2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Specs and Review [Video]

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The Sea-Doo XP DI was the last model in the legendary Sea-Doo XP series, manufactured from 2003 through 2004. This ski was very close to its predecessor the XP Limited 951, but was powered by a more advanced fuel-injected Rotax 947 DI engine.

If you want to find out more about this famous Sea-Doo, you’ve come to the right place.

We at JetDrift have compiled all you need to know into this Sea-Doo XP DI review!

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Review

The 4 Sea-Doo XP Generations

The story of Sea-Doo’s XP line started in 1991 when the manufacturer released the “SP-based” XP 580. During the following years, the XP family underwent numerous changes over several generations, including:

You can learn all about the other models by following the links above!

The 4th generation Sea-Doo XP was introduced for the 1997 model year.

Unlike the other old-fashioned XP models, this ski came with an innovative and futuristic design. Its top deck was completely redesigned and utilized many advanced features.

Sea-Doo also dropped the X4 platform and replaced it with the new “concave” XP hull, which was continued with minor changes until 2004.

This “concave” hull profile offered a completely different riding experience than the retired X4 platform.

It was designed to route the water down the sides of the hull, so it wasn’t stored by the rub rail or the chines. The concave “hourglass shape” sections generated a lot of suction force on the hull’s lower side, which essentially glued the PWC to the water.

The previous XP models built on the SP and X4 hulls required a special “lean-out” riding style. In contrast, the operator on this 4th gen. concave XP hull had to lean into the turns.

The first model built on this 4th generation platform was the 1997 XP 800 (with a Rotax 787 engine), followed by the carbed 1998-2002 XP Limited 951.

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Review

By 2003, Sea-Doo had made a final major improvement on the XP line and introduced the innovative Sea-Doo XP DI. Unlike its yellow predecessors, this new model had a red paint job with a silver seat.

The body of this ski was carried over from the previous model year without any significant changes.

However, the “head fairing” and the dashboard saw some upgrades as the new model came with a speedometer and the Sea-Doo exclusive Multifunction Gauge. The latter had many useful functions, which were as follows:

  • Tachometer
  • Trim indicator
  • Digital bar-graph fuel level gauge
  • Low battery voltage warning light
  • Engine overheating warning light
  • Low oil level warning light
  • Low fuel level warning light

(In contrast, the carbed XP 951 came with four gauges, including a tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, and trim indicator.)

Besides the gauges, the Sea-Doo XP DI was manufactured with many advanced features, including:

  • Watertight front storage tray
  • Glovebox
  • Safety lanyard
  • Dual adjustable mirrors
  • Rear grab handle
  • Integrated GP-style air intake system
  • Electric trim system (VTS)
  • Tow hook
  • Front and rear eyes
  • Speedometer
  • Multifunction gauge
  • Monitoring beeper
  • Bilge drain plug
  • Fuel valve
  • Tool kit
  • D.E.S.S. key
  • Direct Action Suspension seat

Unlike its body and features, the engine of the XP saw some major upgrades for the 2003 model year. The most important of these was that the dual Mikuni carburetors were replaced by a more advanced fuel injection system.

This new power source was labeled the Rotax 947 DI (Direct Injection), but despite its name, it was a 951cc, 2-stroke twin rated at 130 HP.

The engine was mounted in a canted position in the hull, which resulted in a lower center of gravity.

It was moved towards the bow and placed beneath the front hood. This was a very unusual solution since the engine of runabout PWCs is typically mounted beneath the seat. (Unfortunately, this unique design made the engine harder to work on.)

This advanced Rotax 947 DI engine came with many advanced features, including:

The most advanced feature of this engine was arguably its Orbital Direct Fuel Injection System. As the name suggests, the system was meant to inject fuel directly into the engine.

Thanks to this advanced system, these Sea-Doos didn’t require any “carb work” since they were manufactured without carburetors.

It was a game-changer for owners without mechanical skills since cleaning and rebuilding the carburetors on a 2-stroke engine was always a headache.

Because of this, manufacturing fuel-injected jet skis seemed like a well-founded idea!

And there’s no question that direct-injected Sea-Doos were amazing machines that offered an amazing performance along with great fuel economy.

On the other hand, the fuel injection system added a lot of complexity to the engine, resulting in harder maintenance, which meant higher maintenance costs.

Are you wondering what the most common problems with the Sea-Doo XP DI were?

Keep reading!

