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#6417839 - 08/21/16 01:06 AM Been trying to decide on a UTV
Wacm Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 354
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
I started with thinking about buying one of those Massimo UTV,s at Tractor Supply. Then I saw a few bad reviews and been leaning toward a Polaris 570.
Anyone on here own a Massimo 500 or 700? How do you like it.
I noticed the BBB has had issues with Massimo but I think it's more issues with them and their 1 yr warranty

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#6417963 - 08/21/16 08:49 AM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 10817
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Polaris, Honda, Mirhanda. I would never buy those off brands.
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#6417975 - 08/21/16 08:57 AM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
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Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 1175
Loc: Tyler, TX
I went from having Honda and Kawasaki four wheelers to a golf cart before buying my UTV. When the golf cart died, I wanted something like that, but with more power and an engine. My budget was only a couple grand, but the longer I looked, the more I realized that I needed to reconsider my budget. I decided to finance it and was pleasantly surprised that with a few grand down, I could get just about anything out there for a hundred dollars a month payment. I looked at all of them and read tons of reviews, posted questions about different brands and in the end, went with the Kawasaki TransMule 4x4. I paid it off in two years, and after four years, still think it was the best choice out there. It's faster then I ever go, it's super easy to operate. My parents are 76 and 80, and both drive it more then I do. Friends come over and use it all the time, it's super reliable, solid and extremely useful. One of those things that I can't imagine how I got along without it.

There are plenty of other good brands out there, but the one thing I would avoid is any of the Chinese cheaper models. They have a bad reputation for a reason. The fun is in being able to use it, nor wrench on it or try to find parts for it.

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#6418030 - 08/21/16 09:44 AM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
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Registered: 11/05/14
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I also looked and looked and looked. Didn't have the money for a new one, so I bought a used Kawasaki Mule that carries 4 adults. It was a 2006 model and I bought it in March of 2016. As EddieWalker said, "I can't imagine how I got along without it." I bought it here on THF and have already put more hours on it than it had on it when I bought it. Here is a photo of my wife driving it.


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#6418147 - 08/21/16 11:46 AM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
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Registered: 08/06/14
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Loc: Tyler, TX
Yours looks like mine except I cut the back screen in half so I could use the dump without hitting the roof. I have the factory roof from Kawasaki and it stuck out too far back, which made no sense to me at all. I also have power steering and the engine is fuel injection. We use it from getting the mail, to hauling fishing gear down to the pond, to carrying firewood from the field to the wood pile, and carrying boxes and burnable stuff to the burn pile. The list goes on and on!!!




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#6418218 - 08/21/16 12:38 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
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#6418226 - 08/21/16 12:46 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
snake oil Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 76
Get a Mule.........I'm on my 5th one. First one a 92' is still running strong..

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#6418237 - 08/21/16 12:54 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
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Registered: 02/21/06
Posts: 2552
Loc: Belton Tx
I am on my 2 nd one and when wears I will another

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#6418244 - 08/21/16 12:56 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: sallysue]
snake oil Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/10/16
Posts: 76
Originally Posted By: sallysue
I am on my 2 nd one and when wears I will another


As will I.........

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#6418318 - 08/21/16 02:11 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
Grandpa Lee Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/18/16
Posts: 115
Loc: Victoria County
Polaris! You can't go wrong with a Mule either. The Yamaha is nice but I hate the location of their guages and they are behind on the power curve in comparison to the others. I'd stay away from the off brand Chinese and Korean UTV's, you'll end up spending a lot more to fix it and that's if you can source parts.


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#6418341 - 08/21/16 02:32 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
BudMan Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/20/16
Posts: 19
Loc: Huntsville, Tex.
Here's my Mule story. The wifey was unable to get in our ranch road as it was raining cats and dogs. I mean a HARD rain and so she called and I said to park at the gate and I'll pick her up in the Mule. I did not have a windshield so I am hauling butt across the pasture in the rainstorm holding an old umbrella in front of me and peeking out around it to see where I am driving. Well as it turned out I t-boned the only dang tree in the whole 80ac. pasture. I hit so hard that the steering wheel cracked several of my ribs and I had a steering wheel shaped bruise across my chest. The tree bent in the brush guard a little and that was it. Cranked right up and is still running to this day. That mule is tough!!!
On a side note; the next day we went to look and you can see my tire tracks curve in a perfect arc all the way across the pasture right into the tree. hammer
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#6418597 - 08/21/16 06:12 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
USMC89 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 05/13/14
Posts: 330
Loc: Chinquapin Tx
Love my Yamaha Viking. Has some get up and go will run around 55mph and doesn't take long to get there, but has the big bed for hauling whatever you need and plenty of room inside.





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#6418647 - 08/21/16 06:35 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
Wacm Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 354
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Wow that Yamaha is a beast. Eddie Walker made a great point. For 1000 more I could get any of the other brands. We own a mule . It's a bare bones one. It's kind of my wife's as she went and painted it pink. It's been reliable except for the time she put stale gas in it. It's just really weak though. After these posts I'll check them out again and look into a bigger one. I really liked the Polaris but I don't care for the plastic bed. My lease is north of Abilene and when it rains there you better be on your way out cause the roads get so bad. My truck with MTs didn't stand a chance on those roads. I slid sideways into a ditch last season.
I'm a little limited on size cause my trailer is 5x10. I don't want to get another one. Man that Yamaha is cool though.
Thanks for the repays guys

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#6418905 - 08/21/16 08:36 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
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Woodsman

Registered: 10/12/11
Posts: 238
Loc: West Texas
Had a 2011 ranger crew 800. Never had any issues with it. Upgraded to a 2016 ranger crew 900 last December. Have had nothing but problems. Kicking myself now for upgrading! bang

Luckily I purchased the Platitum warranty so it hasn't costed me any additional money, yet!

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#6419047 - 08/21/16 09:55 PM Re: Been trying to decide on a UTV [Re: Wacm]
TexFlip Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/18/12
Posts: 8635
Loc: Harris County
I've got a Mule 4010, Yamaha Rhino and a CJ-5. If you absolutely have to have a UTV you can't go wrong with the Mule. For the same money or less you can by an old CJ. The CJ-5 is shorter, stouter, quieter, and will out perform the mule and I can drive it to town.
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