2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 / SE 130 Review and Specs [Video]
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130, 130 GTI SE, and 130 GTI Rental were the first 4-stroke GTI models in this lineup. Unlike their predecessor 2-stroke GTIs, these machines were built on an all-new platform and enjoyed a 4-stroke, 1494cc, Rotax 4-TEC engine rated at 130 HP.
If you want to find out more about this popular Sea-Doo, this post is for you.
We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 review!
2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Review
By 2006, Sea-Doo had completely redesigned its popular GTI family. The new line returned with an entirely new platform and a 4-stroke engine.
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 was marketed in three configurations, the base GTI, the GTI Rental, and the GTI SE. These skis were almost identical except the two latter came with more bells and whistles. This line was completed with the more powerful GTI SE 155.
The most advanced model was arguably the GTI SE, which came standard with a speedometer, dual mirrors, reboarding step, premium footwell mats, water temp. sensor, and ski tow eye.
2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Hull and Deck
The 4-TEC GTI family was built on the all-new Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composite hull measuring 127 inches in length, 49 inches in width, and 45.9 inches in height.
The curb weight of the base GTI was 732 pounds while the SE and the Rental weighed 747 pounds.
In contrast, the predecessor 2-stroke GTI hull was 121 inches long, 47 inches wide, and 41 inches high. The weight of these outdated machines varied between 623 and 700 pounds depending on the model.
The new 4-stroke GTIs were not only bigger and heavier, but they also returned with a progressive V-hull design and larger capacities.
They could carry three riders plus their gear up to a maximum of 602 pounds, 66 pounds more than the predecessor.
The revamped GTI deck housed a larger, 15.9-gallon fuel tank, standard bow storage, and a glovebox.
This body remained unchanged from 2006 through 2010 except for some cosmetic changes.
For 2011, Sea-Doo released its new GTI line including the 2011 GTI 130 and the GTI SE 155.
2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Engine and Propulsion
The engine of the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 models was a 4-stroke, 1494cc, SOHC, 3-cylinder inline Rotax 4-TEC engine rated at 130 HP. (The GTI SE was available with both the 130 and 155 HP engine options.)
This power source debuted in the 2002 Sea-Doo GTX 4-TEC, but found its way into many other Sea-Doos over the years.
From 2006 onwards the entry-level Sea-Doo GTIs were exclusively manufactured with this innovative 4-stroke power source.
The key features of the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 engine were as follows:
- 4-stroke, 3-cylinder architecture
- Naturally-aspirated, 52mm throttle body
- 12 valves (4 per cylinder) with hydraulic lifters
- Single over head camshaft (SOHC)
- Compression ratio: 10.6:1
- Water-cooled exhaust system
- Dry sump lubrication system
- Multi-port fuel injection
- Chokeless starting
- Water/air separator
- Watertight digital ignition
- RPM limiter
- Warning device
- Tips Over Protection Sysem (T.O.P.S.)
- D-Sea-Bel sound reduction system
- Closed-loop cooling system
- Electric starter
Thanks to its 4-stroke configuration and advanced features, the GTI 4-TEC engine offered smooth power delivery along with plenty of torque.
What’s more, it was significantly cleaner and far more fuel efficient than its 2-stroke counterparts.
Interestingly, it was the base engine of the more powerful 155 HP and the supercharged 215 HP engine configurations. This means that the 130 HP GTI was much less stressed than its bigger brothers, which translated to higher reliability.
All of these made the 4-stroke GTIs instantly popular among buyers.
2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Features
The base 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI came with many advanced features, including:
- Multifunction Digital Information Center
- Sea-Doo learning keys
- DESS post (engine cut-off switch)
- Handlebar-mounted start/stop buttons
- Off-Power Assisted Steering (O.P.A.S.)
- Watertight, removable front storage bin
- Padded handlebar cover
- Mechanical reverse
- 3-rider seat
- Rear seat latch
- Tool kit
- Dual drain plugs
- Thumb throttle lever
- Mooring cleats
- Elevated fuelfiller
- Rear grab handle
- Foam flotation
- Deck mats
The more advanced GTI SE 130 had some additional features over the base model, including:
- Adjustable mirrors
- Premium footwell mats
- Reboarding step
- Lake water temperature sensor
- Ski tow eye
The information center gauge of the GTIs had a lot of useful functions, which were as follows:
- Speedometer (GTI SE only)
- Lake water temp. sensor (GTI SE only)
- Fuel level
- Information display
- Indicator lights
2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Performance
The new 4-TEC GTI was considered a great beginner jet ski, and with good reason.
Although it wasn’t the fastest ski on the lake, it had a reputation for easy handling and a predictable attitude.
Its roomy top deck offered plenty of space and it could carry a lot of gear or even two passengers.
Despite its large hull and moderate engine power, the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI could hit 52-54 mph under ideal conditions.
2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Problems
Based on our research, the most common problems of the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTIs were as follows:
- Awkward thumb throttle
- OPAS malfunctions
- Exhaust valve failures
- Lack of a brake system
There’s no question that one of the biggest flaws of the ’06-‘10 GTIs was an outdated thumb throttle lever.
Unlike finger throttle levers, this configuration ensured less precise handling and caused hand fatigue on longer rides.
Another problem with these skis was their deflective OPAS fins, which would come into operation when they shouldn’t.
It’s also good to know that 4-TEC Sea-Doo engines manufactured from 2004 through early 2006 suffered from exhaust valve failures.
The valves of these engines were prone to corroding, which often resulted in breakage or other malfunctions.
This issue was fixed sometime in 2006, so only the earliest models of this year might have been affected with this problem.
On top of that, the first 4-TEC GTIs were manufactured without a brake system.
