Decided to sell my Florida born, slightly tarnished and rusted x for an AZ vtx, lower miles without the rust or oxidation. I forgot what yr. to stay away from as the fuel pump is in the tank. (02 or 03?). There are some really nice looking ones, low mileage. Keeping price 5k and under. Any tips welcomed. This seller may take 5k...
This one seller would take 4200..
Is the 07 any better than 03 model? I think not but don't know really.
What's wrong with the '02 or' 03 internal fuel pump? I have 2003 and a 2006 model. I had problem with the 2006's fuel system, but not with the 2003's. If there is rust or debris in the tank what sits on the bottom of the tank, in case of the new model, it will go down to the fuel pump housing and will plug the filter in it. It's a PIA to remove, disassemble, clean or replace it. In case of the older model, the pump and filter is sitting higher than the bottom of the tank, so a little debris or rust stays on the bottom and won't really cause problem ever. And if the pump (filter) has to be removed and cleaned, it's easier on the older system.
If an old rubber fuel line fails, on the older model only the running fuel pump may drain the tank. On the newer model it can happen when the bike just sitting in the garage or parking lot unattanded.
BTW, I had an other problem with the newer. There is a rubber O ring on the bottom of the tank at the fuel level sensor, that failed. Did not cause problem with lower fuel level in the tank, but when I filled up my tank at the gas station, half of the fuel drained on the engine and on to the asphalt, but (at least) when it stopped, I could ride home.
ECU is different, too, but won't notice it. I feel the older bike a little more powerful and responsive.
However, the later models' tank is bigger and better looking.