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aelewis
01-13-2013, 05:52 AM
I am looking for a prostar 190, it looks like the 2004 year range fits my budget. However I have come up with a few questions.

Is the LQ9 a good decision? How is its consumption for fuel?

Is the MCX a good decision? How is its consumption?

Does the powerslot really help in a small boat, I know in my x9 it does. So would that be a deal breaker?

I am looking at a 190 with a MCX and no power slot

I am also looking at a 190 with a LQ9 havn't heard from seller if it is a powerslot.

Suggestions? I am a slalom course skier that like to explore as many lakes as my cummins truck can take me to. Thanks

mzito
01-13-2013, 11:02 AM
I don't have a newer model 190 but I do have a 95 with a slot and love it. I have skied the same boat and newer boats (with more HP) with 1:1 and I feel there is a difference in the pull and hole shot with the gear reduction trans. I am Kicking tires as well for a new tug and will be buying a slot again. Good luck with your future purchase Im sure what ever you buy you will be satisfied!

east tx skier
01-13-2013, 11:23 AM
2005 was the first year with throttle by wire if that's important to you. 2006 had a rudder upgrade. 2003 was the first year that the hooked hull was standard on all production 190/197. Powerslot (gear reduction) is always an improvement, but not absolutely necessary. All else being equal, I would take the boat with gear reduction.

MCX seems to be pretty reliable, but they have had quite a few issues with the fuel pumps burning up. Consumption is probably about average.

VTJC
01-14-2013, 02:42 PM
I would recommend PowerSlot in a 190/197 as well. I regularly ski behind a friend’s 05 197 with 310 RTP ‘aka Predator’ 1:1 and it’s a dog. We ski on a small public lake, so there is room to get up to speed for the course. But when/if I get an 01+ 190/197 it will defiantly have a larger motor and PowerSlot. One advantage of the LQ9 the closed cooling for spring/fall skiing when temps might dip below freezing. Good luck in your search.

mikeg205
01-14-2013, 02:49 PM
I am a more power more torque... - you'll never be disappointed with more horsepower... VTJC - really a predator was dog on a 197? What don't you like about it... doesn't get you out of the water on deep water start fast enough? I have a 95 - 1:1 - 275hp on label ;) - and it's a bat out of hell... just curious...was a prop changed?

east tx skier
01-14-2013, 03:28 PM
I am a more power more torque... - you'll never be disappointed with more horsepower... VTJC - really a predator was dog on a 197? What don't you like about it... doesn't get you out of the water on deep water start fast enough? I have a 95 - 1:1 - 275hp on label ;) - and it's a bat out of hell... just curious...was a prop changed?

Much more wetted surface on this era of 190/197. Need more power to do the same thing your 275 hp motor does happily.

mikeg205
01-14-2013, 04:20 PM
Much more wetted surface on this era of 190/197. Need more power to do the same thing your 275 hp motor does happily.

ahhh thanks

rodltg2
01-14-2013, 04:24 PM
oh no the dreaded 04 LQ9 :mad:

VTJC
01-15-2013, 01:18 PM
Mikkeg205 ,Yes, you read that correctly a 190/197 with 310 hp and 1:1 trans is a dog. In my opinion they are underpowered for what should be a sporty boat. I had the same drivetrain in my 99 SportStar(95-97 ProStar Hull) and it was a rocket. The newer boats are heavier with a larger wetted surface creating more drag(improving tracking and wake though). I would only consider a 190/197 with PowerSlot and/or higher output motor.

Ski-me
01-15-2013, 01:46 PM
oh no the dreaded 04 LQ9 :mad:

What's wrong with the LQ9? I'm hoping for a 03' Anniversary 197 with the LQ9 someday in the future. I think that's beautiful boat. :cool:

aelewis
01-19-2013, 09:27 AM
Now I am intrigued. I am having a very difficult time finding a powerslot, however I can find the MCX and the LQ9. What are the problems with either? Thanks again

03 35th Anniversary
01-19-2013, 11:43 AM
Now I am intrigued. I am having a very difficult time finding a powerslot, however I can find the MCX and the LQ9. What are the problems with either? Thanks again

LQ9 comes with the Power Slot Only....

rodltg2
01-19-2013, 11:43 AM
My 04 197 with the Lq9 was a problem child. I cannot say it was all related to the engine or not. Those senior members on here will remember my issues when I bought the boat in 04.

The engine does require premium gas and it drinks it fast. Which means you will have to watch your gas level closely as the fuel pump cannot go dry even for a second.

03 35th Anniversary
01-19-2013, 11:45 AM
Now I am intrigued. I am having a very difficult time finding a powerslot, however I can find the MCX and the LQ9. What are the problems with either? Thanks again

About the only problem I ever have out of mine is I have to change the plugs twice a season ($18 each time).