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It was love/hate. I think the GTS187 is a very sharp boat. We got plenty of compliments. I was a BRP fan, I grew up in Sturtevant, Wisconsin where BRP is located. I mean they make aircraft motors and bad ass cart motors.How did you like your Glastron/BRP?
Any issues with it? That looks like a nice smaller boat. What did it seat comfortably about 6-7?
It ran great for 49 hours. I broke her in never going over 5k rpm and varying the rpm never going a steady rpm for long stretches, just had instructed. We bought her in mid-July and it was end of season exactly at 20 hours, so we had the oil changed and had it winterized.
Last summer it was great. We just finished a great trip to Stockton Lake mid-July where we shredded the lake on wakeboards. A week later on our home lake, Blue Springs Lake, it showed a “check engine” code. I told my wife, no big deal that is usually emissions related and we were getting close to the end of the season.
Went to leave the cove and head in and I couldn’t go over 2,500 rpm without it dying. So we limped across the lake, but it just died mid-lake and wouldn’t even turnover. It was clearly not the battery and we had to be towed in.
I baby my stuff and it never ran even slightly rough, just stopped as if it were turned off at the ignition. They tried resetting the system to no avail. Their initial diagnosis was continuity across the electrical harness. They replaced that, no go. They then tried a new ECU which cleared the code, but they said it was showing a slight miss. That was late Fall and when I checked in on it Dec 12, they said they weren’t sure what to do. There was a leaky valve cover gasket so they changed that thinking somehow maybe that was fouling out a plug. Of course, that did noting except fix the leak which should never be there at 49 hours.
Didn’t hear anything until I finally got ahold of them in April. They said BRP was suggesting a leak-down test. I hadn’t even heard of that. It tests the integrity of all the seals in each cylinder. Cylinder 2 failed and they thought it might be leaking into #1, but then #1 should be showing some leakage and did not. They decided it had to be a valve issue.
The Service Manager told them to cut open the oil filter. When they did they found small metal pieces in it. They then requested a new motor. The claim sat at BRP for a month as the guy who was working it got let go as part of the Evinrude group being laid off. My dealer followed up and the new motor was instantly approved and shipped within days.
The new motor was finished last month and tested out to specs in and out of the lake. By then I’d had enough of the boat, lost confidence in Glastron and BRP. We felt we should be compensated for not having a boat for a year. I guess I am a whiner, but we’d paid $40k for 4 months of boating over two years.
I had filed a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General last September. When I was told it needed a new motor, through the AG I proposed the dealer take back our boat and get us into a Yamaha 195 as we would not ever be happy with our boat. The owner agreed.
It was tough as the new motor went in and they had no Yamahas to get us into. They said your boat is fixed, let us know when you are coming to pick it up. We were like what about the new boat. I seemed that nobody cared. I was treated like a guy who just wanted to trade his two year old boat for a new one.
So we met with a top Consumer Protection Lawyer early this week. He said he thought we had a very winnable case, we might not get a refund, but we would almost certainly get damages and attorney’s fees rewarded. However, he recommended we reach out one more time and see if we could resolve it with the dealer since we were so close. His consultation was free so that was respectable.
I sent an email to the Sales Manager, Service Manager and Owner reminding of the agreement to get us into a Yamaha. I mentioned we had a talked to the guy and we weren’t going to keep waiting. I said we needed to hear by the end of next week.
The Owner responded within 3 hours and said he told his Sales Manager to tighten up the deal and try to get us into a new boat. The SM contacted me within hours. After giving him our payoff, he came back with a offer $10,000 over listed trade (which was low, especially with a new supercharge motor, but it was at least $5,000 over). It was good enough for us to walk away from our loan without having to pay anything.
Then he said we could have the 212s they just got in for $60k OTD or we could wait for the 195s for $44k OTD that is due in by the end of the month. It was a tough decision as I’ve loved the 195 and that’s what we’d been waiting for. We chose the 212s and we pick-up her up next Saturday. She’s being prepped. So excited!!