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    Question Need expert advice on buying a set of MSX 110's

    We are looking at buying (2) 2004 Polaris MSX 110 turbo three person jetskis. Both are in awesome condition and have only 73 hours on each ski. Both have brand new batteries and recent oil changes. Only ridden and fresh water and always garage kept and never rolled. They hold up to three people and can pull a one person tube. Both start up on command and are ready to be put in the water.

    Also comes with like new 2004 triton LT trailer. Very light and can be picked up and moved with ease also has brand new tail lights.

    I inspected them and the trailer per guidance on this forum and they are in excellent shape. However, I am weary based on the rebuild costs associated with these PWC, as well as the fact that Polaris no longer makes PWC and the closest dealer who can work on them is over an hour away. Any help/advice is much appreciated. I am test riding both on Wednesday.
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    Buyer be VERY ware. These are rare Weber powered machines that are prone to numerous serious issues. Compression test is an absolute must. Read this page: http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=89273

    And this page: https://sites.google.com/site/polari...10-and-msx-150

    Great machines when running though.

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    Here is some more details, credit to one of the MSX Masters, Mr. Ripcuda:

    - compression 130+ in each
    - oil at the correct level (see K447's sig for details on checking)
    - no foamy/milky looking oil
    - no oil slick in the coolant
    - starts and idles well (1500/1550 rpms) (use reverse when starting out of the water)

    And I'll add: Check waste gate actuator, make sure it doesn't bind up. Should be hard to move (toward the hull) because of the spring, but should snap back without binding.

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    And don't let the hours fool you, there have been plenty of 110/150's that have failed with as little as 20 hours.

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    I can NOT recommend them.

    They are expensive to maintain... and very expensive to repair. And there is hardly anyone who will fix them for you anymore.

    Find a nice pair of Yamaha VX Cruisers... same power and speed as the MSX 110. You'll be happier in the long run... even if they cost a little more.

    Cheers!

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    +1 ripcuda, they are great machines but you need to be able to work on them yourself and have decent mechanical understanding.
    As rip said a couple of VX's would be cheaper in the long and most likely short run.

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    Where are you located? As stated I would avoid them unless you are experienced with mechanics, and I don't mean you change your own oil.

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    RUN FOREST RUN!!!!

    Don't let anybody tell you different either. They arent the ones that will be coughing up the cash for repairs. One of the most expensive watercraft endeavors you could ever undertake.

    Pretty solid, uniform answers, eh Frankie?

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    Don't do it. Just read through some of the posts and you will see.

    Buy something that is supported like Sea Doo or Yamaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grovite View Post
    Don't do it. Just read through some of the posts and you will see.

    Buy something that is supported like Sea Doo or Yamaha.
    Or if you have a thing for the Polaris msx series hulls (which I think are pretty awesome and have great riding quality, easy on waves, don't get crazy face splash, etc.), the msx 140 has an N/A engine and (appears to me) is significantly easier to work on. Plus its 2-stroke motor has been used by a bunch of different Polaris models, and have outfits like SBT that rebuild engines, provide parts, etc. I prefer the ride quality on the msx over my Honda (although the Honda is faster), I can't speak for the Sea Doo's or Yamahas, haven't ridden them enough to know much about em.

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