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Hi y'all,

I'm looking for recommendations on my first UTV. What I am looking for: Light duty around the house, snowplowing, taking 2 adults and 2 young kids for a ride to the bus stop or down the street. I would consider a 2 seater if I could add a rear facing seat in the back. Trail riding would be very occasional. My wife wants something quiet so the neighbors don't get annoyed. Not sure about electric since battery replacement scares me. Also looking to spend around 10k new or used. So far I've researched the Mule, Ranger, Tracker off road, American Landmaster, Pioneer. 

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There are several places online that sell rear seats that bolt onto the bed for the ranger, Most Mules are 2 seater (seat 2 comfortably) unless you get one of The newer Teryx or Pro FX  which cost some $$$, 

There are snowplow attachments for virtually every UTV.

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46 minutes ago, Willy M said:

Auctions are a good source for used and many have very low mileage on them.  Why pay dealer prices?  I had bought a new Polaris Ranger and 3 months later a 3 year old 1000cc Polaris with under 200 miles sold for less than my 500 ranger.

Is there a website to see where the auctions are? I'm in Michigan. 

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11 hours ago, kodaclr said:

Hi, I'm looking also for the same reasons. I'm liking the Pioneer, Ranger or Landmaster the most right now.

 

I like them all and those too. I like the Landmaster Cruiser but not liking no efi and I've heard the suspension/travel is not as good as others. Also I don't know much about the reliability. The mule I like the price and warranty but it is slow. The Pioneer is a Honda which is nice but pricey. The Ranger is at the top of my list right now. Maybe adding a bolt on seat to the rear like Travis mentioned. The glacier plow system is 2 grand! I'd have to shop around for an aftermarket plow system that is crazy expensive. 

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1 hour ago, Airsense00 said:

Is there a website to see where the auctions are? I'm in Michigan. 

You would have to google local auctions and keep looking until something  comes up at auction. You can enter search terms and online auction sites email you when a 4 wheeler or anything you are looking for comes up in local auctions or auctions in a wider search area.

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1 hour ago, Airsense00 said:

I like them all and those too. I like the Landmaster Cruiser but not liking no efi and I've heard the suspension/travel is not as good as others. Also I don't know much about the reliability. The mule I like the price and warranty but it is slow. The Pioneer is a Honda which is nice but pricey. The Ranger is at the top of my list right now. Maybe adding a bolt on seat to the rear like Travis mentioned. The glacier plow system is 2 grand! I'd have to shop around for an aftermarket plow system that is crazy expensive. 

Always test drive 4 wheelers on uneven ground, not pavement. You will know the ride quality only when taken off road on bumpy ground, Polaris to my knowledge has very smooth ride with good suspension.  The first 4 wheeler I bought I only drove it on the paved lot, what a mistake, the worst off road ride and you could not drive faster than walking or you'd hit your head on the roof the suspension was so stiff. The thing beat you up when you drove it.

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Massimo is hit or miss according to the reviews.  I think all those box store brands, minus American Landmaster, is a Chinese Hisun coming out of an assembly plant in Texas.  QC seems to be spotty and based on whether or not the QC specialist had a rough night at the bar.  

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The Coleman (US brand) is a Hisun (Chinese) in disguise.  A few, but certainly not all Japanese and American brands use Chinese parts including the engine.  One model of the Kawasaki and John Deere UTVs uses a Chinese engine.  Never know what we're getting unless we do some deep, deep digging and researching.

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If you plan on keeping your UTV past 5 years then buy a well known brand. Do not buy from Home Depot and others that sell no name or unknown name UTV's. Why, because they do not stock parts past about 5 years. If you look closely they source cheaper parts from several manufacturers. Stating "assembled in the USA" means only the parts have been bolted together.

I had a serious problem after 5 years the gas shocks lost their gas on two. Steering/handling so bad you could not use it. No where could you find shocks that fit the mounts.

I sold it at a huge loss. Now with a new Polaris I can always get parts and the ride is 500x better.

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12 hours ago, Travis said:

Some of the newer Kawasaki come with the Chery engine... Which doesn't Joyner use too?

Yes it does.  Pre 2014 Joyner Renegades had the 3-cyl 800cc engine.  Went to the 4-cyl engine 1100cc in 2014, same engine in the Trooper..  That engine is more common in South America, Africa and of course Asia.  Larger engines (1600+) are more common in automobiles in those areas.

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Where are you going to ride it, what kind of riding or work you going to do.

Where can you get parts for it ?

 

Where can you take it in and have service done.

What kind of warranty comes with it.

All this should be taken into consideration.

Or it might be sitting  in the back yard not running. 

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Ive put 1800 miles on my 2017 Cub challenger from yardwork to Colorado mountains.   Built like a truck.  Nice price range, loaded with all you need.  Go for the 2019 and up to get the upgraded exhaust.   Only downside is top speed of 45 mph.

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Man I got a 19 ranger xp 900  on sale in dec of last yr.

I got 21 hrs on itm

I've hit 70 mph on the hardtop road.

Know it would go faster with 68 hp

 

With knobby tires on it, I didn't  want to go any faster.

 

I really like my 19 and the motor in back of the ranger.

 

 

 

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I suggest not buying a Massimo Buck 400.  

It is rough to drive and steer.  Probably okay for a tough guy but, not a woman.  I have to use this thing on my farm. 

It is terrible to shift.  The right headlight is halfway gone out.  The charger port for a cellphone (?) doesn't work...

Wish I had done more research and comparison shopping.

 

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