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Old 08-03-2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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Opinions on Polaris 500?

Hi all,

I'm in a pinch to get a used quad for a last-minute project at work. The best thing I can find locally is a 2004 Polaris 500. I took it for a spin and looked it over, it's in great shape BUT the other 6 quads in our fleet are Honda, and my 2 personal quads are Honda and I'm not sure if I like the way Polaris is set up.

I'm not trying to start a Polaris vs. Honda debate, just more of "is Polaris good at making quads" thread. I'm very pleased with all my Hondas but this is for work and I don't need to like it, it just needs to last and be tough.

1. The Polaris is belt drive: Does this hold up well when muddy dirty?

2. The Polaris is not 4wd but AWD, the seller claims it's 2WD until the rears slip and then the front engages: Any feedback on how well this works?

3. The racks are plastic: Will I be replacing these annually?

4. There are no "gears", it's like a snow-machine in that respect: how is this for trails/towing?

5. I scoured some ATV forums and I saw alot of Polaris owners complaining about design flaws and stuff breaking, but it seems like folks are only motivated to write when they've had a bad experience, not when they've had no problems: what's the concensus on TW?

Thanks in advance for your input, I appreciate it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:57 AM   #2
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My brother-in-law has an 05 500. It rides like a Cadillac when compared to my 99 grizzly. It is a very capable machine. We use it to haul firewood in the winter. My sister has taken it into mud all the way up to the fenders with not issues. She has forded a creek (up to the gas tank) with out issue also. It has selectable AWD on it. I would not hesitate to purchase one.
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My personal opinion on Polaris: They are good ATV's but I will never buy one for one reason, Automatics.
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I used to have a Polaris 4x2 and found it to be a very capable machine. The belt lasted about 3-4 years before I needed to replace it (it's a quick and easy process to swap them out). I actually liked the automatic for trail riding, it was very smooth. I beat the hell out of mine and still never managed to do any damage to the engine or drive train. If you're going to be towing in a trail, make sure it has the EBS (Engine Braking System) otherwise they basically free wheel down hills. Personally, I was impressed with the Polaris and wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.
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