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Problems

Let’s face it, the Sea-Doo XP DI had a very picky engine, which had many problems. The most important of these were the following

  • The direct injection system made the engine much more complicated (= more things to break)
  • It was more sensitive to battery voltage and cylinder pressure
  • It had constant issues with fuel pumps
  • It required more expensive synthetic injection oil
  • It was much harder and more costly to fix
  • It was less reliable than its carbureted counterparts
  • It required a special diagnostic cable and software to identify malfunctions
  • It suffered from counterbalance shaft issues

Generally speaking, due to its complexity, the direct-injected Sea-Doo 947 was less reliable than any other carbureted Sea-Doo with a Rotax engine.

Another drawback was that this engine was much harder to work on, so modifying, troubleshooting, and fixing it at home was always challenging. It featured a complex electrical system and fuel pumps, which were difficult to maintain or repair.

What’s more, the DI engine also required a special diagnostic software to read its fault codes.

Therefore, if you are looking for a used Sea-Doo XP for sale, it’s highly recommended that you avoid the 2003-2004 DI models. Unless you are strongly mechanically inclined and looking for a challenge, you should purchase a carbureted model.

Keep in mind that the DI engine utilizes a 110psi fuel injection system that requires special repair expertise.

What should you buy instead?

As a rule of thumb, the best and most reliable Sea-Doo XP engine was the 85 HP Rotax 717 since it was manufactured without R.A.V.E. exhaust valves. You can find this dual-carb engine in the 1995 XP 720, which was built on an X-4 platform.

If you are looking for more power, you can choose the 110 HP Rotax 787 R.A.V.E. twin with the 1996 X-4 or the 1997 4th generation “concave” XP platform.

This engine offered slightly less reliability than the 717 but was virtually bulletproof compared to the DI.

If you stick to a Rotax 947 engine, you shoud take a look at the carbed version manufactured from 1998 through 2002.

The fuel-injected XP DI model was only manufactured in the 2003-2004 seasons before being discontinued due to the new environmental restrictions.

(But again, the aged XP DI is not a good buy! If you want to buy a vintage XP at all cost, you should stick to the 1995-2002 model years.)

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Specs Chart

For your convenience, we’ve compiled the 2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP Limited specifications into these charts!

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Dimensions

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DIDimensions and Capacities
Number of passengers2 (refer to load limit)
Overall length272 cm (107 in)
Overall width112 cm (44.1 in)
Overall height103 cm (40.6 in)
Weight274 kg (605 lb)
Load limit181 kg (400 lb)
Fuel tank51 L (13.5 U.S. gal)
Impeller shaft reservoir - Capacity100 mL (3.4 U.S. oz)
Impeller shaft reservoir - Oil level heightup to plug
Injection oil reservoir4 L (1.1 U.S. gal)
Hull Materialna

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Engine Specs

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DIEngine Specs
Engine type Rotax 947 DI, 2-stroke
Induction type Reed valve
Exhaust system Water cooled / water injected with regulator
Exhaust valve Rotax Adjustable Variable Exhaust (RAVE)
Lubrication - type Orbital direct fuel injection, twin throttle body - (46 mm (1.81 in))
Lubrication - oil typeBOMBARDIER Formula XP-S II synthetic injection oil
Number of cylinders 2
Displacement 951.2 cm3 (58 in3)
Maximum Power (approximately)130 HP
RPM Limiter Operation @7300 RPM ± 50
Cooling TypeOpen circuit. Direct flow from propulsion unit
Fuel - typeRegular unleaded gasoline
Fuel Minimum octane number Inside North America: 87 (R + M)/2, Outside North America: 91 RON

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Propulsion

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DIPropulsion
Propulsion systemBombardier Formula pump
Jet pump typeAxial flow, single stage
Impeller Rotation (seen from rear)na
TransmissionDirect drive / split front and rear
Coupling Typena
Impeller shaft reservoir oil typeSEA-DOO synthetic polyolester oil SAE 75W90 GL5
Pivoting angle of direction (nozzle)~20°
Pivoting angle of variable trim systemna
Minimum required water level for jet pump90 cm (3 ft) underneath the lowest rear portion of hull
Impeller Diameterna

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Electrical Features

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DIElectrical Features
Magneto generator output270 W @ 6000 RPM
Ignition system type Digital inductive
Spark plug - Make and typeNGK, ZFR4F
Spark plug - Gap1.1 mm (.043 in)
Starting systemElectric starter with reduction gear
Battery 25 A
Main 30 A
Charging system (REG) 25 A
VTS system 7.5 A
Information center (ACC) na
Injection system (INJ) 15 A
Fuel pump (FP) 15 A

These charts are for informational purposes only! For exact specifications, please refer to the factory manual.

