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tn_rider 07-29-2010 2:32 PM

deal or no deal?
im looking into buying my first boat after riding for almost seven years now. one of my good friends is looking to sell his 2003 malibu vlx to me for 24000. i have looked all over the internet and cant find another 2003 for under 30. the boat is very clean with only one minor scratch on the side about the length of my pinky finger. the seats are clean as well with no rips or tears in them at all. the engine has 500 hours on it, i know thats alot but its my first boat. he told me if i wanted it he would sell it with the kicker L7 and memphis speakers in it as well as another memphis amp if i wanted to put tower speakers on in the future. my question....is this a good deal?? also am i going to have to really sink it to get a good wake out of it? i have only ridden on the 07 and newer vlx. thanks for any input!!


mryan318 07-29-2010 2:36 PM

can you posted up pictures!

tn_rider 07-29-2010 2:39 PM

i have them on my phone..i will try and send them to my email and post them on here tonight
its blue and yellow

ldr 07-29-2010 3:14 PM

Need all the options listed to be able to tell you whether it's a good price or not.

bill_airjunky 07-29-2010 3:37 PM

500 hrs is nothing if it's been taken care of. Find out how often he changes the oil & winterizes the boat.

Even if it's a bare boat with not many options that is probably not a bad deal. The only issue I'd have with it was in 03 they were selling Skylon &/or ProFlight towers..... neither of which are my favorite. If it's got a Titan, it's a slam dunk.

Maddog10 07-29-2010 4:01 PM

If you don't want it let me know haha. I'm also in the market for my first boat. I want either a Malibu VLX or LSV and am trying to stay around or under 30K.

tn_rider 07-29-2010 5:00 PM

lol ok brock...he told me it has every option except a heater for that year! and it has the titan 1 tower...not my favorite but its a tower lol

bill_airjunky 07-29-2010 5:09 PM


Originally Posted by tn_rider (Post 1615573)
lol ok brock...he told me it has every option except a heater for that year! and it has the titan 1 tower...not my favorite but its a tower lol

Maybe not the best looking tower, but probably the strongest & most trouble-free tower ever. Load it up with a bimini, racks, speakers, lights, etc. & it'll look great.

tn_rider 07-29-2010 6:11 PM

can anyone tell me about the wake? im used to riding an x star with the fly high system. i know it wont be as big but any input on size and shape?

Maddog10 08-13-2010 12:13 AM

Hey man, can't tell you much about the wake or anything about the boat really but I noticed on your profile that your main riding spot is KY Lake. Same here. If ya get bored sometime send me a message on here and maybe we can ride. I'd be glad to pitch in as far as gas money and all that goes.

sodaksooner 08-13-2010 7:04 AM

Wake is good, not huge stock, but has the potential to get big. We bought a 2003 last year with a skylon for quite a bit more than that. It had a high end bimini and an upgraded stereo system and about half as many hours though. I wish it had the Titan. Ours also has a pretty high end boatmate trailer, so that helped justify some of the cost. We did get it for well under 30k though, but they are hard to find. People are proud of them.

We have had it loaded down once this summer (full stock ballast...500lbs worth of side sacks front and rear and 8 people) and I was injured, but the wake was actually kind of scary looking to me, though I am still a novice(even after 10+ years...no hand/eye coordination)

I looked at another 2003 that wasn't as loaded as the one I bought(no wedge...what is up with that??)and they wanted 34K. I feel like I got a great deal at what I paid and I looked for six months. If it is indeed in the condition you say, I would go for it.

trace 08-13-2010 7:48 AM

That's a good deal. 500 hrs just shows it hasn't sat unused, which is good. It has another 2000 in it if you take care of it.

What year X-star are you used to riding? Not that it matters much - the first-gen VLX wake is great.

fullspeed 08-13-2010 8:02 AM

Had the 2002 VLX and loved the wake. Melow rampy unless you dropped the wedge if it has one and it makes it steeper. People added and all the ballast full and you will be happy with the wake, unless you are pro status then just add fat sacs. The prices sounds pretty good to me. Titan tower are solid towers for sure. I personally don't care for the backward looking towers. I have the Titan III now and have no complaints at all. If it is from a friend and you know it has been taken care of then it sounds like a no brainer. Buy it. My two cents.

tn_rider 08-13-2010 9:32 PM

well i took it home today for 21!!! ha, gas gauge is not working properly and perfect pass is acting up but other than that its amazing!! im used to riding an 08 40th anniversary edition with the fly high system

ozzgood 08-14-2010 12:42 AM

Well its all yours ... Congrats ..

bac 08-15-2010 1:34 PM

Nice score! Sounds like you got a deal for sure!


chris_b 08-15-2010 5:36 PM

Let's see some pics Chase. Congrats on the boat. I have a 01 VLX. It will put out a nice wake. I run 1100 in the rear and 500 in the locker. We go to kentucky lake alot also.

tn_rider 08-17-2010 2:21 PM

ill try to get some pics up tonight

dirwoody 08-17-2010 3:25 PM

Wow, great deal!

three6ty 08-17-2010 3:47 PM

I owned a 2003 VLX. with just a little bit of weight and with or wothout the wedge , you will get a very nice clean wake. It wont be huge but it will be NICE. That boat was one of my favorite. It drove like a sportscar but still produced a good wakesurfing and wakeboard wake. I loved it.

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