Best all around ATV??

3/17/15 @ 6:29 PM
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Buckuuu
Buckuuu
USER since 3/20/12
I'm gettin on the market for a used 4#4 atv. Not lookin for anything fancy. Just for some deer huntin and ice fishin. Maybe 400-650. Just lookin for any advice on wat to look for in a used one. Been lookin at Polaris Soortsman. Any thoughts? Thnx in advance
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7/22/16 @ 9:56 AM
.Long Barrels
.Long Barrels
USER since 12/9/14

Esox,  it makes you laugh about people owning and getting rid of all these ATV's huh?  Well let me put it to you this way,  if I had a 60 mile rid through the woods and there was nothing around,  i wouldn't trust Polaris.  I've owned em,  they are not reliable.  period.  I'll take my honda and bury it in a creek bottom and I know it will work.  I'm not scared driving a Honda or Yammy.   Keep it local I understand,  but Polaris needs to step it up to get my business.  

I beat on my equipment,  if I can own a Wheeler and it doesn't break down,  you better get what I got cause I ride em,  I don't baby em.  I understand many have machines that they ride out on a lake 5 times a year for the last 10 years...that's not even a challenge for a machine.  Any machine will do that,  but it you want to haul stuff,  pull stuff out,  go through a fresh slashing,  pull hay wagons,  buy something non Polaris or you'll be let down when you need it the most.

Edited on 7/22/16 10:00 AM
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7/17/16 @ 9:09 AM
whitetub
whitetub
USER since 4/23/12

Suzuki owns Kawasaki. merged back in 2001-2003. somewhere in there. 

i own a can-am now. but I've owned grizzlies and loved them besides it a single piston engine. if it was a V-twin i would still own a grizzly.  i do a lot of snow plowing with my quad and felt i needed a twin to take some of the stress off the engine.

Edited on 7/17/16 9:13 AM
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5/12/16 @ 6:48 AM
velocity
velocity
USER since 5/12/16

I can't really speak about the other brands, but I had a Yamaha 700 Grizzly and absolutely loved it. Always started, ran fantastic, fast and could pull whatever I threw at it. I have always been a Yammi guy. I have had many Yamaha snowmobiles as well. I only sold the 4 wheeler to move to a side by side.

velocity

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4/2/16 @ 8:59 PM
ESOX68
ESOX68
USER since 2/21/06
I have a 05 Polars sportsmen and love it. I've even rolled twice.still runs. Makes me laugh when I hear people saying they owned all theses wheelers. Makes me wonder why they got rid of them. Polaris is made in the U.S. also. I work in a machine shop and see stuff like this come through. That's why it's important to support these companies.

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4/1/16 @ 8:01 PM
big mac
big mac
MEMBER since 2/19/02
I have said this before. But one more time. I have had Suzuki, Honda, Polaris, and Can Am. I really liked my 2007 Suzuki 400 Eiger, next my Honda (the only issue was it wasn't fuel injection ), next my current machine, Can Am. Never will buy a Kawasaki, and only if I get a great deal, would I buy a Polaris. Big Mac

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4/1/16 @ 8:28 AM
Jax
Jax
USER since 1/5/06
Ive had a bunch, liked the Yamahas, Kawasaki, but went to Suzuki and love it. Not a problem so far. Yes look at a good dealer and it is half the battle.

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3/14/16 @ 9:40 AM
budman1987
budman1987
USER since 1/19/03
Really like my grizzly 700 so far used it all ice season no issues yet...love the power steering

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3/13/16 @ 7:08 PM
1up
1up
USER since 7/22/06
HONDA RUBICON WITH BIG TIRE KIT

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3/10/16 @ 2:36 PM
.Long Barrels
.Long Barrels
USER since 12/9/14
In no particular order Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, suzuki (cam am but you won't get them cheap)....polaris dead last, they are cheap crap, most issues, most starting issues, most motor issues. they are 1000-2000 less for a reason. I been there done that.

I currently own a Kawasaki Prairie 2004, Yamaha Bruin 350 2004, Honda Foreman 500 2001 & 06. I had 2 polaris in the last 15 years....HAD, they are not work horses, they are not dependable. Look at any Farmer, Rancher or anyone that depends on a ATV for daily work. you won't find any or many with Polaris.

I should have learned my lesson on Polaris 20 years ago when my dad's buddy trailed a Polaris Sportsman 6 hours to the WI northwoods for gun season. SOB didn't start and it had like 80 miles on it. we even put it in a heated garage thinking it was a moisture issue. After 3 lessons, i've learned.

If I had to pick my favorite work horse machine for towing stuff, Honda all the way with the solid suspension. the others are as dependable but if you plan on pulling wagons, trailers, hay etc etc....HONDA is the way to go.

The Kawasaki's are machines that are overlooked. I saw a dandy on Craig's list a few months ago, like a 450, 6 years old, basically brand new for like 3,500. I have a ATV addiction...I was very close to buying that sucker

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3/8/16 @ 9:54 AM
EUPYOOPERJIG
EUPYOOPERJIG
USER since 2/29/16
Honda Rubicon 500 4x4. Bulletproof.

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