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  • Which Prostar 190 to get?

    I am looking for a prostar 190, it looks like the 2004 year range fits my budget. However I have come up with a few questions.

    Is the LQ9 a good decision? How is its consumption for fuel?

    Is the MCX a good decision? How is its consumption?

    Does the powerslot really help in a small boat, I know in my x9 it does. So would that be a deal breaker?

    I am looking at a 190 with a MCX and no power slot

    I am also looking at a 190 with a LQ9 havn't heard from seller if it is a powerslot.

    Suggestions? I am a slalom course skier that like to explore as many lakes as my cummins truck can take me to. Thanks

  • #2
    I don't have a newer model 190 but I do have a 95 with a slot and love it. I have skied the same boat and newer boats (with more HP) with 1:1 and I feel there is a difference in the pull and hole shot with the gear reduction trans. I am Kicking tires as well for a new tug and will be buying a slot again. Good luck with your future purchase Im sure what ever you buy you will be satisfied!

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    • #3
      2005 was the first year with throttle by wire if that's important to you. 2006 had a rudder upgrade. 2003 was the first year that the hooked hull was standard on all production 190/197. Powerslot (gear reduction) is always an improvement, but not absolutely necessary. All else being equal, I would take the boat with gear reduction.

      MCX seems to be pretty reliable, but they have had quite a few issues with the fuel pumps burning up. Consumption is probably about average.
      Previous: 1993 Prostar 205

      Red 1998 Ski Nautique, PCM GT40, 310 hp, , Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG/Zbox.

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      • #4
        I would recommend PowerSlot in a 190/197 as well. I regularly ski behind a friend’s 05 197 with 310 RTP ‘aka Predator’ 1:1 and it’s a dog. We ski on a small public lake, so there is room to get up to speed for the course. But when/if I get an 01+ 190/197 it will defiantly have a larger motor and PowerSlot. One advantage of the LQ9 the closed cooling for spring/fall skiing when temps might dip below freezing. Good luck in your search.
        Last edited by VTJC; 01-15-2013, 01:17 PM.
        08 Correct Craft Ski Nautique 196 343 HP 350 MPI EFI
        Previous Boats:
        99 MasterCraft SportStar CB 310 HP 350 TBI EFI
        98 Moomba Boomerang 310 HP 350 Carb
        88 MC PowerSlot 240 HP 351 Carb Black on White

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        • #5
          I am a more power more torque... - you'll never be disappointed with more horsepower... VTJC - really a predator was dog on a 197? What don't you like about it... doesn't get you out of the water on deep water start fast enough? I have a 95 - 1:1 - 275hp on label - and it's a bat out of hell... just curious...was a prop changed?
          sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mikeg205 View Post
            I am a more power more torque... - you'll never be disappointed with more horsepower... VTJC - really a predator was dog on a 197? What don't you like about it... doesn't get you out of the water on deep water start fast enough? I have a 95 - 1:1 - 275hp on label - and it's a bat out of hell... just curious...was a prop changed?
            Much more wetted surface on this era of 190/197. Need more power to do the same thing your 275 hp motor does happily.
            Previous: 1993 Prostar 205

            Red 1998 Ski Nautique, PCM GT40, 310 hp, , Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG/Zbox.

            FAQ


            Be kind. Have fun.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by east tx skier View Post
              Much more wetted surface on this era of 190/197. Need more power to do the same thing your 275 hp motor does happily.
              ahhh thanks
              sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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              • #8
                oh no the dreaded 04 LQ9

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                • #9
                  Mikkeg205 ,Yes, you read that correctly a 190/197 with 310 hp and 1:1 trans is a dog. In my opinion they are underpowered for what should be a sporty boat. I had the same drivetrain in my 99 SportStar(95-97 ProStar Hull) and it was a rocket. The newer boats are heavier with a larger wetted surface creating more drag(improving tracking and wake though). I would only consider a 190/197 with PowerSlot and/or higher output motor.
                  08 Correct Craft Ski Nautique 196 343 HP 350 MPI EFI
                  Previous Boats:
                  99 MasterCraft SportStar CB 310 HP 350 TBI EFI
                  98 Moomba Boomerang 310 HP 350 Carb
                  88 MC PowerSlot 240 HP 351 Carb Black on White

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rodltg2 View Post
                    oh no the dreaded 04 LQ9
                    What's wrong with the LQ9? I'm hoping for a 03' Anniversary 197 with the LQ9 someday in the future. I think that's beautiful boat.
                    - Jeff

                    1994 205, LT1

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                    • #11
                      Now I am intrigued. I am having a very difficult time finding a powerslot, however I can find the MCX and the LQ9. What are the problems with either? Thanks again

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by aelewis View Post
                        Now I am intrigued. I am having a very difficult time finding a powerslot, however I can find the MCX and the LQ9. What are the problems with either? Thanks again
                        LQ9 comes with the Power Slot Only....

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                        • #13
                          My 04 197 with the Lq9 was a problem child. I cannot say it was all related to the engine or not. Those senior members on here will remember my issues when I bought the boat in 04.

                          The engine does require premium gas and it drinks it fast. Which means you will have to watch your gas level closely as the fuel pump cannot go dry even for a second.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by aelewis View Post
                            Now I am intrigued. I am having a very difficult time finding a powerslot, however I can find the MCX and the LQ9. What are the problems with either? Thanks again
                            About the only problem I ever have out of mine is I have to change the plugs twice a season ($18 each time).

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