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#5950618 - 09/28/15 12:58 PM most reliable 4-seater UTV?
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Reliability, efficiency, easy maintenance are key.
Smaller dimensions is good. Quiet is good.
Speed is not even 6th on the list, way down there.

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#5950719 - 09/28/15 01:49 PM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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We like our Teryx4, has the shortest wheelbase of all the 4 seaters, same ground clearance as most, super comfy seats and good ride. Comes with a 3 year warranty, basic maintenance has been easy this far. Bed isn't that great, holds a cooler and two 5 gallon gas cans. If you're wanting more bed room, the new Mule FXt is pretty freaking nice. I will say the Teryx is a little noisier than I would like, but I figure after a few hundred miles of breaking in it will quieten down
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#5950842 - 09/28/15 02:41 PM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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Coming from a guy who owns a Polaris Ranger....I rode in a Mule FXt last weekend. That is probably the one to get based upon the Kawasaki/Mule history of being hard to kill. The suspension is as good as the Ranger and is not the old straight axle beat your fillings loose Mule. It reminded me of my 4010 TransMule but made to Ranger specs.

If I was shopping today I'd look at the Mule FXt and the Ranger. The one thing that might sway me toward a Ranger is the guy in Rowlett that only works on Polaris. He's done a service on mine and is 1/2 the cost of a dealership and is a super nice guy...he knows these machines inside and out.

FWIW - The Teryx and Razor are more trail riding/go fast machines.
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#5950942 - 09/28/15 03:43 PM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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I second the Mule FXT. Great ride and performance with Kawasaki reliability. If I were to own an a gas UTV (rather than an electric) it'd be this one.
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#5951010 - 09/28/15 04:18 PM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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I'd suggest the Kubota Diesel, but you did say that quiet was important. It's reliable, easy to work on, and will outwork everything else. And you can get it with AC and heat and doors. But the diesel isn't quiet.

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#5951649 - 09/28/15 09:18 PM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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I'm selling my Honda Foreman to get a UTV. I'm with the OP on what I want, why not a Honda Pioneer, never see 'em mentioned here, is it because they're relatively new? Looked at one on Saturday. They seem to be as good as any Honda, real transmission/no belts, and the bed converting to 2 additional seats also means a rather short 4 seater when you have 4 to carry.

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#5951665 - 09/28/15 09:27 PM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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Charlie- we drove a Honda BigRed for many years, it's Honda's first SxS, and I wouldn't ever consider another one. The car like transmission was a constant headache, never shifting into higher gears, getting stuck in hears after stopping, not really all that great. The ride wasn't very good for independent suspension. It was LOUD! Overall not a very good vehicle
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#5951756 - 09/28/15 10:28 PM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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Registered: 06/19/11
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Bought a Pro FXT last month. My buddy that has a Ranger can't get over how good the Mule rides. Plus the warranty is for 3 years vs. the 6 months that the other manufacturers offer.

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#5952135 - 09/29/15 08:57 AM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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The Polaris crew cab is pretty nice. It also has power steering.
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#5955727 - 10/01/15 07:16 AM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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Not the smoothest ride and certain;y not the quietest and not the fastest. But if you want one that will last get the Kubota. I have had mine for over 4 years and put over 2000 hours on it and never a problem.
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#5959313 - 10/03/15 05:02 PM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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Registered: 12/05/11
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another +1 for the Kubota. My 900 diesel is pretty loud, but the thing is a tank. However, my brother in laws 500 gas version isn't that bad.
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#5959898 - 10/04/15 07:32 AM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
Charlie- we drove a Honda BigRed for many years, it's Honda's first SxS, and I wouldn't ever consider another one. The car like transmission was a constant headache, never shifting into higher gears, getting stuck in hears after stopping, not really all that great. The ride wasn't very good for independent suspension. It was LOUD! Overall not a very good vehicle


Honda has come a long way since the bigred in the utv market. Their pioneers are great machines.

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#5960044 - 10/04/15 09:41 AM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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Many things are 48 inches. Plywood is just one example. Make sure the bed is 49 inches wide all the way through the tailgate whatever you get. I saw one UTV with wheel wells in the bed. That sounds stupid to me.
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#5970256 - 10/10/15 02:48 AM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: gtrich94]
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Originally Posted By: gtrich94
another +1 for the Kubota. My 900 diesel is pretty loud, but the thing is a tank. However, my brother in laws 500 gas version isn't that bad.


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The kubota diesels are super reliable and easy to work on but not the smallest or most quiet. They can do more work than anything else on the market.

This is mine with the box completely loaded with fresh cut green logs (conservative estimate of 1500 lbs and probably closer to 1800 lbs). Handled it no problem including several stretches up hill (we added straps after the photo was taken). The hydraulic dump box also dumped it no problem.

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#5970546 - 10/10/15 10:18 AM Re: most reliable 4-seater UTV? [Re: Gravytrain]
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We call the Wife's Kubota "the dump truck". An amazing work vehicle. I keep wondering if I should upgrade to the model with AC and heat and doors, like tlk did. I've kidded him a couple of times about having one, but I'm just jealous.

The Kubota is just a different breed of cat. It isn't so much a recreational/hunting vehicle as it is truly commercial work equipment. It's 2000 pounds of diesel driven steel.

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