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2003 Arctic Cat Atv’s opinions?

4/26/19 @ 7:42 AM
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Cambridge
Cambridge
USER since 3/21/14

A friend is looking to sell a older 2003 arctic cat 500. It’s in awesome shape, really low miles. 

Do any of you have a history with an older machine like this? I believe it’s got a Suzuki engine.  I’ve read a few reviews that are not very kind to these atvs...mostly the suspension..

anyone have one of these? Like it? Any problems?

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4/27/19 @ 1:34 PM
percheye1
percheye1
USER since 6/24/01

Funny he had problems starting. My 2000 500 Auto starts great in cold weather. There is a primer on the carb to reach down and prime when its cold pops right off. It has been a good machine and a workhorse. Yes it has a straight axle and much better suspension is now available but I own both Polaris and Arctic Cat and the cat has been a good machine.

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4/27/19 @ 8:46 AM
Lastcastmaybeknot
Lastcastmaybeknot
USER since 4/20/16

My friend used to have one from early 2000. Not sure on the year but I am sure that a quad that doesn't start when cold out is very useless to haul with to go ice fishing a mile or two out.   Seamed like a nice unit when it started but it didn't start at some very key times.  I would think something with Arctic in it's name would be able to start when it's 15 degrees

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4/26/19 @ 11:20 PM
dodger
dodger
USER since 9/3/01

I would buy my 2003 Arctic Cat 4X4 400 all over again. This has been an awesome machine. It gets used for plowing, ice fishing including pulling a permanent shack around, running bear baits, getting to my hunting stands and garden work.  

I put a 2500 lb. Warn winch, 60" plow and deep lug aggressive tires.  It's the perfect combination for everything I want to do.

The best part of the Arctic Cat 4X4 is the maintenance cost. I'm diligent about oil changes and I take it in every two years for a tune/check up to the AC dealer.  The cost for service has only cost me $900 and change for 14 years of service. Knock on wood it keeps going for another 6 years. 

I'm very careful with my machine. It's stored inside a garage/shed and it's never been abused.

Maybe I got lucky but I wouldn't buy anything except an Arctic Cat. I definitely got my moneys worth and continue to get my moneys worth.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Dodger

P.S. I will try to post a picture if I can find one.

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