So far I think the Spark is A +. I own numerous Yamaha outboards from 9- 225hp. They make a good product but in this situation they clearly have missed an opportunity to bring a very desirable approach to a jet ski design.after watching the videos Yamaha posted about spark, Iam having second thoughts is anyone unhappy with there spark and regret buying? I put deposit down but did not pick it up yet!!!
good measured perspective. And while I agree with everything, I would add that Yamaha is in fact banking on a good chunk of the uninformed to stop their research here and that's that. Unfortunately this is a good chunk of the buying audience.I've had my Spark since December. No issues, no regrets, I love it. There are quite a few misleading statements in the two Yamaha videos you're referring to, and the whole tenor and tone of the videos has diminished Yamaha's brand IMO.
The biggest ill-advised statement in those videos to my mind is when the Yamaha representative says a tank of fuel "might last for an hour or two" on the Spark. That's a ridiculous statement. If they were really serious about convincing you how good the VX is against the Spark, they would list some fuel consumption side-by-sides. They didn't do that. For me, as a buyer, I'd be interested in them crunching the numbers. But they don't do that; they make jokes about plastic water bottles and the chill shade instead.
Before I looked at the Spark, I was looking around at Yamahas. Everything I read indicated that Yamahas were renowned for their reliability, and that attracted me. But then the Spark came out and I could buy a brand new machine under warranty, still have money left for insurance, safety gear, and accessories.
Another point Yamaha criticises the Spark for is the add-ons. But for me this was a good thing, because there are only some things you have to buy upfront (i.e. choosing between 2 or 3UP and IBR). The rest you can add later when your cash flow allows. So it allowed me to only have to save a certain amount of cash for the upfront purchase. Since I got, it I've added mats, the step, the storage bucket, side bumpers, etc.
They also criticise the Spark for its 'plastic' construction. But the upside of this is the weight of the machine. It can be towed by a very small car (and I own a very small car). So if you've got a small car, you don't need to work a tow vehicle into your budget as well.
I think you should consider why Yamaha would upload videos like this to its official branded Youtube account, without any statistical or scientific data to back what they say.
If Yamaha had a good story to tell about the VX, then that's what they should have done. For them to invest dollars into producing videos like these shows they are more interested in talking about what they think their competitor is doing wrong, rather than what they think they're doing right. As a potential buyer, you should think about that.
The other thing I think was a misjudgment by Yamaha is assuming a potential buyer might look at these videos and do no further research. These days, when I'm making a 'big' purchase I look around. It doesn't matter if it's a new TV, a microwave, or a car -- I research it online. I see what people are saying about it, I visit multiple sites. I don't just trust one opinion straight away, I read as many as I can. Given you've even posted the question in this forum, I can see you're the same. These days, most people are.
The danger for Yamaha in this, I think, is that they risk saying to potential buyers 'the Spark is bad'. But if those buyers ultimately choose a Spark and find that it's actually very good, when it then comes to their next ski purchase they'll remember Yamaha for the wrong reason: that Yamaha is willing to peddle misleading information for a sale.
This is how exactly I feel. The Spark is my first ski, and something I learned real quick before I bought it was that in a lot of the online PWC communities, there's real segmentation and rivalry between the owners of the different brands. A person might be a Yammy guy, or a Kawi guy, or a Sea-Doo guy, etc. And they support those products and love their brands and feel the other brands aren't as good for whatever reason, and they debate about it endlessly on the different forums.I've always respected Yamaha branded products because I have always associated them with reliability like Honda or Toyota...and when I think of reliability, I automatically think of honesty because those two things are how I view the integrity of a company...
This video is the opposite of what a company with integrity would do...
They are on the branded Yamaha Boats & Waverunners Youtube account, 'yamahawatercraftusa'.I don't think these video's are from Yamaha directly. Do to the fact that you can not comment on these video's.