for 5k you can get a stock gp1300 for around there with low hrs and it is a reliable ski if taken care of and kept mostly stock great ski just to go out and have fun to me

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    I have looked at a couple GP800r s and liked them but I haven't seen
    any GP1300 locally. I think I would rather have a GP model rather than a
    bigger less agile VX.

    Thanks for all the input.

    *** How far back would you go... 2001 that I looked at is already 8 years old even though it has only 80 hours on it.

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    If you want to just ride with no headaches the VX is the way to go. Im biased though cuz I love mines. Also I believe the 06 VX is a 4 stroke where the GP is a 2 stroke. 4 stroke burn a lot cleaner and you dont have to premix gas and oil.

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    if you buy the 2001 gp800r make shure you have someone or yourself check the oil lines. my freind bought one that had only 75 hrs on it. rode it a couple of times. and the oil line came off and destroyed the cylinder. there known for comming off. on older skis.

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    Is $5,000 too much to pay for a 2006 vx Deluxe with 30 hours on it.

    How about $3000 for a 2001 GP800r with 80 hours.

    Seems as if these are the going prices I see online but a few of you
    seem to hint that its overpriced.

    Thanks

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    Do they come w/a trailer? How about cover,life vests,manuals,etc? All this stuff is worth something, esp a good trailer.

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