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    Looking for a different PWC for teenager.

    We have a 95 wave venture 700cc. Looking for something that will fit two teenagers comfortably, be a bit more playfull (better turning) more out of hole responsive, reliable and easy to work on, and doesn't smoke like a freight train. Not looking for speed demon 45-50 top speed is great.


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    Are you looking to stay with carburetors and 2-stroke engines?

    These days the ‘reliable’ parameter is typically something with a 4-stroke motor

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    Your price range would help.

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    Well I was thinking small upgrade so something up to $2k range. Either yamaha or kawa. Not going to buy covid or summer pricing. Anything more and I'd probably just end up buying a new entry model.

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    Try to find a GP760. Perfect for what you are asking.

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    alternate choice ( if you can find one at your price) would be the 1997 seadoo gtx

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    I know you said Yamaha or Kawasaki but........stay away from older Kawasaki's like tyhe Zxi, you'll probably be in for many headaches.
    If you would care to take a look at a Seadoo, the '96/97 GSX with 787 engine is another great machine. Not quite as easy to work on as the Yamaha 760 but still not bad and almost bulletproof.

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    With a budget of $2K, you're not going to find much that actually runs these days.

    I don't know what Myself has against the ZXis, but I had two of them and thoroughly enjoyed them. Very maneuverable and lots of fun! About the only trouble was with the electric trim.

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    I'm with Steve on a couple of points. No, you're probably not going to find much in this covid, "sellers market" of used skis. Prices are very high and I rarely see a ski for as low as $2000. 100% covid pricing going on here in Texas!

    My Sea Doo experience is opposite of what Myself has experienced and suggested. My two, 1996, 787 Sea Doo XP skis were nothing but headaches. Fun while they ran but they were always requiring maintenance. I was constantly working on them to keep them running right. That's my experience and I would never suggest them to anyone.

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    and I had the exact opposite experience serving dozens of seadoo GTX 97 series skis which seldom boomeranged back to my shop except when sunk by aggressive riding or winterizing.

    Point to remember, you want one with relatively low hours on the meter. The engines require major rebuilds at around 250 hours give or take and skis with 400 hours have problems with rave valve burns and need new clyinders

    This doesn't speak to the XP problem, which is certainly a ski to be avoided these days since many vital parts are no longer available and require expensive fabrications

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