 

Sea-Doo XP Comparison Chart

We’ve also compared the key specs of the different Sea-Doo XP models head-to-head in one chart:

Gen.NameYearEngineccHPTop Speed (mph)Weigth (lbs)Hull Design
IXP 5801991"Yellow" 5875805545365I gen. SP
IXP 5801992"White" 5875805645365I gen. SP
IIXP 65019936576507045373II gen. SP
IIXP 650x1994657x6508050412II gen. SP
IIIXP 72019957177188550412X-4
IIIXP Limited 8001995787x RAVE786+11056434X-4
IIIXP 8001996787 RAVE78111056434X-4
IVXP 8001997787 RAVE78211056525Parabolic
IVXP Limited1998947 RAVE95113060551Parabolic
IVXP Limited1999947 RAVE95113060551Parabolic
IVXP Limited2000947 RAVE95113060561Parabolic
IVXP Limited2001947 RAVE95113060561Parabolic
IVXP Limited2002947 RAVE95113060561Parabolic
IVXP DI2003947 DI95113060561Parabolic
IVXP DI2004947 DI95113060605Parabolic

2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI For Sale

If you are considering purchasing one, you probably want to know where to find a Sea-Doo XP DI for sale. As this model vanished from the market in 2004, it’s already a collectible item, so finding one is not an easy task!

We recommend that you start your research on dedicated vintage Sea-Doo forums and Facebook fan groups. Aside from some good deals, you may find some valuable info there about this ski.

Besides these sources, you may also find some used Sea-Doo XP DIs for sale on Craigslist, PWC Trader, and other dedicated jet ski swap sites.

Takeaway

As a takeaway, we’ve answered the most common questions about the 2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI!

What is a Sea-Doo XP DI?

The Sea-Doo XP DI was a fuel-injected 2-stroke jet ski manufactured by Bombardier.

What Year did Bombardier Make the Sea-Doo XP DI?

The Canadian manufacturer marketed the Sea-Doo XP DI from 2003 through 2004.

What Kind of Engine Did the Sea-Doo XP DI Have?

The engine of the Sea-Doo XP DI was a 2-stroke, 951cc, Rotax 947 DI twin featuring an orbital direct fuel injection system, R.A.V.E. exhaust valves, CDI ignition, and a variable rate oil injection system.

How Much Horsepower Did a Sea-Doo XP DI Have?

The Sea-Doo XP DI provided 130 HP at 7,300 RPM.

How Many People Could Ride a Sea-Doo XP DI?

The Sea-Doo XP DI was rated for two riders, but it was actually a solo ski.

How Much Weight Could a Sea-Doo XP DI Hold?

The total weight capacity of the Sea-Doo XP DI was 400 pounds.

What Size was the Sea-Doo XP DI?

The Sea-Doo XP DI was 107 inches long, 44.1 inches wide, and 40.6 inches high.

How Much Did a 1998-2002 Sea-Doo XP DI Weigh?

The dry weight of the Sea-Doo XP DI was 605 pounds.

Did the 1998-2002 Sea-Doo XP DI Have Reverse?

No, the Sea-Doo XP DI was manufactured without reverse.

Was a Sea-Doo XP DI a 2-Stroke Ski?

Yes, the Sea-Doo XP DI utilized a 2-stroke, fuel-injected twin engine.

What Size Storage Compartment Did a Sea-Doo XP DI Have?

The Sea-Doo XP DI had a total storage capacity of 5.5 gallons.

How Much Fuel Did a Sea-Doo XP DI Hold?

The Sea-Doo XP DI utilized a 13.5-gallon fuel tank and a 1.1-gallon oil reservoir.

How Much Fuel Did a Sea-Doo XP DI Use?

The Sea-Doo XP DI’s fuel consumption was about 12-13 GPH at WOT.

How Fast Did a Sea-Doo XP DI Go?

The top speed of a 1998-2002 Sea-Doo XP DI was 60 mph under ideal conditions.

Could the Sea-Doo XP DI Tow a Skier or a Wakeboarder?

Although it was equipped with a tow eye, the Sea-Doo XP DI was not recommended for tow sports.

How Much is a 2003-2004 Sea-Doo XP DI Worth?

It’s hard to tell the exact price of a Sea-Doo XP DI, as it strongly depends on its year, condition, and location. But as a rule of thumb, the prices typically range from $1,000 up to $6,000.

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