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#2365468 - 01/09/18 11:15 PM Looking to buy a UTV
Forrestgump1 Offline
4 point

Registered: 11/15/13
Posts: 587
Ive looked at rangers hondas and yamahas. Even stopped by the kawasaki dealership. Trying to figure out what to go with. Have heard good and bad on polaris, good on honda and yamaha. Kawasaki power wise doesnt seem to be on par. Just looking for any information or recommendations from yall. Im pretty open to all brands.

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#2365536 - 01/10/18 01:34 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
deadeye Offline
14 point

Registered: 03/07/04
Posts: 7556
Loc: Monroe County, AL
Buy the three seater Yahama Viking and thank me later. I have been VERY pleased with mine. The 6 seater version is too long and low in my opinion. I don't like any of the 4 door UTVs. I am in real estate and use it often to show land. Rides great, ample power, room for 3 big folks, best engine and CVT transmission in the business and built like a tank. Add a set of 27" ITP Mud Lites, winch and folding front windshield and you are good to go. I have a friend that sells multiple brands and he said he rarely sees a Viking back in the shop after they leave other than routine servicing.


Edited by deadeye (01/10/18 01:41 AM)
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#2365573 - 01/10/18 07:30 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
extreme heights hunter Offline
Booner

Registered: 04/07/07
Posts: 12554
Loc: Over yonder
The reason you hear more bad about polaris than the others is because for every 1 Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, can am or kubota utv, there are 1,000 polaris utv's.

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#2365591 - 01/10/18 07:51 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
deadeye Offline
14 point

Registered: 03/07/04
Posts: 7556
Loc: Monroe County, AL
Close behind a Yahama Viking would be a Honda. I did A LOT of research.
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#2365609 - 01/10/18 08:01 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
Cousneddy Offline
8 point

Registered: 11/18/15
Posts: 1210
Loc: Limestone County
My buddy has a Honda Pioneer and loves it, if I bought one that was what I would get.

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#2365636 - 01/10/18 08:29 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
Out back Offline
Grumpy Old Man

Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 12785
Loc: Clanton, AL
Big Iron UTVs, the toughest on the market.
http://safervideos.com/pictures/xyo/BigIron600-EFI_main1.jpg
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#2365671 - 01/10/18 08:53 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
Remington270 Offline
Booner

Registered: 11/09/11
Posts: 12391
Loc: Tupelo, MS
Kawasaki is probably not as powerful, but they're also cheaper, and pretty reliable. I don't have a lot of need for a lot of HP, just riding around the land. Rangers certainly hold their value, and would probably be my first choice, all things considered.

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#2365675 - 01/10/18 08:54 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
extreme heights hunter Offline
Booner

Registered: 04/07/07
Posts: 12554
Loc: Over yonder
Buy a polaris. I've owned a few with minimal issues and I own 2 currently. I don't have to take a friends word that it's a good product, I know it is.

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#2365861 - 01/10/18 11:17 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
TickaTicka Offline
8 point

Registered: 05/14/15
Posts: 1421
Loc: On the X
My Ranger 900 pulled a broken Viking out of a rice field 3 weeks ago.

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#2365983 - 01/10/18 12:57 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
AU338MAG Offline
8 point

Registered: 09/25/12
Posts: 1403
Loc: Helena, AL
There's a good reason Polaris outsells all other brands.
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#2365986 - 01/10/18 12:59 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
AU338MAG Offline
8 point

Registered: 09/25/12
Posts: 1403
Loc: Helena, AL
There's a good reason Polaris outsells all other brands.
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#2366161 - 01/10/18 03:05 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: AU338MAG]
burbank Offline
14 point

Registered: 01/02/07
Posts: 9838
Loc: Vestavia
Cause they need replacing sooner? smile
Originally Posted By: AU338MAG
There's a good reason Polaris outsells all other brands.

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#2366341 - 01/10/18 05:20 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
Turkey Offline
8 point

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 1710
Loc: Coosa County
I've owned 4 Rangers, currently owning two. When someone makes something better, I'll switch.

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#2366445 - 01/10/18 06:39 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
pcola4 Offline
6 point

Registered: 02/18/13
Posts: 897
Loc: Milton, FL
New they are all getting too expensive. I priced a Polaris 900 two seater band by the time you add a roof and windshield it's 14000. A friend bought the Honda 1000 and loves it but paid 17000. I may stay hunting out of my truck.