This is no surprise since Sea-Doo introduced its iBR brake and reverse system in late 2008.
2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Specs Charts
For your convenience, we’ve compiled the key specs of the 2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130 into these charts:
2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Engine Specs
|Engine Specs||2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130|
|Type||130 hp Rotax® 4-TEC®, Single Over Head Camshaft (SOHC), liquid cooled|
|Number of cylinder||3 in line|
|Number of valve||12 valves (4 per cylinder) with hydraulic lifters (no adjustment)|
|Displacement||1494 cc (91.2 cu. in)|
|Induction type||Naturally aspirated with 52 mm throttle body|
|Bore||100 mm (3.9 in)|
|Stroke||63.4 mm (2-1/2 in)|
|Lubrication Type||Dry sump (2 oil pumps). Replaceable oil filter. Water-cooled oil cooler|
|Lubrication Oil type||Refer to LIQUIDS section|
|Exhaust system||Water cooled/water injected. Direct flow from propulsion unit|
|Rev limiter setting||7650 RPM|
2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Cooling System
|Cooling System||2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130|
|Type||Liquid cooled. Closed circuit|
|Coolant||Ethylene-glycol 50% - 50% , antifreeze/demineralized water. Coolant containing corrosion inhibitors for internal combustion aluminum engines|
2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Electrical System
|Electrical System||2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130|
|Magneto generator output||360 W @ 6000 RPM|
|Ignition system type||Digital inductive type|
|Ignition timing||Not adjustable|
|Spark plug - Make and type||NGK, DCPR8E|
|Spark plug - Gap||0.75 mm (.030 in)|
|Spark plug - Quantity||3|
|Starting system||Electric starter|
|Battery||12 V, 30 Ah. Electrolyte type|
|Fuses||Refer to MAINTENANCE|
2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Recommended Fuel
|Recommended Fuel||2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130|
|Type - for optimum performance||Premium unleaded gasoline|
|Minimum octane number - for optimum performance||Inside North America: (91 (R + M)/2) Outside North America: 95 RON|
|Type - minimum allowed||Regular unleaded gasoline|
|Minimum octane number - minimum allowed||Inside North America: (87 (R + M)/2) Outside North America: 92 RON|
2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Propulsion System
|Propulsion System||2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130|
|Propulsion system||Sea-Doo® direct drive|
|Jet pump||Composite/aluminum, axial flow, single stage. large hub with 10-vane stator|
|Transmission||Direct drive, forward/neutral/reverse|
|Minimum required water level for jet pump||90 cm (3 ft) underneath the lowest rear portion of hull|
2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Dimensions and Capacities
|Dimensions and capacities||2007 Sea-Doo GTI 130|
|Number of passengers (Refer to load limit)||3|
|Overall length||322.5 cm (127 in)|
|Overall width||124.5 cm (49 in)|
|Overall height - GTI||117 cm (45.9 in)|
|Overall height - GTI SE||113 cm (44.4 in)|
|Weight (dry) - GTI||333 kg (732 lb)|
|Weight (dry) - GTI SE||340 kg (747 lb)|
|Load limit (passengers + luggage)||273 kg (602 lb)|
|Engine oil||3 L (2.7 U.S. qt) oil change w/filter, 4.5 L (4.1 U.S. qt) total|
|Cooling system (coolant)||5.5 L (5 U.S. qt) total|
|Fuel tank (including reserve)||60 L (15.9 U.S. gal)|
|Fuel tank reserve (from low level signal)||15 L (4 U.S. gal)|
These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.
As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130:
What is a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130?
The 2006 Sea-Doo GTI, GTI SE, and GTI Rental were the first 4-stroke Sea-Doo GTI models, powered by a 130 HP Rotax engine.
When did the 4-Stroke Sea-Doo GTI Come Out?
The first 4-Stroke Sea-Doo GTI (a.k. 4-TEC GTI or GTI 130) debuted in 2006.
What Was the Difference Between the Sea-Doo GTI 130 and 170?
The Sea-Doo GTI 130 and 170 were almost eqvivalent, except for their enigne options. As the name suggests, the GTI 130 had 130 HP, while the GTI 170 enjoyed a 170 HP engine option.
What Size was a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI measured 127 inches in length, 49 inches in width, and 45.9 inches in height.
How Much Did a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Weigh?
The dry weight of the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 was 732 pounds like the GTI SE and GTI Rental weighed 747 pounds.
How Many People Could Ride on a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI was rated for three riders.
What Kind of Engine was in the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 was powered by a 4-stroke, 1494cc, SOHC, Rotax 4-TEC engine.
Was the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Supercharged?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 utilized a naturally-aspirated engine configuration.
Was the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 a 4-stroke?
Yes, the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 was powered by a 4-stroke engine.
How Much Horsepower Did a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Have?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 produced 130 HP in stock condition.
How Much Fuel Did a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Hold?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 was equipped with a 15.9-gallon fuel tank.
How Much Oil Did a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI Hold?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 required 2.7 US quarts of oil with filter and 4.1 U.S. quarts total.
How Much Weight Could a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Hold?
The total weight capacity of the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 was 602 pounds.
How Fast Did a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Go?
The top speed of a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 was about 52-54 mph under ideal conditions.
Could the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Tow a Skier or a Wakeboarder?
Due to its three-seater configuration, the Sea-Doo GTI 130 could legally tow a wakeboarder or skier.
Did the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Have a Reverse?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 came standard with a mechanical reverse system.
Did the 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Have a Brake?
The 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 was manufactured without a brake system.
How Much Does a 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 Cost?
The asking price of a used 2006-2010 Sea-Doo GTI 130 varies between $3,000 and $6,000 depending on the year and its condition.
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