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Old 05-10-2009, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Who makes the most reliable and trouble free ATV's?

I'm looking to buy a newer ATV between 1998-2006 depending on the price. Have been looking at Yamaha's, a few Honda's and Can-am. So far leaning toward the Yamaha's because I like the way they look but am open to whatever as long as its reliable. I'm looking to get something between 300-450cc, 4x4 and need it be have auto or something with no clutch. The quad would mostly be used to transport a boat or sea-doo from time to time, yard work and hauling, towing a seld if they break down from lake/trail to cabin in the winter, and some off roading and mudding of course. Given what I'm looking for what would be the best most, reliable choice of a quad for me. I'm not looking to start a post for brand loyalty just insight on people's experiences and what people recommend. Any and all insight will be useful.

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Old 05-11-2009, 06:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm looking to buy a newer ATV between 1998-2006 depending on the price. Have been looking at Yamaha's, a few Honda's and Can-am. So far leaning toward the Yamaha's because I like the way they look but am open to whatever as long as its reliable. I'm looking to get something between 300-450cc, 4x4 and need it be have auto or something with no clutch. The quad would mostly be used to transport a boat or sea-doo from time to time, yard work and hauling, towing a seld if they break down from lake/trail to cabin in the winter, and some off roading and mudding of course. Given what I'm looking for what would be the best most, reliable choice of a quad for me. I'm not looking to start a post for brand loyalty just insight on people's experiences and what people recommend. Any and all insight will be useful.

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Honda and Yamaha r both fine choices, we have both. I have A 1987 Yamaha big bear 4X4 I bought from my Grandfather he bought it new and it is still going strong. Dad has had several Honda utilitys and they were all strong good reliable quads. I have a 400ex Honda and I ride the hell out of it. Treat them good and they will do yo the same. I dont know much about Can Am. But i think they r UGLY. BUt if you find a Yamaha or a Honda you will have a good Machine.
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would a 350-450 be big enought for what I plan to use it for? I would also use it with a blade to clear the driveway.
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My buddy has a 2003 450 yamaha with a plow and it does just fine.
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We have a blade for our 350 and it clears the drive grades gravel and what ever else we throw at it.
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My Dad has a 2002 Kodiak 400 and it is bulletproof. Other than brakes, battery and regular maintenance he has not needed to do any repairs to it. He uses it to plow his driveway without any issues. I would recommend a Yamaha anyday. He just bought a Can-Am 800R Max when I bought my 800R and he will continue to use the Yami to plow the driveway. I think for what you want to use it for, a 350-450 will work just fine.

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Yamahas are great! Our 350 is very reliable, just clean the carbs once in a while. I also hear that Can-Am is good.
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Reliability is based on the competance of the owners . Most have ... of that. My Eiger has 16500 miles and no complaints. Why do you all have so many????
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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all the big brand's are reliable, but it all depends how and where you ride- smooth trail's not many part's will wear or break.
if your trail's are rough and rocky more part's will wear and break and keeping up on maintenance goes a long way to having a reliable atv
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