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    Two steps forward one step back.

    I'm a longtime watercraft rider. This summer I rebuilt and sold my two 1997 Seadoo GTX machines. With my kids grown up I no longer needed two Seadoos. I used the money from the sales and bought a new 2017 Seadoo Spark 3up. I'm now kinda regretting my purchase. I love the fuel economy the Spark delivers and the feel of the torque in sport mode but...I hate how it rides! The Spark simply beats me up in any kinda of chop.

    My dilemma is if I sell the Spark and get a modern 4 stroke I could only afford a used machine. In order to upgrade to a larger new machine would cost several thousand dollars more. I could buy a used 2014 GTX 155 for around $8000 but it would be without any warranty. The problem is all watercraft run great until they don't. I simply don't see enough of an improvement between a 2014 GTX and my old 1997 GTX. The fuel mileage is similar between the two. The top speed is similar between the two. The 1997 GTX is simple to repair and engine is much cheaper to rebuild. Other used 4 strokes I'm thinking about would be a VX Cruiser or a Kawasaki STX 15F.

    My next option would be a 2018 Seadoo GTI 900. An extra $4000 gets me 4 years of warranty and better fuel economy but it only does about 42 MPH.


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    The 4 tec GTX is the workhorse of SeaDoo. Very reliable.

    "An extra $4000" for 4 years of warranty? That seems quite high to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xspook View Post
    The 4 tec GTX is the workhorse of SeaDoo. Very reliable.

    "An extra $4000" for 4 years of warranty? That seems quite high to me.
    What I mean by $4000 for 4 years warranty is the total cost to upgrade to a 2018 Seadoo GTI 900 over what my 2017 Spark is worth. I'm basically trying to balance what fuel savings would add up to vs the cost to obtain the fuel savings. A 2014 GTX 155 is $8000 & the GTI 900 is $12,000 CAD. If the GTI saves me $800 a year in fuel it would take 5 years of ownership to realize any fuel savings benefit because it cost more to purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truck240 View Post
    What I mean by $4000 for 4 years warranty is the total cost to upgrade to a 2018 Seadoo GTI 900 over what my 2017 Spark is worth. I'm basically trying to balance what fuel savings would add up to vs the cost to obtain the fuel savings. A 2014 GTX 155 is $8000 & the GTI 900 is $12,000 CAD. If the GTI saves me $800 a year in fuel it would take 5 years of ownership to realize any fuel savings benefit because it cost more to purchase.
    Where in Canada are you located?
    With any watersports vehicle, if fuel costs are a concern. You sir have picked the wrong pastime.

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    The 155hp motor is Bullitt proof. If it breaks it's probably from bad maintance.

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    just this spring i upgraded from a 96 GTX and 98 XL700 to a GTI 130 and GTI 155. it was a fun summer for me.

    what you need to do is try to find a GTI 130 that is last years model and negotiate price and warranty. i bought a 2017 GTI 130 this spring and negotiated down about $1800 from what they were asking since it was a left over ( 0 hours though ) and i told them i could drive to another dealer for a cheaper price. Bluffing them. the 2015 155 i bought with 27 hours from a private seller. you may be able to find a GTI 900 but to me the 42 mph top speed is just to low for my riding style. I just would not be happy with that limitation.

    the GTI model is really reliable so buying used would be ok. just have to make sure to test it out well and make sure compression etc are good.

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    hey man i'm in the same boat as you. i've only put 5 hours on my spark trixx but even on glass water the smallest little ripples make it bounce up and down like crazy and the ride is just trash if you arent standing up. last sunday while i was in the water a guy with a 17' gp1800 rolled up and let me try his ski and i regretted my purchase right off the bat. i already want to trade it in but i feel bad because i just got the thing

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    go Yamaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by james gp1300 View Post
    go Yamaha
    honestly now that the GP1800r is announced next year i'm just gonna go see if i can trade in. i'm a little worried about fuel economy though

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    Quote Originally Posted by moparguy View Post
    Where in Canada are you located?
    With any watersports vehicle, if fuel costs are a concern. You sir have picked the wrong pastime.
    I live on the South coast of BC. I typically spend 50 hrs a year on the water between May and October. I ride Osoyoos, Skaha, and Cultus lakes. With gas prices averaging 1.35 litre (5.00 US/gal) my 97 GTX was costing me roughly 25 hr to ride. Despite hating how the Spark rides it costs me 12 hr to ride. I can pick up a 2018 GTI 900 for just over $11,000 "out the door." I think I'll probably rent one for a few hours and see what it's like. In most aspects a 2014 GTX 155 really is not much different than my old 97 GTX.

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