Hey Everyone - first post, so thanks in advance for the answers
The wife and I are looking to buy our first new boat, and we are eyeing a 2018 TXI. I've been a Malibu fan since I started skiing (my buddy's Sportster has the flattest wake on our lake). For us this will be a long-term investment - ideally lasting us 10-20 years. But this will be our only boat, so creature comforts (like the walk-through open bow) are super important. But reliability is too - the closest Malibu dealer is over an hour away from our small lake.
I've now skied behind the 17 TXI a couple times at ski schools. From a skier's POV - it seems great. Easy up, lots of pull, and the historically flat wake. But while my buddies are skiing, I always climb into the boat and ask the driver what they think - and to be honest, I've been surprised by the gripes. In addition, I've read most of what's been posted on BoS about the 17 TXI, including this epic thread (New 2017 Response
) and the complaints that rise to the top are:
- Slow out of the hole (not been an issue for me, but my buddies complained about this too)
- "Issues" with the computer (mentioned by both drivers without a lot of elaboration)
- A rattle behind the port and starboard side panels
- Long delay (15sec??) when computer turns on
- Rear compartment lids and gas cap catching the tow rope
- Taking on water (apparently due to loose swim platform from the factory)
- Rudder fine-tuning (I understand from another thread that rudder trims are being added for the 18's)
My only observed complaint was the noise/vibration I felt in both of the TXI's (this might relate to #3 above) - just seemed louder than I expected. 17 TXI Owners - I was looking for input on two things:
- What's been your experience with your 17? What problems have you had, and how did Malibu deal with them?
- Does anyone know if Malibu is dealing with any of these issues in the 18 TXI (maybe @Chad_Scott
could chime in here?)
Again, I'm a huge Malibu fan, and I like what I see in the 17 TXI over the 17 ProStar, but I want to make sure we're investing in a boat that's going to last.