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#2366564 - 01/10/18 08:01 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
Forrestgump1 Offline
4 point

Registered: 11/15/13
Posts: 587
Thats what Im running into now. For what I would pay for a new one I could almost buy 2 single cab tacomas. Since when did these things get so expensive?

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#2366936 - 01/11/18 03:34 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
David Ellis Offline
4 point

Registered: 08/16/05
Posts: 356
Loc: NW Florida
Polaris works well for me.

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#2367054 - 01/11/18 08:35 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
Out back Offline
Grumpy Old Man

Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 12785
Loc: Clanton, AL
The Big Iron is $9000 and made of real metal. No plastic anywhere.
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#2367527 - 01/11/18 02:59 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: TickaTicka]
Luvbowhuntn Offline
4 point

Registered: 02/18/14
Posts: 696
Loc: Town Creek,Al.
Originally Posted By: TickaTicka
My Ranger 900 pulled a broken Viking out of a rice field 3 weeks ago.


And I pulled 3 Rangers out of flooded rice fields with the Viking I had because their belts were slipping. Neither situation reflects one being a better machine than the other. I bought the Viking I had because I could buy it and load it out how I wanted cheaper than I could buy a stock Ranger. Never once regretted selling my Ranger to upgrade to the Viking 6 that I had. Only reason I ever sold it was due to us not ever riding it anymore. They both make excellent machines
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#2367536 - 01/11/18 03:05 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
NightHunter Offline
10 point

Registered: 09/25/07
Posts: 6188
Loc: Holly Pond, AL
Depending on your desired use, why not a mini-truck?

Guy has a camo lifted one here in Cullman for $7-8k.

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#2367991 - 01/11/18 08:37 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
deadeye Offline
14 point

Registered: 03/07/04
Posts: 7556
Loc: Monroe County, AL
The Viking has a much better CVT transmission than any other one on the market and the engine is bullet-proof. It also has a full length metal skid plate
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#2368241 - 01/11/18 10:35 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
joshm28 Offline
10 point

Registered: 12/07/09
Posts: 4573
Loc: Jasper, AL
I like my Kawasaki Teryx but they are like anything else. Decide exactly what you are going to do with it then try and test drive several that meets the purpose. Buy whichever one you like.

I will say this. If you want to carry 4 people I wouldn't look at the Polaris. Their wheelbase is WAY to long for my liking. Very difficult to maneuver on trails and dang near impossible in the woods.

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#2368694 - 01/12/18 10:32 AM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: joshm28]
Goatkiller Offline
8 point

Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 2291
Loc: B'ham
I've had or currently have a few of each. I don't "ride" I use them for work and you can keep anything with a bucket seat arrangement I don't like it. Mechanically the machines are all fine but bench seats are the only way to go for me.

The best engineered machine is the Honda without a doubt. It is like driving a car. 4 seater is same wheelbase as 2 seater. Good machine so far I've had no problems.

I've had and have Rangers they've been good machines as well. Anything belt driven will eventually have belt issues but knowing that going in and keeping them maintained is the key to long service. I've got some that have been rode hard and they are good machines. They are relatively inexpensive to maintain and lots of shops know how to work on them. Like Josh said above though a Crew is like driving a bus through the woods. They are long. Better suited for farm land than the woods.

All your others like your Kutoba's, Mules, etc. I don't really know why anyone would buy one of those unless they lived somewhere they had no other dealer support. All those are expensive to maintain and work on and the initially cost is too high.


Edited by Goatkiller (01/12/18 10:35 AM)

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#2369114 - 01/12/18 02:49 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
NightHunter Offline
10 point

Registered: 09/25/07
Posts: 6188
Loc: Holly Pond, AL
We have a 2012 Kawasaki Mule for sale...

Biggest diesel they make
Cab
4x4
about 1200 miles on it
Garage kept.

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#2369149 - 01/12/18 03:19 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: burbank]
jbc Offline
Frat Snowflake

Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 8358
Loc: Montgomery, AL
Originally Posted By: burbank
Cause they need replacing sooner? smile
Originally Posted By: AU338MAG
There's a good reason Polaris outsells all other brands.


I laughed

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#2369404 - 01/12/18 07:23 PM Re: Looking to buy a UTV [Re: Forrestgump1]
hunterturf Offline
14 point

Registered: 02/22/12
Posts: 7481
Loc: bessemer, al
There are lemons from every manufacturer. But I'd play the odds and go with polaris. Try and get a efi model In case you are considering getting a used one
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