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Old 12-08-2010, 02:26 PM
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Looking to buy an atv

Hey guys,

Looking to buy a quad to go riding up in Vermont with my buddies. Been Riding a few times before but never owned a quad. By friend was showing me a 2005 polaris sportsman 700. Anyone ever ride one of these before? Dont mind spending a little extra $$ on one that will be reliable. Any opinions/ thoughts would be apreciated
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Hell ya... Just got a 2010 Sportsman 500! Me and the wife put on 149 miles on it while hunting this year. Excellent machine! The only thing I found is the 700 dont last as long as the 500 or 800. If you have any questions let me know........
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Glad you like it! is yours efi? i read quite a few reviews and i found a few that said the computer caught on fire and some sensors sometimes go bad, i bet these people also tried driving through a lake though, anything to look out for with EFI?
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Nope mine is a carb. I wanted the carb because of the problems with the computer malfunctioning. I noticed the the 08 and newer did not have as many computer / sensor failures but only time will tell.
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thats what i figured, my freind was saying stay away from carbs which doesnt make any sense to me, but he is also not mechanically inclined, if worse comes to worse you can always pull the cord and get it home.
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can't go wrong with my sportsman. My first atv was a polaris and the one I have now is an outlaw 500
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I have a yamaha kodiak 450. I really like it but I only use it for hunting. Ive rode a polaris 500 and 800 and dont really have any complaints. What I liked about the yamaha at the time I bought it was the front diff lock.
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I am a die hard Honda rider....... So buying a Polaris was not an easy one. I do all of my own work so no computer for me.... No pull cord on 2010.
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Polaris make a great product, but they are super heavy compared to the others in each class. I have a Yamaha Grizzley. This is my third grizzley and have never had a single problem with any of them! I will alway have Yamaha quads (front diff lock, power steerring, GREAT PRICE) and KTM dirtbikes!

Hope this helps
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Thanks for all of the input, I guess I will try to stay away from the EFI then, I have also read about the polaris being heavy, I really dont have that much experience riding so the input is greatly appreciated. Hopefully I can find something locally, im going to keep my eyes open for the next few weeks
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