I recently bought a 2010 Ski Doo Grand Touring 550 Fan, my first snowmachine. When it arrived, it had 0.4 miles on it. Immediately, it wasn't starting as easily as I thought it would and the RPM gauge was going crazy. After a few tries, both pull and electric start, it would eventually get going...then die....then start....then die...this would happen even after it was warm and had been ran some. I just assumed maybe it was just the concerns of a "newbie" and that some routine adjustments may be needed (i.e. carbs, etc). I called the company I bought it from, they told me not to worry, get the 300 miles on it and have it checked by a dealer.
It has a little over 300 miles on it now and just returned from the local dealer. After the $300 bill, he adjusted the carbs (as I thought he may) and changed the plugs (i guess it was flooded?). Unfortunately, the starting problems are still there and the RPM gauge is all over the map, sometimes working, sometimes not. They told me it has "low voltage" and that all Ski-Doo's have that?
Is anyone else having this problem, or did I just spend $8000 in an attempt to buy a "problem free" new sled and get the shaft?
I'm pretty disappointed, and to be honest, a little concerned. I bought a new sled for the "confidence" it affords, since I plan on making a few 400+ mile trips, and I don't feel that at all. If anything, I am trying not to go farther away from home than I can walk...just in case. What a bummer.