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#6233121 - 03/22/16 06:18 PM Who has a Honda Pioneer?
BA223 Offline
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Registered: 01/10/11
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...and what do you think of it? What do you like and dislike about it?

I've been a Ranger fan, and still am. But, interested in what the Honda machine has to offer. I've owned Honda 4 wheelers before, and they just kept running... The Pioneer is fairly new to the scene, but maybe some of you have some personal experience you can share.

Thanks!

BA

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#6233159 - 03/22/16 06:48 PM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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Registered: 08/27/09
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Loc: Forney, Tx
It will prob be a good machine. I have used the predecessor of the pioneer, the Big Red, and it was junk. If Honda would put in an electric shift transmission it would be a great utility vehicle. But the automatic they use with auto clutch slips a lot after use and is very expensive to replace
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Ever spit it out rather than swallow it?

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Enjoy it while you can. One day you might be complaining about NOT getting random pop-ups in the morning. grin

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#6233213 - 03/22/16 07:37 PM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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I have the 2015 pioneer 500. It has done a lot more than I wanted it to. Has a lot more power than I thought it would. Spent 2 weeks in the mountains of Colorado in it with no issues at all. It has hauled everything I put on it.I had Ramball make me a bed for the back of it and it has worked out great

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#6233260 - 03/22/16 08:08 PM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: hunting.nut]
BA223 Offline
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That Colorado comment is good info. I'm hoping to make that trip myself this summer. From what I've been reading, the Pioneer loses a lot of power and struggles in the high altitude, above 8-9000 feet. That's the biggest negative I've heard, but it's been mentioned many times.

But, that's why I was hoping for some "first hand" info from THF. You've been there...done that...and had no problem with the altitude. Thanks for the input.

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#6233272 - 03/22/16 08:16 PM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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Helomech has one, he loves it and is NOT gentle on his ATV's. I will try and get him on here....
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#6233290 - 03/22/16 08:27 PM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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Don't know when, but he said he will stop by and give his input...
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#6233358 - 03/22/16 09:03 PM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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We took our Tery4 to 13,300 feet last September while riding 130 miles in one day. The machine did great, never noticed a reduce in power but we also weren't dogging on it. There was a CanAm Turbo the broke down because he overheated the turbo because of the thin air. Saw 1 Pioneer me they isn't seem to have any problems.
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Ever spit it out rather than swallow it?

Originally Posted By: pegasaurus
Enjoy it while you can. One day you might be complaining about NOT getting random pop-ups in the morning. grin

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#6233590 - 03/23/16 07:08 AM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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#6233591 - 03/23/16 07:08 AM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
Pigsicles Offline
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Registered: 09/18/07
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I have a 2014 700-4. and I love it. It has done everything I have asked of it with zero issues. It has hauled 500lbs of corn in the bed and a Polar Sport trailer with another 500 lbs in it through steep creek crossings with no problems and that is with 2 riders with a combined weight of over 500 lbs.
The unique pop up rear seats is one of the main reasons I bought it as it gives me the flexibility of taking the grandsons for rides while still being able to haul it on a 10 ft trailer.
Letting the unit warm up for a couple minutes will keep my transmission from slipping. Not having a belt, with all the issues that comes with them was one of the other reasons I chose the Pioneer.
Have not had it in any high altitude yet so I can't speak on power loss in that arena.
Time will tell if it lives up to Hondas reputation on reliability.

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#6233620 - 03/23/16 07:45 AM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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Registered: 11/14/07
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I have a 2005 honda big red, I think the power train is the same as the pioneer. I absolutely love it, only problem I have has was the starter went out, other than that is has been perfect. I beat the hell out of it, and it gets used almost every day. The reason I went with the honda was because of the transmission, I believe it is the best one out there for work. I would not trade my 05 for a brand new machine, unless it was another honda. The first gear has more than enough power to do anything you want. I have towed logs that a can ams could not tow. They are not fast about 42 mph, and they are not made to jump hills, but if you want a tough machine that won't let you down pick the honda.
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#6233814 - 03/23/16 10:22 AM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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i have a 14 Pioneer 700

smooth, tough, lots of torque, fold down seats great for junk

I drag my 20 ft tandem trailer with it, easily 2500lbs with stuff in the trailer

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#6233890 - 03/23/16 11:23 AM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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Helomech is correct we moved a downed tree that was not small but in the middle of the road. When your in East Texas your not going around it.
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#6234162 - 03/23/16 02:57 PM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
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Registered: 03/17/11
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I have rode in and drove one and it is nice. The only negative that I could find is that it is the loudest engine of any UTV that I have been around. I don't think I would be able to hear my beeper collars on my birddogs over the roar of the engine, but the Pioneer may be the stoutest of all the UTVs. In any other arena besides quail hunting, I would endorse it and this is with me owning a newer Kawasaki Trans Mule 4010 of which is perfect for what I do with it.


Edited by NorthTXbirdhunter (03/23/16 07:22 PM)

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#6234284 - 03/23/16 04:50 PM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: BA223]
BA223 Offline
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Lots of good "first hand" info here. Thanks for that! I'm trying to decide if I want to stay loyal to Polaris and go with a new 570 Ranger, or the 700 Pioneer.

So far, the big concern I had with the Pioneer was loss of power at high altitude. That won't come into play very often for me, at all. But, I'd hate to get jacked up and need it without it being able to perform. But, it doesn't sound like that's an issue any longer.

I'm familiar with the Ranger products, I have an 800 crew now that I'm looking to downsize. But, I think I may need to take a closer look at the Pioneer. I'm glad I asked. This is good info. Thanks to all!

BA

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#6235118 - 03/24/16 09:47 AM Re: Who has a Honda Pioneer? [Re: hunting.nut]
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Registered: 01/31/09
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Loc: Rowlett
How is the paddle shift on the 500?

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