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By Tsunami (insane) on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 1:27 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Bridge City Water Sports in Oregon

I was thinking of buying a boat from them.

Anyone have anything or problems with them?

By Cliff Griffin (seattle) on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 6:46 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
They used to sell Moomba. They must suck.

Seriously though, Gunther is a great guy, I did the financing through them when I bought my boat.

By Alan (tigeal) on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 5:02 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
If the boat was pre owned have it checked out by someone else first. My boat came from them via a buyer that had to sell it before he ever used it and it had some obvious problems, bent and spun prop. on shaft , forward tracking fin almost tore from hull and leaking water into bilge. We spotted these issues and some others after crawling under the boat and getting dirty but the seller had no clue and the dealer sold it to him stating it was perfect.
By Maverick LTD (maverick_gear) on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 11:27 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Brad And Gunter are good guys and Brad is one of Malibus Salesman of the year they seem to do a great job promoting and taking care of there customers and the only complaints i have heard are the same ones every dealer gets about there service department always being backed up in the beginning of summer when everyone forgot to de-winterize their boats....
By sydwayz (sydwayz) on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 11:51 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Ask for Jerry, he's the resident Malibu guru.
By steve popp (oregon_rookie) on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 12:02 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I've heard nothing but bad things about there service department, but I've heard they got a new servive manager, I took my boat there once will neaver do that again,but thats just me. Gunter is a true saleman, will promise you everthing and come threw with nothing, just my two cents. check out and do a search many unhappy Oregon boat owners on this site.
By Chad Elliott (chadellt85) on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 4:04 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
The only good thing about bridge city is that they sale malibu. I droped a friends boat off to get recall work done on the boat and I pointed out some stress fractures in the gel coat. I specifically asked them to not fix them yet untill I talked to the owner. I went to pick it up later that day and they were grinding down the side of the boat. They were "trying" to fix it. I rushed over there and they had already started. They fixed it and it looked really crappy. The worst part is that it wasn't my boat and i was responsible for it. I felt horrible, The boat was only a few weeks old and now a 6 inch section looked like crap. The owner has now said that he will only bring the boat in for waranty work. All maintnence will be done by someone else. I trusted them and they broke that trust.
By Geforce (grantmi1) on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 2:26 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Is that someone else active water sports, cuz they rock.
By Steve M. (stevem) on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 12:15 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I first worked with the guys at Bridge City in earl 2002 when they were still selling Supra. I had decided to buy a new V-drive and my decision had come down to the VLX or SSV. I worked with Brad and he bent over backwards to try and make the deal on the Supra, but ultimately I chose to buy the VLX. A couple of months later the Malibu dealership was moved from Hayden Island to Bridge City. In fall of 2002 I worked with Brad to trade in my 02 VLX for an 03 VLX (so I could get the solid color hull). Again, Brad busted his butt to put a deal together for me and find a buyer for my 02 VLX. The guy is relentless.

As far as the service department goes, I have had nothing but positive experiences as well. I have had a couple of problems and they jumped right on both of them. The first was a fuel line recall from Indmar, and the other a problem with PerfectPass cable. In both cases, they had the boat in and out fast, solved the problem the first time, and were extremely easy to work with.

I am not sure is gel coat work is something I would take to Bridge City. Having owned several boats in the past where I needed gel coat work to fix nicks and chips, it is definitely worth the time and money to take it someone who only does gel coat work. The price is fairly reasonable to have minor gel coat work done and I would prefer to pay someone to do it right than risk it getting messed up by someone who only does it occasionally. I'm not saying Bridge City can't do it because I donít know if they can, I just would prefer to use a specialist.

In any case, I can honestly say that working with Bridge City has been nothing but positive from day one for me. Even the first time when I worked with Brad and bought a boat from his competitor, he was extremely professional and positive after I told him my decision and is that attitude that makes a difference.

Sorry if this sounds like a sales pitch, it isnít meant to be. I just think that credit should be given where it was earned.

By sydwayz (sydwayz) on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 2:55 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Before I bought my boat I looked at Bridge City.I talked with Gunter pretty extensively on different subjects. From boats to financing to wake events. I had a very positive experience. More so than other dealerships. I know they are the #1 new Malibu dealer. Selling in the triple digits. They have hired new service manager and some very Malibu experienced sales. Brad I believe is Malibu's #1 sales guy. Yes all dealerships have unsatisfied customers, but I think Bridge City is really trying to deliver on their promises. No sales pitch, just my experience. And I own a Calabria, so nothing to gain here.
By Maverick LTD (maverick_gear) on Saturday, October 18, 2003 - 9:49 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Ya i like Brad and Gunter are pretty cool dudes and they are freekin motivated, i think they are helping out the sport quite alot, they've got so many stoked people out on the willamette its retarded, charbonneau is like wakeboard city and there is mass malibus down there. right around pro tour i was sitting on the dock with Ricky G and we counted like 25 wakestters in an hour full of people all stoked out and of course they were stoked to be hangin with Ricky and gettin free tickets to the pro Tour stop!!
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