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Old 05-13-2009, 12:28 PM
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L18?

I am currently looking at an 08 Star with the L18 and I really dont know much about this motor. Most of the boats I have been looking at have the LY6 and the L18 really hasnt come into play until now. Does anyone have any opions on this motor in a newer X Star? I have an 04 Star with the MCX and wanted to get a newer boat with a bigger ballast and a larger motor. I know the L18 is the biggest motor in the MC line up, but is it a solid motor? How is the fule consumption? Just a few questions before I get too excited about this boat.

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Old 05-13-2009, 12:34 PM
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I have heard mixed reviews about the L18. I had a friend that blew a piston in his. All I can say is the MCX is Mastercrafts "bullet proof' engine and that is what I have in my x-star.
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:55 PM
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we have it in our 2006 x-star. its a screaming demon. 8.1 is deffiantly worth it.. haven't tryed one with an LY6 yet.
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Old 05-13-2009, 02:52 PM
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I hear that the L18 is the way to go. And after this year they will not be available. Bigger is better from everything I've heard. Other motors will do the job, but the L18 is the cat's ***.

I know that my dealer has sold hundreds of them and only once had a problem with one, so it is not a problem motor. I only know that because a similar question was asked a few weeks ago.
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Old 05-13-2009, 03:17 PM
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I have the L-18 in my 2002 X-30 and have had ZERO problems with it. I have 335 hours on the boat / engine. Definately the way to go. Gas consumption is about 6-7 gal/hr.
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Old 05-13-2009, 03:48 PM
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I realize it won't matter in a few months when the L18 goes bye bye, but let's face it. The only reason NOT to get the L18 is the initial expense......Any other reason is just BS. Again the other motors will do the job very well, but not better.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:03 PM
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Oh boy....

My 2c. I've run the L-18 in various boats since 2004. I'll swear by it. Never had any problems with any of them minus the Exhaust Mod, and Re-Cal last year. Both the MCX and LY6 are compromises if you ask me. I want to board with full ballast and 10 people no sweat, and be able to run 50mph home. Neither of the other choices let you swing a prop that will do both (that I have yet found). As far as Fuel goes, 87 all day in the Texas Heat/Humidity no problem. Consumption in my experience in a comparably loaded boat (6.0L vs. 8.1L) is a negligible difference.

Again, thatís my 2c.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:08 PM
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Just sold my '05 X-Star w/ the L18. Loved it!!!! No problems with 150 hours or so. A beast even at hi altitudes. Now I am looking at new boats with the LY6, just cause I can't find what I want with the L18. I'd love to hear peoples opinions who REALLY know and have driven the difference between LY6 and L18. I hear the LY6 is a GREAT motor and not much power difference.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:14 PM
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I'm seeing a trend.......none of the L18 owners are wishing they had something different or questioning their decision........I still don't know why MC is dropping this from the lineup.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:45 PM
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If MasterCraft could get the extra money out of a guy like me even before I was in the business, it would stand to reason they would have another ungodly expensive money making option above the LY6 in the works before they dropped the 8L altogether. Some people just want the biggest and baddest you can get. I guess I'm one, and I love it.
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