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Motorguide Xi5 #12848271
07/31/18 04:53 PM
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How does the Xi5 work when fishing shallow? I'm looking at the Xi5 and the Ultrex. I have Lowrance units so I was looking to stay with motorguide for the compatibility but I'm having reservations because the Motorguide seems to be a poor design and needs lots of modification to work for bass fishing. Thanks for any information.

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Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12848277
07/31/18 04:56 PM
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buy an ultrex much better mount an way easier to mount transducers

Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12848308
07/31/18 05:12 PM
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I have one... spot lock is great but the foot pedal takes some getting use to. The motor itself has been good. I have had it for about 3yrs and can use the foot pedal just fine now. With that being said I will get an Ultrex when my Xi5 bites the dust.

Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12848541
07/31/18 07:52 PM
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Ultrex is sick!

I was worried about the same thing....so glad I went with the Ultrex!!!

Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12851236
08/02/18 09:55 PM
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Ultrex!


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Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12851487
08/03/18 01:11 AM
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Sometimes I'll watch my Ultrex instead of my flat screen TV, that's how good it is. pollo


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Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12851727
08/03/18 04:45 AM
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Iíve had my Xi5 going on three years. All the auto functions(spot lock, heading lock and jog) function to expectations. I donít see how they could get much better. The foot control.... I donít scream and cuss at it near as much as I used to. Part of the reason is Iíve learned to work it to its capabilities(which are limited) the other part is Iíve simply grown weary of screaminí and cussiní. I really thought Mercury/MotorGuide would address the glaring weakness in the foot control sometime after the initial release of the Xi5. OK... so Iíve been wrong before...

I really... really... want the functionality of the Ultrex foot control but.... what I donít want is the associated mount and wiring required with the Ultrex. Cost are kinna off-setting as well.

I am also a Lowrance user so that too weighs on my decision to stay with the Xi5. The Xi5 works and works well in all areas sans the foot control. I do have the gateway that allows me to control the Xi5 from any of my Carbon MDFís - which I use a lot!

If you go with the Xi5 you will be well satisfied with every aspect but the foot control and maybe... just maybe... some day.... MotorGuide will resolve that issue. Itís awfully hard to believe that with all the attention the Ultrex is getting that MotorGuide isnít going to respond in a positive manner at some point but... Iíve been wrong before...


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Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12851891
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Get the Ultrex if you can afford it. It mounts better.

I have the Xi5 and love it...other than the mount and using an external transducer.


Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12852197
08/03/18 04:16 PM
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Another Xi5 user here that would replace it with an Ultrex. I like others can get by with the electronic foot pedal on the Xi5 but would probably give up the graph interface to have the cable feedback of an Ultrex during spring fishing. Don't know if offshore would matter much between the two in my opinion but haven't run an Ultrex much other than being in the boat with someone who has one and occasionally step up on the front. I too am wondering when/if Motorguide will get back in the game.

Re: Motorguide Xi5 [Re: J.M.S] #12855493
08/06/18 08:38 PM
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I appreciate y'all taking time to answer my questions. Thanks.

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