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mca1710 08-31-2012 09:32 PM

Trying to make a decision, X45
I am looking at two similarly priced used X45s and need some help with the decision.

The first one is a 2008 with 8.1 engine with 311 hours on it. This boat looks great in the pictures and is too far away for me to inspect it before buying. The local Mastercraft dealer is selling it and they will provide service history and have been helpful answering my questions. This boat has few more options than the other boat.

The second boat is a 2009 x45 with almost 400 hours on it and it has the LY6 engine. My local Mastercraft dealer is selling this one. They said this was their demo boat in 2009 and then was sold to a customer. They bought it back on a trade for a newer model a few weeks ago.

Which would you choose? The older model with fewer hours and the bigger engine or the newer model with the smaller engine and more hours?

How much gas is that big block going to drink? I have seen some post where people talk about gallons per hour is it going to be that big of a difference?

I plan to use the boat in the Atlanta area and will tow it to other local lakes.

Any help is appreciated. I am new to your forum and have received a lot of help so far.

AZX46OD 08-31-2012 09:37 PM

If you do a search on fuel consumption you will find plenty of discussions regarding this topic. I have a 2012 X45 with the 6.0L, and have been happy with the power output. Many will tell you however that the 8.1 actually consumes less fuel since it doesn't have to work as hard. I think you would be happy with either choice, but generally more power is better, and if anything may save you some on gas. But, there is a lot to be said for dealing locally and convenience, etc. Any preference in colors or other options?

Duane D 08-31-2012 09:42 PM

If the local one you are considering is the one at Watersports Central, I would definitely go with that one. I bought my X2 from them a few years ago and I have had nothing but good experiences with Mike D and Johnny over there. The blue and white looks great on that boat too!

mca1710 08-31-2012 10:08 PM

Thanks for the quick replies. The wife likes the color of the 2008 boat better, red and black vs blue and white. The 2008 boat has 2008 boat comes with more tower speaks, extra lighting, and the removable table. Those things should not make the difference but the color is important.

The 2009 is from Watersports Central. I took a demo cruise in a 2012 today to get a feel for the boat. Its a really nice boat. Such a big change from my Chaparral 220.

Sampson 09-01-2012 12:49 AM

I have had both the 6.0L and 8.1L and would not have another 8.1L. I had a lot of engine issues and it was a 2008. Actually had to have it replaced with a reman. I now have a 2012 with the 6.0L and love it. Gas consumption isn't great with either but there have been issues with 8.1s and if you have any issues they are hard to find as I have been told they are no longer made! Good luck

jostevenso 09-01-2012 12:57 AM

I have a 2006 X45 with the 8.1. To give you an idea on fuel consumption, when we are Lake Powell we spend a lot of time each day out on the lake doing all kinds of playing: surfing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, canyon exploring, etc. We are probably on the lake 8 or 9 hours a day and go through 40 - 50 gallons of gas per day. I don't know how this compares to the LY6. However, there are a lot of reasons to want the extra power of the big block. The X45 is a large heavy boat. If you load it up with people and/or fill the ballast tanks you'll want the extra power, especially the low end torq for surfing or pulling out a skiier. If you ever use the boat at elevation you'll also want the bigger engine. I'm from Utah and for many years the local MC dealer wouldn't bring in an X45 without the 8.1 due to elevation. We're at about 4000 ft but many of the lakes are higher.

Given that the 2008 has 25% fewer hours, more options, the bigger engine, and your wife likes the color better, I'd say you'd want to give it a pretty close look!

scott023 09-01-2012 08:45 AM

I would most certainly go with the 2008 as well. By the sounds of it, it has more options, and the 8.1 was about a 5K upgrade over the 6.0 that year. Less hours as well. :twocents:

MASTIQUE 09-01-2012 09:37 AM

There are a lot 8.1 supporters on here and u've always said that it is always better to have more power and not need it, then to not have enough and want it later. This case is the one exception I can think of and is backsaw of issues the 8.1 platform has had. There are many many replacements and this is not a supported engine any longer. It was used for a short time and at some point parts may be an issue. I have the 6.0 in my 45 and I'm very happy. I run loaded with no problems all the time. I'd go local and with a more reliable engine and have no surprises!!!

mca1710 09-01-2012 02:34 PM

There are a lot of opinions on 8.1 engines. It’s not making my decision easy. It seems some people that have them are ok and would not change. Then you got a large group of people saying the engine is problematic and to avoid it.

If you have time please post additional comments for or against the 8.1


jafo9 09-01-2012 02:46 PM

if the wife ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

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