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Old     (CPanner)      Join Date: May 2015       07-19-2017, 11:28 AM Reply   
I've decided a Gen2 XStar will be my next boat. I don't believe the hull changed too much but what else do I need to look out for? What years are best and why? We'll likely be running up to 3k of extra ballast.
Old    Aric Brabec (aricsx15)      Join Date: Jan 2014       07-20-2017, 1:59 PM Reply   
07 is the year to have IMO. New tower, no VDIG screen.

head over to mastercraft.com/teamtalk
Old    Brain Rinse (brainrinse)      Join Date: Aug 2007       07-20-2017, 3:51 PM Reply   
Agree on 07s being best year unless you can find a newer one with the 2 point tower and your budget allows it. Get the ballast timers reprogrammed, add the PWT ballast, get a new prop.
Old    Adam Holdsworth (holdsworth)      Join Date: Jan 2010       07-21-2017, 6:25 PM Reply   
Go with the LY6 motor. 8.1L is a ticking time bomb and the MCX is under powered if you weight the boat down quite a bit. We had a 2004 (with an 8.1L, luckily only a couple minor issues) and it was an awesome boat. Never rode any newer gen2 X-Stars, but can say that you can't really go wrong with any year. Good luck!
Old    Stephen P (stevo8290)      Join Date: Sep 2008       07-24-2017, 1:57 PM Reply   
Keep schooling guys. I'm ready to learn.

I see a lot of 08's for sale. The 40th anniversary edition. This must be the first year with Vdig, are they problematic? I have an 09 x45 with it and never had any problems. Also what do you get with the pwt edition? Just graphics and a name or is there something else?
Old    MLO (cbarguy1)      Join Date: Dec 2012       08-11-2017, 11:26 AM Reply   
I've got an 08 and have not had any problems with VDIG. I've got a about 450 hours on mine. Pretty reliable thoughout, just a fuel pump and now my depth guage/water temp sensor gave out.

Last time I looked you could buy new VDIGs on ebay for a reasonable price so even if it goes out its not a big deal. I agree that the LY6 is the motor to have. Rock solid and enough power with the right prop to push 3-4K# ballast. I've reprogrammed my ballast timers and fill stock side tank (250#) + 1100# sack no problem.

Mine is a 40th and they usually came pretty loaded up with options. I think the PWT was the same. They start as an appearance package but were usually ordered with a lot of options.

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Old    Mark V (mark197)      Join Date: Dec 2009       08-16-2017, 7:53 PM Reply   
Still the best looking wake boat ever!
Old    Brian Garrett (beg4wake)      Join Date: Aug 2012       08-22-2017, 1:21 PM Reply   
I had an 08 XStar and loved it! Has a phenomenal wakeboard wake! I just hope you aren't too into surfing or you'll be highly disappointed. Port side surf wave is...well....meh. And starboard side surf wave is non-existent! But if you're a core wakeboarder then the Gen 2 Star is best bang for your buck right now (especially since the popularity of surfing has really driven the price of Gen 2 Stars way down)!

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