I’ve been working on and selling Seadoo Watercraft for quite a few years. I’ve seen and driven just about every model Seadoo has come out with. I also worked on them too.
What I want to do is go through every model of Seadoo Watercraft and point out the ones that I would consider good machines to buy used. I’ve gathered this information throughout the years and I know which ones are good and which ones you just want to avoid.
I’m going to be only doing Seadoo since they have the biggest market share and it is what I know. If it’s not a Seadoo then the golden rule is to not get it if it’s a 2 stroke.
If you want to learn more about used jet skis then I have a “Used Jet Ski Guide” that explains more.
2001 and below
If the Seadoo is a 2001 or below then I would avoid it as all the models are 2 strokes. 2 Strokes are a dying breed and parts are hard to find for them. You want to only have 4 strokes, the way you can tell is that a 4 stroke has a dip stick on top of the engine just like what a car has.
2002 was the first year for the 4 stroke engine, and Seadoo has been using this engine block for all their modern engines even in 2016. This engine is slowly being replaced by the 1630cc which is in there 300HP in 2016. This engine works well, but not all the models in 2002 got that engine.
The only two units that I would even consider is the GTX limited and the GTX 4-tec from that year. The other models are 2 strokes and I would avoid them.
2003 is much like 2002 where I would pick the GTX Limited and GTX 4-tec. There is another model and that is the GTX SC or GTX 4-tec Super Charged. This was the first year the supercharged models came out, it brought the 155Hp engine up to 185hp. I would make sure to check out the supercharger on the GTX SC, but the supercharger being a problem was not that big of an issue for the 185HP since it never spun as fast as the later supercharged models.
2004 was the year you start to see more 4 strokes than 2 strokes. You have the GTX 155 which is a great machine if you ask me! You still have the GTX Limited and GTX SC, but now the RXP came to be. The RXP was the first 215Hp supercharged and intercooler 4-Stroke engine from Seadoo. The RXP was a 2 seater while most other models were 3 seaters. The RXP was a racing machine and was top dog in power for its day. The only thing about the RXP 215 I would worry about is to make sure it had the supercharger job done to it.
2005 we saw even more 4 strokes added to the lineup. You still have the RXP 215, GTX Limited, GTX SC, but now you also have the RXT 215 added to the mix. The RXT is just a 3 seater RXP. Also new is the GTX Wake which is a great machine since it has a ski pylon and wake board rack. You still have some 2 strokes like the GTI and 3D that I would avoid in the 2005 line up, all the other models are great. The best one out of the bunch was the GTX 155.
At this point, it gets easier. If you’re looking at buying a used Seadoo and its a 2006 or older then its going to be a great machine. The only one I would avoid would be the 3D since it’s a 2 stroke. You got several winners in this year that really seem bullet proof. The 2006 GTI and 2006 GTX 155 are some the best units ever. The 2006 GTX 155 is a really comfortable and long lasting ski. The RXP and RXT of that year are super fast and have great color schemes and feel bullet proof too.
Just like 2006 all models are great except for the 3D, 2007 was the last year for it and the last year Seadoo had a 2-stroke in the lineup. Some of the best watercraft were created this year and still run strong to this day. The GTI 130, GTI SE 130, GTI SE 155, GTX 155 are the best watercraft ever created and this holds true up to this day in 2016. A personal favorite of mine was the 2007 RXT 215 in the black and yellow, love that watercraft! Another good ski was the GTX Wake, this was one of the best value ski’s on the market and still very popular to this day.
From This Point On
From this point on you could draw some Seadoo’s out of a hat and still pick a good unit. There are some that stick out better than others, those are the golden boys. I would say the machines with the 155HP engine are the best ones you can get. It’s not too fast and it’s not too slow, it’s just right. If you want a work horse of an engine than the 155HP models are the ticket.
The big old recession hit us hard, but some of the best Seadoo’s were created during this time. This was the year of the RXP-X 255 and RXT-X 255. For some odd reason, these two models especially the RXT-X sell really well. These models are a huge hit in other countries besides the United States, so if you have one then you got a good machine.
Just like the 2007 GTI’s and GTX 155 and GTX Wake – these are one of the best skis on the market that are bullet proof. Really any machine beyond this point is bullet proof and great.
This was the year that Seadoo did ballast tanks on the GTX Wake, it was not popular and they never did it again. So if you have a GTX Wake with ballast tanks then that is rare.
2009 was a good year for Jet Ski world. This was the year that Seadoo came out with iBR (brakes, starts in neutral, and reverse) and iS (suspension) for a Jet Ski. This stuff was ground breaking and never seen before on a boat. Only two models got these features, the GTX Limited iS and RXT iS. The GTI SE models got a really nice blue color that looked sharp.
This was the year we got a GTI Wake and the GTX wake as separate models. Later Seadoo would just start to call the GTI Wake the WAKE and the GTX Wake the WAKE PRO in the coming years. The GTI Wake is great ski and so are the other GTI models and the GTX 155, they will last forever.
In 2010 all models except the RXP-X and GTI models got the new S3 body. The S3 body is still used today and is the most comfortable body around. From this point on you can’t go wrong with any model Seadoo. Really they’re all good. The Suspension has been super reliable and the iBR system works great. In 2016 Seadoo Went to iBR 2.0 which works even better.
This was about the time Seadoo Started working the Spark. During the recession, people could not afford this expensive watercraft. So Seadoo started project CAFE which was the Spark that was released in 2014. The Spark is a new watercraft that cost $4,999 when it was released in 2014, this was ground breaking as no one was doing this. The GTX and RXT now all have iBR which is brakes, neutral and reverse. The watercraft starts in neutral every time and makes docking the watercraft easy. Trust me you want a watercraft with iBR since its so easy to drive.
2011 was the year that the GTI’s got there new body style, which is nicer than the old body style they got in 2006. The GTI’s got iBR to them, same as what the GTX and RXT have been having. You also got more features like sport mode and touring mode.
This was the year that the RXP-X finally got a new body. The RXP-X was really made for racing, so it stupid fast even for today’s standards. This was the year the GTR 215 came out. The GTR is a GTI with a big engine in it, so they took a small light weight ski and slapped a big engine in it. This was also the last year for the RXT-iS, not really a big deal as Seadoo was cutting back on the models. They were making room for the GTX-S 155 which is a great ski if you want suspension combined with the bullet proof 155HP engine.
2013 and up
There is no point for me to write about the 2013 and up models as they all are just good. You can’t go wrong with any of them. I’m a fan of the 2013 RXT 260, it looks really good. The Wake 155 is the best value every year from this point. The GTI 130 is a great ski too, but hard to find. The GTX 155 and GTX-S 155 give great rides. The GTX Limited iS is the best ride around. I would avoid the GTS as they’re mostly used by rental companies and rentals don’t get taken care of.
2014 was when the Sparks came out and they use an engine that BRP (parent company of Seadoo) has been using since 2008 in their snowmobile line up and its bullet proof too. The Spark is much simpler and should last for a long time. I also notice the Sparks have a great resale value and don’t lose too much if you plan to re sell it in the future because of the demand for them.
The Spark also hurt the used market since you can get a new Spark with a warranty for about the same price as a used machine, so why would you buy used?
It’s a lot to take in when looking for a used jet ski and that is why I created an ebook to help answer some of the questions you might have. You can find my ebook (Used Jet Ski Buyers Guide) Here.