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    Never owned a PWC and need advise

    Looking for advice. I have owned boats, four wheelers, motorcycles and don't mind working on stuff but my 14 year old son is spending his own money on a PWC. He only has about 2500 and has found a 1999 XL1200 LTD. I want to make sure he gets a solid ride. He has ridden PWC's a good bit so I am not worried about him just the ride. Is there any particular things I should look for when test riding today? Any advise would be appreciated!

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    Wales, UK
    Run compression test and wouldn’t hand over cash without a water test or see it running on a lake or ocean and making full rpm and speed.

    Top end often needs a rebuild after 100 or so hours sounds like it’s been converted to run pre mix

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    Bennettsville, SC
    For 2500 he can pick up a clean GP1200R, trust me he will like that ALOT better!

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    Hudson, WI
    Awesome. There will be many opinions. If possible, I would recommend a four stroke but with a 2500 budget you won’t find one unless it’s junk.

    How many hours on the 1200? Those motors are prone to be bad. But, make sure you check the compression, inspect impeller and take a test ride. Understand that $2500 is not a lot of money but it will be to him. It could last for years, or crap out in a week. You won’t be able to rebuild the motor for $2500 unless you do all the work yourself.

    major issues with that machine will be the carborators and the oil pump. Most people block the oil injection and go to premix on those machines.

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